I was surfing through the list of Amazon Prime documentaries the other day and noticed this little gem. “Side by Side” is about the Movie Industry and its transition from film to digital. There appears to be a lot of angst and possibly resignation to what is happening. This documentary explores the history and the effects of technology on how they make movies. Much of the arguments for and against film are familiar to still photographers. I found it really interesting.
Of course since Convenience trumps quality, I can predict how this is all going to end. You get to see famous directors and their take on the situation. Some are bold adventurers others are in denial. Interestingly, age does not seem to be the determining factor of which side of the film/digital divide they’re on.
Recommended. Worth watching instead of some mind-numbing reality show. Available for streaming on Amazon, not currently available on Netflix.