Monday, October 24, 2011

Film and digital: updates

Leonard Maltin in his blog offers excellent links to latest updates in the "film and digital" drama:
Debra Kaufman reports that motion picture film cameras are no longer manufactured.
The Guardian publishes excerpts from artists ranging from Steven Spielberg to Jean-Luc Godard for Tacita Dean's celebration of photochemical film.

I would like to add that there are more than a million feature films (multiply that for short films) on photochemical film, and it will take generations to digitize them.

As for preservation robustness, even digitally created movies are preserved on photochemical film.

P.S. "Celluloid" in the cinema always means nitrate film. "Cellulose" is the accurate word for safety film stock. But there is a tradition of poetic licence ("Celluloid Heroes" by Kinks, etc.) in journalistic language.

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