The guy who gave us TOY STORY (and so many other INCREDIBLE films, geddit?) says of the iPhone and GoPro “[They] give a vibrancy you have never been able to have before … I think a new film grammar is going to come with these things.”
What’s most interesting about Lasseter’s remarks at the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences earlier this week is how he addressed the criticism that neither device is very good as a filmmaking tool: he used his own experience with TOY STORY and the technology he and Pixar were trying to apply — computer animation.
“Things looked kind of plastic and we thought: ’What if the characters were made of plastic? What if they were toys?’ ” Lasseter said. “And it’s one of the reasons we leaned into making toys the subject of our feature film, ‘Toy Story.’ ”
In other words: use the new tools for what they’re good at, use them when they’re the best choice to fit the story you’re trying to communicate, or change your story and objectives to fit the tools.
And then, if you’re lucky and incredibly skilled, magic happens.
Remember when people denigrated the talkies?
Of course you don’t.
Walt Disney chief thinks the future of movies is… the iPhone?
Via Cult of Mac:
It’s easy to think that Steve Jobs’ biggest contribution to movies was his work at Pixar. In fact, according to no less an authority than Walt Disney and Pixar chief creative officer John Lasseter, Jobs’ biggest lasting influence on cinema could turn out to be none other than the invention of the iPhone.
Speaking at the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences on Tuesday, Lasseter said he can easily see a day when the big award-winning movies we watch are produced by filmmakers using only their iPhones and GoPro cameras.
“People will tell you, ‘That’s not going to work,’ but yeah, that’s going to work,” Lasseter said. “But the reason they say that is because it’s not what they are used to.”
Lasseter’s prediction’s not just the comment of someone biased by their history with Steve Jobs. As the iPhone’s camera has gotten better and more ubiquitous over the years, it’s shown up as a filming tool in more and more scenarios.
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