(Newswire.net -- June 30, 2015) Beverly Hills, CA --According to Michael Doven, CEO of United Pictures Group and a noted film producer, today's filming technology is a far cry from that of even ten years ago. "Not only have computers taken over in terms of digitizing content, but the filming mechanisms that we use are no longer solely large, bulky cameras but now include a vast array of smaller, portable devices which allow for remarkable images."
GoPro, Black Magic, Canon, Red, Arri Alexa, Drones and even iPhones can now be used to film movies, and because of this filmmakers are seeing remarkable images that were unattainable only several years ago. There are many of these examples on You Tube and vimeo.
Doven notes that virtual technology is also now very much on the rise. In a recent interview, Doven discussed a new VR technology, Oculus Rift, and its impact on filmmaking.
"Oculus Rift is truly forward-thinking virtual reality," says Doven. "The display technology allows users to experience the sensation of presence. This results in a feeling of immersion and I can’t wait to get my hands on one. And now we also have Google’s Unofficial Cardboard as seen at https://www.unofficialcardboard.com. This is remarkable as one can experience virtual reality using a simple iPhone placed in the inexpensive cardboard device and all of a sudden it is within reach of every person at $19 per unit. I recently tried one with my 11-year-old son and we were intrigued and eager to show it to all of his friends.”
Doven notes that this technology will inevitably merge with movie making and create hybrid experiences whereby the audience will be watching or experiencing the film but also have a certain amount of freedom of where to put their attention and where the story goes.
"Producers, movie makers, writers and directors are story tellers, and great entertainment contains great stories well told. It is up to us to find a way to incorporate the emerging technologies and enhance the telling of our stories using it," says Doven. For more information on virtual reality and filmmaking, see http://www.engadget.com/2015/03/16/virtual-reality-film-gaming/.
As the CEO and founder of United Pictures Group, Michael has worked extensively on script development as well as pre-production and post-production of a number of films. Most recently, he produced The Squeeze and was the executive producer for Durant's Never Closes. His company has several feature films in various stages of development such as The Out Of Town Wedding Filming in Vancouver in August, Lucky Bastards, Ascension and Stand-Off. For more information, see his website.
About Michael Doven: Michael Doven is a 25-year movie industry executive with Associate Producer credits on films which have grossed billions of dollars worldwide, such as The Last Samurai, Minority Report, Mission Impossible II, Collateral and Vanilla Sky. Mr. Doven was the Production Associate on Mission Impossible, Eyes Wide Shut, and Magnolia and also worked on the set of Jerry Maguire, The Firm, A Few Good Men, Far And Away and Interview With A Vampire.
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