The evolution of cinema; the battle between celluloid and digital.

The old wise master and the young padwaan upstart.

This is a new world, as it changes and technology grows the facilities become clearer, improved, maybe not with the exact quality as the original but with freedom to do more, just differently.
Can film survive our digital future?

The death of the old master.

Keanu Reeves produces and acts as the interviewer in this fascinating documentary about the birth of digital film technology and the experience and artistic possibilities that celluloid film has.

One can see the many benefits of this new technology that is taking over and shoving celluloid out of the way. The new alpha. There is a certain look that shooting on film gives that digital has yet to fully emulate.

It is like the difference between the beautiful, spacious delivery of music played on a piece of vinyl to the compressed, generic sound of the cd format. Sure, the higher the quality of digital used (FLAC) the more sounds you will hear but it will never be the same as sticking Miles Davis’ A Kind of Blue on your turntable and hearing it with all that space.

The same can be said for digital film, especially for purists, for most, as long as it looks good then no problem. There will always be the vinyl/celluloid pimps out there flying the banner high for their religion of choice and that is a good thing.

Change will happen whether one likes it or not. The world is in a constant state of flux, so as it twists and turns it is becoming increasingly futile to try and hold onto the old without acknowledging or even embracing the new.

Lots of big directors are featured here, George Lucas and James Cameron obviously but also Martin Scorsese (3d Hugo), Richard Linklater, David Fincher, David Lynch, Steven Soderbergh, Robert Rodriguez as well as a plethora of lauded cinematographers (Walter Murch, Roger Deakins), editors and colourists all eschewing their wonderful, informed, expert opinions on the subject in hand.

Ultimately, if you are a fan of cinema, this will surely educate and enlighten you on the ways of the cinematic technology.

Film or Digital…you decide….you decide.