Side by Side (2012)

Films About FilmmakingAlso a documentary, this feature about the impact of digital technology on filmmaking is far more straightforward in the way it presents both sides of its argument, while also being passionate about the medium.


FILM REVIEW: ‘Films about Filmmaking’ Theme || Director Christopher Kenneally | Cinematographers Chris Cassidy | Starring Keanu Reeves | Length 98 minutes | Seen at home (TV), London, Monday 13 January 2014 || My Rating 3 stars good


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After recently seeing the subtle and mysterious Où gît votre sourire enfoui? (Where Does Your Hidden Smile Lie?, 2001), with its investigation into the play of light and the art of editing a film, watching Side by Side feels decidedly prosaic (not to mention mainstream). It’s a straightforward series of talking heads addressing the question of the impact of digital technology on modern filmmaking, though it has the sense not to weigh in on either side, and it even makes some reference to lower-budget indie cinema, though largely as a paving stone towards digital’s adoption by the big boys. Thanks to the involvement of star Keanu Reeves (who does the voiceover, and is seen on screen as the interviewer), a wide range of heavyweight personalities behind the camera have got involved, with many directors, writers, editors and of course cinematographers, and hearing their opinions on the subject is the chief reason for watching this documentary.

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