With the overwhelming popularity of digital recording formats and especially 3D, cheaper, lighter digital cameras have nearly come to replace the standard 35mm film motion picture cameras that have dominated the worldwide film industry since the invention of motion pictures in the late 1800’s.
Recently, film camera producers Arri and Panavision have announced that they will no longer be making new motion picture cameras in favor of the digital models that have come to replace them. While film nostalgia may captivate a few people, most are all for the new wave of digital films, and with the improvements in technology that have been made the past few years, film cameras have become costly and cumbersome to productions.
According to reports: “By the end of 2012, the share of 35mm will decline to 37 percent of global cinema screens, with digital accounting for the remaining 63 percent. This represents a dramatic decline for 35mm, which was used in 68 percent of global cinema screens in 2010. In 2015, 35mm will be used in just 17 percent of global movie screens, relegating it to a niche projection format.”
That’s right, by next year, digital projection will have overtaken the classic film projectors, and for good reason. Worries about broken prints and soft images will become things of the past as precise digital projectors overtake every theater in the US, which experts say will occur in the year 2015, which is only 3 short years away.
Anyone that has seen a spectacularly shot film in crisp digital projection will agree that this is not a bad thing, and will overall enhance the quality of the moviegoing experience. However, some are still upset that the old format is getting tossed out the window for what they feel is a cold representation of filmmaking. Hell, in a few years, “film” will be just an alternate way to say “movie” even after the format is mostly dormant.
What do you think? Will you miss the click-clack of 35mm film? Or will you be too lost in crisp digital projection to care? Let us know!