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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.
The irony of Lorenzo di Bonaventura complaining that the more prevalent digital becomes the worse film will get. Tell us more, oh great tastemaker.
"Don't hold me to it, Keanu, but I think I am."
This documentary is endlessly enjoyable. For any cinephile, the digital v. film debate is fascinating and hearing these interviewees speak extensively on this topic is delightful. The presence of Keanu Reeves gives Side by Side such charisma and insight. Having the star of The Matrix interview all these great filmmakers makes it much more dynamic than it would have been otherwise. Even his technical explanations are wonderful to listen to. He's just an absolutely wonderful human being.
All of these interviews are highly compelling. David Lynch is as intriguing and fantastic as ever, with a delightful exchange with Keanu about how digital cinema forever changed his process. David Fincher…
Not going to blow your socks off but this is really good stuff. Where else are you going to get interviews with Scorcese and Linklater (and others) in one place?
Side by Side explores the development of digital and the ongoing discussion of digital vs. film. Featuring many talented and renowned filmmakers such as Christopher Nolan and David Fincher as well as cinematographers and editors, I was very intrigued in the history of digital filmmaking as well as how the different filmmakers felt about the increasing popularity of digital. The film starts out as a comparison of digital vs. film, but unfortunately it abandons that and becomes more about digital in general, and is quite biased towards digital. This slight annoyance aside, Side by Side is a fascinating documentary about how cinema has evolved, where we are now, and where we will be many years down the road.
But . . . Keanu?
Graham's point, as we were watching this, was that the more important question to him was "but is the story any good?" And you know, this is another time when I get to use the phrase "inside baseball," a term that I enjoy despite not liking baseball. Because you know, most people, I suspect, don't care. I was pleased and amused to see a Technicolor logo at one point in the film. Most people probably aren't aware that Technicolor is a specific company and a specific process; I suspect fewer and fewer people are even familiar with Technicolor at all, outside a dreamcoat or two. So I wonder if most audiences know that things are…
Kicked off a month-long focus on documentaries with a documentary about filmmaking. Primarily covering the evolution of digital filmmaking, mainly through interviews with a wide range of directors, DPs, and editors, Side by Side very briefly covers the history of film-based filmmaking (I suppose it would have been too much of a digression to delve into the 3-strip Technicolor process, which is a bit of a shame because I feel it's an important and fascinating aspect of film history.) Keanu Reeves is a pleasant host and has a good rapport with his subjects.
Scorcese voices his concern that with digital, audiences won't see any reality on the screen, which is countered with the point that filmmaking has always been a…
The documentary investigates the history, process and workflow of both digital and photochemical film creation.
This isn't the most well made documentary but it is certainly very interesting. There are some great points made from both side of the fence from your favorite directors and you can't ask for more than that really.
The best part of this viewing was when my girlfriend Amy walked in when Lars von Trier was on screen and she said 'Oh it's him, the man who makes nightmares!'.
no imax or 70mm talk !? come on #teamfilm
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