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David Ryan

David Ryan is a boat builder and USCG licensed master captain. He is the owner of Sailing Montauk and skipper of Montauk''s charter sailing catamaran MON TIKI You can follow him on Twitter @CaptDavidRyan

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  1. DensityDuck says:

    To some extent the march of technology will probably smear out the differences in what we might call “fanciness” between the lower end and the higher end.  An amateur filmmaker can get shooting quality equal to the pros; he can do his special effects on the same hardware, with the same tools; he can produce the sound the same way, he can get mass distribution without having to sign up to any contracts, all sorts of things.

    This doesn’t mean that the amateur production will be good.  It just means that we’re less likely to see a terrible professional production succeed merely on the strength of graphics and spectacle.Report

  2. Michael Cain says:

    An amateur filmmaker can… do his special effects on the same hardware, with the same tools…

    But only up to a point.  Consider Transformers 3 (which I admit to watching for the CGI alone — well, and then to see if there were any shots of Ms. Huntington-Whiteley where her lips didn’t look like someone had inadvertently smacked her in the mouth).  Most of the individual robots consisted of about 10,000 components, and took 30 weeks to define.  The “Driller” character consisted of over 70,000 defined components and their relationships.  Rendering the scene where the worm chewed up a skyscraper at IMAX resolution required 288 hours of processing time per frame.  ILM’s proprietary physics library to generate the motion for 20,000 bits of collapsing skyscraper isn’t available to others.

    Of course, these don’t mean that the state-of-the-art professional production will make it a good movie.Report

  3. David Ryan says:

    The idea of photography being a democratic artform has a history as long as the medium itself.  More thoughts on this later.Report

  4. Jon Rowe says:

    Check the “f’s” in Rufus.Report