Articles 18 August 2010,

Written by Stephen Withers

These days, it is hard to keep track of what writer/director/actor Samuli Torssonen is up to. My last memory is seeing a behind the scenes sneek peak of his upcoming film, in which a large crew was assembled on a soundstage – a “real” soundstage – in front of a massive blue screen, with lights, cameras and dollies. This is clearly a guy who has made it.

In recent years, filmmaking has become accessible to virtually anyone as professional productions and amateur productions are increasingly distinguished only by the skill of their creators, and not the equipment or financing necessary. Propelling this, along with desktop software and inexpensive equipment, is the accessibility of visual effects – it is possible for anyone to download learning editions of professional software and simply learn it themselves, the quality of output only limited by the amount of time the person is willing to spend learning and creating. Conceivably, an artistically inclined person can create a feature film with stunning visuals for virtually nothing, if they had enough time to spend.