Technology has not killed Cinema. Many people believe that there has to be guidelines for what is considered a “film” nowadays like film must shot on actual film strips. But with the digital revolution in full swing, not many people realize that film is actually bridging the gap between high culture and the common man.
The article “Film by Another Name” brings up the question: what exactly is film? In current times, everyone has a camera in their pocket. Can their home movies be considered “cinema”? Often many high culture Indy films are shot using digital films. These are the upcoming directors and moviemakers and their chosen medium. As recording becomes more accessible to the general populous, the definition of what exactly is a film is starting to change.
Since the times of kings and queens, there has been class stratification. Some people were chosen to lead the masses and others were at the bottom rung of the social ladder, cleaning up the messes of the higher up. This is no different than the struggle for gender equality. Many follow this preconceived notion that because men have historically led the world, women are undeserving of any political power. Both of these notions are incorrect and should be rethought by both men and women of this and future generations.
In this way, many ruling classes have felt superior to the subservient peon group. They were considered more sophisticated, and the art the treasure was considered a higher class than the indignant plays and other forms of entertainment enjoyed by the lower class. Long story made short, this idea has been a huge influence in the movie industry. In the olden days, there was a need for giant studios to provide money for costly things like film. There was a sense of higher class built around the fact that only the rich could make films. As I said before, nowadays, many people walk around with a tiny digital camera in their pockets.
Movie making is becoming more accessible to everyone. I have made several “movies” for class and now with YouTube, anyone can share their ideas. As this happens, there is less exclusion to making film and this gives film makers more freedom. During the fifties and forties, there was a studio era. The only way to make a film was to have a big budget supporting you. Films could easily be censored and all movies in theater had a sense of class to them.
After film was found to be made cheaper, people depended less upon studios to make films. This meant that the movies were less controlled by a few people and more people were able to get their ideas out into the public. Digital made this process explode. Now the movies shown in the contemporary film festivals are concerned high culture and are more individual expressive. People do not need to work with a slew of helpers. Anyone can pick up a camera and film. This has dramatically altered perceptions of film. Even independent projects are getting Oscar nods.
The movie world is rapidly changing. As film is becoming more accessible, it has blurred the line between average people and high culture. Now anyone with a smart phone and internet had the ability to express themselves through the medium.