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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…
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.
Cool DVD extra, bro.
Insightful Documentary recapping the differences between Film and Digital, and Keanu's funny way of saying "Resolution".
Best part: David Fincher revealing that Robert Downey Jr. left jars of urine around the set of "Zodiac."
A realistic and decent debate about the use of film Vs digital. Really interesting to hear everyones opinion. very one sided, but everyone has valid points. Some of the technical info is wrong. The interviews seemed to be personal chats. Really interesting topic regarding the industry.
Finding the time to watch documentaries is always difficult for me. With other movies there are a number of reasons why I might decide to watch something, such as interest in the story, being a fan of the director, favorite actors are in it, good reviews, etc. But a documentary is different. With a documentary I have to be very interested in the subject matter or i'll never bring myself to watch it.
Side by Side falls into that category. I am admittedly quite ignorant of the technological aspect involved in film making. It's easy to spot things like good cinematography-it doesn't take a professional to know that Interstellar was a beautiful film-but before Side by Side I knew next…
Side by Side is a fascinating documentary about the history and process of both digital and photochemical filmmaking. The film's core strength though is it's engaging interviews with a whole slew of well known cinematographers, editors, engineers and of course, film directors. It offers a great deal of entertainment and joy for avid cinephiles, like me, to hear all these incredible artists discussing just their two cents.
A pleasant Keanu Reeves narrates the film; giving insight into the growth of digital camera companies like Sony and such. While the movie never really answers the key question - which is, how will digital filmmaking impact our future? This still didn't bother me much as the movie primarily lets you decide without…
Between Christopher Nolan's Interstellar, Sion Sono's Why Don't You Play In Hell, and QT's 35mm takeover of the New Bev, the Two Cents gang couldn't think of a more relevant film to discuss this week than Keanu Reeves' documentary which explores the debate of film vs digital.
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Un repaso frío y neutral (bien) a la llegada del cine digital y la desaparición de la película emulsionada. Distintas opiniones, consideraciones comerciales, la técnica al servicio del arte de la narración en imágenes, los early adopters (Boyle, Dogma95, Lynch) los nostálgicos y técnicos, los escépticos (entre ellos Nolan y Fincher), y los tiburones de las finanzas y la tecnología (Lucas, por supuesto) participan en este recorrido guiado por Keanu Reeves que mantiene una cierta dignidad a pesar de reservarse sus momentos de protagonismo.
Can't imagine a documentary about film formats possibly being any better than this. I was engaged and fascinated throughout, with top talent weighing in and lots of technical concepts explained to the average Joe, Keanu asks the right questions of the right people and this doc just totally lands.
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