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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.

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Christopher Kenneally (as Chris Kenneally)

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Christopher Kenneally (as Chris Kenneally)
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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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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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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

Gross USA:

$58,825

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$67,054
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| (TV) (2012)

Color:

Color

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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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Very interesting
18 August 2015 | by BlueghostSee all my reviews

In 1990 I saw a piece of footage of something called "BETA 16". In short it was high grade (super-16) 16mm film transferred to BETACAM SP 3/4 inch video. It looked passable, though not quite professional enough to replace film with a video like medium.

I bring this up because way back in the 80s I knew that as a film student that video would have to replace film because film, simply put, was too bulky and didn't deliver immediate results to tweak shots. There was too much down time involved in getting canisters off to the lab for dailies the next day. It was way too much work.

Fast forward 15 years and the first digital "film" cameras come out, and films like "Star Wars the Phantom Menace" and the feature film of "The Wild Wild West" hit the screens using SONY's new digital camera technology. It had to happen. Even in the 70s and 60s you knew that the electronic medium needed to replace the bulky and expensive film technology at some point, no matter how good a filmic image was (or is).

Keannu Reeves explores the revolution that's taken place in the last 15 years, and still continues to take place to this day of the old tried and true 35mm camera verse the more versatile and less expensive (and less care intensive and attention needing) 35mm film cameras.

Opinions from film makers young and old alike, famous and not-so- famous are interviewed for their opinions on "film" technology, and how the advent of digital technology has revamped commercial film making.

The documentary is three years old as of this writing, and even when it was produced the arguments of film verse digital were already getting stale, and may seem a bit tired by the time anyone who reads my review (and who's never seen the doc). But the issues should prove interesting to anyone who's spent any time behind the camera.

Reeves produces a very interesting documentary on the short comings of the evolving medium, and keeps it strictly a matter of technology and presentation of content as the focus of this documentary.

To encapsulate; not only is digital technology more versatile, but it is simply better all around; the images are sharper, the medium is easier to manipulate in terms of both editing and other post work, and doesn't require that massive support apparatus that something like an Arri BLIII or Panaflex 35 require. Actual film offers a chemical representation of images, which, when projected at 24 or 25fps, deliver a moving image that closely approximates your eyes passive information intake mode. Digital cameras have finally been able to slow down their shutter speeds and record and deliver an image that approximates the same effect. As of this writing a 35mm or 65mm negative can still retain more information than a CDC, but it's only a matter of time before electronic image capture surpasses the photochemical process.

Again, Reeves documentary explains all, and does so with more interest than my review can give.

If you're an amateur or professional, and haven't seen it, check it out.


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