This post got me really excited, until I realized these propane foggers are not available in Canada for a reasonable price. ($360 was the best deal I could find, most were $600+)
Going with halogen worklights does give you a lot of great, cheap light, but it is also extremely hot and power hungry. Not a great solution if you are working in tight spaces, like a doc taking place in smaller offices. It's also no fun to hunt around for the breaker when you drew too much power.
"In shots where an actor had to come face-to-face with the bear, the VFX team built a flaming sword in a wire cage that stood in for the bear's jaws."
Wouldn't it be the SFX team building flaming sword in a cage?
For me, going from VHS to DVD was the largest perceptual jump - text was finally crisp and clear on the screen, and the image was steady. Audio was AMAZING!
DVD to HD was a big jump, but I noticed the improved colour far more than I noticed the enhanced resolution.
I've seen a lot of 4K screens, and while I barely notice a difference at most casual viewing distances, 4K does start to introduce a weird uncanny valley situation, where footage of landscapes almost looks like a window out to the world.
I suspect crazy high resolution will have some remarkable and unexpected applications, I'm just not sure they will be related to filmmaking.
"It's like having a higher quality smartphone camera"
This statement is completely absurd; many smartphones are capable of shooting 4k.
The advantage of a pinhole camera over something with glass lenses is that the DoF in a pinhole camera is infinite.
(I'd rather not get into the extensively long list of disadvantages with pinhole lenses. In short, if they *were* great, they would be the default. There is a reason why most lenses use glass.)