News: Is this the future of all cinematography!?

Is this the future of all cinematography!?

Is this the future of all cinematography!?

Is this the future of all cinematography!?

Beautifully shot and composited, you will swear this is all real !  Im still in total AWE !

Here is a compositing breakdown for the piece.

Here is another film showing the process from modeling to the final compositing and color correct.

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Check out the video he did for Exeter's library: https://vimeo.com/5407991

Short answer to your question my friend is No.

The long answer is also no, but this is stunning stuff, just as a quick explanation you will notice there are absolutely no shots of a close-up human face moving. That is and always will be the most important job of a cinematographer, capturing human emotion and expression, until then we all have onset jobs for a very very long time.

Continuing my point and notto take anything away from this work, it is fantastic, but it should be noted it is very carefully crafted to allow for most of the shots to be on still objects. In fact most of the shots are for all intensive purposes pan and scans of what are basically still 3D models of inorganic objects minimally animated . As cinematographers our craft is one of motion photography and while stunning, this work does not really capture motion in the frame (I am making a distinction between camera motion and subject motion here) can this recreate an animal running (the birds are nice, but very small and would I suspect suffer greatly on a large screen), a lovers quarrel, a sporting event?

As technicians we must be aware and excited about all new developments in cinema, this included, but let us not be blinded by the toys of the trade. While audiences still hunger for humanity in motion, whether documentary or narrative, a camera system that captures people in real spaces having real interactions will always be in demand and a cinematographer needed to oversee it.

Remember that film Avatar...
Lots of motion & emotion in that...

I think we are actually on the cusp of all things going digital, its just a matter of when.
Give this 5 years, and I would bet this level of reality is created on the fly with pre-fab sets.
That is you could rent props like you can from a prop house, and these will be texture mapped and weighted etc for your virtual world.

We will always need someone to decide what to frame and how it should look (color and lighting) but that will be the cinematographer of the future, its already happening.

A smart DP would learn all available tools or go the way of the type setters.
But Im sure some people still LOOOOOOVE TYPE SETTING... just like some LOOOVE FILM.

Toys and tools do have their time in the light, and then they fade away.

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