The Imminent Death of Film
Like it or not, the day is soon coming that will mark “The Death of Film”. Since the age of DV began more than a decade ago, digital video technology and tools have been getting better and better and is in more wide use, while at the exact same time film technology and usage has been stagnant on a good day.
Regardless of what you feel about film as a creative medium, it has become less and less of a practical and cost-effective one for the people shooting as well as the people supporting it as evidenced most recently by two watershed events:
1) the recent stock dive and bankruptcy rumors surrounding Kodak and
2) something I just learned from the below article- the three major film camera manufacturers – Arri, Panavision and Aaton have all recently ceased making any new film cameras. So someone somewhere right now may very well be in possession of the last Arri film camera to roll off the line…crazy thought right?
I have always been a video guy for purely practical reasons, but I personally love the look of film and have no ill will towards it. Nevertheless, I am also a big fan of reality. And the cold reality is that while film is not dead yet, it’s damned sure sick, ailing, if not slipping into a deep coma. Digital video is indeed the future.