I attended an event called “The Future of Film” where 4 people in the media industry came to talk about the future of film, how watching films is changing and where film may be going in the current years to come.
Cassius Rayner is an iPhoneographer. He introduced us to filmmaking on smartphones and how professional cinematography can be achieved. Smartphones are here to stay, it is a piece of tech that keeps getting better and better throughout the years. Due to this specific apps and technology has been created to help kick-start professional films being produced on smartphones.
– Filmmaker Pro – Makers of the award-winning app Procam 3, Filmmaker Pro allows you to change your phones basic camera into a completely manual camera so you can pull focus, change the shutter speed, aperture and much more. You can also edit your film on there and has a log capture system which allows you to store RAW footage, therefore, allowing full colour correction and colour grading.
– Guerrilla Filmmaker – Viedo camera app with professional-level features that are used by filmmakers, journalists, videographers and media admirers worldwide.
– Helium Core – It is an iPhone rid which allows you to attach lights and lenses to it.
– Moment – Known as the “DSLR killer” moment sells professional lenses for the iPhone. From 50mm portrait lenses to anamorphic lenses, they sell a huge range of lenses specifically for your phone. With these lenses, you can achieve the same quality of image/video if not better than a DSLR.
– iOgrapher – The iOgrapher is a special rig for iPhones where you can attach DSLR lenses, professional lighting and audio to your phone.
With all this helping us advance in mobile filmmaking, it is making it easier for the average person to start creating.
Phones are now being used to film action scenes in Hollywood films as phones can capture angles that cannot be captured with professional cameras. I thought this is a brilliant idea as phone nowadays are able to film 4k and when filming the footage is sent directly to a server so the footage is stored safely and backed up rather than directly on the phones memory. Another reason why I think this is a great idea is that during filming if the phone gets damaged or even destroyed the footage is safe and that is only a small percent of the budget (£300-£600, estimated price of current smartphones) gone and not a very expensive professional camera worth £100,000+.
Filming on your phone also gives you the freedom to explore as it is accessible to everyone and not just filmmakers. Filming on phones also allows you to film in locations discreetly and go unnoticed whereas filming on a DSLR would be more noticeable and could potentially get you kicked out a specific location. This is perfect for filming documentaries as you can capture things without being noticed which would make for a more interesting and exposing documentary.
George is a programming manager at the Royal Albert Hall. He came to talk to us about film premieres and screening and how they affect the audiences first impressions and further perceptions of the film. Film premieres make or break how people feel and think about the film. EG: The recent screening of Jaws made everyone feel young again and frightened due to the film being introduced and led by an orchestra which played the iconic Jaws theme tune at the beginnings and throughout the film. This helped liven the film and bring it to life which in turn changes the atmosphere of the whole film. On the other hand, the Independence Day film screening was not as effective as they just simply showed the film, it was not led by any music or performance, therefore, it had no build up.
George then went on to say how holograms may become a part of future live premieres, screenings and performances (I personally know that this is already been done in Japan with the famous virtual/hologram pop star Hatsune Miku) as they will provide for a multi-sensory experience.
Roxy is an upcoming indie filmmaker based in London. Over the years she has worked with Vice, Channel 4, BBC and The Guardian. Her point was to ask yourself why. Ask yourself why are you doing/thinking about this certain thing to help make better decisions as a filmmaker. She told us to ask ourselves why are you doing it? Why are you attracted to those concepts? And if you are not passionate about an idea then stop and think about why?
She continued to explain that reasons such as “I’m creating this because it is interesting” or “I’m creating this because it hasn’t been done before” are dead-end responses as it is not a solid answer and it doesn’t help you think deeply and critically.
She also thoroughly explained to think about who we are creating our content for, who exactly is our audience and why. “If your audience is young people then specifically who within that category? Young people that like comedy? Young people that like this specific actor/actress?”
“The ‘why’ will help you clarify”
“The ‘why’ will be responsible and help create an ethical response to film”
At the end, I asked questions to get more insight and help in regards to getting into the film industry.
Q – How do you get your foot in the door?
A – Get as much experience as you can that is related to media. Get to know people, understand the different work and create new and interesting things.
Q – How do you get your work out there when you don’t have a big following on social media? On YouTube, your work gets lost amongst the millions of other videos created on there so how do you go about showing your work?
A – Submit your work to media outlets and people that you know within media that have a significant following. If they are interested in the topic, as them to give feedback as well as asking them to share it as that is what I (Roxy) did in the past and my documentary was featured on different pages and media channels.
Barry is the founder of Veero which is a pop-up VR cinema. He explained that there is a distinction between passive and active VR. Passive VR is just enjoying VR simply by sitting and watching whereas active VR is interacting with the VR such as interactive gaming. LBE which is location-based entertainment is VR enjoyed in a specific location. There was a pop up in Westfield, White City where a section of the shopping centre was bordered off to create a space where people could wear a VR headset and play a game. They were interacting by being a part of the game, therefore, the experience is enhanced.
Barry also revealed that VR could potentially help bring 4D,5D and 6D cinema to age by using all senses the senses to enhance the cinematic experience. A positron is a special VR chair that is used in some 4D cinemas as it moves, vibrates and creates motion that is in the film to make it feel like you’re in the film. He continued explaining that if you were to put someone in a different location to where they are it changes the way they feel and it changes their perception of what is going on.
VR is now being used in live streaming as well as film and gaming which changes the way we attend events and will change the way we interact. EG: BBC Sports created a VR app for the Fifa World Cup 2018 so people could enjoy the football in Moscow but from the comfort of their own home. This tested how we watch and interact with VR. Barry also said that VR is also re-democratising the experience.
I found this event truly helpful when thinking about future film and media and how I could go about making content in the future. It has helped me think of ways I could create my FMP and convey it to my audience. I was really intrigued by the iPhonography and has inspired me to try to start creating content from my phone and it has made me realise what our phones are actually capable of. I was also inspired by the VR talk as it would be really interesting and a great challenge to create my FMP in a VR format. It would make it very compelling, immersive and will heighten the feelings of the audience but specific kit is needed to create VR content such as the Samsung Gear 360, Ricoh Theta 360 and many more, which I cannot get my hands on therefore restricted. Even though VR may not be an option, there are many more ways I can create my FMP to make it just as intriguing.
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