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Smpte Releases Trailer for Crowdfunded ‘Moving Images’ Documentary (Exclusive)

27 October 2015 9:00 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Society of Motion Picture and Television Engineers (Smpte) has release the trailer for “Moving Images,” a film project documenting the history of motion-image technology, has been released.

The Smpte documentary investigates how art and science interact; highlight the engineers, artists and craftspeople who changed how we experience media; and explores possible future innovations.  The trailer had previously been shown to the Smpte Technology Summit on Cinema at the 2015 Nab show in April.

Howard Lukk is writing and directing with Randall P. Dark producing.  Travis Labella is director of photography and the editor is music-video veteran Bobby Hewitt. Peter Lude and Smpte executive director are executive producers. Chris Kenneally developed the initial treatment. The org has partially crowdfunded the film through a 60-day Indiegogo campaign that raised more than $80,000. Additional funding will be needed to complete production on the picture.

The film includes original interviews as well as unearthed historical and never-before-seen footage. »

- Jacob Bryant

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Watch: Oscar-Winning Editor and Sound Designer Walter Murch on the Shift from Film to Digital

13 July 2015 10:56 AM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Read More: Exclusive: Keanu Reeves on Why Film Should Stick Around in the Digital Age "Side by Side," Keanu Reeves' 2012 documentary, chronicled the steady move away from film to digital through interviews with experts in the field. Now, three years later, Reeves has released extended interviews that didn't make it into the original film. Directed by Christopher Kenneally of the original documentary and produced by Reeves, "Side by Side Extra" Volumes 1-5 has been released by Reeves as a DVD compilation. The five volumes are a fascinating exploration of the transition from film to digital, and the transition's effects on the industry and production, from a variety of nuanced perspectives.  In Volume 3, film editor and sound designer Walter Murch ("The Godfather," "Apocalypse Now") gives his perspective on the way we are moving from analog to digital. In a clip from his interview, Murch compares our old nature of »

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Exclusive: Martin Scorsese on the Pros and Cons of Digital Filmmaking

2 July 2015 9:04 AM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

We can always count on Martin Scorsese to support film stock. He was among the big-name directors to rally Kodak to keep film stock alive. At the time, he said, "Would anyone dream of telling young artists to throw away their paints and canvases because iPads are so much easier to carry? Of course not. In the history of motion pictures, only a minuscule percentage of the works comprising our art form was not shot on film. Everything we do in HD is an effort to recreate the look of film." In the exclusive clip from "Side by Side Extra" above, Scorsese talks about the pros and cons of shifting to digital -- what is lost and what is gained. Read More: Keanu Reeves on Why Film Should Stick Around in the Digital Age Scorsese is just one of the many luminaries featured in "Side by Side Extra," a comprehensive »

- Paula Bernstein

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Exclusive: Lena Dunham on How Technology is Giving Us Add

18 June 2015 8:49 AM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Read More: Keanu Reeves on Why Film Should Stick Around in the Digital Age "I saw a kid in a stroller watching an iPad last week and I was like, 'This is kind of fucked,'" said Dunham in this clip from "Side by Side Extra," Volumes 1-5, a five-volume DVD collection of some of the most fascinating extended interviews captured during the making of "Side by Side."  "I think that everybody I know has some version of attention deficit disorder," said Dunham as she waxes nostalgic for the old days when we watched movies on big screens rather than on our phones. Dunham is just one of the people included in "Side by Side Extra," a comprehensive exploration of how digital technology has transformed the way films are made. Directed by Christopher Kenneally, director of the original "Side by Side," and produced by Keanu Reeves and Justin Szlasa, "Side »

- Paula Bernstein

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Exclusive: Keanu Reeves on Why Film Should Stick Around in the Digital Age

11 June 2015 8:26 AM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Read More: Review: Keanu Reeves Kicks Ass to Avenge His Dead Dog in Satisfying 'John Wick' To some, the name Keanu Reeves conjures up images from "The Matrix," "Speed" or even "Bill & Ted's Excellent Adventure," but for true cineastes, Reeves' most significant role yet may be as the producer of "Side by Side," the 2012 documentary about the transition from photochemical film to digital production. Now, Reeves has produced the follow-up, "Side by Side Extra," Volumes 1-5, a five-volume DVD collection of some of the most fascinating extended interviews captured during the making of "Side by Side." Directed by Christopher Kenneally, director of the original documentary and produced by Reeves and Justin Szlasa, "Side by Side Extra" is a comprehensive exploration of how digital technology has transformed the way films are made. In an interview with Indiewire, Reeves conjectured why we feel so sentimental »

- Paula Bernstein

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