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Monday, July 04, 2005

The Efficient Filmmaker

In Hearts of Darkness, the 1991 documentary of Coppola's Apocalypse Now debacle turned epic, Sir Francis expounds the theory that one day the the filmmaking process will be so advanced that we will be able to shoot and edit the same day (I'm going on memory here, I haven't seen the film in a while). That day is now.
The Apple site has a great article in it's Pro section about The Tapeless Post-Production Workflow. The capturing of digital information directly to a drive instead of hours of tape is an efficient way that makes the post-production process a lot smoother and less costly. There are no decks and tapes to rent or buy. As an editor myself, I have been waiting for this day to come. The article goes into how the filmmakers of The Legend of Lucy Keyes used this process. It brings up some interesting questions that came about when the advent of non-linear editing was pushed to the forefront. With all this efficiency, are we sanitizing the creative process and leaving no room for those "happy accidents" that made films of the past so memorable or is this just another tool for the independent filmmaker to have clarity and really see his or her vision come to life? Read the article and let me know what you think.


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