Agreed. Rey never struck me as lonely. Rey never struck me as anything really, she's pretty much blank. None of the characters are particularly compelling. Luke was so lonely he was excited to have droids to talk to.
Obviously you should use the right tool for the job and things like monopods, tripods and even cheap shoulder braces and weight based gimbals are available. That said when you're halfways up a mountain and you suddenly decide you need to shoot a tracking shot with your B-cam while A-cam is on the slider, or the tripod got lost by the airline, or you're out on a documentary shoot and something unexpected happens these tricks could all potentially save the day and get you something usable.
Try to have the best gear and be skilled in its use, but I'll tell you right now, its the McGuyver on the crew who can solve any problem with gaffer's tape, hockey sticks and ingenuity that people remember. I'm rarely one of the most experienced or skilled people on set, but I always make sure I know how to solve problems and people appreciate it.
HDR displays are capable of showing more than 8bits of dynamic range. They're expensive now, but they won't be for long.
This is going to cause all kinds of hell for color grading since cameras will now be capturing the same range as the displays, which doesn't leave nearly as much room for error. Y'all might have to learn to properly expose just like in the film days. ;)
If its a good story I'll watch it. All the pixels, dynamic range and color depth in the world won't save a crummy script, though they can enhance a good one. Hell, one of my favourite films is almost 100 years old.
A quickie from Every Frame a Painting on left or right in Snowpiercer: https://vimeo.com/110329961
This video is an excellent introduction, even if you don't use FCP X.