I’ve come across a great article on AWN of the worlds first Arri Alexa vs Red Mysterium X test, it also happens to present a convincing overall argument that 2010 is officially the year celluloid died.
I find this interesting as this has been a economic and technical inevitability for some time. Nobody but a complete fool would try to argue otherwise, however, I still believe we will see a large number of people choosing to shoot film for quite some time to come outside of logic, reason, economy or technical argument.
I will be one of them. I don’t always like the super clinically clean images I see every day from these cameras, they can be lifeless, cold, devoid of any kind of mystery or magic. At the same time, they can be fantastic for a particular style, or the life can be brought in through the magic of a good D.P. who can effectively create magic and mystery by literally painting with light.
An artist can paint watercolor, acrylics, oils, with brushes of all shapes and sizes, palette knives, on board, canvas… nobody argues that any one technique or medium is better than any of the others, yet we often try to polarize our art to a single method.
The digital revolution is upon us, but for me, I tip my hat to Arri, Red, and Kodak.