Digital projection has won, and now film projectionists are a thing from the past, a mere curiosity. We are sad dinosaurs, we are about to be extinct.
I shot my thesis at AFI on 35mm. Some people would say that was a waste of money and time. However, that was right when the digital shift was happening, and I kind of knew I would probably not be able to shoot on film again. I didn’t want to miss out on that experience. I wanted to hold an actual print in my hand.
I think film feels a little different on the screen, but that feeling is starting to go away more and more as digital just gets better and better. For any future feature I direct, I would probably shoot only on digital. That’s the most resourceful way to make a movie.
We talk with The One I Love filmmaker about film school, digital and how the role of Director has changed over time.
It depends how you define independent cinema. It’s become a kind of marketing tool, especially in America, so I don’t really know what it means. Things have changed, and the worldwide economic crisis, and the new ways of films being distributed, has changed the way they can be financed. I don’t know what the future is, but I know that the new wave of Greek films, using small budgets, is really the future, and maybe the best way.
The indie filmmaker shares his view of the current state of independent cinema in the U.S.