RIP film 1895 – 2012

Filmmaking started with a whir and a flicker way back in 1895. It was a giant step beyond photography; in its most basic form it was animation with photos. The concept hasn't changed for 118 years, but the technology has.

For image acquisition, the use of celluloid and mechanical cameras prevailed for over 100 years; the production of film stock only came to an end last year, and a handful of artists still use it for its 'honesty'.

Film is dead, long live super high-def video. Video has been slowly creeping up on us since the 1940s when television became another channel of distribution. And now it has graduated to top of the class.

Distribution has also gone through huge technical upheavals: film was once the domain of palatial cinema theatres; now we can watch a new release on our phone, for a small price.

And then there is the production of the content. Editing has gone from flatbed mechanical film to film editing, to computer-powered nonlinear editing suites, to now editing in the cloud. The future of production is going to be interesting.

But what about working together on these productions? In the beginning filmmakers would send each other film reels to watch on home projectors, and then send back telegrams with ideas. By the 1990s email had taken off, and that was how you told your teammate your ideas. Twenty years have passed and email is still the number one way to share feedback. The sharing of video has gone from film reel, to video tape, to finally video online, but what about the collaboration?

Cloud platforms will speed up and smooth out our industry. For creative people, the more invisible the technology, the better. The ultimate working experience is brain to brain and technology is getting us closer to this.