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The Cameraman’s Revenge (1912) and My Thoughts on The Future of Films

May 14, 2011

Found this little gem on YouTube, it’s nearly 100 years old!  It’s great that some of the early films that were made can still be viewed today.  With the explosion of digital video in the past 10 years, I wonder where films will be 100 years from now.  Will people even watch what we create?  It seems hard enough to get people to watch your stuff today, it would be a miracle if anything I create still has a life 100 years from now.  The way technology is going it would seem very possible that what we make today will survive.  However, it also seems that there’s so much content being produced right now, that it’d eventually get lost in space or in other words “just another face in the crowd”.  If what you make is going to stick around for a while it better be great, good is not enough anymore.  Maybe one day the “internet of the future” or whatever we are using, will have the capability to search for any movie, any short film, anything we want at any given time.  Basically we have that capability today but maybe 100 years from now it’ll all be free?  I won’t care, I’ll be dead.  I’m already giving it away for free anyways, so long as what I create lives, I’m happy.  I don’t know what I’m getting at here but coming across this gem that was created under the first 20 years of filmmaking, makes me wonder what will become of our creations of today in the future.

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  1. Paul permalink
    September 17, 2011 11:08 am

    AIUI, Starevich WAS forgotten for many years. Most film history has always been quiet and local, and especially in the US, his name meant nothing. His rediscovery was miraculous.

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