I realize that Thanksgiving is an inherent American holiday. It was started by a group of travelers who had made it to a new land and then suffered horribly. Many–most really–of them died the first year or so they were here. When they had a colony established, including houses, they were blessed with enough food to keep them alive.
And they were thankful.
Okay, a lot of Americans don’t really remember or care about the origin of Thanksgiving. And this is a bare minimum summary of it, at best. But in the words of my fellow Co-Producer, “I believe that this is the time I was meant to be born. All the technology…I feel right here. I belong now.”
So I’d like to take this moment–3 days after the American holiday of Thanksgiving–to list some things I’m thankful for in the realm of technology, artistry, and filmmaking.
1. The continuing evolution of the camcorder, from RED cameras to my Sony FS100, to the Blackmagic Cameras to the DSLR in all its forms. I am so thankful that we found a way to record motion. Thank you French guys who worked on the first cameras. Thank you to every filmmaker and inventor since then.
3. Youtube, Vimeo and every single outlet with which I am able to share my work with the rest of the world, and see theirs. I don’t know about you, but I think that this time period is the best for opening up our world–Americans, Canadians, New Zealanders, Indians, British folk, Germans, Japanese, Chinese, Egyptians, Italians, etc–to other cultures, artists, technology, friendships and new thinking.
4. Texting. Yup.
5. Books. In every form. And the access I have to hundreds upon thousands of them. There was a time when money, gender and social status would’ve kept me from reading like I do. And technology, whether or not you prefer to read digital books, is preserving books beyond what mere paper could do. When all the physical books are gone, I will be the last person printing an entire book from my computer.
That’s my top five technological thank yous. I’m thankful for a lot more stuff, including you. But ain’t nobody got time to read all that.