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Scorsese Goes Digital, Abandons Film
But Wolf Of Wall Street won't be 3D

27 June 2012  |  Written by Phil de Semlyen  |  Source: Exclusive

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Scorsese Goes Digital, Abandons Film

They say you shouldn't change a winning formula - and Hugo's digital cinematography did win an Oscar, after all - but it's with a tinge of sadness that Martin Scorsese seems likely to bid farewell to film once and for all.

"It would appear that we've lost the battle," said Thelma Schoonmaker, the director's long-time editor. Talking to Empire's Damon Wise after a film restoration panel at the Edinburgh Film Festival, she confirmed that Scorsese's next film,The Wolf Of Wall Street, would stick with digital, albeit in 2D. "I think Marty just feels it's unfortunately over, and there's been no bigger champion of film than him."

Schoonmaker revealed that while Hugo's warm tones had delighted the director and persuaded him to embrace the format, there's much melancholy at the passing of an era. "It's a very bittersweet thing to be watching films with him now that are on film. We're cherishing every moment of it. The number of prints that are now being made for release has just gone down, and it would appear that the theatres have converted so quickly to digital."

Schoonmaker also filled in some of the blanks on Scorsese's current production. "We start The Wolf Of Wall Street in the second week of August," she said, revealing her habit of only reading Scorese's shooting script once. "I don't want them to influence me when I see the dailies, but it's pretty wild. It's about this man in the late '90s [Leonardo DiCaprio's Jordan Belfort] who got people to start investing in much cheaper stocks. It was a big scam, and he went to jail. They were out of their minds. Out of their minds! He's out of jail now, doing motivational speaking. He supposedly feels bad about what he did..."

A little like Henry Hill then? "Yeah! (Laughs) They showed me a tape of what he's doing now. It's very interesting."


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Stupid question coming up....
Is there any reason why studios can't let directors shoot on film, have the final results converted and distribute digitally? I can see the cost argument for producing/distributing prints but i'm confused about why this has to be the case, can anyone enlighten me? More

Posted by Nerps at 15:10 on 28 June 2012 | Report This Post

Stupid question coming up....
Is there any reason why studios can't let directors shoot on film, have the final results converted and distribute digitally? I can see the cost argument for producing/distributing prints but i'm confused about why this has to be the case, can anyone enlighten me? More

Posted by Nerps at 15:09 on 28 June 2012 | Report This Post

Oh well...
At least Spielberg and Nolan still fight the studios tooth and nail to shoot on film...it's just so much better in terms of the overall quality, but unfortunately it is more expensive for the studios...and in the end they are a business trying to make money. More

Posted by ronniem at 14:29 on 28 June 2012 | Report This Post

money.
There's no denying that digital is cheaper, I can't even begin to think of the costs of multiple prints of movies for all the thousands of theatres out there. Sure film has a certain look and feel but where money is concerned everyone is looking to save as much as possible. Better to go digital than cut back in other areas More

Posted by retrorevival at 14:02 on 28 June 2012 | Report This Post

Wonder how long it'll be before tarantino is forced to drop film. as long as these films are shot at 24fps i don't see a problem with digital. More

Posted by simjamlmx at 12:56 on 28 June 2012 | Report This Post

Mmm ... Hugo.
What an amazing movie. Sorry The Artist, I know you won all the awards, but you're a curio and Hugo is a bonafide masterpiece. As for the digital debate, I personally abandoned vinyl about 2 years ago and the amount of storage space I have nowadays is nucking futs! Go digital! More

Posted by Nicky C at 09:34 on 28 June 2012 | Report This Post

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