Documentaries about movies or anything to do with movies! And yes, some of these stretch the definition of "documentary" quite…
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…
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…
Cool DVD extra, bro.
The issue is that it is different. How do you use it and how do you use it to tell a story? It's up to the filmmaker.
Christopher Kenneally's documentary attempts to explore the pros and cons of every aspect of filmmaking when it comes to digital versus photochemical film. Keanu Reeves hosts and interviews the biggest names in the business and proponents of both sides of the spectrum. Whether or not the doc achieves it's goal isn't important as what I enjoyed most about the film is actually a byproduct of what it was trying to accomplish.
By having various filmmakers explain their thoughts on the debate of digital vs film, you end up getting a glimpse…
Absolutely essential viewing for filmmakers, or people who want to make films.
The great moment of the movie is Martin Scorsese smiling coyly and saying that "ironically", the only way to ensure a digital film will exist in a hundred years is to store it on celluloid. Some of the talking heads surprised me in their absolute disdain of real film elements, like Steven Soderbergh who's outright hostile to the medium that he grew up on. Kind of leaves you with the douche chills when he says that.
An exploration on the history of cinema, from the guys who shoot it. Moving from chatter and talking heads speaking about celluloid, the conversations continue on to digital, better digital and then 3D. It's very interesting to hear world famous directors wax lyrical about their favoured format, with Christopher Nolan perhaps the biggest proponent of film whilst David Fincher is pretty open about finding film pointlessly difficult to work with, obsessing over the weight of each digital camera he seems to have used (35lb, 5lb, etc. - he loves weights).
Keanu Reeves comes across as an intelligent host and having pretty much every big name minus Tarantino and Spielberg talk about their working method makes for an extremely engrossing film, with the most illuminating factoid being that Danny Boyle's Slumdog Millionaire was hugely inspired by Festen. Cool.
Looking forward to Side by Side 2, which will consider the differences between digital, two-dimensional cinema and virtual reality.
Very fascinating examination of the classic film vs. digital argument.
"People want to go into worlds and have an experience, how they get there, doesn't really matter" -David Lynch
Quite a surprise. This was an unusually detailed and thorough examination of digital, The only big disappointment was that given the title of the film that I was expecting a climatic demo/comparison between film and digital which never occurred.
An interesting if a bit meandering documentary.
Interesante documental que a manera de entrevistas (dirigidas por Keanu Reeves) varios pesos pesados del cine como Scorsese, Fincher, Nolan, Cameron entre muchos más nos dan su opinión sobre el impacto del cine digital en la actualidad, muy interesante pero sólo para cinéfilos amantes de la magia detrás de las cámaras.
A kind neighbor who knows I like movies lent me this, but I'm not sure I'm the target audience. My question: who is? www.larsenonfilm.com/side-by-side
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