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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.
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…
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,…
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.
Sorta like a documentary, sorta like an interview, this "movie" is built upon the opinions and experiences of modern direcotrs, editors, cinematographers, VFX supervisors, and many other people in the industry and a debate that is still swirling in the minds of today's film buff, film v digital.
I can't really describe all the information that the movie gives you, but it is very informative if you are interested in how films work today compared to back then.
If you like filmmaking and the discussions it provide, you'll love this documentary. It talks about the rivalry between film and digital. Is digital a good replacement to film? Is film dead already? With amazing testimonials the documentary navigates is this questions while they tell you the proccess of making a movie throughout the years, how it improved and how it can improve. I liked it a lot and I recommend it to every cinethusiast.
It made me respect filmmakers that I haven't that much of appreciation like George Lucas and James Cameron. Made me love even more the ones I already respected like Danny Boyle, David Fincher and Scorcese. And it made me dislike even more the ones I already disliked, like Nolan.
Although it's a few years out of date now and the debate between film and digital has progressed further, Side By Side is essential viewing for anyone with even a slight interest in the art of filmmaking.
The biggest thing I took away from watching this documentary is David Lynch's hand movements. Once seen, it cannot be unseen.
when are David Fincher and Christopher Nolan gonna hate fuck?
Segunda vuelta porque acababa de ver un documental sobre cine y me emocioné.
Me senti medio mal cuando se burlan de la gente que ve cine en su celular y pues yo los veía en mi lap a baja resolución bloqueando anuncios del youtube.
Positives: The documentary gives an informative overview of the history of film, the introduction of the digital medium, and the tug-of-war between the two. The cast of interviewees was also delightful and diverse, often on either ends of that same rope.
Negatives: I believe that little thought was given to the movie's cinematography. Almost as if because it was meant to be informative, visual appeal was not important. Interestingly enough, well-shot films were praised throughout the film.
Boy does this make conservative celluloid adherents like Chris Nolan and Wally Pfister out to be elitist snobs. But I guess on the other hand you have the overzealous technophiles like George Lucas, who proclaimed that film was dead back in, like, 2000.
More than anything, watching this reaffirmed my respect for a lot of the filmmakers that were interviewed, particularly Fincher and Scorsese. They both come across as highly intelligent and communicative without seeming arrogant. And Danny Boyle's boundless enthusiasm actually made me smile.
These guys are master craftsmen, man ... they know their shit.
While valid points are made from both sides, this thing is just an hour and a half of curmudgeons curmudging. One of the worst disappointments in life is finding out a person whose work you respect is mostly just an asshole.
This doco has been mentioned as good source of information for film vs digital debates on internet, and i agree. I first watched it on 2014 when i was deep in the film & TV industry myself, and although i've been out of it for about a year now, i recently rewatched to see if it still holds up. I find that the most specific questions posed in here are still relevant today.
The maker of this doco managed to explain the process & thoughts on the most important creative and technical aspects of film making, from the creative point of view. Some of the most renowned directors, auteurs and cinematographers in the Hollywood history were interviewed by Keanu, which was ironically…
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