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Why are so many productions switching over to digital?


Reuel Gomez
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I honestly don't understand why so many productions this year are shooting digitally instead of film. Other than aesthetic reasons, a lot of productions are shooing digitally because of the added benefit of speed, especially when it comes to visual effects. But why switch over to a completely different format just for speed alone? I remember reading an article on Arri's website, which I think may have been on some other websites as well, where John Toll, ASC stated that his reasoning behind shooting on the Alexa for Iron Man 3 was because it was a big visual effects picture. Yet so many other visual effects pictures (for example: the new Star Trek film, Fast & Furious 6, and Man of Steel) were shot on film. Apparently Marvel Studios plans on forcing all of their future films to shoot digitally, which I think is a big mistake.

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Because it's cheaper, faster and you can get higher definition image quality with newer digital cameras.

 

Astehtically, to me at least, digital films don't look as good as films shot on high quality film stock. When that becomes an issue for the paying movie audience, then I'm sure the big wills will switch back.

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But most of the movie going audience could care less. I think the artist should have the right to choose between a canvas/palette and a digital painting software.

Well, we are here to make money as well as something that people enjoy. Pick your poison on what you want to shoot on.

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