Watch: 'Side by Side' Doc Trailer About the Film to Digital Evolution

January 19, 2012
Source: Vimeo

Side by Side

"There isn't yet a superior or even an equal imaging technology to film, but we're being forced to transition." Perfectly timed for the start of the Sundance Film Festival today is a trailer for a documentary called Side by Side, produced by Keanu Reeves, about the science, art, and impact of digital cinema. This trailer features interview snippets from Chris Nolan, Steven Soderbergh, David Lynch, Robert Rodriguez, James Cameron and Marty Scorsese, all of whom are either making the big digital transition or still holding onto film (like Nolan). It looks like a fascinating doc and something that everyone in this industry needs to watch.

Watch the first trailer for Christopher Kenneally's doc Side by Side, originally via Vimeo:

The documentary investigates the history, process and workflow of both digital and photochemical film creation. We show what artists and filmmakers have been able to accomplish with both film and digital and how their needs and innovations have helped push filmmaking in new directions. Interviews with directors, cinematographers, colorists, scientists, engineers and artists reveal their experiences and feelings about working with film and digital--where we are now, how we got here and what the future may bring. This hasn't premiered anywhere yet, but we'll keep you updated. Visit:

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  • Anonymous
    Honestly, this looks like a doc that was a few years too late. Digital cinema has been around a while, and these directors have been saying the same thing about it for years. That being said, I would still like to watch this doc, to see how far we have come, and understand more about WHY they have such a difficulty with something as "easy" as digital.
    • sedna
      you've been living under a cave then the past, say two years. Digital cinema is now a-boomin' with the advent of DSLR cameras that have impacted, and created a slew of digital filmmakers. The girl you see being interviewed in the very beginning is the director of Tiny Furniture, who has shot that film on a Canon 7D. I'd say digital vs film is more than a relevant and CURRENT debate.
  • Richie G
    Definitely interested in seeing this. Wonder what inspired Reeves to make this, why he'd care? I'd expect it more from a directer, but I'd say that'd seem biased
  • Digital cinema? That'll never take off. What I like about digital cameras and editing software is that it opens up a lot more possibilities for the average person. I'm not saying the quality of the content will be any better, but I love that with a fairly small start-up budget someone could shoot and edit a short film. Although saying that, the opportunity to make animated films is easier than ever but that hasn't increased much over the years, so maybe it is passion rather than technology that drives the creation, well, and money of course! I'd like to watch the movie, it looks pretty interesting.
    • Anonymous
      agreed about opening up the possibilities, it adds another tool to the box. from then, as Scorcese says at the end,  it's up to the film-maker. this looks worthy of watch. and i know it was about fim *stock*, but James Cameron's quote made me chuckle: "film has been dead in my heart for 10 years."
  • John
    It's funny... the only two people in the video that stick up for film is Nolan and Wally Pfister (his DP).  This is one of the reasons why I am a big fan of those two guys.
  • Ryderup
    Spielberg is also a big film fan. Too bad Fincher isn't.
  • Untricky
    My god, Keanu smiled!
  • Loser
    Say what you will about Keanu as an actor... but his choices of what he does always surprises me. This looks interesting. 
  • I'd love to see this
  • Jont
    where can we see it
  • Megan
    I love Keanu and this looks really cool!




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