"digital cinema will become so adept at mimicking the look of film that within a couple of decades, even cinematographers may not be able to tell the difference. The painterly colors, supple gray scale, hard sharpness and enticing flicker of motion picture film were always important (if mostly unacknowledged) parts of cinema’s mass appeal. The makers of digital moviemaking equipment got hip to that in the late ’90s, and channeled their research and development money accordingly; it’s surely no coincidence that celluloid-chauvinist moviegoers and moviemakers stopped resisting the digital transition once they realized that the new, electronically-created movies could be made to look somewhat like the analog kind, with dense images, a flickery frame rate, and starkly defined planes of depth."How long before insurance negatives stop being struck and major films will only exist digitally? Or is that already happening?
Film An obituary on the death of the movie camera. The three major manufacturers of motion picture film cameras — Aaton, ARRI and Panavision — "have all ceased production of new cameras within the last year":
Posted on Thursday, October 20, 2011