Oct 2 2010, 5:25pm
|To think that these films might not be shot on traditional film breaks my heart.
It needn’t break your heart.
Just for one thing, it might well be shot on film for the initial capture. There exist twin‐lens rigs that capture two film frames simultaneously for a stereo effect, and which have things like aperture and focus distance governed by the same control. Both would be the same anamophic lenses as they normally shoot with.
But as they did with The Lord of the Rings, once the film has been processed (‘developed’), they then scan that film into a computer so that they can integrate a multitude of factors including reversing the anamorphic compression and adding special effects, color correction, digital grading, digital stunt doubles, and who knows what else.
Then when they’re finally done diddling with the imagery, they output their frames back to film again in anamophic widescreen format. That way you run it through a film projector with a reverse‐anamophic lens on it to project on to the big screen. I suppose that for polarized ‘3D’, they must run twin projectors, too.
I have no idea whether they’ll initially shoot it using film. They might, as sensor tech may not be up to creating the full 35mm frame in three color channels at full resolution. I don’t keep up with all that, so don’t know. There may also be field‐of‐view and depth‐of‐field issues on a purely digital capture that they wish to avoid. They might prefer to shoot with film lenses for those reasons, too. Again, I can’t speak to that particular tech, because I do not know what’s available; every time I look, I’m amazed by how far they’ve come, though.
What I am sure of is that Peter and his crew at Weta Digital will do whatever makes the most sense. The final movie will certainly be ‘printed’ on film for wider cinematic distribution.
Film is just one form of capture medium. Digital is another. Peter has shown that he can combine the strengths of each to produce something that’s better than either by itself was previously.
Why fret about it? It really doesn’t matter.
For the record, I do shoot with a ‘digital 35mm’ camera, a Nikon D700. I can do far more with it than you can with film. This has next to nothing in common with the common digicams in your cell phone or shirt pocket. Don’t make the mistake of judging professional digital photography based on some little consumer toy.
…all eyes looked upon the ring; for he held it now aloft, and the green jewels gleamed there that the Noldor had devised in Valinor. For this ring was like to twin serpents, whose eyes were emeralds, and their heads met beneath a crown of golden flowers, that the one upheld and the other devoured; that was the badge of Finarﬁn and his house.
The Silmarillion, pp 150-151
while Felagund laughs beneath the trees
in Valinor and comes no more
to this grey world of tears and war.
The Lays of Beleriand, p 311