Magazine article American Cinematographer

From the Editor

Magazine article American Cinematographer

From the Editor

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IT CONTINUES to surprise me that some people have such an emotional investment in the question of whether movies are to be made on film or tape-as though the medium on which the images are recorded is somehow more significant than the images themselves. Kodak's recent unveiling of their video products seemed to revive anxieties about the "death of film" even though Kodak went to great lengths to assure everyone that the announcement did not signal any slackening of their commitment to the further development of film.

While I understand that much of the concern is really a concern for image quality, I do not think the cause is well served by irrational diatribes against electronics or even sentimental eulogies about the golden days of photography. Perhaps the cinematographers who are upset feel they have no control over the medium in which they work. They have to take work where they can find it, and it is the marketplace which chooses the medium. If they feel like pawns in a system which tends toward mediocrity, then what is at stake is a much broader issue than the choice of a recording medium for cinematography. …

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