Don’t you think?
Through all the hiccups they had yesterday, I went away and didn’t get my order in until 10:30 that night. Of course, evidently it won’t be shipped for a few more weeks. I hope it’s worth the wait!
In case you missed it, here’s a great 2-hour conversation between The Art of Photography and Ferrania’s social media/public relations guru, Dave Bias.
What else can I say about this? Except that it’s amazing.
And also I’m glad that while color reversal is still on the way, that I’ll be able to shoot Ferrania film by the end of February. It’ll be in its alpha release and if you’re a Kickstarter backer, check your email already. And if not, it should be selling in Ferrania’s online store in 2 weeks. What a great time to be alive.
edit: well, that deadline got pushed back, didn’t it?
The videos are all up and working, all the contestants are in, and I happy to be one of them. They’ve added a viewers’ choice award which is a nice touch, therefore if you are so inclined, please go watch all the videos and pick whichever you feel is best.
One of the assignments I had to complete for my film scoring class was to take the first movement of Erik Satie’s Gymnopedie and create a video that fits with it. While I plan on making my own videos in that class on film, this time around I thought I’d kill two birds with one stone by using the format of Ferrania’s “So You Think You’re a Director” contest. Here it is:
“So you think you’re a director” seems a bit off, I only edited the footage myself. I made it completely using Final Cut Pro, which is available for free at my school (very nice of them). I’ve had trouble entering the contest though, I’ve posted the video twice now, a day apart, on Ferrania’s website, and it’s still not there yet. The contest ends I think tonight so I’ll give it one more go, but I’ve posted here and also on Ferrania’s Facebook site, as well as filling out the contact form on their official website. I don’t know what else to do to get myself entered now, but I’ve covered all the bases I can think of, and least there is now documentation that I had the video done on time and have tried (unsuccessfully, so far) to enter it. It’s a bummer when technology gets you down, though considering there are 12 comments on their site, maybe I really have had bad luck with it all trying to make post #13…
edit: My video did finally show up, it just took a while.
Yup, yesterday Ferrania put their founders’ wall up yesterday. I’m so proud to have been a small part of this. We helped restart a film factory. This is what victory looks like. If your name is on that wall, stop by and celebrate.
In other news, my old alma mater won the college football national championship as well. So much victory in one day.
I’d like you all to go listen to this short message from the Figital Revolution:
Last year was hard, but the worst is behind us, and film survives. While I’m not happy about how close we came to losing Kodak, we might be able to look back in a few years and say that that was film’s Dunkirk. And now that the worst is behind us, there’s plenty of things to look forward to in the year 15, the most significant being Ferrania rising from its grave.
I’ve got a lot of things going on in 2015 myself, including signing up for the photography Alternative Processes course, and also will be taking Film Scoring. Part of the fun of that class is that we will have to make our own films, then trade with other people. I originally planned to start shooting over the break; it hasn’t happened yet, but I’m gathering ideas at the very least. There’s no way I’d want something as blase as digital video for my work: I’ll be shooting film, probably in a similar format to what I did here. It might not be a motion picture, but I’ve seen trailers from the ’60s that weren’t too dissimilar, and it also has the heritage of Chris Marker’s La Jetee to look back to as well.
Blu-ray finally made its way into my life after being something I merely dreamed of for almost 10 years now. It’s wonderful to see how much detail there is that I’ve been missing, that can now be reclaimed, and I think that TV is where film is really making a big difference. To experience the majestic combination of motion picture film, blu-ray, and television shows for myself, I picked up Arn: The Knight Templar and the first four seasons of Mad Men. But not only do we have shows on the air today like True Detective and The Walking Dead that are shot on film, but a rich history of it going back all the way to I Love Lucy, that can can be brought back in hi-def glory thanks to modern digital technology. (it does have its uses!) In fact, thanks to the process of going back to remaster Twin Peaks for blu-ray, David Lynch has hopped off the digital bandwagon and is back to using film again. Fantastic news keeps coming. For the last year or two, I’ve been reading Kodak’s series of articles with directors and cinematographers talking about shooting modern productions on film. It’s hardly a definitive list, but still really fascinating and informative. If you’ve never come across this before, check it out.
With so much good news out there, let no one say that film is dead. It’s alive and breathing, and it’s thanks to everyone out there who picks up and uses an old camera. May all who shoot film prosper and thrive.