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Is Film Really Dead? Kodak Drops List Of Recent & Upcoming TV Shows & Movies Shooting On Celluloid

by Cain Rodriguez
July 11, 2013 9:05 AM
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“This motion picture was shot and finished on film” read a title card at the end of last summer’s “The Dark Knight Rises.” Throughout the past decade, the film industry has turned into a largely digital affair -- here’s a fun game, try to find a theater near you that still projects new movies on film -- but there are still those stalwarts like Christopher Nolan who, despite industry pressure, still continue to use and fight for photochemical film as a medium. However, the “Inception” director is far from alone in his preference for good old-fashioned film stock.

Through its website, Kodak (via No Film School) has released a list of recent and upcoming productions that were shot on its stock and it’s quite the list. Among the obvious are Paul Thomas Anderson and Quentin Tarantino, who are as outspoken in their love for film as Nolan is. (Speaking of which, his former DP-now-turned-director Wally Pfister is also shooting his upcoming secretive directorial debut “Transcendence” on the company’s stock.) And oh yeah, no surprise either that Woody Allen and the Coen Brothers 2013 features "Blue Jasmine" and "Inside Llewyn Davis" preferred celluloid.

Despite the cheapness of shooting digital, there are quite a few indies and TV shows still shooting on film: “Beasts of the Southern Wild” and the upcoming “Fruitvale Station” (both on Super 16mm), “Boardwalk Empire,” “Breaking Bad,” “True Blood,” and “American Horror Story.”

And on the blockbuster front, five of the year’s tentpoles have shot on film: “Star Trek Into Darkness” (which also has some footage shot on IMAX), “The Hunger Games: Catching Fire” (also with native IMAX footage), “Man Of Steel” (but of course), “The Lone Ranger” and “Fast & Furious 6.”

So yeah, film might be in trouble, but it still has some life left in it. You can check out the rest of the list here.

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  • Stone | July 24, 2013 12:58 AMReply

    Kodak's burn rate is more than $2 million per day. They are having a corporate fire sale, and trying desperately to get maximum value from the remaining revenue streams and assets. Their PR flacks will keep posting this stuff until the liquidators show up to auction off the office furniture.

  • Bob Roberts | July 11, 2013 12:30 PMReply

    Hey Indiewire keep writing articles like this every few weeks or so. You have a lot of sway and we need film to stay alive. Nothing like a little boost in the press.

  • Rob | July 11, 2013 11:16 AMReply

    That's a big list. And the TV shows included are anywhere between 6 and a half to 23 hours. So, nearly 23 mini-movies per show. That's a lot.

  • But | July 11, 2013 9:40 AMReply

    Shooting on film ... in order to convert to digital, project digitally in theaters, digital streaming, digital dvds, digital tv signals...just takes some folks a little longer to "process" what's going

  • Jason | July 11, 2013 11:26 PM

    yea...Celluloid captures an image different than digital. What comes afterwords is completely different.

  • tristan eldritch | July 11, 2013 9:38 AMReply

    I love both digital and film, and think cinema is enriched by having the choice between the two formats, so I hope they both remain available into the future.

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