Link: Side by Side
Summary: This documentary explores the emergence of digital film, as opposed to celluloid film, comparing their technologies’ histories, impact on the industry, and the variety of opinions surrounding them from some of the film industry’s most successful directors and cinematographers.
Thoughts: Overall, I thought this was a very interesting exploration of the subject. I would’ve liked to have seen more examples of the differences two technologies, more demos, more inside looks at how filmmakers use the technologies differently (or similarly), while seeing less talking heads. Talking heads are so boring; you could at least throw something in there for audiences to watch while listening to a voice-over. I think the documentary gives both technologies a fair assessment; it doesn’t seem to try to put one on a higher pedestal. Both technologies seem to have their advantages and disadvantages. Most audiences probably won’t notice or care about the differences anyway; it’s the story that matters most. (Personally, if I were a director, the advantages of digital surpass the advantages of celluloid, so that’s the direction I’d go.)
It was strange to see so many filmmakers disparaging 3D though. I don’t understand what they dislike so much about it, especially when they talk about wanting their films to be projected onto a big screen to be immersive. 3D only helps with that! And now that thick-rimmed glasses are hip again, 3D glasses are the bee’s knees!
Here’s an interesting excerpt from the bonus features: