If you are even the slightest bit interested in making your own films, then you must be aware of the now-released Red One camera. It’s the latest sensation that’s sweeping the nation, and the pictures it takes are certainly pretty. It has some issues that can create extra work in post, like the fact that it uses a rolling shutter and its not true 4K, but overall it seems to be one sweet little camera. I can’t wait to get my grubby mittens all over one and shoot something, but for now I’ll just sit back and let the pros do it- Peter Jackson, Steven Soderbergh, and several others are already using it for feature films and TV productions, with some crazy-promising results so far. Click the links to go watch trailers and see what I am talking about, especially the Peter Jackson trailer. At $17k to start (lenses, recording media, viewfinder etc. are all extra), the Red One is bringing a whole new level of professional grade equipment down to an affordable level for everyone. If you own or have used one of these baddies, let us know your thoughts on it, I’m very curious to hear more personal use stories. Hopefully I’ll have some of my own sooner than later.
But I also want to say one thing about the drooling fanboyism that this camera has churned up all over the internets. This is just a tool, it will not make anyone a better filmmaker. I have run into countless “indie filmmakers” here in LA that don’t know their asses from a wide shot, yet are insistent on shooting on film, regardless of whether or not they have the money, or in some cases, a story to tell. The tools and the medium can certainly help to tell a story, but at the very core is good filmmaking, and I personally believe that good storytelling is the only thing that matters at all. A good storyteller can make an amazing film on a $100 used hi8 camera with dirty heads. To me, some of the Red’s biggest fans seem to care more about the technology than about using it. Horse->cart, story->camera.