Just what I was thinking. When it comes out on BluRay I'll be tempted to re-grade it just to see what it would look like if the storm troopers were white instead of blue. Oh and crush the blacks. Why is everyone afraid of shadows now?
Has anyone else noticed the sequencing at play here? Whoever did this didn't just order these images randomly, there are lots of thematic threads leading from image to image. Color, geometry, mood, even eye trace between images. Its kind of a super-cut.
Whenever I'm starting to feel a serious case of gear envy and have a finger hovering over the "Buy" button, I head on over to Vimeo and do a search for "T2i." I'm always humbled and have to admit that its not the camera, its me.
If I'm honest with myself I was at my happiest making films on super 8mm film, guerrilla style with zero budget. Everything since then hasn't quite measured up. I think because with super 8mm we knew it was going to be grainy with no sync sound and we just accepted the technical limitations and let our creativity make up for it.
The regular Hero doesn't even last 90 minutes. Marketing mumbo-jumbo. I'd be surprised to get an hour.
10 minutes of battery life?
Bravo Sophie. It takes a ton of courage to grab on to the back of the tiger that is a feature and to run with it. I'm sure you've learned tons and will be a better director and a better person for having done it. Don't let people get you down.
I also understand the perspective of the more technical people. It takes a lot of time and energy to learn all the ins and outs of the technology, and when you have its easy to forget how opaque it can all be to the uninitiated, not to mention that its just not a priority for other people.
Filmmaking at its best is a fusion of both the creative and the technical. Most of us are expert at only one or the other. That's where we need to find competent people and trust them to help us.
Keep in mind that there have been many successful films shot on old, outdated equipment by people who didn't really know what they were doing at the time. Some of those filmmakers are now Hollywood heavyweights. You're right that story is king, followed by audio, editing, and finally the picture. The filmmaking industry makes money by selling cameras to those of us who like the tech, but the film industry makes money by telling stories that touch the heart.