Malagasy and French practitioners held a conference on Cinematographic Techniques.
Professional cinematographic field is facing two trends that clash. There are those who advocate the authenticity of the film itself and those who opt for the modern digital techniques. This is a trend that can be observed not only in Africa, but also in the rest of the world. However, there still are other generations of filmmakers who are neither for, nor against these two techniques and those who, despite their young age, have this nostalgia for the era of the film. This is a topic that has been widely discussed during the two days dedicated to “Cinema 2.0 Afrika” at the French Institute of Madagascar.
This generation is the one who lived through the transition between these two techniques. A transition that lasted a little more than a decade. A generation that is faithfully represented by Laure Budin, the editor who spoke via videoconference at the French Institute of Madagascar yesterday. She says “it is essential to experience this old-school way of viewing and editing the rush, with kilometers of films to truly realize the importance of technicality and the look that requires good filmmaking” a way for the editor to emphasize that it is unnecessary to leapfrog stages when you are on your way to acquiring the status of a professional filmmaker.
“The good mastery of techniques that seem most basic, is just the most important points in the field of cinema. You do not become a filmmaker directly out of film school, you will first experience minor positions, “she states.
Read more (in french)/source : L’express Mada, November 25th, 2015, partially translated by Mokolo