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No One Gives a $#*% What You Shoot Your Film On!

OK, so before I get bombarded with hate email please hear me out. I was speaking to my filmmaker inner circle the other day and the topic of format and camera came up. I’m a huge tech-head. I love gear as much as the next filmmaker.

Hell, you can’t make movies without gear. Advances in filmmaking technology have liberated a generation of storytellers, filmmakers, and content creators. Now does the audience give a CRAP about what camera you used to make your movie…NO!

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  1. Lars Lentz on April 12, 2016 at 6:16 am

    Yes! Thanks for saying that. A great podcast! Thank you.

  2. nelsonsmith on April 12, 2016 at 9:34 am

    Actually a good percentage of the people who did watch Tangerine specifically watched it because they wanted to see what a film shot with an IPhone looked like.

    • Alex Ferrari on April 12, 2016 at 10:06 am

      Yes after the fact but in the first screening at Sundance no one knew it was shot on an iPhone.

  3. polfilmblog on April 12, 2016 at 10:30 am

    People who care about film care that yours doesn’t look like shit. So, camera is actually sort of important. I’ve turned off quite a few movies because they looked like amateur hour.

  4. Tom Konkle on April 12, 2016 at 8:21 pm

    Great point. I agree re end user experience. However as a business, distributors and exhibitors do care and the format and conditions of your deliverables make a huge difference. A film that isn’t 2k or has lens problems or film format problems makes is much less attractive to sell, deliver and exhibit. But whether it’s my GH 4 or the RED the audience “shouldn’t know”

  5. Jon on April 13, 2016 at 4:46 am

    Festivals (and audiences) only care about your STORY. It could be shot on an old VHS camera — but do you tell us an original, compelling, character-driven story cut down to an appropriate length of time. It really is that simple. Seriously. Want to buy a piece of equipment to help your filmmaking? Start with paper and pen — and learn to WRITE.


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