Pixel Envy

Written by Nick Heer.

Comparing Film and Digital Cinematography Is a Silly Debate, Argues Steve Yedlin

As I read this today, I couldn’t help but think of it as related to the audiophile argument that analogue processes are inherently superior to digital.

My main takeaway is that we have decades of knowledge about how different kinds of film stock and developing processes transform footage, but we have comparatively limited knowledge of equivalent digital processes. Yedlin has figured out how to convincingly simulate film with an entirely digital workflow, but there’s no reason that a 35mm lookalike should be the only goal. That’s his argument, too.