For me, going from VHS to DVD was the largest perceptual jump - text was finally crisp and clear on the screen, and the image was steady. Audio was AMAZING!
DVD to HD was a big jump, but I noticed the improved colour far more than I noticed the enhanced resolution.
I've seen a lot of 4K screens, and while I barely notice a difference at most casual viewing distances, 4K does start to introduce a weird uncanny valley situation, where footage of landscapes almost looks like a window out to the world.
I suspect crazy high resolution will have some remarkable and unexpected applications, I'm just not sure they will be related to filmmaking.
"It's like having a higher quality smartphone camera"
This statement is completely absurd; many smartphones are capable of shooting 4k.
The advantage of a pinhole camera over something with glass lenses is that the DoF in a pinhole camera is infinite.
(I'd rather not get into the extensively long list of disadvantages with pinhole lenses. In short, if they *were* great, they would be the default. There is a reason why most lenses use glass.)
Men are, on average, larger, heavier, and stronger than women.
It makes sense that fighting strategies would be different.
Maybe these video makers (or commenters here) should speak with some BJJ practitioners about various takedowns to confirm if this difference in movie fight moves really is sexism, or if the on-set choreographers and martial arts experts are having them use these moves for a reason.
The moves certainly look really cool on screen.
A big part of "experience" is just picking up hundreds of little tips like this, making your life easier.
I know what I'm going to be doing with my gear bags tomorrow...
"I don't know how other people deal with this. I feel so out of control and sometimes I feel played with.
Any tips on handing this sort of thing?"
Have a limited re-edit clause in your contract.
Eg: there will be a maximum of 3 revisions. Any additional revisions will cost $X each.