Filmmaking is a form of art and viewers find it easier to get access to it as compared to the filmmakers. In the case of independent films that have garnered quite a good amount of success, plenty of human as well as financial resources are required to bring actors, editors, support crews, and sets together. Aside from that, the postproduction stage needs a host of things that’s beyond the imagination of a viewer. To make a film out of a story, a filmmaker needs plenty of money, has to devote a lot of time, and has to come up with certain tough decisions. New technologies are of great help these days. 5G is all set to usher in a revolution in the world of mobile filmmaking. How? Find out.
Directors and cinematographers have a particular setting in their minds for every shot of a film. However, finding a perfect location in the real world that would stand up to that vision is an arduous task and require a lot of time and energy. Mostly, to shoot a film, the makers need different locations to portray a story on the silver screen. Scouts who have the responsibility of seeking out apt locations might take days, sometimes even weeks to do it. Thousands of snaps are clicked and brought back.
It’s the director’s job to compile all the photos taken. This is where 5G can lend a helping hand. When a scout uses camera drones powered by 5G technology, they can access all the locations that they couldn’t access previously. These drones can also take a survey of maximum locations in the least possible time and also reap ample benefits that automated tools will provide. Better shots are certainly on the cards. The technology of drone cameras has had massive growth over the past few years. Banking on 5G technology, remote filming will be no longer an issue.
In case of a live stream or a national broadcast, the whole crew team and equipment need to be transported to the location. If you attend a live shoot, you will notice that there is an entire campground that has been formed by the presence of several trucks and trailers, cameras, and other equipment. Getting work done is truly an uphill task. While filming, more setup, as well as breakdown time, might be required on some days. The situation became worse during the COVID-19 pandemic when the safety of the crew and social distancing became a huge factor.
With the advent of 5G technology, hardwired transmission might no longer be needed. The advantages of this technology, such as increased bandwidth, higher data rates, and lower latency can help in moving production into the cloud. The cloud-based technology enabled by 5G could help the production team reduce its dependency on staffing, engineering, and on-location technology. Aside from that, the increased efficiency, as well as safety, would mean a lot to the studios. Independent creators can take full advantage of 5G for virtual collaboration.
Green screens are usually used during filming so that makers can easily substitute that with any background they want for a shot during the postproduction stage. Editors have to take footage into account and have to give a lot of effort in ensuring that actors don’t appear unnatural when they have a new background. Editors have to focus on all the minute details, like strands of hair, the fabric of the costume, and even their small movements. With green screens in use, plenty of manual labor goes into the postproduction stage. Moreover, the process is immensely time-consuming too.
Recently, high-resolution LED screens seem to have replaced green screens. With the help of these LED screens, filmmakers are being able to capture computer-generated backgrounds on their cameras. If the actors are getting an opportunity to deliver in front of an already generated background instead of the dull green screens, their performances will be undoubtedly more realistic. The LED screens however have certain limitations. Owing to the high fidelity, the load of data transfer is huge. Also, endless cables are a hindrance for the director. A 5G connectivity will help them edit and change a particular background, that too in real-time, and directors can add and remove anything they feel like for a shot.
The adoption of 5G technology in filmmaking could lead to huge savings related to time and money. There could be a boost in nearly all the phases that filmmaking involves.