As previously mentioned, I have a passion for filmmaking and photography. In one of my previous post, I wrote about filming with a Bolex H16. This camera goes all the way back to 1935 when it was first used. This camera had to be loaded with a 16mm film and developed later. It was a very long and manual process because to film with the Bolex, aside from loading the film, the light needs to be measured manually, by using a lightmeter, taking into consideration the aperture of every lens that is attached to the camera.
Also, the Bolex did not really have any batteries, but a motor instead that had to be cranked up manually and will only allow for 18 seconds of filming. If you wanted to keep filming, you had to “recharge” the motor again, for another 18 seconds.
We are not in the 1900s anymore and technology has advanced significantly in the last couple of years. This advancement is what brought us the amazing GoPro. For those of you who don’t know, a GoPro is a tiny camera that you can carry with you everywhere, it takes videos and photos and you can control it with your own phone if necessary. The GoPro doesn’t have interchangeable lenses, but the settings can be adjusted, and you can film with a wide or with a standard view. GoPro battery is rechargeable, and you only need to press a button to use it. Has anyone ever used a GoPro? Have you controlled it with your phone? It is very entertaining.
During my trip to L.A, I was always carrying a GoPro with me. I liked it because the camera is so small that you can walk and still be able to see where you are going. There’s no need to be looking at the screen all the time. Another amazing feature is that you can make videos and take pictures at the same. I did not really take any pictures with the GoPro. However, I do have lots of footage of my trip.
Comparing both the Bolex and the GoPro, we can see how film goes all the way back to the 1900s and how people are still fascinated with the idea of moving images. Today, all of us can make a film using our own phones and make it available for everyone to see it almost immediately.
Unfortunately, I won’t be able to share the footage I created with the Bolex H16, however, I can share the footage from the GoPro.
Follow me on Instagram where I will be posting videos of my trip during the weekends. @maritote
What about you? Do you like film as much as I do? Do you like going to the movies? Or making your own film using either a GoPro or your phone?