The poor persecuted filmmakers
by, 05-09-2013 at 09:48 PM (3252 Views)
Filmmakers and enthusiasts are a persecuted bunch of people. If the stories are true, we're frequently harassed for innocent and entirely reasonable filming. These stories always feature a misinformed officer to raise interest. And always accompanied by a raft of outraged comments. In my experience, this is far from the truth. In fact I seem to have the opposite problem. People are just too nice. My shots are normally ruined by polite people stopping or apologising. Clearly I'm just not the videographer I thought I was.
Another, and more current, focus of videographers rants is the apparent greed of adobe and Google. Yes, in move that's shocked the world, both companies seem to want to make money. Adobe has embraced a subscription based model, which means you'll only be able to access new software upgrades by paying a monthly subscription. YouTube plans to launch pay per view subscriptions. Both of these have one key feature: change. And it appears the Internet video communities don't like change. Or perhaps just like complaining.
Personally, I took out a creative cloud subscription last month. As a Premiere user only, I'm loving all the new toys. And although the novelty may well wear off, I've always wanted after effects, but could never justify the one off price to my wife.
At least the creative cloud outrage has stopped my twitter feed from being filled with reviews of the yet to be released Blackmagic pocket cinema camera. I do sometimes wonder whether us videographers are more susceptible to mob mentality. Everyone seems to be wetting their pants over this camera, which has yet to be released. And as my fellow pessimist said, we'AKEll soon be faced with a raft of flat, dull, washed out test shots on Vimeo. I'll probably buy one.