Documentaries about movies or anything to do with movies! And yes, some of these stretch the definition of "documentary" quite…
Side by Side
Can film survive our digital future?
Since the invention of cinema, the standard format for recording moving images has been film. Over the past two decades, a new form of digital filmmaking has emerged, creating a groundbreaking evolution in the medium. Keanu Reeves explores the development of cinema and the impact of digital filmmaking via in-depth interviews with Hollywood masters, such as James Cameron, David Fincher, David Lynch, Christopher Nolan, Martin Scorsese, George Lucas, Steven Soderbergh, and many more.
As Side By Side is a documentary, I have been freely reading my friends reviews of it over the last number of months. Those who know me know that I’m kind of a geek with a particular interest in film technology. Back in my student film days I think I was more interested in the technology than the stories the technology were to convey .. possibly why I was so bad at it. I wasn’t expecting anything extraordinary here in this documentary, but I surely was interested in seeing it.
I loved it.
I think the distinguished interviewees brought out not just the reason why the switch has happened, but also why the preference for photochemical analogue is not just…
Christopher Kenneally’s Side by Side is a pleasingly balanced documentary about the virtues and problems of both digital and celluloid film. An affable Keanu Reeves narrates the film that chronicles the science, art and impact of digital cinema whilst interviewing influential figures involved in the use, production and business of digital filmmaking.
Perhaps the most impressive element of the entire documentary is its extensive roll-call of contributors. From influential filmmakers (James Cameron, Martin Scorsese, David Lynch to name but three) to high profile cinematographers and editors, the film explores the opinions of those truly in the know. Although the film is ultimately concerned with the impact digital filmmaking has on celluloid and the industry as a whole it is a…
Tracing the now decades-long cinematic paradigm shift from photo-chemical film to digital imaging, "Side by Side" is a fascinating documentary about an art form in flux. Interviews with directors, cinematographers, editors, and special effects artists lead the film's audience through through a transition that is technical, artistic, and controversial. For anyone who cares about film or filmmaking, this documentary is pure catnip. For cinematic laypeople, the film may be less impressive, but it will still rate as something interesting.
A vast array of film clips and prestigious talking heads track and discuss the technical and artistic churn that is occurring in today's filmmaking. "Side by Side" takes no sides as it explores both the excitement and the sadness of the…
I love this documentary, mainly because it consists of famous directors sending subtle insults flying at the opposing format.
Christopher Nolan's comments on digital in particular, are brilliantly classy and potent. I'm not even kidding, at one point he compares digital to a chewy Chips Ahoy cookie, a food that seems awesome but just tastes terrible and fake.
You go Nolan.
Cool DVD extra, bro.
If you're like me and find the concept of film vs. digital to be absolutely fascinating, you'll probably find a lot to love about this doc. It has Keanu Reeves interviewing James Cameron AND George Lucas, and David Fincher saying "fuck." What's not to love?!
Technical concerns about the future for laymen.
Interesting and fun to see a bunch of my heroes talk about an important subject but also just not a very good documentary.
I'm very interested in the subject matter, and this doc is chock full of information all about it. Keanu is a very interested interviewer, and his connections in the industry allow for a very impressive array of talent from many different fields of filmmaking to weigh in. The heavy-weight directors are of course a delight to hear from, but equally important are the Color Timers and the Editors, whose careers have been affected by this paradigm shift even more than the auteurs.
Aside from the cameras themselves, I was very happy to see how digital affected exhibition, distribution, and even more esoteric things like archiving (never would've guessed celluloid had the upper-hand in that department!). It really feels like it…
Fascinating look at the arguments for film and digital with a varied response from various filmmakers. Fascinating stuff well narrated and presented by Reeves
I truly loved this documentary. Keanu Reeves narrates it and he is able to interview many of the most influential directors and DP's in the film industry. This debate of classic film projection vs. digital projection is incredibly interesting to anyone that loves movies. We are able to see the arguments for both sides and why they have chosen to stick with photochemical film or have gone to the dark side and begun using digital.
The documentary isn't 100 percent just people talking, there are film clips throughout and very well made diagrams of how the cameras operate.
When it is over being able to learn inside information into some of my favorite directors heads made this documentary special. When rewatching there movies, you think to yourself, "now this is what they meant."
A must watch for cinema lovers.
A good supplement to any film lover that truly helps you appreciate the art of movie making.
It's filled with beautiful shots and testimonies from a wide array of reputable directors, as well as the soothing voice of Keanu Reeves himself.
Extremely informative for amateur film fans
This documentary focuses on the evolving technology that we use to shoot movies on. Keanu Reeves interviews numerous directors and cinematographers about the on going question, Film vs Digital. This movie is extremely fascinating. Wether you want/are making movies, or you just are a hardcore movie fan, you should love it. I wouldn't recommend it for the casual moviegoer or everyday person. I think to really love this movie, you have to have a passion for movies.
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