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Watch: James Cameron & David Fincher In More 'Side By Side' Outtakes In Advance Of Film's iTunes Release

by Charlie Schmidlin
August 21, 2012 10:46 AM
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For cinephiles at least, one of the most anticipated releases of the summer is the Keanu Reeves-produced documentary “Side By Side,” not only for its essential film vs. digital debate, but even more for the incredible behind-the-scenes talent lined up for interviews. Martin Scorsese, Steven Soderbergh, and Christopher Nolan all make appearances in the film, and now Tribeca Films have released the latest in their series of outtakes, this time featuring the inimitable director of “Avatar” and “Titanic.”

After hearing from Wally Pfister on Nolan's stripped-down shooting style, and then Robert Rodriguez sharing an amusing anecdote on digital presentation, it seems fitting that Cameron should wrap up these clips before the film's imminent release. He's arguably been the most influential in terms of digital technology advancement and research, and that's reflected in the clip, in which he explains the researched neurological responses of babies on digital imagery and frame rates. It's unclear whether the director himself fashioned a laboratory with his considerable resources for these specific examples, but the information remains fascinating nonetheless.

These excerpts only hint at the mountains of footage just begging for a Blu-ray release, but along with an extra David Fincher interview as well, they make a fine transition into the film's actual release tomorrow on iTunes, after which the film expand into more theaters nationwide. Check out both clips below.

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  • emster | August 21, 2012 8:53 PMReply

    Funny how you here all these directos praising digital, when in all actuality, the moves they shot on film looked soo much better.

  • tyrannosaurus max | August 21, 2012 7:34 PMReply


  • Ugh | August 21, 2012 4:43 PMReply

    So James Cameron thinks people are like stupid babies?
    Sounds like him.

  • mms | August 21, 2012 2:10 PMReply

    Mr. Cameron touches on both high frame rates and 3D, a combo of which is likely to expand the experience closer to the level he talkes about(i.e. the "child"(or 'us') becoming more involved with what it sees). There are many obstacles though, and they draw a distinct line between potential and what in effect hits the eyes of moviegoers, in various forms, in cinema auditoriums - just like you mention, Lilhuxtable. The conception of the use of 3D starts with the filmmaker(s) as it is dependent on the technology used to create it, and this has (had) many different outcomes - were they only of artistical nature.. Sadly not, a further dose of issues are added to this with the theatrical projections, some of which counts (as mentioned) lack of light level, quality and design of the 3D-glasses, too low a framerate, and too small a screen size(the sense of the true proportion of the theatrical screen using 3D glasses is minimized significantly, or indeed negated so to give the impression you're watching a large flatscreen at home). What Mr. Cameron advocates, and has done from the beginning of unspooling 3D commercially, may be a potentially much bigger experience than what the public has yet to experience, and as such he doesn't reflect the true impact of the medium as viewed at the receivers end; that represent a problem! However, the 3D technology does seem to catch up (more) as of late if my latest viewings are anything to go by, and therefore it seems paradoxical that the medium now faces criticism when at least a certain level of maturation/developement is at play. Still, the criticism is needed, and the demand for more IMAX screens(addressing the larger image size as well as the core quality of both image and sound) is encouraging. One hopes for an ever evolving degree of implementation with larger screen sizes, higher framerates, better resolution(at least to the level it's noticable), a much more immersive/natural 3D experience both on the side of the artist and the technology used, zero need for 3D-glasses, etc.

  • Christian | August 21, 2012 12:35 PMReply

    Fincher and Cameron look like brothers in the first picture.

  • lilhuxtable | August 21, 2012 12:03 PMReply

    Yes James,

    3d feels so real to me. My favorite thing about 3d movies are the fact that they look darker and I can always see the projector reflection on the top rim of my special 3d glasses.

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