A loosely curated amalgamation of different and opposing viewpoints about the world of cinema, both celluloid and digital, Side by Side exhumes the ripple effects that affect everyone from actors and set crew to the post-production teams and audiences. Robert Rodriguez summarizes it best during the film when he says, "Technology pushes the art, and art pushes technology." 3.5 stars
Vital watching for anyone venturing into filmmaking. I particularly aligned to the subjects who highlighted digital video as an aesthetic choice, rather than a would-be celluloid replacement. The conversation with Richard Linklater around the discipline and pressure of shooting on film being lost with digital workflows ("You can create that if you want it, right?") was particularly inspiring.
3 1/2 out of 5 stars. An interesting documentary where excellent arguments by equally great directors and cinematographers, etc are made in favor of both digital and celluloid filmmaking. It definitely gives the viewer a lot to consider and many of the arguments actually kind of frightened and saddened me.
Amazing comparisons of cinematic history finally find visual expression via their immediate juxtapositions, where Soderbergh is first viewed, yet Scorsese is the first heard. The disavowed George Lucas is immediately replaced by the overly embraced Rodriguez. These insightful moments of cutting overshadow the otherwise over-explored issue of digital vs film (yet, also the under-explored history of color timing).
SIDE BY SIDE is an overwhelming documentary because it goes into great detail on how digital cinema is tightening its grip onto the moviemaking industry as well as the cold truth that film will eventually become obsolete. Hearing the filmmakers and technicians' thoughts on the change doesn't hurt the documentary at all.
Never thought I'd say this but God bless Keanu Reeves (and Christopher Kenneally). The film is no great piece of cinema in itself but it the only examination on film of the turbulent transition that the film industry has been going through since the mid-nineties. A must for anyone keen to understand the ins and outs of the visual craft as the seasons change.
This is an exciting documentary about the history and future of film, about the rise of digital filmmaking and projection. We rarely get to see directors express their thoughts through any medium other than film and we rarely get any technical information regarding how films were and are made; this doc provides all of that and brings back the magic of film, urging us to appreciate it far more than we normally do now.
A good look at the digital revolution, the differences between film & digital, and the future of cinema. Surprisingly (and thankfully) doesn't take a side and though my feelings are with film I have to point out how infuriating Lucas and Cameron become as their egos go through the roof in their segments.
Fascinating, well informed, balanced and swings from one side of the argument to the other, making a convincing case for both. While celluloid is still the golden key for me, it really shows the advances digital can bring, as well as the key role companies like RED like hold.