“So Danielle, what do you want to study in university?”

“Film and Computer Science”  

Huh?

The film industry brings people together, and so does technology. I see them as similar platforms.
Ashton Kutcher
Actor

I’ve come to realize that computer science (and technology in general) can be mixed with most if not all fields of interest. The entire world is moving towards technological advancements and integrations. One such mixed field is that of film and computer science. How do they relate you may ask? Here’s How!

Editing Suites
An essential part of any film is the editing done in post production. One has to use software to perfect video transitions, colour balance, lighting etc. This is a crucial part of making any camera work look exactly as intended and visually compelling. Post production software is developed and created by software engineers. What better way to create software fitted for cinematographers than to be a cinematographer yourself?
This would also extend to photo editing software.

DSLR Camera Operating Systems
Though most may not realize, a camera is basically a mini – computer. It has its own firmware, ROM, processor, input, output, secondary storage devices etc. For any good computer to work it must have a solid operating system that can manage the various tasks required of the device in an efficient manner. Therefore, the camera will demand the same type of software. Again, software engineers would be more than welcomed here.

Facial Recognition
Think of a spy movie or real life crime cases: a bandit was in an area caught on camera and the police need to identify him. What do they draw for? Cameras and facial recognition software! This software can also implemented on a more small scale like unlocking a phone with biometrics but once again, software engineers are needed to help use photographic material (input) to create the desired output or inform decision making processes. Film and tech go hand in hand once more!

There are many more examples such as 3D Printing and Image sensors but I hope this sheds some light on the cross section between camera related fields such as film and technology.

Danielle Mullings
Mentee

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