One thing that is rarely talked about in today’s film making landscape is film itself. That’s why I decided to focus on one of Noams blog posts called Shooting Super 8mm Film For The First Time On The Beaulieu 4008 ZMII (http://noamkroll.com/shooting-super-8mm-film-for-the-first-time-on-the-beaulieu-4008-zmii/)
Personally, I am very interested in film and have constantly wondered about the economic reality of shooting film vs digital. Especially considering that some of my favorite film makers such as Christopher Nolan shoot exclusively on film. My initial interest in film began while shooting still photography on celluloid, and while making the transition to film making I have remained interested in seeing films that are not shot digitally. In this interview Christopher Nolan lists the main reasons why he prefers to shoot on celluloid, including the fact that he himself began shooting on 8mm film stock as a child. He goes on to cite the analog color and superior resolution, and claims that shooting a film digitally is not necessarily cheaper. I believe he also makes some interesting points as he discusses the human eyes ability to distinguish film from digital, is essence he says that film stock is still the authoritative version of the film and therefore it will always have a distinguishable impact on the viewer.
Another great source of information and perspective from within the industry is a 2012 documentary called Side By Side. The documentary was produced by Keanu Reeves, who interviews some of the most successful and influential film makers of our time. These include but are not limited to, James Cameron, David Fincher, David Lynch, Robert Rodriguez, George Lucas, Steven Soderbergh and Martin Scorsese. I found this film extremely informative due to the fact that directors and cinematographers that have lived through the transition are describing the pros and cons of both film and digital technology. For example, one of the most common complaints about shooting on film is not having instant access to play back footage, while digital technology provides monitor displays in real time and allows the cinematographer to keep rolling for longer before needing to switch magazines. Conversely, one of the main targets among digital films is Star Wars: Attack Of The Clones due to the perception that digital technology directly effected George Lucas’ work because of the abundance of green screens that understandably produced a very emotionless film on the part of the actors.
Noams post intrigued me very much because I had some requisite knowledge in the subject and I am interested in weather or not there will be an 8mm resurgence or a large film resurgence in general. As for the structure of his post I thought it was very wise to go through the topic in the order that naturally occurs when shooting with this 8mm camera. And finally I appreciated the inclusion of some of his 8mm test footage as a conclusion to the blog.