The introduction of digital technology has been the most important revolution in filmmaking since the advent of sound or ‘talkies.’ Full length documentary Side by Side examines the emergence of digital filmmaking along side that of traditional celluloid. The project features interviews with some of the industry’s leading cinematographers, and filmmakers including: James Cameron, David Fincher, David Lynch, Christopher Nolan, Martin Scorsese, George Lucas, Steven Soderbergh, and others.
In the words of Side by Side’s producer, actor Keanu Reeves, “In 2009, Slumdog Millionaire won the academy award for best cinematography. It was a point of inflection for our industry. For the first time, the award for cinematography went to a movie shot almost entirely digitally and not on film. Over the last decade movies shot, edited and distributed digitally have become an acceptable alternative to a photochemical process with over one hundred years of history. At this moment in time, the digital world and the photochemical world exist side by side in the movie industry – from image capture to visual effects to color correction to exhibition. The master cinematographers and directors are now crafting work in both mediums.
I have seen this quiet revolution unfold in front of me on sets, in edit rooms and post-production facilities and on screens around the world. With that in mind I have embarked on a major documentary project directed by Chris Kenneally to explore how this change will impact motion pictures and the way stories are conceived, created and experiences. I am producing the documentary and hands-on involvement both behind and in front of the camera. The goal is to examine the worlds of film and digital cinema as they exist side by side.”
Side by Side is now (as of August 22) available on VOD, and will continue its limited release screenings across the US.