Saturday, December 19, 2009

Orson Welles and Sony Betacam

Over on Gizmodo, Frank Beacham tells a charming story about Orson Welles, the early days of Sony Betacam, and dreams that might have been.

Whenever I see a tiny new camcorder introduced, or see Apple upgrade a revolutionary application like iMovie, I think of Orson. Oh, how excited he'd be. The pure magic of it all! If he were alive today, he'd be making his movies without regard to raising huge amounts of money. That, for both Orson and his audience, would be an achievement that we'll never be able to enjoy.

It’s really worth reading: Orson Welles and His Brief Passionate Betacam Love Affair

...and connects nicely with the story of Fede Alvarez, who made a $300 video and landed himself a $30 million contract with Ghost House Pictures.

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