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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.
An immensely intriguing tour of the evolution of filmmaking process in the cinematic medium over the years, Side by Side is a side by side comparison of the two formats of crafting a motion picture that's available to filmmakers today; first is shooting on photochemical film which has been in use since the dawn of cinema while the other is shooting digitally which dominates the industry at present & has made the traditional film stock an endangered format.
Directed by Christopher Kenneally, this documentary presents Keanu Reeves as the questioner discussing about the evolution, impact & innovations the film camera has made since its creation and joining him in the discussion are Hollywood's esteemed directors like Martin Scorsese, James Cameron, Richard Linklater,…
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.
Excellent doc looking at the differences between celluloid and digital filmmaking. My conclusion after seeing this is that digital is the way to go if you're a filmmaker working today. I love real film as much as anyone but its just not realistic to think that film is going to sustain the changes in technology (which is getting better every year). At the end of the day its not about the devices you use so much as it is your creativity as a storyteller IMO.
#TeamDigital... Though I do love film??? Hang on let me re watch it and try and decide.
I watched this (we had to pick a doc of our choosing) for one of my film classes, and we had to discuss it. Here's my discussion (it's kinda, but not really, like a regular review):
Hey Guys! All of the documentaries looked interesting, but the moment I knew that Side by Side was an option, I just had to go with that pick. I had wanted to watch Side by Side for a long time (since I first saw it's trailer), because of all the directors and cinematographers that would have been interviewed; but I never really got a chance until now. And I'm glad that I chose this Documentary in particular, because I was surprised with who they…
I fell asleep halfway through this but only because I was really tired. Definitely worth watching Fincher and Scorsese literally fight each other to the death
Overall Enjoyment 8/10
There is literally not a single moment where they put digital and film cameras side-by-side and compare the results.
Despite attempts by Fincher to liven things up, this is the dryest presentation of this material possible. If you care about this you probably already know mosy of what's in it. If this was just 70 minutes of footage from film, digital and analogue video movies (the latter of which gets no mention at all, why does this movie disrespect Blood Cult like that), with format and camera models listed on the bottom of the screen, it'd be exponentially better.
And at no point did Keanu ask Soderbergh why all his movies are the color of dehydrated piss, which means this is a film made by cowards. NO STARS.
I have even less an understanding as to why people are so adamant about film.
This is like a textbook
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