I am a filmmaker based in Atlanta, Ga.
Very cool. I haven't seen a release date anywhere other than "later this year". Anyone else seen anything more specific?
Yep. You're 100% right that the story is ultimately what matters. What camera you use is irrelevant. So who cares if someone wants to attach their iPhone to expensive glass. I'm curious to see what that looks like but I'm more interested in knowing what someone does with it. I didn't think someone would ever shoot a feature on a mobile phone but I was proved wrong. So I'm just saying, let's keep an open mind.
Yeah. I don't think they're trying to compete with Sony. They're trying to compete with Beastgrip. If you don't see the value in something like Beastgrip, you won't like this either. I'd rather shoot on an a7s also. And I'd rather shoot on a Red instead of an a7s. But it also depends on what I'm shooting. I can imagine certain applications for something like this. They're small but I can imagine them.
Some of you are getting way too high on your high horse about this. If you prefer a traditional cinema camera, go for it. This is a tool just like anything else. Don't like it for your work? Then don't use it and let the free market speak for itself. The fact is real artists have used smartphones to produce professional quality work like Sean Baker with "Tangerine" and Steven Soderbergh with "Unsane" (just this year). Not to mention Beastgrip seems to have done ok for themselves. So it makes sense that a tool like this would be the next step in the evolution of smartphone filmmaking. Don't forget Red is making a smartphone of their own too. Wouldn't it be cool to have cine-glass on that phone? I'd want to see what that looks like.
I'm not so sure it's a bad thing (at least, not from an economic standpoint). It feels very much like the gym membership model. The membership is cheap enough that it will attract a lot of users but it's also at a price point where I don't necessarily feel guilty if I end up not using it in a given month. I think there will be a lot of users who will buy into it but don't take full advantage of the membership and may even pay for some months where they don't use it at all. Sure some people will use it to the fullest but even for us movie buffs, I can only think of 3 or 4 films I would've wanted to see in the theater this month. It's not just the money, it's the amount of time I have to commit to going to the theater (when I'm already busy with work and family). Younger users won't have an issue with that but adults with busy jobs, spouses and kids might find it more challenging to get into a theater more than once in a month. So I think if they can reach a point of mass adoption the economics will work out. As to the question of MoviePass' influence on the movie theater business going forward, that's a whole separate issue.
I agree it can be overused sometimes although I also wouldn't advocate for getting rid of it either just to appease an audience. I think it's about making the dialogue authentic to the situation and to the character who's saying it. If it doesn't feel real, the audience will be even more offended than if it feels right for the moment.