Filmmaking in the 21st Century: Innovation in Technique and Process

The origin points of ‘filming’ as a standardized western industry process can be traced to around the 19th century. Even with its introduction, it wasn’t the official start to moving pictures. Age-old techniques were already existent by the time the formal filmmaking process was set in. This involved screening moving images through shadow play, and it was surprisingly popular in many parts of the world.

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During the 1850s, the western concepts of animation and photography were introduced. The first successful projected movie that was merely motion pictures wound together came about in 1895, lasting more than 10 seconds. Much down the line, through the start of the 21st-century film technologies and processes were adapted to the digital medium with the increasing rise of computers and support systems. It is important to note that, the term, ‘film’ mostly referred to longer pieces of video production predominantly made for the larger set of audiences. This is in stark contrast to that of television, and video games though both are closely related technologies.


Rise of Technology in Filmmaking Process

The rise in the technological process, techniques, right down to equipment has been on the increase. This can be rightly verified in the particular phase of production. Production, as a phase in the filmmaking process, refers to the exact phase when the film is being produced. Naturally, this phase demands techniques and equipment in the form of advanced digital cameras. It is fair to point out that most of the films being made in the industry are relying on the use of digital cameras for production.


As per a certain statistic, more than 90% of the films being made in Hollywood rely on the usage of digital cameras. It is sufficient to say that the use of digital cameras for film production lowers the overall budget allocation for the filmmaking process.


During the post-production in the filmmaking process which involves editing, sound integration, and effects, filmmakers have to rely on a manual process for each of these categories. However, with the advent and increase of technology, the filmmaking process is empowered with technological advancement to simplify the process and better equip the filmmakers.


Technological Advancements in Filmmaking Process: An Overview

As proclaimed by many in the industry, both professionals and enthusiasts, the time we currently are in at the moment, is a very different industry than it earlier was. This can be attested from the fact how our normal use cameras are getting smaller, and cheaper by every day. Our tiny mobile phones can now do more than we ever imagined. Imagine the provision of a 360-degree experimental recording just with a mobile phone? Our ancestors would have never imagined.


Along with marvelous things that a mobile phone can perform, below are a list of innovation in the media and entertainment industry:

  • Autonomous drones

  • Dual camera facility

  • Editing tools

  • 3D printing facility

  • Nuanced animation process


3D Printing

The industrial applications of an SD printer and support systems are over the roof. Not only are they duly useful in the domain of filmmaking, and film processes, they are increasingly nailing their importance in many different creative fields. Overall, on the flipside 3D printers reduce costs for many processes involved.


In particular, 3D printers tend to reduce the need for transport equipment, which eliminates the need for shipping from location to location. Instruments such as clapboards and props can easily be made with 3D printing technology.

Virtual Reality

Virtual reality mainly comes to play in enhancing the movie watcher’s experience. Immersion virtual reality technologies, can for example provide behind the scenes and virtual scrolls through the filmmaking environment, and the vast array of processes that happen in the different phases of film production.


4K 3D Camera

By common consensus, 4K 3D cameras are being sought out by filmmakers and enthusiasts to provide and attain VR filming. In fact, both Google and LucidCam have come out with their respective 4K 3D cameras to provide tools for the same purpose. While it is understandable that the current resources for the process are limited, studies and predictions point out that, the case might be very different in the years to come. With rising technological advancement, watching movies in the 4K 3D VR medium may not be very far in the future.


Cloud technology

The idea of using cloud-based technologies and storage is slowly gaining momentum in the circles of the filmmaking industry, though there was a stiff hesitation at the start. The adaptation and usage of cloud resources available to the industry ultimately lower the in-house costs incurred by the production houses. Another advantage to being mindful is that the technology and support systems are very much scalable, and on another note involve minimal hardware. These advantages collectively translate to the need in the film industry to make use of cloud-based technology, imperatively.


About the Author:

Nandha Palani Dorai is a content writer and co-founding editor of Bluegraph Press, the literary print magazine & online portal for readers and writers from Indian and South Asia. She helps in elevating brand presence through her content, copy & brand identity design.