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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.
While valid points are made from both sides, this thing is just an hour and a half of curmudgeons curmudging. One of the worst disappointments in life is finding out a person whose work you respect is mostly just an asshole.
This doco has been mentioned as good source of information for film vs digital debates on internet, and i agree. I first watched it on 2014 when i was deep in the film & TV industry myself, and although i've been out of it for about a year now, i recently rewatched to see if it still holds up. I find that the most specific questions posed in here are still relevant today.
The maker of this doco managed to explain the process & thoughts on the most important creative and technical aspects of film making, from the creative point of view. Some of the most renowned directors, auteurs and cinematographers in the Hollywood history were interviewed by Keanu, which was ironically…
Side by Side - Exploring the transition from celluloid to digital; if you're a cinephile this should be on your essential viewing list. (A-)
Wonderfully informative about the technical aspects of filmmaking
It was interesting to watch. I don't remember much.
Fascinating, illuminating interviews from directors, cinematographers, digital colorists and editors ... if you're interested in how filmmaking has evolved, you will gain a lot from this.
One of the early presenters at the most recent Oscars ceremony proposed that the awards would be given out in the order by which the categories contribute to the filmmaking process. They started with Writing, but then went straight into Supporting Actress, ditching that good idea before a tenth of the awards had been given out. This wasn't the first time the Oscar producers have tried to make the filmmaking process less opaque to the viewers, though I would guess the vast majority seated in the theater couldn't differentiate between Sound Editing and Sound Mixing, much less the people at home. For that kind of knowledge and more, one should turn to Christopher Kenneally's documentary Side By Side. After watching,…
i could take wally pfister's pretentious ass in a fight. id probably fight chris nolan after
Instructivo y didáctico. Ya nada más que por la gente que habla (Lynch, Soderbergh, Lucas, Scorsese, Cameron, Von Trier, Boyle, Rodriguez, Linklater, Schumacher, Nolan, Dunham, Gerwig, Wachowski...) merece la pena.
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