This video discusses the history and evolution of cinematography, and argues that the skills necessary to be a successful cinematographer are more important than ever.
00:00:00 In the early days of cinematography, filmmakers had to make a choice between using 16mm film or 35mm film. 16mm was small and light, while 35mm was a bit more ponderous and expensive. However, accidents can happen with film, and sometimes a filmmaker may like the look of a film for one reason or another even if it's underexposed or incorrectly formatted. With the advent of digital intermediate, cinematographers have more control over the contrast and color of their films, allowing for a more experimental and unconventional style of filmmaking.
00:05:00 Digital cinematography has democratized the film industry, making it easier for anyone to produce and shoot films. However, this has also led to a lack of skill and creativity in film photography, as anyone can simply turn on a digital camera and take a photo.
00:10:00 The video discusses the importance of cinematography and the difficulty of properly defining the job. It points out that, although cinematography has changed over the years, the skills necessary to be a successful cinematographer have become more important than ever.