Open Forum- 9 December 2018
In the digital domain, you don’t need the faculty of memory: Resul Pookutty
“In the age of modern technology and the digital domain, you don’t need the faculty of memory anymore, in any field, contrary to the oral tradition that memory is everything,” opined Academy Award winner Resul Pookutty, in the ‘Open Forum’ session at the 23rd IFFK. “Now one can listen to over 2000 tracks of audio at the same time. Technology has employed us with the ability to be as precise as one millionth of a second”, said he.
“Sound can never be real in Cinema, it is all about cheating, and how good you are at it determines how good a technician you are. Digital medium has democratized the filmmaking process, but has killed the quality of recording in the process. Cinema hall standards are so pathetic. Sense of rhythm is in everyday life. What one sees in a film, is in sync with their breath. Nowadays, productions become that fantastic that they come out unreal. Technology should be a tool, and never should one let it overrule themselves,” said Resul.
He also narrated the tale of how he wanted to be a physicist and dreamt of winning a Nobel Prize for his discoveries in superconductivity, but instead won the Oscar after becoming a sound-engineer. Filmmakers K P Kumaran, and Sanju Surendran participated in the session.
Resul Pookutty talking at the Open Forum of 23rd IFFK