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18 Dec

Does this send film to Oblivion?

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Does this send film to Oblivion? Does this send film to Oblivion? Universal Studios

You may think we're hammering it a bit with the Sony F65, what with our piece on Belle, and with our forthcoming article on what differentiates the F65 from the F55, but let's be clear about this: we are actually at the point where you can make better films with video than you ever could with celluloid - and that's worth a significant amount of coverage

And while that might not necessarily be something you want to celebrate if you used to work for Kodak - it certainly is something to wonder at.

Resolution isn't everything

There are other high resolution digital cinematography cameras out there: the Arri Alexa (seen recently in Skyfall) doesn't have the same resolution as 65mm film which does give some credence to the argument that resolution isn't everything but the "look" is. The new RED Dragon sensor is just around the corner (even if we're not sure which corner at the moment); but the F65 seems to be the one that directors and DOPs are going for when they want what is technically the most advanced device.


Who would have thought that the next blockbuster starring Tom Cruise would have been shot with a camcorder?

Is film really dead? Let us know what you think in the comments below.

Here's the trailer for Oblivion:





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  • Looks like indiefilms, sadly. :/

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  • Funny, to me it looks so "hollywoodish"...maybe I'm just too cynical. It's got the pretty woman, the recognizable Hollywood characters, the typical effects. But I know, we're supposed to be looking at this from the angle of film vs. video. If this is from the F65, very impressive indeed. One would like to think that small "affordable" camcorders will unleash more creative juices, not just rehash the same old tried and true forumlae.

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David Shapton

David is the Editor In Chief of RedShark Publications. He's been a professional columnist and author since 1998, when he started writing for the European Music Technology magazine Sound on Sound. David has worked with professional digital audio and video for the last 25 years.

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