Originally Posted by Glimmie
5000 screens is a small slice of the pie. The above reads like a press release to raise stock.
I totally agree. At the May LA-SID meeting Real D was the presenter talking about their equipment for doing stereoscopic projection. It was interesting to hear their pitch and on just how tremendous the animosity is between distribution and the theaters.
Digital is great, but in favor of film you have higher resolution and a really well known medium. The director of photography knows the techniques he/she wants/likes for telling the story. On the technical side, film rocks for dynamic range, has a very much more pleasent affect when you enter the limits of exposure in both the toe and shoulder and their are colors you get on film that video technology can't give you (e.g. yellows). Film however is expensive, heavy, and requires a ton of steps to work with. Plus it has all sorts of interesting means by which it self degrades. [dough]
In favor of digital you have lower cost, though a Thompson viper cam isn't exactly cheap. The thing is, with the budgets of major films these days, egos at several different stages can occasionally be something of a factor.
Will we see more movies shot with digital? Certainly, as a younger generation comes in who have cut their teeth on the lower cost digital cameras you'll see more of it. But I feel pretty confident saying that film is going to be around for many years to come.
Now an interesting wild card is 3d/stereoscopic. Right now, Disney, Dreamworks Animation, and several other studios have made several announcements about their plans for use of stereo. I'm personally skeptical, but then my opinion is that only certain types of movies can make effective use of the 3d and that it is hard to do well. Show of hands if you saw Journey to the Center of the Earth and you thought that the 3d was integral to the movie. If 3d is more than a novelty, and it does increase ticket sales, then we will see theaters switching over to digital projection much more quickly.
Digital means change and change is always 'interesting'