I read the “Film Fading to black” article by Debra Kaufman Santa Monica California USA
Is Film dead? As I read Debra Kaufman‘s article “Film Fading to Black” I personally would have to say its on life support. Having experienced first hand the cease in developing 35mm film cameras and roll film production. Due to the over production of inadequate quality digital SLR cameras. To this day I compare the quality to my old 35mm Canon A2e and I am just seeing that my Canon 5D MkII is just about even. Still I think that there still is room for improvement which might have been solved with the newly released Canon 5D Mark III. Having the privilege to have owned a Mamiya 645 AFD PhaseOne P30 back, really opened my eyes to how advanced the digital camera sensor technology really was.
Aaton founder Jean-Pierre Beauviala (imaged above) notes why. “Almost nobody is buying new film cameras. Why buy a new one when there are so many used cameras around the world?” he says. “We wouldn’t survive in the film industry if we were not designing a digital camera.”
As I have transitioned to Cinema over the last 3 years Digital is everywhere. It’s noted that 50% of projectionists are projecting digital in their theaters with the growing numbers in Stereoscopic. I still have not found Stereoscopic something of the future but more of a refined technology of the past. Still again another branch from digital technology revolution. It will be forever growing and most likely expand further than we ever could have imagined. The most commonly current produced format is 1080p close to 2K. It’s light years far from info you can obtain from 35mm film.
Jim Jannard has the market beat a few years back with his remarkable 5K super 35mm sensor on the RED One which then became the ONE MX. With many companies coming in a close second, Arri, Aaton, Sony and Canon. Digital is a technology that is everywhere and a word that is mentioned daily by the world. As for film it is fading fast from our vocabulary as well as younger generations. As they don’t even know what the word means at that what to do with it. If education doesn’t persist I would have to say that it will die. I don’t believe that filmmakers, creatives and vintage enthusiast can sustain the development houses costs which are the last hope ever saving it. If they fall, then the manufactures will defiantly fail. Then the only reminisces of it will remain. If film only last 100 years it might be deemed unviewable come 2115.
Well see what 2012 NAB Show beholds this year as film gets set back in time another year.
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