Richard Linklater’s Tape and DV filmmaking

Finally got around to watching Tape (Richard Linklater, 2001).  It is shot on one location with a cast of just three. The script is based on a stage play.

It is a terrific piece of work which demonstrates the capabilities of MiniDV and DV filmmaking in general. As a format this has been replaced by HD and/or DSLR formats for low budget film production.

MiniDV is very versatile, promotes fast shooting and shorter schedules, and is cheap. Best of all, in my opinion, the look for DV is very distinct. And it is very rare that a film is made with that sort of artificial/camcorder aesthetic anymore. This is a shame. It is a visual style which immediately places a film as being made between about 1995 and the late 2000s.

I love the roughness and the sense of immediacy, and films made in the format always inspire me creatively. Below is the trailer:

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