Originally Posted by dougdirt
It is all about costs. A "film" production camera costs so much more than a high end RED camera it isn't funny. Production companies are using RED and Alexa cinema cameras at fractions of the cost of the old technology. They are also able to use the same camera that I use (with better lenses than I use, but still, sub $5,000 lenses) for smaller clips in the movies/shows as well (my camera was used in The Avengers for certain scenes. You can get it brand new for $1300 right now for the body and then a cine lens for another few thousand). The digital cameras just make the production costs lower on gear and in turn, you can spend more on other things (locations, actors, special f/x, better editors, many other things). And the downgrade that does exist for some cameras is very minimal. The key is knowing what your camera you are using is capable of and adjusting to that.
Amd the real savings comes in the film itself. Film costs around $100 a minute, when you factor in raw cost, developing, transfers for editing, etc. Recording HD into an SD card costs around $20 an hour.
Basically, film costs alone on an independent movie were around $50-$75K. On HD, the SD cards are reusable, and immediately downloadable to a computer, so you can now replace the $50-75K cost for around $100.
That's why everyone is a flimkmaer these days.