Now, three years later, Reeves has released extended interviews that didn’t make it into the original film. Directed by Christopher Kenneally of the original documentary and produced by Reeves, “Side by Side Extra” Volumes 1-5 has been released by Reeves as a DVD compilation. The five volumes are a fascinating exploration of the transition from film to digital, and the transition’s effects on the industry and production, from a variety of nuanced perspectives.
In Volume 3, film editor and sound designer Walter Murch (“The Godfather,” “Apocalypse Now”) gives his perspective on the way we are moving from analog to digital. In a clip from his interview, Murch compares our old nature of production to a sandwich with analog slices of bread–acquisition and exhibition in analog, everything else in digital. “Very rapidly now,” he adds, “those slices of bread are disappearing. Everything is becoming digital.”
Watch the clip featuring Walter Murch above. “Side by Side Extra” can be purchased here.