What capture media is used for creating most motion pictures?

With digital cameras like the Vision Research Phantom Flex and the RED, which, if measured by hype alone would seem to account for every music video, TV show, and motion picture made today (although its credits are far more modest), many people are surprised that the majority of motion pictures that play in theatres are shot on film.

In fact, The Hurt Locker was nominated in 2010 for the Oscar for best cinematography and it was shot on Super-16mm film.

For 2011, the nominees for the Oscar for best cinematography were mostly shot on film:

  • Black Swan — mostly super-16 Fuji film with some Digital SLR
  • Inception — mostly 35mm film with some 65mm all by Kodak
  • The King’s Speech — Fuji 35mm film
  • True Grit — shot on Kodak 35mm film
  • The Social Network — shot on RED digital cameras

You can watch a demo reel of Fuji’s Eterna Vivid stocks.

Obviously, in the near future, all films will be shot digitally, but it is interesting to see that a majority of the films nominated for Best Cinematography in 2011 were still shot on film.

Kodachrome’s back

Actually not really. But, I got my developed roll of 16mm Kodachrome 7270 back from Dwayne’s. I hauled my 16mm projector out and we watched it. Color was great. The Bolex was sharp and its registration (steadiness of one frame in the gate relative to the next) was spot-on. The whole process shooting, processing, and projecting was fun. I find myself wondering, should I super-16 the gate on the Bolex (make the camera HD format)?

Dilbert solves our budget woes

Scott Adams, creator of Dilbert comic strip had an op-ed in the Wall Street Journal which gave some fantasy scenarios to solve the budget problems. I have one of my own, which is very similar to Adams’ ‘shared pain’. It’s called, cut the budget, raise taxes slightly, and make taxes flat. People don’t like the idea of a flat tax but wealthy people are able to hire tax accountants and lawyers to navigate their way through the tax code which means as a percentage of income, they pay far less than their nominal rate would imply. People who pay no taxes have no ‘ownership’ in paying taxes and don’t have any incentive in voting in ways to make the system more efficient. Take for example, Ford Motor. The Ford family owns approximately 3.5% of Ford stock and controls 40% of its voting power. They sit on the board. At its nadir, their ownership was about $170 million dollars. Today, it’s at least 10 times that amount, even with the stock falling back. If the people who sat on the board didn’t have their $$$ on the line like they did, Ford easily could have gone bankrupt like GM or Chrysler.