january 23-30, 2002
greenbelt cinema 1, makati city
metro manila, philippines































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Digital filmfest
in the works

Posted:6:46 PM (Manila Time) | December 17, 2001
By Rachel Nalus
Inquirer News Service

THE DIGITAL revolution is upon us and it’s changing the face of cinema as we know it. It’s modifying the rules of the game and allowing those little players in the sidelines a crack at their big break. Now, film rookies, indie directors, and major studio players can jostle it out in the same arena.

Digital filmmaking first entered the scene in 1996 on the heels of exciting technological innovations. Film mavericks caught the digital vibe, churning out well-made films shot on digital cameras that are smaller and cheaper than the typical 35mm camera. It heralded a new, radical era in filmmaking, a movement tagged as the Digital Revolution.

Technology provided filmmakers with powerful new tools that allowed them to create high-quality films on a low budget. Nowadays, renegade filmmakers are shooting images and recording sound with digital video cameras, and using the latest software to edit, mix and create special effects on home computers.

This stripped-down, bare-bones approach to making films is a far cry from the dominant Hollywood paradigm of huge production bills and expensive, bulky cameras. The arrival of affordable Digital Video (DV) camcorders has created unprecedented ultra-low-budget production possibilities.

Beyond the low budgets and new cameras, what the digital revolution really means for the average man dreaming of becoming the next Lino Brocka or plain tired of the run-of-the-mill cineplex fare, is a crack at making the movie he’s always wanted to do or see. Anyone can be a filmmaker. The digital medium amplifies the possibilities for those who have no access to professional, accepted filmmaking techniques and equipment, or those who simply cannot afford to shoot in 35mm, or even in 16mm.

Speaking before a Cannes Film Festival forum, Iranian filmmaker Samira Makhmalbaf remarked about this significant implication of the digital revolution: “Twenty years ago, if someone wanted to enter the profession of filmmaking she would have been asked if she knew its technique. If she did not, she would have been told that she was illiterate about half of the art. Some 20 years later, the only question she needs to answer is if she has art.”

Free from the burden of financing and figures, more than at any time in the history of film, filmmakers can own and control the means of production and post-production. Digital also allows filmmakers, whether first-timers or experienced, to experiment with the art form and perfect the craft.

With DV, a filmmaker can shoot more footage, or shoot again and again until he makes its right, at very minimal cost. Something you cannot do with traditional film stock which costs a thousand times more than a digital tape.

The impact of digital production is also seen in the realism of the performance. Small and unobtrusive, digital video has a markedly different psychological effect on the performance. Compared to acting before a traditional film camera with the unavoidable phalanx of assistants hovering next to it, digital video liberates the actors.

Minus the gawking crew and obtrusiveness of the studio camera, actors aren’t acting for the camera but for each other. The end result is a work less make-believe and with a lot more realism and spontaneity.

The Digital Revolution has only just begun. Its other significant and wide-ranging effects are yet to unravel. So hold on to your seats and keep your eyes on the screen.

Digital is coming at you.

The very first digital film festival in the Philippines, “.MOV,” will showcase some of the landmark films in the history of digital filmmaking, including the works of Rob Nilsson, Kidlat Tahimik, Todd Verow, and Dogme 95. The festival will have its run on Jan. 23-30 at the Greenbelt Cinema 1, Makati. Call Filmless Films at (+63 2) 433-3496, 921-8434, & oracafe@rocketmail.com.

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