Where have all the amateurs gone?
by, 04-24-2013 at 05:39 PM (3397 Views)
Perhaps I'm imagining it, but I'm sure amateur videographers used to be more, well, amateur. It seems everyone's a filmmaker these days. Take a visit to one of the many DSLR forums and you'll find a talking shop of DoPs and guerrilla filmmakers. Where have all the amateurs gone?
Technology has changed dramatically in the ten years I've run this site. It's not just that cameras are more affordable, or that software is easier to use. it's all the other social interaction changes. Hobbyists frequently rub virtual shoulders with leading lights in film that would be unimaginable 10 years ago. People have become filmmakers by association.
But let's not kid ourselves. Most of us are still hobbyists. And I'm proud of that. I love filming and editing my little videos. I never plan to film a short or enter a film festival. And I don't care what camera is going to perform best in darkened cave. I just want to have fun filming, edit my little videos and share them with my friends and family. I can do that with an iPhone.
So, to all those hobbyists out there, be proud of what you do. Get out, film and share your masterpieces. Leave the talk of lenses, camera reviews and comparisons to the techies. If you really want to be a filmmaker, get out and film. Just like us hobbyists.