Martin Scorsese Rallies to Keep Film Stock Alive: ‘Film is an art form’

Martin Scorsese Rallies to Keep Film Stock Alive: 'Film is an art form'

Hollywood directors including Quentin Tarantino, Christopher Nolan, J.J. Abrams and Judd Apatow recently lobbied Hollywood studios to support Kodak to keep film stock in use — and their efforts seemed to have worked with Kodak announcing it will continue to produce film stock.

Now Martin Scorsese, Chair of The Film Foundation, and longtime supporter of film, has issued the following statement in support of the announcement of Kodak’s decision to continue its production of film stock:

We have many names for what we do – cinema, movies, motion pictures. And…film. We’re called directors, but more often we’re called filmmakers. Filmmakers. I’m not suggesting that we ignore the obvious: HD isn’t coming, it’s here. The advantages are numerous: the cameras are lighter, it’s much easier to shoot at night, we have many more means at our disposal for altering and perfecting our images. And, the cameras are more affordable: films really can be made now for very little money. Even those of us still shooting on film finish in HD, and our movies are projected in HD. So, we could easily agree that the future is here, that film is cumbersome and imperfect and difficult to transport and prone to wear and decay, and that it’s time to forget the past and say goodbye – really, that could be easily done. Too easily.

It seems like we’re always being reminded that film is, after all, a business. But film is also an art form, and young people who are driven to make films should have access to the tools and materials that were the building blocks of that art form. Would anyone dream of telling young artists to throw away their paints and canvases because iPads are so much easier to carry? Of course not. In the history of motion pictures, only a minuscule percentage of the works comprising our art form was not shot on film. Everything we do in HD is an effort to recreate the look of film. Film, even now, offers a richer visual palette than HD. And, we have to remember that film is still the best and only time-proven way to preserve movies. We have no assurance that digital informaton will last, but we know that film will, if properly stored and cared for.

READ MORE: 10 Reasons Why Filmmakers Should Shoot Film According to Kodak

 
Our industry – our filmmakers – rallied behind Kodak because we knew that we couldn’t afford to lose them, the way we’ve lost so many other film stocks. This news is a positive step towards preserving film, the art form we love.

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Comments

jayanandan kunnamkkat

Vote for film stock!

Carl Casinghino

Thanks for posting the further info about online resource savefilm, the online campaign. And what words to use? If interested, check out this post: on mediateacher.net, "The ‘Film’ Word: Language and Moving Images."
Also, as you might know, there was the movie Side by Side: mediateacher.net – Side by Side: State of the Process

emMaou

Its not about film vs digital, its about the preservation of both. Scorsese is a supporter of savefilm, an international online campaign. savefilm is calling on UNESCO to protect and safeguard the medium of film so that future generations will be able to experience the ingenuity and magnificence of film in the way we have done. If you love film please consider joining the online petition at savefilm.org

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