7.6/10
12,316
47 user 96 critic

Side by Side (2012)

Trailer
1:47 | Trailer
The documentary investigates the history, process and workflow of both digital and photochemical film creation.

Director:

Christopher Kenneally (as Chris Kenneally)

Writer:

Christopher Kenneally (as Chris Kenneally)
1 nomination. See more awards »

Videos

Photos

Learn more

More Like This 

Documentary
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  

Documentary about the art of film editing. Clips are shown from many groundbreaking films with innovative editing styles.

Director: Wendy Apple
Stars: Kathy Bates, Zach Staenberg, Jodie Foster
Documentary | Biography
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8/10 X  

The career and life of Stanley Kubrick is explored through pictures, clips from his films, his old home movies, comments from his colleagues and a narration by Tom Cruise.

Director: Jan Harlan
Stars: Katharina Kubrick, Malcolm McDowell, Stanley Kubrick
Documentary | History
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  

Cameramen and women discuss the craft and art of cinematography and of the "DP" (the director of photography), illustrating their points with clips from 100 films, from Birth of a Nation to... See full summary »

Directors: Arnold Glassman, Todd McCarthy, and 1 more credit »
Stars: Conrad L. Hall, John Bailey, Vilmos Zsigmond
Lado a Lado (2012–2013)
Comedy | Drama | History
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8/10 X  

Isabel is a maid, daughter of a former slave. Laura is a daughter of a politician. But they have something in common: they're going to marry in the same church and they don't. An unlikely ... See full summary »

Stars: Marjorie Estiano, Camila Pitanga, Patricia Pillar
Documentary | Biography
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  

In 2001 Jack Cardiff (1914-2009) became the first director of photography in the history of the Academy Awards to win an Honorary Oscar. But the first time he clasped the famous statuette ... See full summary »

Director: Craig McCall
Stars: Jack Cardiff, Martin Scorsese, Kirk Douglas
Documentary
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  

War stories and life lessons from the industry's top writers.

Director: Peter Hanson
Stars: Allison Anders, Jane Anderson, Doug Atchison
Documentary
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  

110 of the world's top cinematographers discuss the art of how and why films look the way they do.

Director: Jon Fauer
Stars: Remi Adefarasin, Russ T. Alsobrook, Howard A. Anderson III
Documentary
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  

Tells the history and importance of The National Film Registry, a roll call of American cinema treasures that reflects the diversity of film, and indeed the American experience itself.

Directors: Paul Mariano, Kurt Norton
Stars: Jeff Adachi, James H. Billington, Robin Blaetz
Documentary
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.4/10 X  

Extended interviews with the filmmakers of the critically-acclaimed documentary Side by Side.

Director: Christopher Kenneally
Stars: Richard Linklater, Wally Pfister, Keanu Reeves
Edit

Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Derek Ambrosi ... Himself
Michael Ballhaus ... Himself
Andrzej Bartkowiak ... Himself
Dion Beebe ... Himself
Jill Bogdanowicz ... Herself
Danny Boyle ... Himself
Geoff Boyle Geoff Boyle ... Himself
James Cameron ... Himself
Michael Chapman ... Himself
Don Ciana Don Ciana ... Himself
Anne V. Coates ... Herself
Lorenzo di Bonaventura ... Himself
Lena Dunham ... Herself
Gary Einhaus Gary Einhaus ... Himself
Jonathan Fawkner Jonathan Fawkner ... Himself
Edit

Storyline

Investigates the history, process and workflow of both digital and photochemical film creation. It shows what artists and filmmakers have been able to accomplish with both film and digital and how their needs and innovations have helped push filmmaking in new directions. Interviews with directors, cinematographers, colorists, scientists, engineers and artists reveal their experiences and feelings about working with film and digital. Where we are now, how we got here and what the future may bring. Written by aolse9

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Taglines:

a documentary about the science, art, and impact of digital cinema

Genres:

Documentary

Certificate:

See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

View content advisory »
Edit

Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

22 August 2012 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Celuloidno i digitalno See more »

Edit

Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$6,956, 19 August 2012, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$28,592, 2 September 2012
See more on IMDbPro »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Company Films See more »
Show more on IMDbPro »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

| (TV) (2012)

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
See full technical specs »
Edit

Did You Know?

Goofs

Identifies District 9 as being shot on the Sony F23. It was actually shot on Red One cameras. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Keanu Reeves: Since the late 1880s, visual artists and storytellers have used moving images to create amazing works. Movies have inspired us, thrilled us, and captured our imaginations. Film has helped us share our experiences and dreams. Photochemical film has been the exclusive format used to capture, project, and store moving images for over 100 years. It is only recently that new technology has emerged that is challenging film's place as the gold standard for quality and workflow. Digital ...
See more »

Connections

Features Rocky (1976) See more »

Soundtracks

Dr. War's Lair
Written by L. Minelli
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

Film or digital? You decide.
21 September 2012 | by jdesandoSee all my reviews

"People love great stories. They love to get into a world and have an experience. And how they get it—it doesn't really matter." David Lynch

Which do you prefer: photochemical or digital projection for your movies? If you're geeky enough, you really care; if not, like me, you want a great story and characters with a crisp image that complements the theme, regardless of whether or not it's film. As for 3D, I can live without it.

Christopher Kenneally's interesting Side by Side documentary presents filmmakers like George Lucas who claim celluloid is dead and those like Christophe Nolan who vow not yet to trade his "oil paints for crayons." The film does a credible job presenting both sides with a slight edge to a future of all digital and a pessimistic take on film as an eventual curiosity.

Among the talking heads are avatars of photography and direction with an occasional producer and actress to get closer to us viewers, who are never questioned even though we are the ultimate arbiters. But the experts have valid and provocative points: the film advocates tout its warmth and color possibilities while the digital dudes trumpet the ease, low cost, and creative infinity. The film does an entertaining job of presenting the sides.

Both sides agree archiving remains a pressing and often neglected issue. Although Martin Scorsese is at the forefront of saving film, no one else has yet taken the case of digital preservation with his passion. The documentary doesn't take enough time on this issue especially since I thought something like my external hard drive would already be in the mix. Not. Apparently even digital imaging can break down in storage.

Oh, well, I'm with Lynch: Give me a super story and beautiful image and let the geeks and gods work out the details.


25 of 25 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you? | Report this
Review this title | See all 47 user reviews »

Contribute to This Page



Recently Viewed