If anything, I think last year's Oscar nominations had a larger number of digitally shot entries than this year's did. Once again, that doesn't really mean anything in the scheme of things. But it probably does mean that those who are already talking about film's death in feature production as if its already happened aren't really paying attention. Or don't want to.
Great Talent is recognizable, it should have nothing to do with the price of a product. The more the user base the more the talented individuals get their hands on tools. We do need the preset wanting individuals to pay for the R&D of products. Talent will always stand out. I would rather see talented individuals make more money than spend their earnings on Ultra expensive tools.
There are so many post facilities with very talented individuals, but millions of dollars invested into equipment closing down every time new cheaper technology is used by the competition.
The "Secret Knowledge" thing is a little too conspiratorial for me. I think it's more accurate to talk about the high-end scene vs the emerging pro-sumer scene. Personally I think the pro-sumer scene is very exciting right now and I'm thrilled be a part of it, but I also understand some of the exclusive strengths of the high-end. Anyone can break into the high-end if they are determined to, it's not a secret, it's just harder to break in, takes longer, and the path is often filled with undesirable assistant work. You have to really ask yourself where you WANT to be. I know PLENTY of talent who are working in high-end post houses, making great money, but don't love what they do and would rather be working on indie features, but can't give up the money that comes with commercial advertising work. I came into this business with a die-hard focus on feature editing and avoided the commercial post house scene intentionally. Now my feature projects are onlining in those same post houses, but it took eight years to get there. For me it's far more important to decide where you want to be and love what you do, and use BOTH the pro-sumer and high-end to achieve it, than it is to worry about which one is holier than the other.
For years, I was a high-end online editor at the shops in LA. I was working on some of the biggest shows on the major networks, getting good work... and I was pretty miserable. I had a young family, and more often than not, I'd have to call my wife on short notice and say, "won't be home until... much much later." Every once in awhile, that's fine. At least twice a week for more than a year... not so much.
One particularly bad night after a psycho producer on a big show had just kept most of the online staff of a big post house working until 3AM on something that really REALLY did not matter just because her ego needed its power fix, a switch flipped in my head. I realized that I was at the top of my game in the Online Editorial field... and it was never going to get any better than this.
Started looking for a gig with a manufacturer the next day, and have never looked back. I'm happier, my family is happier, and I still get to do creative stuff with cool people.
It really is a question of stepping back and deciding where you want to be. Those are not easy decisions...
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