Speilberg on Digital Cinema

TIME.com has some good comments from Steven Speilberg on current digital cinema trends and what he believes the future holds for film. A few notable blurbs...

"I'm too nostalgic to make my movies digitally. I'm the last person in Hollywood who cuts his film on film. I still love cutting on film."

"I think someday, when digital technology mainstreams, films will be broadcast to satellites from one transmission depot and then be beamed down into thousands of venues, which will save hundreds of millions of dollars when you combine every studio that releases movies on film, that have to pay those laboratory costs. "

"Audience members are only concerned about the story, the concept, the bells and whistles and the noise that a popular film starts to make even before it's popular. So audiences will not be drawn to the technology; they'll be drawn to the story. And I hope it always remains that way."

"I have to go on record saying that I am not in favor of a DVD coming out the same day as the film opens, because I really believe that the average home system is far inferior to a movie house. And a lot of it is the social magic of going out to the movies, seeing it with a lot of people you have never met and sharing an experience. I feel there is no substitute for going out to the movies. There is nothing like it. "

I had no idea he still CUTS HIS MOVIES ON FILM USING A FLATBED. That is completely unbelievable to me that one of the greatest filmmakers of our time has not embraced digital non-linear editing. It's been around for over 10 years! And, once you edit that way you'll never go back. This is of course one of the reasons why I think Hollywood is being so slow to adapt to new technology... they're afraid and/or just too used to doing it the "same old way".

Read the entire TIME piece by clicking here.

-Blake


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