Documentary on Digital vs. Film : Side by Side Trailer


The documentary investigates the history, process and workflow of both digital and photochemical film creation. We show what artists and filmmakers have been able to accomplish with both film and digital and how their needs and innovations have helped push filmmaking in new directions. Interviews with directors, cinematographers, colorists, scientists, engineers and artists reveal their experiences and feelings about working with film and digital–where we are now, how we got here and what the future may bring.

This is an interesting documentary project produced by Keanu Reeves (The Matrix), where his crew interviews the great filmmakers and cinematographers of our time on the downfall of film/celluloid vs the emergence of digital video and 3D filmmaking.

I belong to the digital cinema camp on this one, from an economic standpoint and not on an aesthetic one.

Video technology is accessible, affordable, lighter, and the image quality is improving exponentially. Film is unique but expensive and inaccessible… the images produced however are poetic and dreamlike at 24 frames per second… to the human eye. They are moving photographs.

But everything depends on the editing and substance of the story.  Both mediums existed at different stages of technology, and we use what is currently available… art is technology.

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