16 August 2012 2:08 PM, PDT | Filmmaker Magazine - Blog | See recent Filmmaker Magazine news »

Over the past few decades, film’s iron-clad grip on the motion industry has gradually been chipped away by emerging digital technology. Yet it hasn’t necessarily been a smooth transition. Traditional celluloid film has gone largely unchanged as a medium for a century and has been the canvas for works from Casablanca and Apocalypse Now to this summer’s blockbuster The Dark Knight Rises. As the saying goes: old habits die hard. In this case, for good reason, a film produces a picture quality, texture, and dynamic range unparalleled by digital.

But digital technology has continued to make leaps and bounds in terms of stacking up to film’s digital qualities while going far beyond its predecessor in terms of versatility, cost, and accessibility. Side by Side is an eye-opening documentary that looks at the art of filmmaking—the dominant visual form of expression in our time—from the perspectives of the masters, »

- Billy Brennan

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