Friday, January 17, 2014

Bye bye, Sprocket Holes

You could see this coming.

Paramount Pictures has become the first major studio to stop releasing movies on film in the United States.
Paramount recently notified theater owners that the Will Ferrell comedy “Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues,” which opened in December, would be the last movie that would it would release on 35-millimeter film.

The studio’s Oscar-nominated film “The Wolf of Wall Street” from director Martin Scorsese is the first major studio film that was released all digitally, according to theater industry executives...

Technological change (and the digital revolution) keeps upending various carts, and movie film is the latest.

Celluloid was the medium by which screened entertainment was born. From nickelodeons to picture palaces in the '20s to talkies to Technicolor to Cinerama/Cinemascope/Technirama 70, it was all movie film sliding past lenses and shutters at 16 or 18 or 24 frames per second.

There was a hundred and twenty years of film history and more than a dollop of romance, but now it's going away.

Because the only constant in the universe is change.


Chris Sobieniak said...

Well at least you're taking it fine.

I still have to scuff at the new stuff knowing the craft just isn't there anymore, but that's just me.

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