No, you get better results with more effort. More light, more tracks, higher rental costs, more crew, etc.
Do you prefer to watch a "film" that looks like it was shot in someone's backyard and run through some crazy digital color grade filter? Because it's easier and cheaper...
It seems obvious I'm not getting anywhere so I'll bow out.
I don't understand why you say that high barriers to entry result in better films. When films were expensive, and a handful of moguls controlled everything, lots of bad films were made. For every Maltese Falcon, there were a dozen Ma and Pa Kettle movies.
New technology allows for new techniques. Handheld cameras that could shoot in available light yielded a lot of good movies in the 1970s. Directors could shoot in the streets of New York without a giant crew.
I have to admit that I don't think I'm going to like it, at least initially, because it won't feel like it's "cinema." HD never had this issue, as all it does is get you closer to the theatrical presentation. I think it will take some getting used to before truly deciding if I like it or not.
However, Trumball's suggestion of having variable framerates does sound interesting. Perhaps a good balance would be to use 24fps for "ordinary" scenes and then switch to a higher rate for special cases like action scenes or anywhere where the director wants immediacy and realism. They already manipulate the way motion is perceived with things like slow motion and playing with the shutter angle (Saving Private Ryan and others).
On that note, I went to see Wrath of the Titans last week for $1. Movie sucked and so did the crowd. But when the trailer unexpectedly came on, I creamed my pants! I fucking love it and that song! Made the night worth it and I may go again just for the trailer and walk out.
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