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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.
We all agree that Lorenzo di Bonaventura is a bit of an ass, right?
David Fincher is an adorable dick.
Keanu Reeves' narration is so soothing it's almost a strike against the film.
Wow, that was a lot to take in.
I really enjoyed the beginning of the film during which the intricacies of how a film camera works, what exactly a DP does, and how film editing used to be done were shown. I knew the basics of these but I now have a much better understanding after watching Side By Side.
I don't want to get too much into the celluloid vs. digital debate as I think both sides have valid points and I find myself firmly atop the fence. Having seen The Hateful Eight recently and reading all the fuss about it being in 70MM I found this documentary's subject to be fairly pertinent.
The sad thing is…
There isn't actually a lot to say about "film vs digital", and this documentary has no mind-blowing revelations, but I'm still glad it exists. At the very least, it can function as a primer for folks who don't understand the topic. I think it's valuable to record this moment in time, and we get to hear from almost all the major players in this issue (including directors George Lucas, James Cameron, Robert Rodriguez, Martin Scorcese, Christopher Nolan, David Fincher, David Lynch, Steven Soderbergh... no Tarantino or Spielberg, though). Most of them have passionate and very educated opinions on the topic (Fincher is especially fun).
Keanu Reeves makes a good interviewer, and I think he has a disarming quality that helped the subjects open up. I was impressed when he occasionally challenged people, like telling Rodriguez, "But the image sucked!" when the latter said he jumped on the digital bandwagon after seeing Lucas's Attack of the Clones.
i really liked watching keanu reeves mess with his facial hair for an hour and a half
So were the interviews of the pro-film people shot on film and the pro-digital people shot in digital?
great discussion about film creation.
you know tbh this was a lot more interesting than i thought it was going to be
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