At $7K you cannot pay a crew a legal minimum wage and make a feature. And having worked on 4 day features as an AD, I've seen the toll on quality first hand. Nothing short sighted about that.
Even further, the examples you're citing such as Whiplash and Ex Machina were not made for $7K. Not 70k. Not even 700K. They were 3.3 million and 15 million respectively.
Quality is most assuredly a product of time. And time without money in most cases is slavery.
I mean, yeah. In a way this certainly was a 1st draft. Once I realized there was an opportunity to tell a story in a way for which there was no precedent, I couldn't help myself, the curiosity was too much. But SHOULD I do it? How could I truly know until I'd tried?
Ultimately, I'm with you. Unsurprisingly, my conclusion is not that the technology is ready to go toe to toe with modern visual standards...yet :)
Sorry to hear that Max. Can't knock you for having the high standards. Looking forward to the day the technology lives up to them!
Thanks man! And yeah, I very honestly am very curious if my chosen workflow could have been improved. Maybe new ideas will surface when I release the BTS.
I hadn't even thought about that way! Then again, I suppose the actually key light was 92,960,000 miles away. With the bounce a mere 238,900 miles away.
Good luck man! I'd love to check it out