Side By Side

Side by Side Laura Garber

Raising the inevitable question on whether film is a dying art form, Keanu Reeves sits down with the industry’s finest and breaks down the evolution of media and explores the newest edition to cinema, digital filmmaking.

In a sense of rebellion and revolution, many filmmakers turned to digital to increase their control and lower budget. Harnessing the same motive the first inventors from 19th century had in mind for film, mechanics over art, directors and cinematographers dived into the interest of pursing new technology in the name of innovation. Pioneers for technology above art.

While many turned to a new form, there are plenty others who found that digital did not hold the same legitimacy and integrity that film possessed. They feared the new generation would lose the nostalgic, realistic capabilities and senses. The art would lose substance.

Could we see our new generation of movies turn to ease and lack necessary rules with the ease of digital technology spreading to just about anyone? Perhaps, with the focus on digital technology, more will be concerned about the story and plot and accept the aesthetic of lower quality.

I found Side by Side to be a bit biased towards digital filmmaking as Keanu Reeves challenged those who would sell their soul to film. While I grow up in a time where digital is the learned norm, I could agree that those who have spent their career in film will have doubts on moving forward with the times. Unfortunately, for those who grasp to the past, technology is at a greater speed than ever before.


2 thoughts on “Side By Side

  1. Hey Laura the Explorer! I really liked your review of Side by Side! I totally agree that it was biased toward digital but like you said “Unfortunately, for those who grasp to the past, technology is at a greater speed than ever before.”


  2. Great analysis. Just to show how exponentially fast digital technology is growing and has grown since this film was made in 2012; 4k resolution was just beginning to catch on as an option for film makers, now, just a few years later, 4k capable cameras are available to the general public and we can see 8k in the horizon. It won’t be long before we match and/or surpass celluloid tech.


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