Films – The Future of Filmmaking, and My Scriptwriting Experience

-Filmmaking Post-The future of filmmaking is an interesting topic to me. We all wonder what the future will hold for not only our lives, but for things we are passionate about. So I wanted to share my thoughts on where films are going, and what sort of impact they will have on society. I also want to talk about scriptwriting, and my adventures with trying to write my own.

Movies have been around for quite a long time, and they have entertained people since they’re inception. That is my favorite aspect of being a creator of film. You can take people on a journey and show them a world they can get lost in. It’s quite fascinating and exciting. The future of this form of entertainment is one that has been questioned in the past.
Will technology take over the art of camera techniques? Will it be all green screen and no real life locations? My opinion on these questions is a solid No. There will always be a place for classic cinema, as well as the summer blockbusters with outstanding visuals. Personally, I prefer the visual effects and green screen work over a real life drama type movie. But their will always be a market for the latter.

I have talked to people before who think there wont be a place for actors and actresses in the future. That the future of films will be total CGI and all animated. I don’t believe this is true either. Not everyone likes the look and feel of an animated character. They want realism and relatable people to watch. If films do become this, then I don’t want to be a part of it. Granted I like animated movies, but people need choices.

the hobbitThere is also a lot of talk about whether 3D is the future of                 movies. Or the higher frame rates of Peter Jackson’s latest    movie, The Hobbit. There were a lot of naysayers when The Hobbit released in theaters. For those of you who don’t know, this is because the movie was filmed at 48 frames per second, versus the usual 24 frames per second that almost all movies are filmed at. Many people believe this is the future of film, myself included. While I respect that 24 frames has worked just fine in the past, the higher frame rates of The Hobbit provide less motion blur and higher clarity. This is a good thing in the world of high definition and Blu-Ray. Sometimes we have to dump the old traditions in favor of next generation technology.

3D on the other hand, is not something I believe will be around forever. For now, it is just a fad, and a little bit of a avatar
gimmick for most movies. Some films, like Avatar or The Hobbit, make good use of 3D, and it’s used as an
immersive experience, more than just a extra bonus tacked on afterwards. Regardless of how you feel about 3D, I think in ten years time, we won’t be experiencing it any longer. Who knows.

Now I wanted to take a quick moment and talk to you about scriptwriting. Last night, I tried to sit down and write my first script, not knowing anything about the process or format. I didn’t get much accomplished, but I’m going to keep plugging away at it. Hopefully I will get the hang of it soon. It   is a totally different animal versus writing a novel, which is what I’m used to. I had to throw out a lot of writing rules that I had grown so accustomed to with writing novels. For example, in a novel, you describe settings and action in vivid detail, and that can take as much as a page or two to do. With a script, you still describe that detail vividly, but you have to do it in two to three sentences. It’s definitely an adjustment, but I’ll keep you all updated on the process. 🙂

So what do you think is the future of films? Do you agree or disagree with my stand on it? Let me know in the comments below. I look forward to hearing from you, and don’t forget to click the Follow button on the side to receive email updates of future posts. Until next time. 😀

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