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Writer:
Christopher Kenneally (written by)
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Release Date:
22 December 2012 (Japan) See more »
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a documentary about the science, art, and impact of digital cinema
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The documentary investigates the history, process and workflow of both digital and photochemical film creation. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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standing at the crossroads of cinematography: the digital v celluloid debate See more (38 total) »

Cast

 

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
Timothy Webber ... Himself

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
Max Greene .... sound editor
Tom Ryan .... sound editor
Alex Soto .... sound editor
Wen Hsuan Tseng .... sound editor
 
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
 
Thanks
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
Peter Dobson .... special thanks
Bruce Dorn .... special thanks
Bruno Dumont .... special thanks
James Eggleton .... special thanks
Ben Gervais .... special thanks
Todd Gustavson .... special thanks
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
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
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
Tom Stern .... special 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
Martin Zeichner .... special thanks
Marek Zydowicz .... very special thanks
 

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99 min | Finland:52 min (TV) (2012)
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Goofs:
Factual errors: Identifies District 9 (2009) as being shot on the Sony F23. It was actually shot on Red One cameras.See more »
Quotes:
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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...
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5 out of 7 people found the following review useful.
standing at the crossroads of cinematography: the digital v celluloid debate, 2 December 2012
Author: HelenMary from London, UK

Seen in the comfort of a small "traditional" cinema during Brighton (UK) Film Festival, glad I had searched to find a screening so as to see this as it should be seen. There were perhaps ?<50 others in the audience dotted around. Surprisingly, before the film was a Short about that particular cinema's Projectionist, how he started as a young man and how his job is changing since the good old days of film - a lonely and solitary process that was labour intensive - and now his expertise is becoming obsolete because of the increasing switch to digital where it's more about pressing a button. Apropos and rather poignant. Cue curtains; Company Films' Production of Side by Side with Keanu Reeves' opening narration in his clear, measured and reassuringly authoritative voice.

The film is a balanced documentary, incredibly well laid out, highlighting the informative in-business discussion surrounding the merits, disadvantages and progress in the increasing trend of migration from celluloid to digital film-making. At first dialogue is straight up "film or digital?" but as the process opens up and more is investigated following a pleasing linear train of thought, the Directors and other Film-Makers discuss the finer points of the debate ie the quality of the different media, how the variety of cameras have changed, how the industry has led development of new technologies (SONY in the vanguard), the effects of the change on actors' experience (with some amusing anecdotes), timing, budget, film colouration, editing and SFX/VFX. At every stage examples of the various films are shown with subtitle labels; whether a film was shot with a specific camera, on digital or film, what mm film etc, and with each interviewee his or her notable achievements are provided often with behind the scenes footage as they reminisce.

Christopher Kenneally's Direction is flawless, artistic and tight and his writing is succinct, understandable and unbiased. It isn't too technical for novices, but wasn't so basic as to feel dumbed down (the simplicity of the 'how a camera works' visual aid graphics were very brief and explanations of abbreviations were only explained once) and you got to see various methods and techniques of film-making - a real behind the scenes. Reeves asks leading questions of the film-makers that he interviews, he sits by the lens discretely often off camera, but prompts them and occasionally responds making it quite informal, watchable and even laugh out loud funny in places. It's certainly not a dry production and I noted that a lot of those interviewed were people that Reeves had worked with in the past, and a number of his own films ie Matrix and 47 Ronin (can't wait!) were used as examples.

Really absorbing, the 90 mins went quickly, and I came away animated and challenged mentally to think about it, with a greater understanding of what goes into making a film. I can't say I had appreciated various subtle differences that were being described, or understood the significance of some Academy awards as a result of new methods of film-making, had just taken films at face value so will look now with new eyes! On balance I saw that most were nostalgic about celluloid film, and don't want to abandon it completely, and worry about the artistry being lost but many see the inevitable progress with technology and the benefits, ease, cheapness and potential for development ie CGI, 3D and greater movement and intimacy for cameras in digital. Mention was made that with digital filming accessibility of the Industry has opened up as anyone can purchase a digital camera and a laptop and make a film now!

Brilliant, historically important film. I hope it gets the recognition it deserves as a snapshot at a crossroads in an industry that is 120 years old. On a light, flippant note, the breakthrough star of the film is the continuity "errors" of Keanu's hair and beard, much giggled about in Press interviews! ;-)

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