Even though Kodak’s name won’t be mentioned at the Oscars ceremony, the company will still have a significant presence. Seven of the nine Best Picture nominees were shot on Kodak film.
Hollywood directors still like film. But how long will that last? No one really knows:
“Though reports of its imminent death have been exaggerated, more industry observers than before accept the end of film. “In 100 years, yes,” says AbelCine’s (Moe) Shore. “In ten years, I think we’ll still have film cameras. So somewhere between 10 and 100 years.”
Kodak is still a big player in Hollywood. It makes billions of feet of movie film a year and is continuing to develop new kinds of movie film. Kodak has also innovated in the area of digital cinematography. It licensed its laser projection technology to IMAX.
Movie film has some things working in its favor. The cameras last for years and it’s a well-established technology. Famous directors, including Steven Spielberg, love film. Most movies in India are shot on film. Film has tremendous archival properties. Movies shot on digital begin to deteriorate after as little as 5 years and technology changes can render digital movies obsolete.
But almost everyone sees the writing on the wall. Camera manufacturers have all but stopped making cameras for movie film. Theaters are going digital to save on the costs of making and shipping prints. More directors are choosing digital photography, The technology is making movie production much more accessible to independent filmmakers.
The consumer photography transition to digital is complete. The same absolutely cannot be said for the movie industry.
“It’s going to be less of a debate,” (filmmaker Jeff) Cronenweth added. “In all fairness, we’re at the infancy stage of digital cinema.”