Side by Side

SIDE BY SIDE

“Stacked with gossipy, informal anecdotes and opinions from many of the most respected directors, cinematographers, editors, execs, VFX artists and digital wizards in the industry.” — Jessica Kiang, indieWIRE

Year: 2012
Country: USA
Running time: 99 mins

Producers: Keanu Reeves, Justin Szlasa
Photography: Chris Cassidy
Editors: Mike Long, Malcolm Hearn
Music: Brendan Ryan, Billy Ryan
Colour and B&W

With: Keanu Reeves, Danny Boyle, James Cameron, David Fincher, George Lucas, David Lynch, Walter Murch, Christopher Nolan, Steven Soderbergh, Lars von Trier

Festivals: Berlin, Tribeca 2012

When Kodak filed for bankruptcy, the world at large finally understood what film industry insiders already knew. The conversion to digital is the biggest transition in film production and exhibition since the advent of sound put thousands of cinema pit musicians out of work and opened up a whole new world of sound engineering. This fascinating, intelligently open-minded documentary zeros in on some of the most significant creative and aesthetic issues embedded in the current revolution. Keanu Reeves, an early beneficiary of CGI himself, fronts up to key practitioners and elicits a wide array of responses. Pioneers and engineers of change such as George Lucas and James Cameron are offset by such forceful Luddites as Christopher Nolan. David Fincher exalts in the demystification of the cinematographer’s art now that everyone on set can instantly see which pictures have been captured. Designed, says Reeves, not to polarise opinion but to capture change as it happens, this is the year’s most informative and invigorating movie about movies now. — BG

NZIFF STAFF PICK: Brooke Hawe

PROUDLY PRESENTED IN AUCKLAND IN ASSOCIATION WITH AKL FILM SOCIETY AND IN WELLINGTON IN ASSOCIATION WITH WGTN FILM SOCIETY 

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