With the dust now settled on the what proved to be a rather “historic” day for camera announcements, the masses have now had time to digest the incredible amount of information delivered in such a small period of time, giving way to opinions (informed and uninformed) scattered across every angle of the inter-web.
While coming across a heated debate on whether or not the “expensive” new cameras debuted from Canon and RED are needed validate one’s filmmaking prowess, I stumbled across a quote from Stanley Kubrick that stuck with me throughout the day. It read:
A filmmaker has almost the same freedom as a novelist has when he buys himself some paper.
If you happen to be unfamiliar with Kubrick, he’s the legendary New York City director best known for his films: Full Metal Jacket (1987), The Shining (1980), and Eyes Wide Shut (1999). Not only is the quote a meaningful excerpt from one of the more highly respected figures in the history of film, but it also encompasses and settles the entire point and conclusion of the argument in just one sentence.
Just as a novelist chooses a medium to write on, a filmmaker has the freedom to employ whatever motion capturing device, albeit “expensive” or modest, he or she finds fit. The one constant that never changes and can never be questioned is one’s creativity. Whether that novelist chooses to buy the most expensive piece of paper available, or a napkin found on the floor, the words written will not change due to the surface on which the ink is touched. The appearance and presentation may suffer, but the creativity found will always remain and this same value holds true with filmmaking and the tools used to capture the moments in time. Freedom and creativity are the underlying principles that make the film and photography community what it is and these values should never be forgotten.
In closing, whether you choose to film your next feature film on a RED, or tackle that next photography gig on the Canon EOS-1D X, the choice and freedom of format is yours, and will always be, no matter how loud the opinions of others may sound. The real key is your creativity and how you are able to translate it through the lens of your choice.
Just some food for thought.
Quote originally posted by: Stefan Neubig