The Demise of DSLR & Soderbergh's Plan to Save Movies [PODCAST]

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This episode of Indie Film Weekly wonders if DSLR filmmaking is finally dead, and whether Soderbergh's new production model can revive indies.

Jon Fusco, Emily Buder, and yours truly, Liz Nord bring these stories and more, including a former Google Android exec who extols iPhone filmmaking, Netflix's $20.5 billion in debt, and a sad goodbye to Pulitzer-Winning writer, director, and actor Sam Shepard. We also hear from video essay guru Kogonada about his debut feature Columbus, which hits theaters this week. 

In gear news, Fusion gets a VR toolset and big price break, the TSA adds filmmaker-unfriendly travel rules, and lens mount options grow for the Fujfilm MK zooms. Ask No Film School fields a question about what extent you should involve an author in your film when it's based on their book.

As always, the show also brings news you can use about gear, upcoming grant and festival deadlines, this week’s indie film releases, weekly words of industry wisdom, and other notable things you might have missed while you were busy making films.

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This episode of Indie Film Weekly was produced and edited by Jon Fusco.

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DSLR's for filmmaking is dead, replaced by iPhones.......LMAO ... ya and now that i got my new glue gun and sharpened my boy scout pocket knife....I'll be doing my own appendectomy.

August 3, 2017 at 9:59AM


I've heard that home surgery will be part of a new health care trend. :)

August 3, 2017 at 10:45AM

Glenn Bossik

Shooting video with smart phones is far more contrived with the required rigging, lenses, software and add-ons than just shooting on a DSLR/Mirror-less camera. If that's all you've got, great, go for it. For most of us keeping it on airplane mode during extended shoots and tying it up while unloading video files is not viable.

August 4, 2017 at 8:23AM, Edited August 4, 8:28AM

Marc B
Shooter & Editor

August 4, 2017 at 8:49AM


Their advice isn't contradictory. Soderbergh was being descriptive, Duplass was being prescriptive. Make your mistakes to learn your craft, because like Duplass, you aren't on anyone's radar yet anyways. However, if you do reach Soderbergh's level, Hollywood is less forgiving now than they used to be. Which actually kinda reinforces Duplass' point, learn when no one's watching.

August 5, 2017 at 4:09PM

Joe Lalonde
Poser / Fraud / Hack