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Side by Side -- From Tribeca Film. Keanu Reeves takes an in-depth look at the future of digital cinema, featuring interviews with cinematic masters James Cameron, David Fincher, David Lynch, Martin Scorsese, Steven Soderbergh and more.
Side by Side -- The documentary investigates the history, process and workflow of both digital and photochemical film creation.
Side by Side -- Watch a clip from Side by Side, featuring Martin Scorsese with Keanu Reeves.
Side by Side -- The documentary investigates the history, process and workflow of both digital and photochemical film creation.
Side by Side -- Watch a clip from the documentary Side by Side, featuring Lana and Andy Wachowski with Keanu Reeves.


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a documentary about the science, art, and impact of digital cinema
The documentary investigates the history, process and workflow of both digital and photochemical film creation. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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Derek Ambrosi ... Himself

Michael Ballhaus ... Himself

Andrzej Bartkowiak ... Himself

Dion Beebe ... Himself

Jill Bogdanowicz ... Herself

Danny Boyle ... Himself
Geoff Boyle ... Himself

James Cameron ... Himself
Michael Chapman ... Himself
Don Ciana ... Himself

Anne V. Coates ... Herself

Lorenzo di Bonaventura ... Himself

Anthony Dod Mantle ... Himself

Lena Dunham ... Herself
Jonathan Fawkner ... Himself

David Fincher ... Himself

Shruti Ganguly ... Herself

Greta Gerwig ... Herself

Geoffrey Gilmore ... Himself

Michael Goi ... Himself
Terry Haggar ... Himself

Charles Herzfeld ... Himself
Jim Jannard ... Himself

Gabriel Judet-Weinshel ... Himself
Caroline Kaplan ... Herself
Jason Kliot ... Himself

John Knoll ... Himself

Ellen Kuras ... Herself
Chris Lebenzon ... Himself

Barry Levinson ... Himself

Richard Linklater ... Himself

George Lucas ... Himself

David Lynch ... Himself

John Malkovich ... Himself

Darnell Martin ... Herself

John Mathieson ... Himself
Donald McAlpine ... Himself
Phil Meheux ... Himself

Reed Morano ... Herself
Walter Murch ... Himself

Dennis Muren ... Himself

Christopher Nolan ... Himself

Vince Pace ... Himself

Wally Pfister ... Himself
Michael E. Phillips ... Himself
Dick Pope ... Himself

Keanu Reeves ... Himself (Host)

Robert Rodriguez ... Himself

Tom Rothman ... Himself
Ted Schilowitz ... Himself

Joel Schumacher ... Himself

Martin Scorsese ... Himself

Sandi Sissel ... Herself

Steven Soderbergh ... Himself
Tim Stipan ... Himself

Vittorio Storaro ... Himself
Ed Stratmann ... Himself
David Stump ... Himself
David Tattersall ... Himself
Jost Vacano ... Himself
Adam Valdez ... Himself

Lars von Trier ... Himself

Andy Wachowski ... Himself

Lana Wachowski ... Herself
Tim Webber ... Himself (as Timothy Webber)

Gary Winick ... Himself
Craig Wood ... Himself

Bradford Young ... Himself

Vilmos Zsigmond ... Himself

Directed by
Christopher Kenneally 
Writing credits
Christopher Kenneally (written by)

Produced by
Keanu Reeves .... producer
Justin Szlasa .... producer
Original Music by
Bill Ryan 
Brendan Ryan 
Cinematography by
Chris Cassidy 
Film Editing by
Malcolm Hearn 
Mike Long 
Makeup Department
Andie Michaels .... makeup artist
Art Department
Tomasz Opasinski .... poster design
Sound Department
Erik Bailey .... sound editor
Lewis Goldstein .... sound re-recording mixer (as Lew Goldstein)
Lewis Goldstein .... supervising sound editor (as Lew Goldstein)
Max Greene .... sound editor
Tom Ryan .... sound editor
Alex Soto .... sound editor
Wen Hsuan Tseng .... sound editor (as Wen Tseng)
Visual Effects by
Brian Boyd .... online colorist
Camera and Electrical Department
Kyle Blackman .... camera operator
Travis Blackwell .... camera operator
Ivan Wood .... camera operator
Animation Department
Charles Floyd .... animation
Anthony Kraus .... animation
Editorial Department
Pete Conlin .... post production
Kamil Dobrowolski .... assistant editor
Jonathan Hoffman .... post production
Brian Reali .... on-line producer
Music Department
Brendan Ryan .... composer: theme music
Other crew
Sylvia Cahill .... clearances co-ordinator
Sheerin Khosrowshahi-Miandoab .... assistant: Mr Reeves
Sandrine Magloire-Szlasa .... production assistant
Adelyn Navarro .... production assistant
Daniel B. Polin .... story consultant
Ashish Saboo .... transcriptions
Marc H. Simon .... distribution and fair use counsel
Marc H. Simon .... legal counsel: Cowan DeBaets Abrahams & Sheppard, LLP
Innes Smolansky .... production counsel
Thomas Strauss .... production coordinator
John Szlasa .... production assistant (as John D. Szlasa)
Janette Vecchiarelli .... production assistant
Ewelina Wesolowska .... production assistant
Ivan Wood .... production assistant
Max Wuttke .... production assistant
Pamela Abdy .... special thanks
Dominick Aiello .... special thanks
Elizabeth Avellan .... special thanks
Eduardo Ballerini .... special thanks
Barry Bassett .... special thanks
Affonso Beato .... special thanks
Mark Benson .... special thanks
Mike Bergeron .... special thanks
Reid Burns .... special thanks
Enrique Chediak .... special thanks
Michael Cioni .... special thanks
Costa-Gavras .... special thanks
Amitanshu Das .... special thanks
Roger Deakins .... thanks
Peter Dobson .... special thanks
Bruce Dorn .... special thanks
Bruno Dumont .... special thanks
James Eggleton .... special thanks
Ben Gervais .... special thanks
Todd Gustavson .... special thanks
Sallie Anne Hard .... thanks (as Sallie Hard)
James Harrison .... special thanks
Charles Herzfeld .... very special thanks
Robert Hoffman .... special thanks
Márk Jászberényi .... special thanks
Áron Jászberényi .... special thanks
Milan Krsljanin .... special thanks
Edward Lachman .... special thanks
Matt Livingston .... special thanks
Geoff Mansfield .... special thanks
Christian Manz .... special thanks
Eric McLeod .... special thanks
Bill Mead .... special thanks
Douglas C. Merrifield .... special thanks
Anastas N. Michos .... special thanks (as Anastas Michos)
Pierre Michoud .... special thanks
Claude Miller .... special thanks
Tak Miyagishima .... in memoriam (as Takuo 'Tak' Miyagishima)
James Neihouse .... special thanks
Joe Pagano .... special thanks
Alan Parker .... special thanks (as Sir Alan William Parker)
Michael Phillips .... special thanks
Demetri Portelli .... special thanks
Sarah Priestnall .... special thanks
Frank Prinzi .... special thanks
Thomas Pritchard .... special thanks
Tim Reynolds .... special thanks
Giovanni Ribisi .... special thanks
Rick Robinson .... special thanks
Jesse Rosen .... special thanks
Mike Ryan .... special thanks
William Sargent .... special thanks
Steve Schklair .... special thanks
Andrew Shipsides .... special thanks
Jean-Clement Soret .... special thanks
Oliver Stapleton .... special thanks (as Oliver Stapelton)
Tom Stern .... special thanks
Marc Stone .... thanks
Kenny Suarez .... special thanks
Kazik Suwala .... very special thanks
Peter Sykes .... special thanks
David Throup .... special thanks
Kristen Troyansky .... thanks
Stefan Ukas-Bradley .... special thanks
Andrew Weisblum .... special thanks
Michael P. Whipple .... special thanks (as Mike Whipple)
Martin Zeichner .... special thanks
Marek Zydowicz .... very special thanks

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99 min | Finland:52 min (TV) (2012)
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[first lines]
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...
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1 out of 1 people found the following review useful.
An Excellent Look at Cinema's Future, 3 June 2013
Author: gavin6942 from United States

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

Keanu Reeves says that digital "could" replace traditional film. However, by 2012, I am fairly confident that there was no "could" -- digital had become the more common way to shoot a film. (Although, this may be more on the low budget end -- they offer plenty of big name films from the last five years that are still on film.)

I appreciated learning that digital cameras not only affect the finished product, but actually the process, too -- even the actors. The natural breaks of switching rolls every ten or so minutes are removed, which results in Robert Downey's mason jars of urine.

The rise of CGI is covered, which is both a good and bad thing. Bad CGI is far too common and a weak replacement for practical effects. But good CGI is a major boon, and as the industry progresses, this could result in some impressive things.

Digital as a whole is growing and evolving -- we learn of David Fincher's role of making cameras lighter during "Social Network". We learn that "Slumdog Millionaire" was the first digital film to earn an Oscar for cinematography (but certainly not the last). George Lucas seems overly enthusiastic about the rise of the digital movie, and we all know how he has abused computer technology. But his overall point is right -- we are at the beginning of a new technology, and only by jumping aboard ship will it get better.

I do love that everyone thinks 3-D will burn out, as it is a joke or a gimmick for money. Could not agree more.

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