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#1 Hunter Hampton

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Posted 06 November 2008 - 06:40 PM

I just stopped by a friends woodshop and he and one of his employee's are into still photography. Somehow, we started discussing film-based acquisition and digital based acquisition. They were in the digital "camp" and I am more in the middle of the road as I think there are many pro's and con's to both. But it got me thinking:

Keeping in mind that the term "film" does not restrict itself to any format (could be any size negative) and digital video could be any size resolution/ data rate.

How do you think working with film compares to working with digital video, in respects to budget, pre-production, production, post-production, delivery and the final aesthetic, even archival- anything you can think of. How would might it affect a cinematographer and crew differently? Does it change your emotions or have an impact on your perceived artistic ability? Why would you choose one over the other?

This could be any type of project from a $200 million studio film to a one-man-band doc without power in an African jungle.

I can think of many pro's and con's on both sides- just from an equipment point of view, but I know there are so many things I haven't considered.

Care to share your take on the subject?

Edited by hunter richards, 06 November 2008 - 06:42 PM.

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#2 Adrian Sierkowski

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Posted 06 November 2008 - 06:49 PM

This has a long history of going back and forth. Try a search on here and I'm sure you'll get a lot of results. It's been discussed many times.
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Posted 06 November 2008 - 06:49 PM

I just stopped by a friends woodshop and he and one of his employee's are into still photography. Somehow, we started discussing film-based acquisition and digital based acquisition. They were in the digital "camp" and I am more in the middle of the road as I think there are many pro's and con's to both. But it got me thinking:

Keeping in mind that the term "film" does not restrict itself to any format (could be any size negative) and digital video could be any size resolution/ data rate.

How do you think working with film compares to working with digital video, in respects to budget, pre-production, production, post-production, delivery and the final aesthetic, even archival- anything you can think of. How would might it affect a cinematographer and crew differently? Does it change your emotions or have an impact on your perceived artistic ability? Why would you choose one over the other?

This could be any type of project from a $200 million studio film to a one-man-band doc without power in an African jungle.

I can think of many pro's and con's on both sides- just from an equipment point of view, but I know there are so many things I haven't considered.

Care to share your take on the subject?


Digital is certainly cheaper. But remember that you get what you pay for.
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#4 David Rakoczy

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Posted 06 November 2008 - 06:57 PM

See 'Future of 35mm" in the 35mm Category... and Search for the endless (too numerous to enumerate) discussions on this subject . Just type in Film vs Video. :o
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