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David Sington: ‘I don’t think anyone will shoot on film in 10 years’ time’

by Stuart O’Connor.

Documentary film–maker David Sington explains why chargers are the bane of his life

What’s your favourite piece of technology, and how has it improved your life?

I suppose if we’re talking technology and not product then it’s the light-sensitive chip, which is the key thing that allows digital photography and film-making. It’s the key thing that’s brought the documentary back to the big screen. It’s provided an affordable route to producing pictures of a high-enough definition for cinemas.

When was the last time you used it, and what for?

It was actually doing the DVD extras for my film The Flaw – which, oddly enough, was an interview with me.

What additional features would you add if you could?

I think that what’s really needed is for the technology to settle down to a universal format, or codec. The systems are very proprietary so getting the pictures off the camera onto the editing system can be very fiddly, It’s also important for the purposes of archive, because if you’re not careful, you’ll have no way of extracting the media in 10 years. I think we’re some years away from that because it’s still developing so fast.

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