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Have you ever wondered why you haven’t seen
a tru blu ray copy of 28 days later but you can pick up a full 1080 copy of Hitchcock’s
1960 Psycho? No, no one has. However the question brings up an interesting
point in Hollywood history, when small budget films were using SD cameras so save money. Danny Boyle’s 28 Days Later is the best
example for movies, not the only example but the best, the fact they used the cheaper Canon
XL1 over a film camera actually benefited the filming of the Westminster Bridge scene
at the beginning of the movie. They were able to set up multiple cameras
at one time for the shot. TV Shows adopted SD cameras as well, most
notable “It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia” for season 1-5???? It is kinda unfortunate this period existed. 28 Days Later is almost unwatchable in its
HD format even though it is a fantastic movie. Luckily at the time SD cameras were only used
for some films and TV shows. Most still used film, but that didn’t last
long. In the mid 2000’s a new era of filmmaking
began. I don’t think their is a term for the era
so let’s call it Digital HD. What is Digital HD you might ask? Well it is the period in time when Hollywood
started their move to full Digital cameras and away from Film cameras. Which would ultimately save them money. However there is one problem, early digital
cameras only filmed in 1080p. This will cause an unforeseen problem down
the road, just like the short SD Era caused. We as consumers are moving away from 1080
to 4k. There will be a full generation of film that
will never get remastered to 4k because it simply can’t be done. Which brings us back to the long lived Film
era and why you can get a beautiful blu ray copy of a movie that is almost 60 years old. I think a lot of people think Film is a standard
definition format but that simply isn’t true. Over the years there has been 4 major film
gauges. They are 8mm, 16mm, 35mm, and 70mm. I just want to talk about the last two. 35mm is the standard, it is what most movies
were filmed on. Here is where it gets interesting, nowadays
when they scan film for the editing process it can come in at approximately a 6k equivalent. That is why it is so easily converted over
to the current format standard of 1080p and the future Standard of 4k. As for 70mm, it is HUGE and is still used
today by some big name Directors. 70mm comes in two formats. Non IMAX which are 5 perf and IMAX which is
15 perf, with runs horizontally. They have the digital equivalent of 12k and
18k. Which means they will have a long shelf life
for remastering unlike the period in the like 2000s. To put that into perspective, on the digital
front, we are just now getting to 8k with the RED Weapons release in 2015. Honestly, this is something that won’t impact
most people. It is just something I think about sometimes. It just doesn’t seem like enough people appreciate
film and the benefits it gave us.

23 thoughts on “Hollywood’s move to Digital Cameras | Hollywood, we have a Problem – A Video Essay

  1. Im still working on refining my editing but I think it is getting a lot better. I hope you guys enjoyed it. Thank you to my Patrons again. It means a lot.

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  2. Your quality has improved so much! Love your newer videos! You might wanna buy a better mike or something. Keep up the good work!

  3. Great video, it's pretty clear that film looks better than digital. I just hope it becomes more mainstream again and isn't limited to big-time directors like Tarantino and Nolan.

  4. There's a huge cost difference between digital and film, and 4K and 8K are mediums that are physical only (for the time being) simply due to the incredible amount of bandwidth required, so most people don't even know what "True 4K" looks like. Considering that most 1080P is just upscaled SD on Cable/Satellite, they probably don't even realize what "True HD" is either, so while it's great to have titles that can come out on a physical media input immediately after release, I'm not sure anyone will ever actually realize how much they're missing.

  5. I’m sorry but this is hard to watch because of the sound quality. You need to get some sort of mic for recording because your voice sounds muffled

  6. I always wondered why some old movies looked so crisp! I just thought there was maybe a quality about black and white that made it sharper, but it all makes so much sense now! Thanks!!

  7. The resolution demos by cinematographer Steve Yedlin ASC (The Last Jedi, Looper, Brick) torpedo every argument you make here about film and digital formats. I’d suggest you look them up and educate yourself before making a video like this which spreads misinformation to young/aspiring filmmakers who don’t know better.

  8. I recommend watching Steve Yedlin's (cinematographer for Star Wars VIII) videos on resolution:

    The problem with 4k currently is that consumer bandwidth and storage limits the quality and just results in over compression. I would much rather watch a clean uncompressed 1080p movie than a compressed 4k version.

    As streaming services and storage technologies improve, then I think 4k will be better.

  9. Whiplash was shot on 1080p and is stunningly gorgeous. It is 100% about the people behind the lens than the camera itself.

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