Technology in the movies industry is a huge one with one 12 billion dollars spent every year on it, and it shapes an essential part of entertainment worldwide.
With the development of science and technology, there exists a wide variety of techniques that help with the production of numerous ideas.
1. Photography and camera work
There are a variety of examples that illustrate how the standard technology in movies involving photography takes place in a movie set. But how cinematographers and directors use them depends on the scene and how the director conducts it. Some types of directions are unique to their source and a staple to the director's work.
1.1 New direction
New direction takes place whenever a new and aspiring director takes their first shot at directing. They often do not fully comprehend the extent of technology in movies and how to deal with specific pictures and angles.
In many ways, it is the amateur side of TV and movie production and direction. It may also be the fact that the movie belongs to the independent or indie genre. In which case, the technology used in the making of the picture must be concise, and the way the latter conducts the shooting must be exciting and unique.
1.2 Wide cinematic shot
Technology in movies allows for diversity and the needed cinematic effect that most directors use to engage their audience into the tone of the film. In one shot, the camera moves around and represents the characters individually, but when the camera zooms out and captures a wide shot of the scene.
Photographers use that method also as heroic or build-up moments to show the gravity of the situation, which puts the audience on edge, waiting for what is about to happen.
Furthermore, the wide-angle gives the audience a breather from whatever the movie is setting up, and it gives them time to recollect their thoughts for what is possibly a turning point of a climax in the story.
2. Camera mechanisms
It is the basis of what every creative direction falls on, and it comes in various shapes and functions.
It represents the future of technology in movies and also of photography in general. Camera mechanisms are a group of specially designed for individual requirements in filming.
They use specialized equipment to take shots from angles that would only be accessible from CGI effects or a continuously cut shot.
2.1 Camera machines
Technology in movies and editing software developed a new type of robots that accurately control the camera with the right commands.
An example is a robot (Kira) that Motorized Precision, a company in Portland, made to control and pan camera shots in different directions and with high speeds without having any stuttering or out of focus shots.
The company also designed the software that controls the robot by inputting the location and the angle of the camera, as well as the target that it will focus on. And the results from that thing are pretty close to CGI effects.
Motorized Precision also made a smaller and lighter version of Kira (Mia) to have it on a large motorized track system. And it can take continuous shots following the movement of a particular object.
2.2 Probe lens
The probe lens is one of the latest developments in technology in movies. It is a compact long, and circular lens with manual controls only. This remarkable tool's prime objective is to zoom in on close-up subjects and get a wide shot of them.
The way the probe lens works is close to a flashlight. And thanks to the LED lights at the end of the glass. They exist to illuminate the close-up subject and its distinct features, and seeing as the probe lens uses light in tight spaces for those types of situations, it does need that light to function correctly.
2.3 Drone cameras
As the name suggests, drone cameras are specially made lenses that mount on a drone that can fly and have aerial shots with amazing stabilization for multiple uses.
Filmmakers mainly use it to show incredibly wide shots of various landscapes and environments. They are used in documentaries to capture the feeling of the atmosphere of the subject, or in tracking shots in movies for scenes that have a lot of explosions or action in them
So the camera needs to be far from that but still close enough for the enjoyment of the viewers. And this is where the drone camera shines with its optical zoom and stabilized motors.
Technology in movies is not entirely dependent on machines and AI. Sometimes human touches must have a role in making a scene, in which case the camera stabilizers come into play.
They are camera parts that help the photographer get a continuous shot while on the move without the jitteriness. Stabilizers create this effect around the camera where it does not move from its mounting location by it only moves according to the movement of the holder.
They are in use in various cinematic shots such as track shots and helicopter sequences, and they tend to simulate the effect of an eagle eye that fantastically sees through the landscape.
3. Future of technology in movies
The more technology develops in the million-dollar brand that it is today, the more it becomes clear that the movies industry will benefit from whatever the first has to offer.
It is well in expectation that artificial intelligence will become better at pinpointing objects and where they are, compared to everything else. And since we see that some smartphone technologies that fit well into our pockets are getting close results to that of professional cameras.
Only tomorrow will tell what could result from such an alliance.