“Pause Press Play” — Inspiring & Free-To-Download Film On Being An Artist In The Digital Age

Published On June 16, 2012 | By Mike Carroll | DSLR, Fellow Naked Filmmakers, Filmmakers, Movies

Lena Dunham, writer-director-actor of “Tiny Furniture” and HBO’s “Girls,” being interviewed in “Pause, Press Play.” Frame blow-up of film.

A new documentary film called Pause Press Play has been out a little while on the Internet and I wanted to post it here and spread the word a bit more.

Pause Press Play is a documentary about creativity and how the Digital Revolution and computer technology has completely changed the playing field. When I was trying to get my first job as a TV news cameraman back in the early 1980’s it was a different world. This was in the days preceding the advent of the camcorder, when a TV camera cost $10,000-$30,000, and you needed a video recording deck that what the camera was attached to and those ran another $10,000-20,000. Then to edit video tape you needed a video deck to playback the video and and another deck to record onto, each of which could run $20,000-$30,000, and an editing console to control the decks, which ran close to $1,000. And a pair of broadcast monitors to watch what’s on the playback and record decks, each costing $500-$800. And these were in 1980’s dollars. Nowadays you can get a DSLR camera for $800, capable of shooting 1080 HD footage, and edit on a laptop starting at $500 and edit on high-end editing software, which can be downloaded as a demo and you can edit your project for free.

Frame blow-up of film from “Pause, Press Play.”

Pause Press Play celebrates the creative spirit and how it has liberated people from having to have lots of money to make films or music or publishing, and allows anyone with a computer to be able to make their creative dreams into realities. It includes interviews with artists like Moby and filmmaker Lena Dunham and many more and is, in short, a beautiful and stunningly made film. The one caveat to the Digital Revolution where everyone can be an artist is how to make a living at it in order to continue creating–but this film does not dodge from that and explores the thorny issues as well.

The filmmakers have posted this feature-length one-hour and 21-minute documentary to the internet and invite people to watch it and download it free.

I’ve found this deeply inspirational and will have more to say on the matter in a couple days.

This is the description on Vimeo:

“The digital revolution of the last decade has unleashed creativity and talent in an unprecedented way, with unlimited opportunities.

“But does democratized culture mean better art or is true talent instead drowned out? This is the question addressed by PressPausePlay, a documentary film containing interviews with some of the world’s most influential creators of the digital era.

presspauseplay.com @presspauseplay Facebook: on.fb.me/y4gEK1

“If you like the film you can support us by rating it on IMDB – imdb.to/jUqhFn. Thanks!

“We’re a creative agency based in Stockholm, Sweden.”

If you want to know more you can check out their website:  houseofradon.com

Frame blow-up of film from “Pause, Press Play.”

PLEASE NOTE: The frame blow-ups from Pause Press Play are used here solely to help publicize and promote the film, it’s filmmakers and their motivation for making the film and making it available to the public.

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Mike Carroll joined the digital revolution in 1999 with a Sony TRV900 camcorder and Final Cut Pro, when it was only Final Cut Pro and not version 2, 4 or a Suite.

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