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Exclusive: Steven Soderbergh Urges Filmmakers to Embrace the Digital Future

Exclusive: Steven Soderbergh Urges Filmmakers to Embrace the Digital Future

The 2012 documentary “Side by Side” captured a moment in time when filmmakers were grappling with the transition from photochemical film to digital production.

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Now there’s a follow-up project, “Side by Side Extra” Volumes 1-5, a five-volume DVD collection of some of the most fascinating extended interviews captured during the making of “Side by Side.” Directed by Christopher Kenneally, director of the original documentary, and produced by Keanu Reeves and Justin Szlasa, “Side by Side Extra” is a comprehensive exploration of how digital technology has transformed the way films are made.

In the exclusive clip from “Side by Side Extra” (above), Steven Soderbergh explains how he is always embracing new technology as an artist and can’t understand when filmmakers or other artists dismiss anything new outright.

“Any ideology that says, ‘We are at the end of discovery about this thing,’ I just go there’s absolutely no evidence to suggest that that’s true,” said Soderbergh. “There is always another iteration. There always will be. That’s the fun of it.” It should be noted that Soderbergh was one of Hollywood’s early adopters of digital, shooting “Che,” “The Girlfriend Experience” and “The Informant!” on a RED digital cinema camera.

Visit the “Side by Side Extra” website to purchase the DVDs.

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