For almost one hundred years there was only one way to make a movie — with film.

Movies were shot, edited and projected using photochemical
film. But over the last two decades a digital process has emerged to
challenge photochemical filmmaking.


SIDE BY SIDE, a new documentary produced by Keanu Reeves, takes
an in-depth look at this revolution. Through interviews with directors,
cinematographers, film students, producers, technologists, editors, and
exhibitors, SIDE BY SIDE examines all aspects of filmmaking — from
capture to edit, visual effects to color correction, distribution to
archive. At this moment when digital and photochemical filmmaking
coexist, SIDE BY SIDE explores what has been gained, what is lost, and
what the future might bring.

I chose to watch Side By Side at the Borderlines Film Festival.  I’ve been wanting to visit Borderlines and I’m so pleased I did.  I went to the Hereford Courtyard and watching the screening of Side By Side,
a documentary discussing the change in the film-making medium from film
to digital.  It’s presented By Keanu Reeves and he interviews the likes
of Christopher Nolan, Martin Scorsese, Lars Von Trier, Joel Schumacher,
David Lynch and many more and many unheard voices of cinematographers
(directors of photography) like John Mathieson.  He also explains the
processes of capturing an image on film and digital and how those images
are collected, developed, edited, colour graded and ultimately
presented on the cinema screen.  It’s interesting because you hear Nolan
say film cannot be replaced and you believe him because he’s Nolan and
then you hear George Lucas say the opposite and you believe him because
it’s Lucas.  I’m not a big fan of Keanu as an actor but he has cleverly
captured the history and heritage of film and carefully presented the
struggle as digital begins to replace film.  It’s a well balanced
documentary and what is really evident is how much the film-makers care
about their craft and showing it in the best possible light.  They talk
about specific cameras and talk about how colour grading has evolved,
fascinating stuff.

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Side By Side

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