CAPTURE: Cinema Futures is both a poetic farewell with a medium on the way out and a complex analysis of the many sides of the digital revolution.

Soldiers is a Latvian film director, curator and publicist.
Published: 2020-03-09
Cinema Futures

Michael palm (Austria / India / Norway / USA)

The film industry should be regarded as part of the technological upheaval of the time. Everything becomes more efficient and less personal. In the industry that produces and develops analog films, thousands have lost their jobs. The predictions are that the same will happen not only with drivers, shop employees and farmers, but also with Doctors, accountants, lawyers, journalists, teachers - and hundreds of other professions.

The Austrian director Michael palm conversations with various film experts, among them superstars who Martin Scorsese, Christopher Nolan og Apicatpong Weerasethakul, in an attempt to circumnavigate the significance of technological change for film - and society at large.

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Profitable digitization

The driving force behind it digital revolution is a profit. Analog movies are expensive, not only to record, but also to distribute to the network of cinemas. During the first week a movie is launched, between 3000 and 4000 copies are needed. Later, most of these end up in the garbage.

Kodak is today the latest dinosaur, still producing analogue film. The company can cost this because there are still old superstars, like Steven Spielberg og Christopher Nolan, who appreciate the physical presence of the film. Although Kodak has promised to keep it going, no one knows how long it will remain profitable for the company to produce analogue film. Even Spielberg and Nolan have to digitize the movies as soon as they are recorded, since most movie theaters
laughing equipment to show film by analogy. Movie showcases are no longer produced, and the old ones who still keep cooking will not last forever.

With today's technology, an analog movie can last for 500 years.

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