Originally Posted by Marc Wielage
That is not true very much these days. I worked for Technicolor's digital arm here in LA for 20 years, and we were very sad when the massive lab at Universal closed in 2010. Once Deluxe closed last year, there are now very few options for people who want to shoot on film, even for features.
The first HD TV shows I worked on were done in 2001. After working primarily in film for more than 20 years, the moment I took one look at shows in the control room in HD, I said, "welp, film is now finished for TV." It took another decade or so, but that eventually happened.
There were a handful of shows still shooting on film as of last year -- Breaking Bad was one, and Boardwalk Empire was another. But in general, everybody has now switched over to the Arri Alexa for digital capture, and I think most cinematographers have accepted that this is the closest they're going to get as a replacement for film.
High-end features can still shoot on film if they're willing to jump through a few hoops for processing and dailies. The recent Tom Cruise film Edge of Tomorrow is an example of a (mostly) film production that worked fine visually, and J.J. Abrams is famously clinging to film for Star Wars. Kodak is out of bankruptcy, but I think the post options for film are very dicey.
Don't get me wrong: I'm totally a film guy, but there's a point where you kinda have to throw in the towel and say, "It's over, Johnny!"
I first heard "It's over, Johnny!" When this new technology called DCP replaced me as a projectionist, then thru a mutual friend ended up on contract for Universal and LionsGate distribution side, and that led to other things with the other studios, and that led me to new cinema construction/remodeling all before i was 30, and today that is all i do, construct new cinemas or remodel them. So it wasn't over, the scenery changed. No i have never been on the television side, some good friends of mine are. Every time i hear that television has gone 100 percent digital, i call em up and ask if they have a job anymore, and i get the same response, "I can't get paroled out of this place, much less laid off." Last i was told television is something like 90 percent digital capture and 10 percent film capture, but, film is still in use. The cinema side is like 60 percent film capture, 40 percent digital capture, depends on the project and WHO's project it is. No not as much as back when, but it's not completely 100 percent gone, yet. Since you worked at Technicolor while i was in LA chances are we never meet, if you had said Kodiak, then chances are we have meet.
Yeah i know the party for film is getting ever closer to closing time for good. It's the fact me and other guys and gals who are at the 30 year mark in the industry, or past it, are set in our ways and sayings. I know a lot of people on here love to quote 1:78, 16:9, 2.35:1, 2.40:1, etc, and that's fine, to me i will always refer to it as PAN, Scope, Flat, or Academy aspects. More to the point on this was we had just finished the build on a IMAX add on to a central Texas 10 house theater, and what was said for the first showing on a all 100 percent Barco Digital 4K projectors cinema? "Let's start the film!"
I know you mentioned Star Wars in another post on here, This was one showing i really wanted to see but could not make it, 1977 Star Wars on IB Technicolor film shown at the Senator Theater's last performance, for free, Jul 22, 2010. I would love to see an original Star Wars movie on the big screen in film.