The digital age of movie making has fully arrived and the computer has become an indispensable resource for directors. The fantastical aspects shown in current big budget films is a result of hard science computer engineering blended with the flair of an artist. Traditional film is being replaced by digital motion filming. This has led to new mainstream filming techniques which compliment the new technology.
For years, the film industry has been experimenting with computer generated imagery to augment their storylines. Each year progressions are made. Today movie viewers expect a certain level of visual special effects excellence when watching a CGI heavy film. Storylines that highlight the special effects that are possible are now common movie fare. Filmmakers found that presenting stories that naturally highlighted the special effects possible was a recipe for success. Scripts that included action impossible in the real world slowly begin to receive more funding over time. As the technological cost of creating special effects dropped these effects were available to more and more filmmakers. Some of the shelf CGI programs are now even affordable to certain individual consumers.
1. Cloud Computing
The advent of cloud computing has allowed more international collaboration. Now it is common to have specialized teams from several different countries working together to complete a film project. This allows different groups to focus on their expert area but still have enough full-time workflow. Production companies also take advantage of income disparities worldwide to increase profit margins.
2. 3D Printing
As 3D printing becomes more mature it is now being used in helping design custom set pieces for major motion pictures. This type of object printing takes a computer aided design and produces it for real life in an efficient manner. Going forward production design will rely more and more on this emerging technology.
3. In Experience Apps
The film industry has embraced social media as a way to reach out and connect with fans. They know there is a great desire for more detailed information about their movies. Some production companies have gone further and contracted with developers to delivers apps that can be used in conjunction with watching the movie give more in-depth information on particular scenes.
4. Transcoding Formats
Digital filming has become the preferred medium of the movie industry. Issues of storage and distribution come into play. Each step is usually kept in different formats for storage to distribution. An important market is being created for transcoding services.
5. Digital Film Cameras
Digital film cameras are now a common sight on most movie shoots. Their quality and affordability have expanded the number of filmmakers. Large productions also employ digital cameras to capture many different angles of a scene all at once. As the film is captured it’s easier to copy and edit them using a family of software programs. These are some of the reasons that digital is overtaking traditional film.
6. 3D Films
These digital movies were promoted heavily in the film industry in hopes of creating a new channel for watchers to interact with film. At the introduction to this technology there was an increase in viewership despite the higher ticket cost to experience something new. The film industry is still working to make it easier to view 3D movies and eliminate the need for 3D glasses. 3D has become more common and more viewers have seen a movie shown in this format. Several must-see movies for 2016 employ this technology. This has led viewers to become increasingly selective as to what movies they will choose to pay more to watch in 3D.
The process of generating actual finished film has not shortened dramatically for several years. But software engineers and the movie industry have worked together to utilize increasing computer speeds to develop more interesting visual effects. Today production companies can have rendering farms operating full time to generate one movie.
8. Celluloid Film
Even though there is a large sea change happening in the movie industry. Traditional film still has its place. Fans cite that images are richer in texture and directors appreciate the reliability of it. It is becoming obsolete due to costs and the difficulty of working with it. Only films with larger budgets will be able to afford it going forward. But some prefer the authentic feel to the digital film.
9. CGI Programs
Computer-generated imagery is the backbone of many effects-driven films. It allows directors to present impossible scenes as reality. Mainstream programs that produce artificial crowds or other special effects allow developers to produce plug-ins to solve particular issues. On other films the production company might set out and create its own custom software for its unique set of challenges.
10. Digital Grading
After a digital film is captured it is sent to editing. This editing team as explained above could be anywhere in the world. Their job is to manipulate the individual frames for color grading. Every aspect of the film is corrected digitally.
Moviegoers should expect to see more CGI-enhanced offerings. The cost of these techniques will become more available to all levels of filmmakers. Smaller production companies will be able to afford what today are considered cutting edge techniques. Large production companies with more talent and money will continue to push the limits of what is possible.
A natively digital generation of directors will soon be entering the workforce. For them, there is no before or after digital unlike many of the current directors who started their careers in film and then moved to digital. It will be interesting to how this generation brings a different aesthetic to the movie making industry.