Monthly Archives: January 2012

OMG! Film studies

I really don’t know where to start…

Somebody said to me recently “Oh! you come from Exeter, you must be involved in the film school there”

What film school?

Ah, I search the net and find the department of film studies at Exeter University, hmm, 10 doctors and a professor teaching film studies, none of them have ever worked in the film business.

Of course I already realised that we were drowning in people who talk about film whilst there was a shortage of anyone who actually knows WTF they’re doing in film.

Why are we spending so much money all over the UK on film theory and on the occasions we get a “practical” course it’s in Meeja studies and produces graduates who need help tying their own show laces!

Take a few quid away from these time wasters and give to one of the few places that actually teach film making in a practical way, I think that there are maybe five of them in the UK.

At a conference a while back I sat through a doctor of film telling us the history of film and I had to point out at the end of his presentation that a lot of what he told us about the history of digital cinema and HD was just plain wrong. He said he was right and the literature showed it, but I was there! a lot of what he was talking about I was actively involved in.

Reality doesn’t matter, it’s not in the literature.

Absolute bloody insanity.

Age of the average

We are on a terrible period of bland mediocrity

People playing safe so they don’t upset anyone

The incompetent are afraid to hire the competent for fear of being exposed, far better to hire someone mediocre

What has happened to my business? Have we turned into a camera department of scared little mice ?

Tall poppy syndrome rules

The bland leading the bland

Cinematography Insitute

I unfortunately missed the first meeting of the organisers of this but will participate as much as geography allows!

I think that it’s vital that cinematographers update themselves constantly to the changing technologies and imaging possibilities.

Its only by doing this that we will be able to remain the “authors of the image” as we are now.

This is not in any way to downplay the contribution of everyone we work with and without whom we would not be able to create our images but there has to be one guiding force in the creation of the image and as cinematographers we need to establish that in the changing world of image creation we have the vision to keep that position.