August 24, 2012 at 12:55 pm #67882
With every passing year it looks more and more likely that digital and 3D are the wave of the future. With 35mm film probably becoming obsolete in the near future. Several high profile directors have welcomed the change (Ang Lee, Martin Scorsese & James Cameron) but two have made it clear that they’re against it.
So i pose this question to all.
Do you think Christopher Nolan and Paul Thomas Anderson will get left behind because both are unwilling to adapt to the inevitable change that is coming?? An will their future projects suffer because 35 mm has it’s limitations, while digital will only continue to grow and give those directors who use it the opportunity to a reach new heights, break new boundaries and advance the art form even further???August 24, 2012 at 1:36 pm #67884
No, I dont think either will be left behind. There could be something to be said about keeping up with ‘the times’; but there’s even more merit in staying true to your own, artistic vision.
I realize that audiences go to movies for their own reasons, but the skill of these two directors (and writers) wont be denied in the future. At least, that’s what my cats tell me.August 24, 2012 at 1:48 pm #67885
Props to directors like Nolan and Anderson who resist the siren call of 3D technology. Personally I am always disappointed with the theatrical 3D experience, where the cheap polarized glasses make the picture look dank and murky and give me a headache. (The active shutter glasses for home theater deliver much better results.) Anyway, I really don’t care for projectiles flying at my face all that much. (Don’t laugh!) Until the 3D technology evolves to provide a better theatrical experience, I say skip ’em or wait for the home video version.August 24, 2012 at 2:17 pm #67886
The thing is not that 35mm will die, in my opinion. it’s just that digital is cheaper to film with. So obviously, digital is gonna take over. But there will always diretors shooting in 35mm or 16mm. It’s just gonna (unfortunately) become rare, as digital is more much accessible.August 24, 2012 at 3:58 pm #67887
Makes me respect them even that much more. However, if you can pull off the new waves of technology as well as Cameron, Scorsese, Pixar, etc. then I am all for it. Babypook was right on point that it all depends on the directors vision. Should one of them sacrifice that, and ultimately not put his or her heart in it, I believe it would be painfully obvious.August 25, 2012 at 12:04 pm #67888
The two best directors working today, along with Quentin Tarantino (who also refuses to abandon 35mm)? Never.
Anderson and Tarantino will thrive on the quality of their work, neither has yet to make a bad movie their entire career. Tarantino has a pack of devoted fanboys who will hopefully raise their children to be the same. PTA will have to rely on the critics.
As for Nolan, as long as he retains his fandom from both the Batman films, his big-budget films like Inception and even his indie successes such as Memento, he will never be obselete.August 25, 2012 at 1:17 pm #67889
“Tarantino has a pack of devoted fanboys who will hopefully raise their children to be the same.”
Good one Trent.August 25, 2012 at 1:41 pm #67890
Well said pook and trent.
I wonder as the years go by if the pressure from big studios on the 3 mainly oppose to the change will get to a point where they give in.August 25, 2012 at 1:43 pm #67891
Quentin Tarantino will never give in. I recall him being quoted as saying “as long as I’m alive, 35mm film will be used” or something like that.August 25, 2012 at 2:09 pm #67892
I totally believe he’d say that trent lol. If enough big names like Tarantino spoke out against digital i guess it could slow the transition. But we all know studios are in it for the money so whatever is cheaper is what they’ll be backing.