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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…
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…
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…
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.
no imax or 70mm talk !? come on #teamfilm
I rewatched this at college today and figured out why I had previously slept on the first watch. It is a very interesting documentary. Its form of showing us the process of filmmaking between all the arguments about digital vs film is very wise and engaging, but it gets boring, and I felt like wanting to pause it for a minute and just breathing. It's too much information to take in, and I imagine it is even more tireing for those who don't understand the language and concepts of filmmaking.
Keanu looks like he's picking his nose in the picture up there. The end.
Feeling incredibly sick and listening to Keanu Reeves talk about pixels really hit the spot.
Also, it's amazing how much of a dick Lorenzo Di Bonaventura (sic?) comes off when discussing the democratization of cinema.
Documentary about digital vs film, really well done, lots of middle aged white men that make great movies
where was quentin when they filmed this??
Keanu Reeves' fascinating documentary about the rise of digital film-making is essential for those interested in the subject.
Side by Side is an interesting documentary on an interesting topic. It's rather intriguing to see the difference of opinion on the whole digital vs film scenario and what some of my favourite filmmakers have to say about it. Also, watching the ever-changing hairstyle of Keanu Reeves is always a delight.
Side by Side is a great documentary concerning change in movie making. It takes you on a brief tour of cinematic history and explores how film technology has evolved over the years. Then it explores what appears to be the next major step, digital movie making. It is informative and expresses many opinions on both sides but ultimately allows to audience to form their own opinion. I really appreciate that we are hearing from the current masters of cinema, those who are actually influencing the change.
I recently went to a symposium where Christopher Nolan and co. discussed the importance of film as a medium, so I decided to watch this as a refresher on the topic.
I appreciate film as a medium and for what it's been able to bring into this world. It has irreplaceable intrinsic qualities, some of which are too esoteric for me to understand completely, that are nonetheless important to some filmmakers and cinephiles. I believe that film should always be available as long as there are directors who feel that their work is best represented on it. But it won't. In 2015, I can't think of many arguments for film over digital that aren't rooted in nostalgia or just plain…
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