Recently I was reading this article in which DP Linus Sandgren offers an in-depth look inside the making of the musical LA LA LAND and shooting it on film.
I encourage you to read the article and then post your thoughts.
Linus says this quote:
In the industry now, there is a rush to develop digital technology. They are embracing it because it’s new, but if you want to work with perfection, you should probably go back to where we are with film cameras and perfect that. We can't forget that it's also an art form.
Which sent my head reeling...
I wanted to see how you all felt about the advancement of film negative technology. What is the next step?
Film cameras can do things that digital camera can not because they are analog devices. They can literally manipulate the image in ways that are impossible for digital, except inside a computer. The Arricam ST and LT and the Panavision Millennium XL2 are probably the most advanced electronic motion picture cameras produced to date.
The invention of the tabular grain structure, the continued evolvement of the Vision film stocks from Kodak that keep pushing image acquisition ability, modular transfer function, and latitude... it just keeps getting better.
So, what would you feel the next evolution in film acquisition might be? I for one am glad that cinematographers are interested in furthering the technology of the film medium, instead of focusing on digital technology which sometimes gives an image that is less than desired.
I am glad that the notion to make all digital footage look like celluloid has waned a bit, yet I am still waiting for digital camera manufacturers to understand that color is more important than pixels.
I posted this on Reddit, to which some commented there is an increased cost - people that use to work in the industry, that worked with film daily... Or that their films never looked as good as the digital images they can now produce. Of course, in this sense good is subjective.
And, while I agree that film should be a projection format, the current industry limits that support and art platform. Still, if more cinematographers were to continue to push film, I wonder what the outcome would be. I am glad that there are artists such as Linus who embrace the workflow and try to make it better.
Edited by Jay Young, 06 March 2017 - 03:05 PM.