September 24, 2014 at 4:12PM

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Film Maker or Digital Capture Artist?

I encountered some debate between the older school of thought and our current incarnation, generation what have you, of visual media artists that to call one's self a film maker is not quite accurate since most 'film makers' outside of bigger budget films don't typically
A. Manufacture celluloid or other physical types of film
B. Work with said physical capture films.

A older school of thought cinematographer that I talked to was so passionately against calling the younger generation film makers but more of digital capture artists. What are your thoughts on this matter?

How do you identify yourself? As a film maker? A story teller using the digital medium? At what point call you stop calling yourself a 'aspiring' film maker and start saying you are a film maker?

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Your work should speak for itself, as nobody will know or care what media you used to shoot with.

September 25, 2014 at 7:32AM

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Guy McLoughlin
Video Producer
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Yeah, I agree with Guy. The audience doesn't care if it was shot on 35mm or on a BMPCC. One of the many definitions for the word "film" in dictionaries is also "movie".

September 25, 2014 at 9:09AM

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Basil Yeo
Director of Photography
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I agree with all the above, but if anyone asks me what is all the studying and experimenting about that I do, I say proudly I am a 'videographer'.

October 19, 2014 at 8:47AM

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Pepper Video Productions
Videographer/ vlogger
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The meaning of the word "film" has expanded to a larger scale. It's not only a thin layer as the celluloid looks like.
Anyway, there's a documentary called "Side by Side". You should watch it.

January 4, 2015 at 4:35AM, Edited January 4, 4:35AM

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Myrdal Muda
Student Filmmaker
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Its a purist idea that since we dont have emulsion and physical items to work with we arent the greats of what was, that we are somehow less. But the idea is flawed, because we have forums on the internet not in a marble columned spaces with all of us wearing togas.

January 17, 2015 at 8:59AM

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Chris Hackett
Director, Director of Photography, Writer
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