A while back when George Lucas shot Attack of the Clones, he claimed that they could take a long shot of the footage shot with the Sony HDW-900 and zoom into a medium or a close up of the actor if they needed it for cutting purposes.
This style of editing really interests me and the options it opens up for an editor in post is huge. I'm thinking if you shoot at 4k and export a final version at 2k, you have 2k worth of "disposeable" resolution to take advantage of. You could create your shots in post! Panning, dollying, cropping, etc.
I think for Indie filmmakers, the ability to re-work your shots in post would create a greater freedom during editing while alleviating some of the pressures involved in shooting (ie -- budget).
For instance, you wouldn't need as much coverage. If two people are on the couch talking, light the scene accordingly. Shoot a couple takes as a long shot and a set of medium shots for both actors. Then you would have the freedom to create the rest of shots in post.
It would make shooting a movie faster and cheaper because you wouldn't have to worry about as many lighting set ups or camera set ups. You wouldn't have to lay down a track for a dolly or set up a jib for a small crane shot. You could achieve all those results in post while minimizing the expense involved with the actual production.
Am I crazy in thinking this way? Would this new workflow concept work well with the RED? I hope it will be a workable concept.There's a lot of talk about Red's integration with FCP. Hopefully FCP and RED will be able to support this style of filmmaking / editing. I hope they will allow you to edit in 1k, create your shots in post (dollies, cranes, close ups, inserts, etc.) and allow you to export all your changes through the edl to the master 4k version. Wouldn't that be amazing? I think all indie filmmakers would be a little more relaxed if the RED allowed this kind of creative freedom in post.