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Side by Side
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Feb 15, 2013 By: Chris Bumbray
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Director:
Chris Kenneally

Actors:
Keanu Reeves

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WHAT'S IT ABOUT?
An in-depth exploration of the technological shift in film-making from celluloid to digital.
IS IT A GOOD MOVIE?
SIDE BY SIDE, from director Chris Kenneally and producer-host Keanu Reeves, tackles one of the biggest debates currently going on in the world of movie-making- film versus digital. Taking a balanced perspective, Reeves turns out to be the ideal host, having worked on dozens of films shot in both methods. In fact- Reeves even includes some b-roll from two of his films, HENRY'S CRIME (shot in 35mm) and 47th RONIN (digital)- giving you a first-hand look at the difference in shooting with both methods.

But- what really makes Reeves the ideal guide in this debate is the fact that as a superstar, the big-name directors, including Steven Soderbergh, James Cameron, Martin Scorsese, Christopher Nolan, and David Fincher- totally open up to Reeves- who's on their own level in regards to fame. As a result, he gets a lot out of them, particularly David Fincher- who's incredibly blunt about how he feels a DP working on 35mm usurps his authority over the look of a film, and George Lucas- who's visibly irritated and bitter over the way he was attacked by deciding to shoot ATTACK OF THE CLONES on digital,

Overall, SIDE BY SIDE is an extremely compelling look at this shift. The film takes you right from the early days of DV- with the Dogme 95 movement, right up to the proliferation of high-tech, 3D digital blockbusters, and the effect it's had on financing, exhibition and more. While DV means more movies can be made- cheaper, it's also acknowledged that with new tools like digital intermediate color grading, more and more people who aren't the director or DP can impact the look of a film. Nolan, along with his cinematographer Wally Pfister restate over and over that film, for them- is the only way to shoot, but a guy like Fincher, who wants to be the final authority at all times on his movies, pushes the other side of the argument. It all makes for compelling viewing- especially when Lucas, who helped develop the first DV cameras that could compete with 35mm, and pioneered digital prints in theaters, goes on record about his own battles with the limitations of 35mm. This is good stuff.

THE EXTRAS
This is a case of quality over quantity- with some deleted scenes and very intriguing, additional interviews , which were cut down for the final film.
FINAL DIAGNOSIS
SIDE BY SIDE is a compelling, comprehensive, and most importantly, entertaining look at a debate that's still being raged in movie theatres all over the world. While the tide has turned to DV, there are good arguments for the older techniques as well- depending on the director, the DP, and the desired result. Whatever side you come in on, SIDE BY SIDE is a must see for anyone serious about film. I loved it.
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10:40PM on 02/25/2013
This was a great doc. I was glad to see it give both sides of the debate equal opportunity to make their cases. Very well done. Also, this is the movie that made me fall in love with Greta Gerwig, who I'd never seen before this. So...there's that.
This was a great doc. I was glad to see it give both sides of the debate equal opportunity to make their cases. Very well done. Also, this is the movie that made me fall in love with Greta Gerwig, who I'd never seen before this. So...there's that.
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2:52PM on 02/15/2013
I loved this movie! Great arguments on both sides and a very engaging approach!
I loved this movie! Great arguments on both sides and a very engaging approach!
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12:20AM on 02/15/2013

Sounds good

Although I think too many directors get their panties in a wad over this topic (I'm looking at you, Nolan). A good filmmaker can craft a compelling film using nothing more than an iPhone and a few actors. Personally, I prefer the feel of film. But digital is a terrific tool and if the project demands it, it's a wonderful option. At the end of the day, good storytelling is good storytelling, however it's photographed. Again, I'm looking at you, Nolan.
Although I think too many directors get their panties in a wad over this topic (I'm looking at you, Nolan). A good filmmaker can craft a compelling film using nothing more than an iPhone and a few actors. Personally, I prefer the feel of film. But digital is a terrific tool and if the project demands it, it's a wonderful option. At the end of the day, good storytelling is good storytelling, however it's photographed. Again, I'm looking at you, Nolan.
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