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Side by Side (2012)

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The documentary investigates the history, process and workflow of both digital and photochemical film creation.

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Investigates the history, process and workflow of both digital and photochemical film creation. It shows 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. Written by aolse9

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a documentary about the science, art, and impact of digital cinema

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22 August 2012 (USA)  »

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Keanu Reeves: Since the late 1880s, visual artists and storytellers have used moving images to create amazing works. Movies have inspired us, thrilled us, and captured our imaginations. Film has helped us share our experiences and dreams. Photochemical film has been the exclusive format used to capture, project, and store moving images for over 100 years. It is only recently that new technology has emerged that is challenging film's place as the gold standard for quality and workflow. Digital ...
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An intelligent and engaging discussion on the future of film - 79%
18 August 2013 | by (Hampshire, England) – See all my reviews

Having an interest in film (which is putting it mildly), I found my attention drawn to this absorbing documentary which premiered on Film4 the other day. At first glance, you might think that this is only for film students but this is actually a well thought-out and intelligent look at not just its central premise - celluloid vs. digital - but encompasses the whole movie-making process and the future of cinema as a medium. Throw into the mix an impressive number of interviews with some of the best film-makers of our time and what you get is a real treat for genuine fans of film and the industry as a whole.

Within the last ten years or so, digital film-making has advanced to the point where there is a real threat to the existence of traditional celluloid, the format all movies have been shot onto since the late 1800's. The ramifications of this are vast - films can be realised like never before and as digital cameras get cheaper, the budget and artistic implications are becoming increasingly obvious. Host and co-producer Keanu Reeves takes us on an exploration into the history of both mediums and consults with a number of Hollywood's movers and shakers to discuss the future of film-making, whether celluloid can survive in a digital age and if not, what does the future hold for cinema in general?

Most documentaries come with an agenda of some kind, whether it's Michael Moore hammering his politics across or because the subjects themselves have editorial control over proceedings. "Side By Side" feels different, like a conversation between like-minded people that meanders across subjects, experiences and opinions without ever really answering the question - a conversation that you, the viewer, are privy to, of course. Credit first of all to Reeves and his fellow producer Justin Szlasa for assembling such a cast of film-makers ready to share their opinions - Danny Boyle, George Lucas, Lars Von Trier, James Cameron, Martin Scorsese, David Lynch, Steven Soderburgh, the Wachowski siblings, Robert Rodriguez, Christopher Nolan... the list goes on and on. Not surprisingly, every one of them speaks with a passion, knowledge and genuine feeling for the questions Keanu fires at them and your attention is held firmly in place as you take on board the various arguments for and against. Reeves himself, despite sporting random amounts of facial hair and hairstyles, is also an engaging host - his questions are intelligent and he shows no signs of the monotone, detached persona his various film roles have developed over the years.

"Side By Side" is well worth tracking down if you can find it - it might be a niche topic for some but at no point does the movie dumb its subject matter down. On the negative side, I felt the music was sometimes overly excessive and I personally detected a slight favour towards one format over the other. There are also gaps in the narrative

  • Nolan, despite being a renowned fan of shooting in Imax format, never


gave it a mention while the impact of the number of ways a movie can be viewed - laptop, phone, tablet, etc - is only briefly discussed. But this is a thoughtful and well-produced discussion about something most casual film-goers don't really give much thought towards. As the revolution continues behind studio doors, how much thought has been given to the future now that almost anybody can shoot a film? "Side By Side" doesn't have the answers but at least it's smart enough to ask the question.


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