RIP - motion picture film cameras for movies have ceased production

Discussion in 'Movies' started by Patrick Sun, Jan 8, 2012.

  1. Patrick Sun

    Patrick Sun Moderator
    Moderator

    Joined:
    Jun 30, 1999
    Messages:
    38,644
    Likes Received:
    419
    http://www.salon.com/2011/10/13/r_i_p_the_movie_camera_1888_2011/
     
  2. dpippel

    dpippel HTF Premium Member
    Supporter

    Joined:
    Feb 24, 2000
    Messages:
    4,196
    Likes Received:
    723
    Real Name:
    Doug
  3. Richard--W

    Richard--W Banned

    Joined:
    Jun 20, 2004
    Messages:
    3,527
    Likes Received:
    167
    This is just awful. Awful, awful, awful.
     
  4. dmiller68

    dmiller68 Supporting Actor

    Joined:
    Sep 29, 2009
    Messages:
    667
    Likes Received:
    3
    Real Name:
    David Miller
    I'm just shocked that it took this long. I figured it has been all digital for the last few years.
     
  5. Adam Lenhardt

    Adam Lenhardt Executive Producer

    Joined:
    Feb 16, 2001
    Messages:
    17,076
    Likes Received:
    1,793
    Location:
    Albany, NY
    It will still be a mix for a while now. There's a lot of Panavision equipment still out there owned by rental companies, and even if Kodak goes under Fujifilm will continue to make motion picture film for the foreseeable future.
     
  6. Douglas Monce

    Douglas Monce Producer

    Joined:
    Nov 16, 2006
    Messages:
    5,514
    Likes Received:
    12
    Panavision cameras are all owned by Panavision, but your point is well taken. There are not only Panavision camera, but there are still MANY old Mitchell's that are in perfect working order, and are at least as good as the modern cameras. Doug
     
  7. dpippel

    dpippel HTF Premium Member
    Supporter

    Joined:
    Feb 24, 2000
    Messages:
    4,196
    Likes Received:
    723
    Real Name:
    Doug
    Film cameras will last. The real question is how much longer will a variety of quality motion picture film stock be available? Kodak, Fujifilm, AGFA, etc. will only continue to manufacture product if it remains a profitable venture. Kodak may already be out of the picture. As more filmmakers choose to shoot digital because of conveinence, cost, functionality, aesthetics, etc., that outlook becomes less and less promising.
     
  8. Douglas Monce

    Douglas Monce Producer

    Joined:
    Nov 16, 2006
    Messages:
    5,514
    Likes Received:
    12
    Quite true. Doug
     
  9. Bryan^H

    Bryan^H Producer

    Joined:
    Jul 3, 2005
    Messages:
    3,755
    Likes Received:
    758
    I agree with this guy:
     
  10. Adam Gregorich

    Owner

    Joined:
    Nov 20, 1999
    Messages:
    15,691
    Likes Received:
    676
    Location:
    The Other Washington
    Real Name:
    Adam
    Interesting point about the "illusion" of movies. Great clip, thanks for sharing.
     
  11. Charles Smith

    Charles Smith Extremely Talented Member
    Supporter

    Joined:
    Jun 27, 2007
    Messages:
    5,214
    Likes Received:
    1,179
    Location:
    Nor'east
    Real Name:
    Charles Smith
    Beautiful.
     
  12. Douglas Monce

    Douglas Monce Producer

    Joined:
    Nov 16, 2006
    Messages:
    5,514
    Likes Received:
    12
    I hate to tell him this, but digital is also just a set of still pictures taken 24 per second. They just aren't recorded on film. I saw Red Tails a few nights ago, digitally photographed, digitally projected on a 50 foot screen. It looked beautiful. In fact it was MUCH sharper and more detailed than most film prints that I see these days, and this was only 2k projection. I doubt most people who saw it would be able to tell the difference between film and digital. In fact there seems to be the common belief that movies stopped being shot on film about 10 years ago. Doug
     
  13. Greg Kettell

    Greg Kettell Screenwriter

    Joined:
    Sep 15, 1998
    Messages:
    1,383
    Likes Received:
    179
    Location:
    NY Capital Region
    Real Name:
    Greg K.
    Yeah, I don't really get his point about the illusion of film. Film or digital, it's still just individual still frames projected sequentially.
     

Share This Page