Ubiquitous cameras are changing Documentary filmmaking.
Yesterday my friend Michael Kammes tweeted:
The *real* reason cameras need higher resolution at a lower price point is so “Caught on Camera” type shows have tolerable video.
However it made me think that the real reason we have so many high resolution cameras as cameras, or as cell phones, is that there will never again be a visual gap in a documentary!
Just recently another friend, Harrison Engle built a documentary around 30 minutes of “found footage”. Historic footage is extremely valuable because it is very rare.
About 13 years ago I was working on a documentary about a young performer. One pivotal occasion – in 1998 – was the night he was “discovered” at a school Master Class. Being 1998 there is not a single piece of video or even a still photograph to celebrate that night.
It’s unthinkable that would happen now. Likely, had this been done in the last couple of years, I’d have enough footage to be able to cut it multicam!
Ubiquitous, high resolution cameras, are an amazing boon to future documentary filmmakers.