While Teaching Film at University
Saika relied solely on his sensibility for expression as a young director. By adding digital technology to the mix, he has acquired a two-horse carriage and now creates pieces while teaching film at university.
He explains, "The students are natives of the digital era and manage digital equipment without having to think twice. That's because the user interfaces of digital devices have evolved to become simple to operate even when they are highly complex. But I think there's a trap there." He feels that the complexities of digital devices have become black boxes and he fears that this lowers users' fundamental knowledge of the instruments. "Everything is fine when everything is operating smoothly. However, when on location, one must constantly fight to overcome barriers in terms of both creativity and machine operation. You can't stand still at times like that, you have to be prepared to try everything."
Developing students into such human resources is Saika's challenge and he believes it is his role. "Each role differs from small projects with one or two people to projects incorporating dozens of people, but the common theme throughout is to constantly envision sensibility and technical skill as one and treat them this way."
Workflow and Technology
Saika incorporates various G-Technology products into his personal workflow. With respect to on-location backup at video shoots, he says, "With filming data, unless it's a sand storm, copies are made to hard drives right away when the camera memory slot lid opens in order to secure that redundancy. At times like these, using the G-DRIVE ev ATC greatly reduces risks caused by rain, thunder, and other environmental factors. I think the G-DOCK ev on RAID 1 mirroring format provides the best balance of work speed and reliability in situations in which there is no time to spare when you have a power source on location because by making one copy, you're actually creating two backups."
Also, in the post-production process, "If you only focus on performance, it becomes a question of what RAID format you use to win the speed battle. And with RAID 0, safety is not completely guaranteed and the impact can be huge if and when trouble occurs. It's trial and error when trying to construct a system that balances performance and reliability." As such, G-DRIVE PRO or G-RAID and a multi-bay format are lined up with Studio Series in multiple configurations based on circumstances in an attempt to improve workflow.
"Knowledge about storage doesn't make you a better director, but good high-performance systems increase your ability to go by trial and error and increase the quality of your work. Technology isn't the star, but I think it is an important fixture on stage that facilitates the star's performance," says Saika, whose work quality is increased by G-Technology storage.