The Mincey Plantation is home to about a dozen different film cameras; mostly 35mm SLRs, but a few oddball cameras, too; the kind we took pictures with before iPhone took away the entire film industry.
I have two rolls of film leftover from yesteryear. One is unused for about five years. The other is used but not developed. Also from about five years ago. For all intents and purposes, film photography is dead. Film videography is almost dead.
Video Answers has a series on Filming, Videotaping, Or Shooting.
Which is it?
The precise answer is different than the acceptable answer.
Which is the right terminology? Filming, videotaping or shooting? Here’s the good news, you can call it Filming, Videotaping or shooting. Regardless of what you call it, we’ll know exactly what you mean.
That is spoken like an old-timer from the last century; someone who bridged the changes in technology; someone who shot photos on film, and filmed video on tape. There is a whole generation growing up that has no idea what filming is and do not understand the term videotape.
Ask a millennial to describe a new star’s latest record. “Record? What’s that?” Some might know about CDs. We no longer have a Mac with a SuperDrive in it, thanks to streaming media.
Filming – The origins of the term filming are from the early days when the only way to capture a series of moving pictures was good-old film. If you talk with an old-timer in our industry, they’re probably a purest and will only refer to film when they’re actually using film stock, which almost no one does anymore.
Film. Filming. It’s film. Photographic in nature. Yes, it’s still around in the movie industry by dying off rapidly.
Videotaping – The origins of the term videotaping came from those people who, for the most part, didn’t have the budgets for film and used the lesser quality videotape. Videotape was typically used for “industrials” or corporate projects as well as soap operas because it was faster and more cost-effective than shooting film stock.
Again, an archaic term that does not fit the age. Tape? Taping? I have a box full of DV tape and the quality was wonderful for the money. Back in the day. Barely two decades ago. Today, my iPhone shoots (an OK term) better quality video in every respect than any photo or video camera I’ve ever owned.
Shooting – Finally, there’s shooting, which doesn’t have anything to do with firearms. Shooting just refers to the process of capturing an image. So you may hear someone in the video production industry say that they are going to “a shoot” or they’re going to “shoot someone”. If you hear that, don’t panic. I promise, there are no guns involved.
We’re in the 21st century. Times change. We need to change with the times. No more filming. No more videotaping. We record video, shoot video, and take photos.
Hmmm. Photos? Pictures, maybe.