In the above video from ShareGrid, the peer-to-peer camera rental service, director Kyle Patrick Alvarez (“The Stanford Prison Experiment”) talks about “the digital era.” Though the debate over film vs. digital is an old one and will likely never be fully resolved (so to speak), Alvarez says it’s not much of an issue for him.
He shot both “C.O.G.” and his most recent film, “The Stanford Prison Experiment,” digitally, and he says “audiences have become more adjusted to the digital feeling.” On both films, he used a RED camera, though he said he did investigate the cost of shooting on film and decided it wasn’t worth it.
“I would love to shoot on film,” said Alvarez. “Of course, I would, but there isn’t the financial viability behind it that warrants the good that comes from it.”
With “Stanford,” he used post-grain to add a period feel. “I wanted it to feel like it was the ’70s, but not in a really heavy gimmicky way,” Alvarez explained.
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Though he said he loves the fact that there are still filmmakers who insist on shooting on film, “I don’t even see film as being an option.”