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Master Cinematographer Roger Deakins on Shooting with ARRI ALEXA: ‘Film Had a Good Run

Another post from nofilmschool, 12 February 2011

Deakins Hearts Alexa

Kendal Miller, 10 February 2011

Roger Deakins on Digital vs. 35mm: “Whether I’ll Shoot On Film Again, I Don’t Know”

Peter Sciretta, Slashfilm, 9 February 2011

June 9, 2011 Posted by | cinematography, digital cinematography | Leave a comment

FILM DIGITAL CINEMATOGRAPHY 24 fps maybe be on the way out

Peter Jackson Starts Shooting ‘The Hobbit’ at 48 FPS: Why 24P May Be on the Way Out

which contains an impressive video by Doug Tumball explaining and showing how 24 fps and 60 fps can be extracted from 120 fps filming.

There is a link to Peter Jackson’s Facebook page ( 11 April 2011) 48 frames per second

June 9, 2011 Posted by | 120 fps, 24 fps, 48 fps, 60 fps, Douglas Trumball, film - digital cinematography, film analog/digital, film stock | Leave a comment

FILM ANALOG / DIGITAL # 7 – The DSLR Cinematography Guide

The DSLR Cinematography Guide

from nofilmschool

A 100-page manual which is also available in hard-copy

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Proof in the Pudding where Red One is Concerned

June 9, 2011 Posted by | film - digital cinematography, film analog/digital, high-definition digital video, Red One | Leave a comment

FILM ANALOG / DIGITAL # 6 – DSLR cinematography

10 examples of stunning DSLR cinematography

Only 9 but another one by Ishan Tanka has been added in the comments.

Casulo, a 17 minutes short that won the ABC (Associação Brasileira de Cinematografia) short Film Award in 2010

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FILM ANALOG / DIGITAL # 4 – digital cinematography

What is Digital Cinema?
Lev Manovich

Another version without graphics.

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FILM ANALOG / DIGITAL # 3 – Hollywood

Culture warrior: Digital Cinematography in Hollywood

By Landon Palmer 6 July 2009

” …digital cinematography has become sophisticated enough to be embraced by the major studios. This acceptance in part has to do with its recent ability to imitate film, thus legitimating the technology by acknowledging its ability to have no noticeable difference from its standardized celluloid predecessor. ”

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The Dissipating Aura of Cinema

By Kristen Daly

Long essay includes a ‘Godard’:

The idea of the original is tightly linked to the concept of the auteur. Digital technologies serve to undermine the status and authenticity of the auteur. Jean-Luc Godard, whose new mode of cinema helped solidify the concept of auteur, admits outrage at this state of events. He says, “The cinema, as we knew it and as it no longer exists, helped make things visible. . . . The metaphor of the film negative and the positive print was a moral metaphor. But with digital cameras the negative no longer exists – there’s no more negative!” (Bonnaud 40)

History: Digital and Analog

A post in Godard Montage, 28 November 2009. A video interview with film-maker Harun Faroki in which he says,

“In my early years I thought the haptic nature of film was very imortant. You could touch and measure your material a bit like with an old typewriter. Back then you had an entire page in front of you and not only a fraction of it. And you could really measure your work by the stack of paper next to the typewriter. But nowadays I got rid of these little delusions. You can actually work much better on 16mm material much better on your computer. The images on screen are much better and the sound tracks are easier to handle.”

Godard on e-books

Richard Brody 12 January 2011

Interviewed by Brody in Rolle in 2000 Godard:

…explained that he preferred to edit video with analog rather than digital technology, because, he told me, with digital technology, “time no longer exists.” And the example he gave me came not from the cinema but from literature and what he called “the electronic book.” He got up from his chair, brought a book from his bookshelf, and brought it back to his desk.

* Definition of Analog Film Camera

Perhaps chemical/digital might be a better distinction. Though analog-digital is used everywhere.

Though this article with its graphs:

Film versus Digital My Summary

is dated (see digital camera models and max megapixels) but there is a comparison summary at the beginning.

June 9, 2011 Posted by | film - digital cinematography, film analog/digital, Godard, haptic, Jean-Luc Godard | Leave a comment


Oui or Non? (22 December 2010) in blog Godard Montage starts with a screen grab of Godard, with its subtitle in English, Can the new little digital camera save the cinema?

It’s only a short post:

Godard is correct I think not to respond to this question. There is a pause, a moment of silence, and then a cut. The question, in an important sense, is not for him to answer (and it’s a nice touch that the lighting of this shot doesn’t allow us to search for an answer in his facial expressions). This is a question for the next generation of filmmakers and artists. Oui ou non? They must decide – or, by not deciding, fail.

Although the post doesn’t say it, the still comes from Godard’s 2004 film Notre Musique.

There’s a YouTube of the scene without subtitles:

Jim’s Reviews at Jim’s Film Website does a full post on Notre Music:

A student now asks Godard, “Can the new little digital cameras save the cinema?”

One Plus One
Eric Hynes on Jean-Luc Godard’s In Praise of Love

No date on this post.

“Film Socialisme” was shot in digital:

CANNES REVIEW | Oh God(ard): Is “Film Socialisme” the Scandale du Festival?
by Eric Kohn (May 23, 2010)

In Cinemascope:

Spotlight : Film Socialsme (Jean-Luc Godard Switzlerland/France)

Andres Picard

Film Socialism: The Gold Standard
Richard Brody, New Yorker, 1 June 2011

June 9, 2011 Posted by | film analog/digital, film techniques, film theory, French films, Godard, Jean-Luc Godard | Leave a comment