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Whether you know it or not, there’s a revolution going on in Hollywood, right in front of your eyes. With shooting on film being notoriously expensive and (often) backbreakingly laborious, the use of digital technology is on the rise, transforming the way we make—and view—movies. The Tribeca Film documentary Side by Side presents the central issues in the film vs. digital debate in intelligent and dramatic fashion: The future of film as a medium is very much in doubt.
Led in discussion by producer Keanu Reeves, renowned cinematographers, actors, directors, and post-production professionals—including Martin Scorsese, David Lynch, James Cameron, and David Fincher—share their insights into and misgivings about this pivotal time in cinema history.
Reeves and director Chris Kenneally gathered such a wide array of information and opinions from the experts that they could not possibly use all of their material in a single documentary. Through our Side Swipes daily video series last month, we highlighted clips that did not make the final version of Side by Side. We’ve selected 10 clips to highlight here; each features a filmmaker weighing in on the core issue of the film: Can film survive a digital revolution?
So scroll down, revisit these outtakes and tell us: On which side of the debate do you fall?
Robert Rodriguez: I Got a Call From George Lucas...
Robert Rodriguez (Machete, Sin City) recounts the details of a very special visit to Skywalker Ranch involving Steven Spielberg, Oliver Stone and a presentation on the advantages of digital filmmaking.
Reed Morano: If Film Means Something to You, Make Film a Priority
Steven Soderbergh: We Are Always at the Beginning of Infinity
Bradford Young: Is Digital Killing Off the Happy Accident?
Lena Dunham: No One Under 30 Doesn't Have ADD
Wally Pfister: The Complexities of Chris Nolan’s Movies Are in the Story
Vilmos Zsigmond: We Need to Educate Students of Film that it Takes Time to Light
George Lucas: Distribution is a Supermarket—How Do You Get Shelf Space?
Ellen Kuras: The Biggest Crisis in the Digital Realm is Storage and Preservation
Walter Murch: Until Recently, Film was a Digital Sandwich Between Analog Slices of Bread
Digital? or Film? Let your voice be heard in the Comments section below.
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