There has been a sea change for feature film acquisition in the last decade moving from primarily celluloid to digital capture. The transition away from film in Still Photography and the end of Theatrical Distribution on Film means the Film for Motion Picture Production has shrunk, and without Economies of Scale, it could become more of a boutique business model with rising costs. While established Directors, from Steven Spielberg to Christopher Nolan have the clout to insist on shooting film, Indie Filmmakers might fear this will be out of their reach.
In this event we explore the economics of acquiring Indie Films on celluloid and demonstrate how film may still be the right choice for many projects. Although it is not included in the streaming coverage because it has yet to be distributed, the creative team behind a short film, "The Red House" serves as a case study. It’s a short, 19 minutes, but multiply by 5 and you have a 95 minute feature.
Our Panelists include Director, Jiaqi “Maggie” Lin, Producer Larry Kaster, Director of Photography, Donald M. Morgan, ASC, Sr. Marketing Director at Panavision, Jim Roudebush, and Aaron Saffa from Eastman Kodak (Although not present in person, we also read a message on the topic from Robert Yeoman, ASC). The discussion is moderated by Cinematographer and DCS President, James Mathers