Side By Side, an incisive documentary that is a must see for cinephiles, details how digital filmmaking has supplanted “film” making. Most directors are huge proponents of the digital revolution, while other purists (like The Dark Knight Returns head Christopher Nolan) prefer the texture and visual grain achieved from shooting on film.
Shooting on digital, whether it’s with the top of the line Arri Alexa or RED cameras, is a logical step in the evolution of cinema. Keanu Reeves, who produced Side By Side, is also the documentary’s narrator and interviewer, as he talks with a plethora of directors (George Lucas, James Cameron, David Lynch, and David Fincher), along with cinematographers and editors, about the digital revolution (and in turn, the death of film).
I asked Mr. Reeves during a Side By Side interview if digital cameras are able to capture the warmth and texture of film. Here’s his response:
Side By Side, which is available on VOD August 22nd, opens in Los Angeles Friday and in Boston August 23rd. The documentary also premieres in New York and Seattle on August 31st.
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posted by Greg Srisavasdi (Twitter: @Gsrisavasdi)