Spanning over a century, filmmaking has evolved significantly. More so in the past few decades, sophistication in filmmaking has improved with the introduction of ever changing technology, which in turn has increased the benchmark for quality expected from the audience. The last decade has seen a dramatic rise in the use of digital technologies in filmmaking. Once prohibitively expensive, or too dangerous to use, these technologies today are available for everyday cinema. Innovation has given filmmakers better control over budget, the look and feel of motion pictures.
Today, from the humble short film debuting on YouTube, to a major motion picture flick, Digital Technology influences every aspect of filmmaking. The Digital Intermediate process is one of the latest to hit the market. In simplest terms, Digital Intermediate (DI) is the process of converting film to digital information and back again. While it sounds simple, the process involves all stages of filmmaking – from set production to delivery to the consumers. DI allows the film distribution to be more streamlined, giving a better quality movie in the cinemas and making the conversion to HD or DVD easier. Digital Intermediates are most popularly used to have better creative control over the final product, especially to create an in between step for the colour grading process.
With various applications in the film industry, a DI specialist has various career opportunities today. From working as a DI artist, to a Colour Grading or Colour Correction Artist, being knowledgeable in this process is a distinct competitive advantage. The rising demand for High Definition opens up career options in the Film and HD Television industry.