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Side by Side 2012 TV-14 CC

(139) IMDb 7.7/10
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From Tribeca Film. Keanu Reeves takes an in-depth look at the future of digital cinema, featuring interviews with cinematic masters James Cameron, David Fincher, David Lynch, Martin Scorsese, Steven Soderbergh and more.

Derek Ambrosi, Michael Ballhaus
1 hour, 39 minutes

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Genres Documentary
Director Christopher Kenneally
Starring Derek Ambrosi, Michael Ballhaus
Supporting actors Andrzej Bartkowiak, Dion Beebe, Jill Bogdanowicz, Danny Boyle, Geoff Boyle, James Cameron, Michael Chapman, Don Ciana, Anne V. Coates, Lorenzo di Bonaventura, Anthony Dod Mantle, Lena Dunham, Jonathan Fawkner, David Fincher, Shruti Ganguly, Greta Gerwig, Geoffrey Gilmore, Michael Goi
Studio Tribeca Film
MPAA rating TV-14
Captions and subtitles English Details
Rental rights 3-day viewing period. Details
Purchase rights Stream instantly and download to 2 locations Details
Format Amazon Video (streaming online video and digital download)

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24 of 25 people found the following review helpful By JMM TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on August 22, 2012
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"Side by Side" examines the history of cinema, which has largely existed on film, and how the future of movies might change with the shift to digital cinematography. This is a documentary for anyone interested in filmmaking, cameras, or just people who love movies!

Almost everyone now embraces the digital methods of editing, postproduction, and color timing. It's only in the image capture that some filmmakers still prefer film. And with good reason - there are qualities to film that have yet to be replicated in digital. "Side by Side" looks at the pros and cons of going digital. For example, one obvious pro is that it is far less expensive for both the studios and independent filmmakers to shoot digitally because fewer resources are used and the day runs more efficiently (no need to change film magazines every 10 minutes). But one major concern is the storage of digital movies - there have been over 80 digital file formats over the past few decades, and most of them are already obsolete. By contrast, under the proper conditions a film print can be preserved for over one hundred years.

The documentary asks some of Hollywood's most respected and influential filmmakers to give their views on the film vs. digital debate. On one side, you have filmmakers like James Cameron ("Avatar") who are advocates of digital technology and want to continue to explore new tools that can be used to tell the story. On the other hand, there are filmmakers like Christopher Nolan ("The Dark Knight") who think that film is still the most reliable format and produces the highest quality image, and would like to see celluloid remain a viable option in the years to come.
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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful By James Beswick VINE VOICE on August 24, 2012
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It ultimately fails to deliver on the pretext of the "The Future of Digital Film" since it's really an analysis of the history and current state of film production. That aside, it's absolutely fascinating to hear from a dozen or so very big names about their thoughts on the subject of digital versus celluloid. I even thought Keanu Reeves was much better as an interviewer than I expected.

The digital notables are there - James Cameron, George Lucas and Robert Rodriguez - to promote the digital revolution but actually all of them make some extremely insightful comments. Whatever you think of George Lucas, you have to admit that the man has the finger on the technology pulse in movies and his opinions are almost prophetic in this regard. When pressed about the 'unreality' of digital processing, James Cameron gave an awesome response along of the lines of "How was anything in the movies ever real? The raining downtown midnight New York scene was shot in daytime Burbank with a rain machine and 30 people in the background". Rodriguez, whom I was lucky enough to meet at RISE Austin this year, sees digital as an enabling tool - and this is from a man that shot a feature film for $15K so if you enjoy movies, you must listen to the guy.

There's a good balance from film purists too, and I was surprised to see Chris Nolan in the celluloid camp. There are some valid criticisms of digital filming and processing but the documentary leans towards suggesting that the chemical method of the past is really coming to an end. Some of the newer professional movie cameras are shown and it's fascinating to hear the DPs talking about their pros and cons historically.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Cask05 on April 25, 2013
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If you are a fan of Clayton Christensen's "The Innovator's Dilemma" and other books that were made even more famous with Steve Jobs endorsement for his use on Apple products, this film will show you the human side of a disruptional technology familiar to us all: digital video and how it has essentially dislocated all photochemical-based motion pictures.

My initial viewing of this film was via Amazon Prime streaming video, but the film continues to fascinate me each time to the point that I bought a Blu-Ray disk to enjoy not only the main film, but also some of the rather brief outtakes and deleted scenes, which, in themselves are of interest to folks like me that study technology cycles and their effects on organizational culture. This film is literally brimming with face-to-face interviews of film-industry directors, directors of photography (DPs, a.k.a. cinematographers), film and digital colorists, film vs. digital editors, new digital camera manufacturers (like Red) and their sales staff, and finally Keanu Reeves, who serves as the host interviewer.

Although the interviews are straightforward and are conducted in real-time, i.e., cut-and-break sequences are not used, I see something different that I missed each time that I've watched them: suppressed, seemingly rational-but-actually irrational reasoning, or otherwise obtuse rationale for opposing the introduction of high quality digital video. This includes perceived loss of control, loss of nostalgia, loss of film-unique special effects, self-archiving properties of film (actually, this is not a valid point), and other even more obtuse rationale, such as "I don't like digital -- because it makes it too easy". This from major film figures--including well known directors.
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