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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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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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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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25 out of 26 people found the following review useful.
A Nutshell Review: Side by Side, 18 March 2012
Author: DICK STEEL from Singapore

Film is dead, or is it? With major distributors in USA going digital this year in lieu of film, the death knell has been sounded that perhaps it's not too long before celluloid film projection is a thing of the past, and with it comes digital filmmaking, production, distribution and projection. But does it have to be that way, and can both mediums co-exist to satisfy the various sections of the creative market? Produced by Justin Szlasa and Keanu Reeves, the latter who was here in Hong Kong for a masterclass, Side by Side is the documentary written and directed by Christopher Kenneally, that deep dives into both sides of the equation.

And who better than to interview those who have dabbled with both mediums? What made this documentary a compelling watch is Keanneally's ability to cover an entire range of topics related to this issue, tracing the history of both mediums, especially the digital one, and giving depth into backgrounds, reasons and rationale taken from those who have dealt with both old and new technologies. Having Keanu Reeves turn into the interviewer works in both levels of attracting the casual viewer into watching this, as well as on the interview front, made it easy for filmmakers to relate and open up to one of their own, as they talk about the medium, how it impacts filmmaking, and from acting in front of the camera, the camera technologies themselves, and the case for distribution and exhibition, weighing in on the pros and cons at every stage.

These filmmakers are none other than the who's who of Hollywood luminaries, such as James Cameron, George Lucas, Martin Scorsese, David Fincher, Robert Rodriguez, Christopher Nolan, Danny Boyle, Richard Linklaer, David Lynch, Joel Schumacher, Steven Soderbergh, Lars von Trier, and both Lana and Andy Wachowski whom Keanu Reeves made the prolific Matrix trilogy. And it's not just directors, but also containing interviews with editors and cinematographers such as one of my personal favourites Wally Pfister, who together with Nolan stand on the side of celluloid, famously resisting Warner Bros' attempt to turn their lucrative Dark Knight projects into the digital or 3D formats.

While one may get distracted by the star studded lineup, we get to see how each are so passionate about the medium they believe in, and the compelling arguments they make for and against their case, listening from the horse's mouth of those who are in the industry, together with the satisfaction gained and challenges they face. For instance, like Fincher, digital filmmaking gave rise to cameras that can be designed to cater to the nature of the shots he had intended, without which films like The Social Network, or The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo, cannot achieve certain shots or have the camera angles so desired. Everyone provided their own memorable soundbites when they engage in this discourse, so much so that you'd soon find everything that's being said becoming terribly sexy and seductive in their arguments.

But Conneally does an excellent job in not allowing any one filmmaker to run away with the presentation he so decided, allowing arguments to be made and the viewer to form his own conclusion. The pace moves at breakneck speed, hardly every pausing just like how digital filmmaking has directors almost never calling it quits because the medium has run out, as you the audience will definitely find an area in which you have little knowledge of, but thanks to this film and its incredible breadth adopted for its scope, you're bound to come out of it a little bit enlightened about the entire technical process, the evolution of filmmaking technologies, as well as gain new found appreciation for those who are so passionate in their filmmaking that it's automatically shown in the final cut they put out for projection.

No film related topic was taboo, as the documentary also took a look at archival processes, which contains a little bit of an irony. If there's a flaw to this wonderfully made documentary, it will be that its focus is still inherently Hollywood's own, since there is a distinct lack of interviews and gathering of content outside of Tinseltown. Perhaps an apt follow up to this would warrant a lot more interviews to be done with filmmakers around the world, but I'm guessing most of the responses will already have been covered by the mammoth scope here (and whose filmmakers are at the forefront of technology given geeks like Cameron), and at best appear as supplemental discs should this ever be released on DVD format sometime soon. Definitely highly recommended viewing for everyone, film buffs or otherwise, with great material yet to be seen in upcoming films included as well.

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