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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.
Oddly enough, Side By Side holds a moderately sentimental place in my little Letterboxd-addicted heart.
On the night of viewing, it was the fifth film from the beginning of a (watch)list that, despite me only joining LB in early March, has since ballooned out to around 950 films thus far (why must everything sound so interesting?); sandwiched between Maps to the Stars (like SbS, I’m getting to it) and Hitman: Agent 47 (I’ve dodged the ‘paying money for it’ bullet and await the blu-ray release with severe trepidation).
Discounting the ones I previously had added on before it in those manageable early days – several 2015 releases I was looking forward to, ordered by release date (of which only four…
There are so many amazing filmmakers that participate in this. It's great hearing their opinions and insights on filmmaking and the digital versus film debate.
I love Keanu Reeves.
What a spirited and interesting look into the battle between digital and film movie making.
Really well done film that gets in to the debate of film vs. digital. It's really well done and deeply researched, getting interviews with some of the biggest name directors in all of cinema but also many below the line workers that give their take. It goes very deep and talks about every aspect of the pros and cons and all of the different aspects that are effected.
For the most part, Side By Side presents more questions than answers, but it lays out a lot of the things going on in regards to the current shift from film to digital in an entertaining and informative way. I especially appreciated the varying views from a wide range of film makers, from the lesser known artists, to Lynch and Scorsese.
Buen documental sobre el cambio que supone el cine digital sobre el celuloide.
You know, for a documentary titled "Side by Side," you'd think there would be an actual attempt to compare and contrast celluloid and digital filmmaking therein. But the finished product reads like a glorified commercial for the latest line of top-of-the-line digital cameras, as marketed by the biggest names in Hollywood. I guess you can't really expect much else from a documentary on film production made for a mass market.
But I suppose biases are essential to understanding different viewpoints. Most of my favourite films were shot on 35mm. Most of my favourite directors work exclusively with 35mm, or are no longer alive to even attempt digital production. So, yes, I'm completely against Side by Side's digital slant.
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