THE CAMERA IS DEAD. LONG LIVE THE CAMERA.

November 17th, 2010 by Glendyn

I find it interesting that Alex Roman who directed the short film The Third And The Seventh below decided to portray the cameras you see in the film as antique and definitely antiquated. The ‘prop’ cameras are in the frame perhaps only as an a novel and aesthetic reminder of a device that once was the best and perhaps only way to capture ‘reality’.

It’s interesting because the film is entirely created in CGI. Nothing new about that I guess, but I dont think I have ever seen entire 3D environments look and ‘feel’ quite as real as this. Nothing has been photographed traditionally in the film. It’s all created via computer and Roman’s amazing aesthetic, lighting, modelling, textures and no doubt, obsessive attentional to detail. The film has no narrative and is more a formal exploration of architecture that doesn’t exist (in the real world) and the second half drifts off in a more surreal and less ‘realistic’ direction, but there are some sequences in the first half that are really impressive and make me think that the way we make films really is changing forever.

I guess this ‘shooting live action’ thing was fun while it lasted…

A short ‘making of’ can be found here.

Thanks for the link Collin!

2 Responses to “THE CAMERA IS DEAD. LONG LIVE THE CAMERA.”

  1. Stefan Says:

    Absolutely stunning and inspiring.

  2. Richard Says:

    Phenominal work. Breathtakin.
    Even after the compositing and wireframe shots, I still feel like it’s been backward-engineered — it’s just too real!

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