Thursday, September 26, 2013

Side by Side

   We have reached a new age of cinema in which film is no longer film. Not that we don't call them film or that we don't reference movies as film but the plain and simple fact that most movies are not shot on film. Digital technology has reached a point where its resolution and image quality has surpassed that of film negatives. But in many peoples' minds this is only an opinion. Some cinematographers and directors are stating that you can pry film from their cold dead hands. 
    The evolution of film to digital is an amazing story and without truly understanding film you won't understand digital cameras. Everything in digital cameras are based on how film was recorded especially specific settings such as, shutter speed, aperture, ISO and even many more things. You need to study the past to truly understand the future.
   The documentary Side by Side takes you on a journey from film cinema to the digital age we are currently in now. The story touches on subjects such as color correction, cgi, original "films" shot on video and even more. Better yet the documentary is told by those who actually fought for and against the revolution of film into digital media. I personally have seen this documentary over a dozen times and consider it a huge part in my understanding of cinema today. If you have a netflix account, it streams. Take the journey from where we were to where we are now.


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