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I’ve noticed over the last 10 years the production industry has undergone a significant upheaval. Prior to the middle ’90’s, if you wanted to work in the production industry you had to work for an established house, a network or affiliate, or go into major debt to start your own company. Since ’96, the technology changed with the advent of DV, MiniDV, the breaking of AVID/Apple’s stranglehold on Non-linear Editing and the perfection of the Sony Handycam. Fast-forward to ’99 and suddenly not only were professional grade or (prosumer) cameras available (and affordable), hoards of software companies rushed to release new NLE software to the general public so they could do the unthinkable; make their own movies!
In the following 10 years, we’ve seen the ‘guerilla filmmaker’ movement evolve into the current’independent filmmaker’ movement. But with Hollywood having taken over the moniker of ‘Independent Film’ (c’mon, how the hellare Mel Gibson or Robert Redford ‘Independent’?) by calling financed films independent and with the rising costs of once affordable production gear, is the Digital Revolution dying or is it dead?