Watch: Wachowskis, Scorsese & Soderbergh Discuss Digital Cinema

August 7, 2012
Source: Movies.com

Martin Scorsese - Side Swipes

The debate rages on! There's an ongoing discussion about film vs. digital, the switch, holdouts like Chris Nolan, and supporters like Scorsese. Will film die out, or will it remain around forever, used sparingly by those like Nolan when they want? One documentary tackling this exact subject is Side by Side, directed by Keanu Reeves, a film that is literally documenting the "Debate Over the Digital Revolution in Filmmaking." Leading up to its release, Tribeca Film has been doing some brilliant marketing by releasing short "Side Swipes" videos of unused interview segments from the film, and we've amassed five of them on this topic.

These five videos come highlighted by Movies.com, and focus on film vs. digital in intriguing discussions with talented, smart filmmakers like: Lana and Andy Wachowski, cinematographers Wally Pfister and Michael Chapman (of Raging Bull, The Fugitive), Steven Soderbergh and Martin Scorsese. The Wachowski segment is very interesting because they start by talking about how digital is manipulating an actor's performance, but go on to talk about how performances are created in editing anyway. All of these are worth watching if you've got the time (they're pretty short), each one has something unique to consider:

First, here are Lana & Andy Wachowski talking about editing and honing performances:

Here is Oscar winning cinematographer Wally Pfister talking about Chris Nolan's movies:

Here is Oscar nominated cinematographer Michael Chapman talking about not being worried:

Here is filmmaker Steven Soderbergh talking about accepting digital cinema over film:

Here is filmmaker David Lynch discussing the improved consistency with digital cinema:

Finally, here is filmmaker Martin Scorsese talking about the choice of celluloid:

These "Side Swipes" segments are being released daily on YouTube by Tribeca Film. If these have done their job and made you more interested in Keanu's doc Side by Side, you can get even more info here or watch the trailer here. Tribeca Film will release the doc theatrically on August 17th, and it will be available VOD starting August 22nd as well. I'm already planning to see it as soon as I can! Follow TribecaFilm for more.

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: sidebysidethemovie.com.

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Thank you for posting links to both sides of the argument. There's no one answer in this debate.

clinteastwoodscloset on Aug 7, 2012


cant wait for this doc, i for one am for the digital change. I like to hope that the switch will bring to light a lot of undiscovered movie makers and the story's they wouldn't be able to tell (price wise) if we were still in the age of film. but! reels of film are honestly one of the most beautiful things in the world to me... so while its sad to see them become surpassed by technology, they in no way will be forgotten... At least by this nerd

DoomCanoe on Aug 7, 2012


I agree with David Lynch

Jurassic_Max on Aug 7, 2012


Scorsese has turned into Woody Allen.

happy camper on Aug 7, 2012

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