How Is Film Tech Changing For A New Millennium?

All you need to do is take a look at any old movie to see just how far the latest technologies have come. Just take a look at the old 1980s brick mobile phones and compare them to today’s slick, modern marvels – it’s easy to visualize the advances that we’ve made over the years both off and on -screen.

While recently there has been a nostalgia for the tech of the past – for example the reappearance of a few really great turntables that can rival anything that a 1970s teenager would have had in their bedroom – it seems that in some areas at least, technology isn’t slowing down at all. In the movie industry, the filmmakers of today are harnessing cutting edge tech, and the result looks very exciting for future filmmaking.

The New 3D

There have been 3D movies around since the 1950s, but during the early 2000s they were taken to a whole new level with movies like Avatar going above and beyond to bring audiences into the experience in a way that had never been seen before. However, the need to wear 3D glasses has been putting customers off attending 3D movies in recent years while the extra cost of tickets are another negative factor. However, with MIT researchers now working on a new generation of 3D tech, all of these problems could soon be at an end. 3D technology which requires no glasses could be just around the corner, with high-quality 3D effects that will amaze and inspire in equal measure. James Cameron has allegedly said that he wants to release the sequel to Avatar, Avatar 2 in 2020, using the new technology once it has been fully developed.

Augmented And Virtual Reality

While the goal of a 3D movie is to help the audience to feel a part of the movie rather than simply a passive viewer, virtual reality, or VR goes another step towards engaging audiences, bringing them literally onto the sets, allowing them to take a closer look at the characters’ world and to participate in it. While VR may not be as close at hand as glasses-free 3D, it’s under development and has a lot of exciting potential. Meanwhile, augmented reality is also under development. AR is simpler to recreate in the movie world than VR and the most cutting edge advances mean that it will become more personalized and interactive.

3D Printing For Props

Technology isn’t just for in front of the camera, there are advances taking place backstage too, with 3D printing being used to produce sets and props. Thanks to cutting edge concept software, filmmakers and designers can execute their vision digitally, with 3D printers being able to turn those creations into three dimensional objects. This is something that is already happening, with the technology having been used in movies such as Fast & Furious 6 when a tank exterior was created using a 3D printer.

Lighting Balance And Design

With technology becoming more advanced and accessible worldwide, lighting technology is making moviemaking easier. Cinematographers are now able to use light in order to create what they see in their mind’s eye and to take a more artistic approach rather than a scientific one when creating different effects on set.

Drone Use In The Mass-Market

Even low budget filmmakers can get in on the act thanks to the use of mass-market drones. Aerial footage was once incredibly expensive since aircraft were required. However, today, a camera and a drone can get all the shots filmmakers could possibly want. Safe, easy, fast and cheap to use, it’s no wonder they’re such a popular tool with directors everywhere.

The Use Of AI

Some filmmakers have even been using AI technology to write screenplays. One such AI tool named Benjamin created a science fiction screenplay called Sunspring which even included a musical interlude which Bengamin had composed himself. AI also has a role to play in assisting sound designers with pairing sound effects and realistic noises with silent footage. When this technology eventually becomes affordable to low-budget filmmakers, the possibilities are endless.

It’s clear that there are so many new ways that filmmaking could go. Nothing stands still in the world of cinema!