Over the weekend I stumbled across this little exchange between Orson Welles and the great cinematographer Greg Toland, ASC. It took place during the making of Citizen Kane in 1940. Neither man requires any introduction.
Welles: “Isn’t it basically ridiculous that the film is in the camera?”
Toland: “Yes. Eventually it will just be a sort of electric eye. We won’t be carting the film around or the motor – we’ll just be carrying the lens.”
I wonder what they would say about the way things have turned out…