Tuesday, January 20, 2009

Digital Independent Feature Film

The times are changing – but not fast enough. Today digital independent feature films can be created with a digital camera and desktop computer. This is a reality that much of Hollywood does not want to admit – out-loud. Good films can be made now that look and sound great. The problem is they are rarely seen.

With the advent of POD casts and online distribution/exhibition more of these digital independent feature films are being seen. Some of the old school film directors have made digital features. The most celebrated directors of digital independent feature film so far include George Lucas, Robert Rodriguez , Steven Soderbergh, Lars von Trier and Michael Mann. There are far too many filmmakers who haven’t changed the way they make movies; creating them not too different than the first films were made. This is a lot like refusing to use a car, dishwasher, or cellphone.

The personal computer changed the way we all write documents and books. In fact, all that was ever necessary for a writer to craft their first book was a pen and paper. The problem with filmmaking is that it has been an expensive process – up until now. Today, producers of digital independent feature films can make his or her film at home behind a computer.

The cost to convert movie theaters and equip them with digital film projectors is one of the major prohibiting factors to widespread digital independent releases . The bias against "created digitally" is also a large consideration. Audiences want good entertainment - and should be given the choice to see digital independent feature films.

North Hollywood Pictures a Los Angeles area production company creates specialty and arthouse independent digital feature films by director-writer Don Haderlein.


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