I believe there is a big point missed in all this nonsense and that is the story. The narrative arch of the hero who rescues the naive princess is as old as... well as stories. But we forget that this kind of storytelling is based on a very basic actant model (no one ever read the narrative of Greimas?). I hear people going back to old racist movies, the structure of those is based on the same kind of narrative (and reflect a different era - not defending this, it is what it is).
Get all these characters, lose their names and background and they play exactly the same roles as any other character would in any other story. I don't believe there's a excess of male sexist and misogynistic writers pushing this so-called "BSY" genre. I believe there's a lack of people using this same structure to create different stories with the same narrative arch but with whoever they want playing whatever actant role, as narratives are not limited to who should their characters be, only real people seem to be this limited (and that's why we read nonsensical articles like this, unfortunately).
Instead of saying stuff like "Audiences should no longer accept this, and filmmakers and screenwriters need to avoid writing BSY", perhaps the message should be to let people write whatever they want but perhaps to consider switching roles if this can help their narrative in any way or make it more interesting (and please, not pushing agendas).
And if you feel offended by any kind of media, don't consume it, it's that simple. I'm tired of this new wave of people who are the enlightened ones and make it their quest to tell other people what they should or should not do according to their own morals. They are just as full of sh*t as everyone else. And I am not surprised to see this article in NFS, not impressed either.
I logged in just to like this comment! However it doesn't seem to work... I understand, it's that kind of shit (among non filmmakers writing articles about filmmaking) that have turned NFS into a joke...
"adapter that allows you to turn your phone into a working cinema camera". It takes a bit more than putting a lens (any lens) on a phone, or any other camera, for it to suddenly become a cinema camera. You guys should know what you're talking about, but it clearly looks like whoever is writing these articles has no idea...
haha so FCPX now offers what Premiere has been offering for years...?
You couldn't have said that any better Anthony. Filmmaking is a craft and wether you decide to learn it properly or not can and will affect you if you want to make a career out of it. Most of us probably started in a similar way, testing a camera we could put our hands on and fooling around with it, but that's just a first stage. I know it didn't take me too long before I wanted to know how to do things properly.
Some of what he says I could have agreed on if he had summed it up with a "focus on your story, not your gear", but he didn't. He just decided to state that "most youtubers shoot with a high shutter speed and edit on Windows movie maker (or whatever NLE)". Well, most youtubers are not filmmakers, just people sitting in their bedrooms in front of a computer. The fact that they have a million subscribers and views doesn't make them filmmakers, so using them as case study is just wrong.
Regarding using 4k or not, well, if you light like Roger Deakins and shoot on Master Primes, you shouldn't worry about that. The raw reality is that clients want that (even if they don't know what it is), so if you are not shooting 4K in this day and age, you are not competition. And about shooting s-log, raw or whatever, why wouldn't you want to get the best out of your images if you can? Same with the gear, I shoot on an Epic and sometimes I have to strip it down to lens and battery, but if I can enhance my work with filters and other accessories that will make my camera "large", why wouldn't I?
I lost a DJI Phantom 4 in a typhoon, ambitious client request, so I got it replaced. Anyway, I couldn't fly it back, but the drone was still on for a good 5-10 mins after the battery reached 0%, which shows that DJI has put some effort into battery autonomy to avoid these sort of user errors. This makes me think that it's very unlikely for a DJI drone to just randomly fall from the sky, not impossible as technology is not perfect and any particular drone could have a particular glitch. I am pretty sure that in at least 90% of cases, if a drone drops it's the user's fault. Luckily, in my case it fell in the middle of the sea, so no one could have been harmed. Leroy: always in my heart <3