Another Transition To Digital

Studios Shift to Digital Movies, but Not Without Resistance

But while the changeover to digital filmmaking has long been predicted, these companies are encountering an unusual degree of resistance from producers, directors and cinematographers. A majority of feature films are still shot with film cameras and some well-known directors, including Steven Spielberg and M. Night Shyamalan, have been vocal about their intention to continue shooting on film.

[…] But producers and cinematographers say that cutting production budgets is not the main motivation for switching to digital moviemaking.


Rather, Mr. Devlin said the main advantage was the ability to shoot for nearly an hour during airborne dogfight sequences, with the camera mounted on a replica biplane or a helicopter and linked to a digital tape deck. Tony Bill, the movie’s director, estimated that a film camera would have been limited to shooting takes perhaps five minutes long, before requiring a new load of film.

Others are gravitating toward the digital cameras because of their aesthetic qualities. […]

[…] “We made use of the Viper’s amazing depth of field,” Mr. Beebe said. “You’re seeing clearly from two inches to infinity.”But Mr. Beebe says that film cameras are still superior to their digital brethren for capturing bright sunlight in a more nuanced way, and other cinematographers acknowledge that digital cameras do not have the resolution found in film.

Fighting Over Choreogaphy, and More

Pilobolus Suffers Bitter Breach Over Rights to Choreography

Ms. Chase, who was one of the company’s four artistic directors and whose Dartmouth College dance class gave birth to the company 35 years ago, broke away last fall after a bitter exchange of letters by lawyers.

Ms. Chase said that she was cast out by a new, corporate-minded executive director and board after three decades of service, and was denied ownership of the dances she created. “It was artistic differences and sort of a mean-spirited power grab by the board,” Ms. Chase added.


Ms. Chase choreographed five pieces, alone or in collaboration, appearing on this season’s Joyce programs. She said that she asked the company not to perform the works and to “dare to tell the world what you’ve done to the mother of Pilobolus.”

Mr. Kubovy declined. “She does not own that work,” he said, “nor does she have the right to decide whether or not we perform it.”

Some YouTube News Analysis

YouTube dances the copyright tango

“We have been told by many dozens of content owners that we are by far the most cooperative and responsive of the video-sharing sites,” Zahavah Levine, YouTube’s general counsel, said in an e-mail to CNET

So who’s right? For now, YouTube is standing on solid legal ground, according to several legal experts who said that YouTube is protected–under the same federal law that covers other online services such as Craigslist, eBay and Yahoo’s GeoCities–from liability for copyright violations its customers may commit.

But intellectual-property attorneys also see areas where YouTube risks butting into the DMCA. For example, the law specifically prohibits a Web site from profiting from copyright material. Recently, ads have begun appearing on YouTube alongside individual video clips.