The egress from celluloid to digital is becoming a mass exodus in Hollywood. Theaters that still project film are becoming an endangered species, with film houses like the New Beverly Cinema in Los Angeles going as far as to launch their own “Save 35MM” campaign and petition in order to keep screening movies from film prints (they’ve won their battle for now). And right in step with theaters moving towards the inevitable future are the filmmakers themselves.
Christopher Nolan is one famous auteur holdout who favors the quality of film over digital, but he’s quickly being outnumbered by other auteurs like David Fincher, James Cameron, Steven Soderbergh, and frankly, most of the film industry. To see this celluloid vs. digital discussion and debate take place, one should definitely watch the upcoming documentary on the very subject, “Side By Side” produced and narrated by Keanu Reeves. In it, many famous filmmakers espouse the virtues of film or digital or both, but definitely in the minority are those that still champion film.