Amazing Filip! So awesome to hear another filmmaker seeing through the hype on this one...
This sounded great until I actually started looking through the "filmmakers" on YouTube you mentioned. 90% of the content I was seeing was gag comedy and reminiscent of many popular YouTube channels which have little to no substance. Maybe I was just missing it, but if the idea is creative control over content it seems a lot more like they have traded creative enslavement to "producers" for enslavement to the YouTube fan demand for short, empty entertainment. If not being into making silly 3 minute videos for the insatiable appetite of empty laughter on YouTube makes you an Arthouse filmmaker that is going to "burn down" in the old Arthouse, well I suppose you might as well give me the matches. I'd rather burn down. You'll have to excuse the hyperbole, it was actually an area of the article I did agree on.
So well said brother
I'm totally with you on the pre-viz concept Jeff. It really gives you room to experiment with the clay before it hardens in production. I honestly think it would have rocked Hitchcock's socks off the ability to completely pre-visualize his scenes to such a degree as is possible in programs like Iclone. He seemed to consider the production aspect of making a movie more of a necessary evil and the creation of the story (including extensive storyboards) the fundamental element.
While I definitely agree with Mark on allowing actors freedom, I also find this interesting: Kuleshov devised an experiment to demonstrate that film editing can be far more powerful than an actor's performances. He put together a short movie in which an actor looked off screen at a bowl of soup and then at a little girl's coffin. The audience "raved about the acting," according to one observer, who was praised for his powerful expressions of hunger and of sorrow respectively. The upshot? Kuleshov used the exact same footage of the main character, only replacing the middle piece of film, the object of his gaze. He was directing, not the actor, but the audience's reaction.
Pre-vis enables you to think much more actively about the flow of your film, and I think brings you to the table far more prepared to bring your vision to life. You would only "paint yourself in a corner" if you became inflexible to the spontaneity of the moment while on set.
Version 2.0 in OS X 10.10.5 is really buggy. Grey pixelation all over the place in stage view. They also report a bug on their website with not being able to open project files from the initial landing page and suggest loading the project from the Disc but this is unworkable. Waiting to hear back on solution but just thought I would give anyone else a heads up that was looking. It's now $40 bucks and buggy, which is too bad because it seems like a great concept otherwise :/