Originally Posted by Marc Wielage
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My biggest compliant is that after, what 70 or so years of color film, major changes were under way to the whole film chemical capture process, and all the R&D was thrown in the trash for digital. Kodak was lagging, Polaroid and Fuji Film had some really incredible technology out there. Just mind blowing 4,6,8 color negatives, that's like comparing a 3 color wheel DLP to a 7 color wheel DLP. I remember seeing the Kodak butterfly with side by side Christie projectors, one digital, one film. The problem was, Kodak was promoting it's digital business. That would not have made much business sense to have the film look better.
The one that got me was presented by Fuji film, were your looking into a turning kaleidoscope and it's a 50/50 film/digital image on a 60 foot screen. It was amazing. The Fuji color rendering was amazing and far superior to the digital image, so much so when Christie changed to Christie Digital,inc they stopped showing it.
It's not just motion pictures, it's still captures as well. For special events i always show up with my Nikon F6, rolls of Fuji film, to the jokes and jabs of others. I always get the last laugh in two ways, three or four years later i'm asked if i can provide some photos since there hard drive, memory stick or whatever crashed, or, i get Christopher asking to use my camera to take photos of people taking photos of him. Priceless. I will stick with my "thumb, thumb, click" instead of "click, click, click" any day of the week.
You can't compare blacks on any thing, other than a photo on paper. It is hard to get true black on any form of surface that takes light to display. Won't happen. That is why DLP has become such a favorite. When the mirror is closed, no light, black. But, there is no black on the color wheel, so it still becomes a dark gray or dark fluid looking color simply from color saturation from the other color's being displayed. On film processing, you made the blacks really black for projection, sometimes three or four layers to stop light from the lamp from getting through, so it would be black and not dark gray or navy colored. And black levels on film or digital capture, is a debate as old as, the what was here first? Egg or the chicken?
Capture is a incorrect term for digital. Digital captures nothing. It simply recreates what it thinks, it sees, in a "dot, dot, dot" matrix. Film captures what you see, it grabs that moment in time. That will always be the biggest difference between the two. The other one is scanning and displaying film in a digital environment, you distorting the image in favor of pixels. There is no "dot,dot,dot" to film capture. With film, light is exposed to the chemical, the chemical captures the light, and a correct image is created.
The only great all digital motion picture, to me, is Need for Speed. They did a lot with a variety of cameras, placed in previously objectionable locations. And post production color changes were kept to a minimum as the cameras captured the look and feel that they wanted. However, the cinematographer, made comments that he would have loved to use film for the sequences of the cars racing along the PCH, light house scene and the helicopter flying the car over the Salt Flats in Utah. And they were not able to do that, from Disney's stand on no film. To me it is wrong to remove any tool off the table a film maker can use. I also think it is wrong to offer "film" but force digital projection. Either way, your removing tools of the table that can and do affect the finished product.
One of the most biggest misconceptions was the so called "Digital incentive" the studios used to strong arm theater owner's, the studios bread and butter, into purchasing costly, cumbersome, digital projectors, or risk loosing the ability to present future, feature films, but, at the same time, keeping film cans going to Europe and China. Again, a content creators tools were removed from the table within a certain market, the North American market.