Saturday, August 2, 2014

Saturdays Online: What Will Future Cinema Look Like?

And you ask what this has to do with still film photography?

Above, another 'Lost Forever Film' Kodak E100GX

Because left over motion picture film stock was repackaged and sold as 35mm film.  Processing of this film type produced both a positive and a negative.  For some of my old images using this film CLICK HERE.  For better or worse, All of my early slide photography was done suing this film.

Hollywood is going digital and Kodak remains the only manufacturer of motion picture film.  Some prominent Film Makers are negotiating a deal to keep motion picture film alive.

Why does all of this matter?
  1. Because small "mom & pop" local film festivals are being forces to spend up to $100K on new digital projection equipment.  This is putting some Festival out of business.
  2. As  fan of silent movies, I am aware of just what can be preserved (even fortuitously) by film, and later recaptured and restored.  90% of all Silent Movies ever made were lost because of the volatile nitrate films that were used.  Digital preservation is just as "volatile".
  3. In a perverse twist Hollywood wants to record in digital and copy it to film for archival preservation.  But if there is no motion picture film, what then? 
 Just some food for thought.

Q:  Can you identify building in this photo?

1 comment:

  1. I've shot hundreds of rolls of movie film in my Minoltas. I was one of the few photogs in my area that really liked using it. I lament the loss of good film, Kodachrome and many of the other fine Kodak films. Digital is not archival, it is destruction and loss waiting to happen.