Filmmaking is evolving thanks to new technology
9th July 2015
“In a culture that is continually looking for smaller, faster and more convenient ways of doing things, we can often abandon a technology before it reaches maturity,” says motion graphic designer, David Sheldon-Hicks.
Numerous technologies are already making waves and slowly impacting the film industry in some way or another.
David, who has worked on Guardians of the Galaxy and Ex Machina, told The Guardian newspaper that 3D printing will ‘revolutionise’ filmmaking from a production design standpoint.
He said: “Concept artists often design with computer-generated imagery (CGI) and computer-aided design (CAD) software, which lends itself perfectly to printing in 3D.
“Because the technology can also achieve such sophisticated levels of detail, print size and finish, prop departments on big productions are embracing the flexibility and efficiency the process affords.”
This new technology, according to David, has the potential to become a vital instrument in the production designer’s toolkit.
David also commented on the recent developments of 3D motion capture, he suggests that software like the Depth Kit is really indicative of how filmmaking is developing and evolving.
Using programmes like the Depth Kit, the industry is now able to explore rich new ways of telling a story.
David concluded that although the rapid evolution and versatility of digital has revolutionised filmmaking, film still has its place and holds its own.
“Today, the flexibility and immediacy of digital filming makes a lot of sense, but while this format is still evolving, celluloid is a medium at the pinnacle of its technology.”