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Trailer for digital vs. film documentary Side By Side with Keanu Reeves

01.19.2012
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A trailer for the documentary SIDE BY SIDE just surfaced, which highlights the revolution of digital film and its effects on the industry, particularly the big name (and little name) filmmakers who have embraced it.

Directed by Chris Kenneally, with interviews conducted by Keanu Reeves (who is also a producer) the doc features a bevy of cutting edge filmmakers, including James Cameron, Martin Scorsese, David Lynch, Robert Rodriguez, George Lucas, Stephen Soderbergh, Christopher Nolan, and more.

With 35mm slowly choking to death like Jabba with a chain around his neck, it begs the question if it's really that much of a shock. Seeing as most forms of traditional technology are evolving into the digital realm, with a number of filmmakers being able to capture the same or better look of 35mm, the debate seems to hinge on traditionalists vs. innovators.

Either way you look at it, those in the filmmaking community have a lot to say about the issue, as they should. What I personally love about digital is that it allows aspiring filmmakers the opportunity (i.e. equipment) to hone their skills and edge their way into the marketplace. It's a tough racket as it is.

Check out the trailer below.

SIDE BY SIDE premieres at the Berlin International Film Festival next month

Extra Tidbit: The first big-budget film to be shot in HD was Robert Rodriguez's Once Upon a Time in Mexico.

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8:37AM on 01/20/2012

NOOOOOO!

Tommy Wiseau was going to make a doc like this!
Tommy Wiseau was going to make a doc like this!
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4:44PM on 01/19/2012
This looks like a cool movie. I personally think the argument itself won't even be valid for too much longer. Film is a dying breed, and won't be around forever. In the next ten for fifteen years, it'll be completely dead, because digital is taking over.
"By 2025, everyone in the (film) industry will be shooting digital, 35mm only has a few years left before it's a dead format." -Peter Jackson
This looks like a cool movie. I personally think the argument itself won't even be valid for too much longer. Film is a dying breed, and won't be around forever. In the next ten for fifteen years, it'll be completely dead, because digital is taking over.
"By 2025, everyone in the (film) industry will be shooting digital, 35mm only has a few years left before it's a dead format." -Peter Jackson
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8:23AM on 01/20/2012
Thank God you're not a filmmaker.
Thank God you're not a filmmaker.
1:55PM on 01/20/2012
I actually am a filmmaker. I graduated from film school in 2003, and I've been working in the film industry for the last 9 years.
I actually am a filmmaker. I graduated from film school in 2003, and I've been working in the film industry for the last 9 years.
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4:03PM on 01/19/2012
This looks pretty great... than i saw Keanu Reeves and this looks amazing
This looks pretty great... than i saw Keanu Reeves and this looks amazing
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3:40PM on 01/19/2012
Looks like it will be good but on another note: Reeves can you return to the big screen? I reallize he may not be the greatest actor, but he does what he does really well.
Looks like it will be good but on another note: Reeves can you return to the big screen? I reallize he may not be the greatest actor, but he does what he does really well.
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1:39PM on 01/19/2012
Damn, Keanu got some of the greatest directors working today for this, so it immediately makes it a must see...

ET: well that wasn't a good start
Damn, Keanu got some of the greatest directors working today for this, so it immediately makes it a must see...

ET: well that wasn't a good start
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