Re: why we shoot film/contrast ratios and sensitivity

From: Steven Budden (email suppressed)
Date: Sun Mar 05 2006 - 16:35:21 PST

In a message dated 3/5/2006 1:56:05 P.M. Pacific Standard Time,
email suppressed writes:

It's already happening and it's fine. That's
my only point --- experimental film is not dead and it won't die completely
even if the 16mm format entirely disappears.

Of course, the term "experimental film" will then be obsolete. Experimental
I wouldn't give up art making if it were someday impossible to make films.
As stated by a few others, I would make paintings. Film and painting (among
other things) are akin in terms of materiality, surface and illusion, form
(though some see only the form). Where they differ, of course, is cinema is a
temporal art. I wouldn't let go of the materiality or the play between surface
and illusion because they are an integral part of what visual art is for me
personally. If I had to let go of something, I'd rather let go of the temporal
aspect of cinema and make paintings.
So however far HD advances, it will still lack those qualities that for me
are an integral part of my art making process. Call me old fashioned. As I've
said before, in a world (or a country) where every human on earth is
scrambling for something better and new, being old fashioned is AG.


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