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Side by Side (2012)

Not Rated | | Documentary | 22 August 2012 (USA)
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The documentary investigates the history, process and workflow of both digital and photochemical film creation.

Director:

Christopher Kenneally (as Chris Kenneally)

Writer:

Christopher Kenneally (as Chris Kenneally)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Derek Ambrosi ... Himself
Michael Ballhaus ... Himself
Andrzej Bartkowiak ... Himself
Dion Beebe ... Himself
Jill Bogdanowicz ... Herself
Danny Boyle ... Himself
Geoff Boyle Geoff Boyle ... Himself
James Cameron ... Himself
Michael Chapman ... Himself
Don Ciana Don Ciana ... Himself
Anne V. Coates ... Herself
Lorenzo di Bonaventura ... Himself
Lena Dunham ... Herself
Gary Einhaus Gary Einhaus ... Himself
Jonathan Fawkner Jonathan Fawkner ... Himself
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Storyline

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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Documentary

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

22 August 2012 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Celuloidno i digitalno See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$6,956, 19 August 2012, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$28,592, 2 September 2012
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Runtime:

| (TV) (2012)

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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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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Features Melancholia (2011) See more »

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Moon Side by Side
Written by Brendan Ryan, Bill Ryan
Performed by Brendan Ryan, Bill Ryan
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Accessible, well-structured, engaging and interesting – a lively documentary that most films fans will appreciate
16 August 2013 | by bob the mooSee all my reviews

I tend to read proper film critics for their opinions not only on specific films but also essays on themes, genres, movements and so on; I consider myself a total amateur on such subjects but I find it interested to listen to those who are not. Coming to Side by Side I wasn't sure if it would be too dry for me to get into or if it would be too simplistic for me to stay interested in for just under two hours. The film essentially looks at the transition from celluloid to digital in film making – from filming through to post through to projection in the cinema and the means of delivery to the viewer. It is an ambitious goal but it is one that it does very well and in a way that flows and is accessible.

I guess that for those with a real good working knowledge of the technology and the process, it may be too simplistic but for the casual viewer and enjoyer of films, there is enough detail here to engage and interest, but not so much that I felt overwhelmed with technical detail that I wasn't interested in. The film is really made up of Reeves acting as interviewer with a range of people involved in all the various aspects of the process – directors, cinematographers, editors, camera manufacturers etc. and he does a decent job, but not a great job in this regard. Fortunately this is not really his main role because it certainly seems that as producer he has helped Kenneally get a lot of very famous people to agree to be in the film. This range of talent and opinion makes for an interesting film, so while we follow development of things over time, we tend to get both sides as the title suggests.

Most of the contributors are interesting and their soundbites are well edited and the film itself is put together very well so that it covers time and technology in a way that makes sense, engages and never outstays its welcome. It probably won't do much for the technical enthusiast but for fans of film and cinema it is very much worth seeing as entertainment and education.


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