Monday, October 21, 2013
How digital film changes the racial politics of cinematography
Add another benefit to that list. A recent article from The Washington Post highlights how digital filmmaking has allowed cinematographers to capture a wider and deeper range of skin tones. The physical nature of film historically posed a challenge for capturing non-white faces. Now, post-production and higher-quality digital cameras, it's is less of a problem. This has been a boon for films by and about African-Americans; the Post cites 12 Years a Slave in particular. It's all a little technical to read, but it's fascinating to see how technology can inform the politics of film.
(This great article comes to us courtesy of AU film professor Jeff Middents. Thanks Professor!)