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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.
A documentary about good and bad sides of filming on film vs digital.
Hosted by Keanu Reeves and featuring very insightful opinions and stories from James Cameron, Danny Boyle, Martin Scorsese, Christopher Nolan, David Lynch, Steven Soderbergh, David Fincher, George Lucas, Robert Rodriguez etc.
Very good didactic and informative and educational story about the filming technology now.
"Technology pushes art; art pushes technology."
An interesting look at what I think is a lesser known dynamic of moviemaking. Literal film and its change to digital. Each "side" of the issue whether that be film or digital contains arguments, but in the end in my opinion, it really just comes down to director preference as they are going to do their best work on the medium they are most comfortable with. Also shies a little on the jobs of many people involved in making movies that you don't hear about a lot like cinematographers, DI department, VFX department, and editing. A well done and intersting doc.
I really loved this. In terms of documentary filmmaking it doesn't blow me away, but I found the subject matter and the insights of all the interviewees incredibly engaging, even when I disagreed. If you are interested in the contemporary art of filmmaking I would definitely recommend this, even if you are familiar with all of the technology I think it is worth watching for the insights of people in the industry.
Idk why I watched this again lol. Though, I do feel like a know an obnoxious amount of information about film and digital formats that would only come in handy to show off to a film professor.
(Original review outdated, re-evaluation required at later date)
I still remember the first time I saw a movie in digital at the theater. It was a kids movie, and never before had I seen an image so clear and bright. The difference really blew me away. It was a sad day when we got rid of our last film projector. To this day, I still feel more relaxed and at ease when there's some kind of low, whirling hum in the background. As a former projectionist, I'll look back on my time in the projection booth with a strong sense of nostalgia for the rest of my life, but it sure does help you appreciate the transition to digital a lot more.
Sure, Side by Side isn't a ground breaking documentary, but it does document a very important time in the history of cinema as well as bring back a lot of memories.
Qué decepción ver a genios del cine tener opiniones tan vagas respecto al futuro del entretenimiento.
TAN poco útil este documental, muy pocas opiniones de valor, son todo opiniones de creadores, una visión muy restringida, no hay investigación con consumidores o análisis big data, son un par de millonarios opinando sobre lo que hacen.
8.000 veces mejor sería un artículo de investigación al respecto (NYT, te estoy mirando fijo). Texto <3.
El conservadurismo y miedo a los cambios puede llegar a ser algo tan cómico como decepcionante.
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