This is the aspect of digital cinematography that should be emphasized, argued Professor Bill McDonald, head of cinematography at the UCLA School of Theater, Film and Television.
'This is just a natural stage of evolution within the art form,' McDonald said. 'It could not be more natural.There have been so many times within the film industry when some technology changed, and people said, 'You practitioners of the old techniques are the dinosaurs, goodbye.' In the end, it's just a tool.'
According to McDonald
, there has always been the appearance of tension between old and new practices in cinematography.Despite technological changes that seem to alter the craft completely, however, McDonald
holds that a cinematographer's true tasks have always been the same.
'It's a completely natural progression.Unfortunately, there seems to be a tendency to make it an 'or' - film or video.It's film and video; it's analog and it's digital.It's all embraced to tell stories better,' McDonald
We've gone from hand- cranked to motors, then we transitioned from fluid black-and-white to Technicolor cameras, through to today's hybrid, high-def video,' McDonald
'In other words, technology has always been changing for cinematographers.They are the first to embrace technology to help them tell better stories.'McDonald
is enthusiastic not only about incorporating new techniques as a cinematographer, but also about passing those techniques on to his
students as a teacher.
'When my students leave UCLA
, they can work in film, high-def video - they know how to work within all the tools to create the images that tell the story,' he
said. 'As an educator, I couldn't be more excited about this, because it makes the students better storytellers and more employable.'