Professionals are interested in talking technology. I was at the Production"Dave Watterson" <firstname.lastname@example.org> wrote:
Ned wrote: The problem is that the IAC and the UK amateur scene are not
of what is happening in the larger world of independent film making.
I believe there are two worlds of "amateur" film makers and the two only
meet occasonally. There is the IAC world with the cine/video clubs that
its constituency and the Independent film makers who don't see themselves
as amateurs although they may mortgage their house to make films for the
sheer passion of doing so. The IAC world is dominated by middle aged people
and is as much about technology as it is about creativity - this is the
IAC location where discussion of this sort takes place and there is a strong
whiff of the outcasts about us. There is absolutely nothing wrong with this
except that the IAC and clubs don't see themselves that way and so all the
effort put in to attracting young members who are not going to want to spend
much time with people of their parents generation. (or in AN's case and
their grandparents generation). The IAC/clubs should concentrate on attracting
middle aged people, there is no shortage of them out there and many have
the time and money to spend on an interesting hobby.
The Independent film makers are only interested in making films, they usually
rent or borrow the equipment they need and want to talk film not technology.
Must end there as I am about to receive a client
Show earlier in the year and they were all doing it! The new High Definition
format (Sony based) is getting much attention and the discussion forums
for editing systems are humming. The Creative Cow site and the Media 100
Users Forum are discussing technical problems and queries all the time. That's
how we solve a lot of problems. But your point about the lack of creative
urge amongst amateurs is well taken. The best films at the various festivals
and competitions should be discussed and analysed more closely than they
are. We are all agreed - we must aim higher. Not necessarily about issues
but be more imaginative and not be satisfied with mediocrity.