Art and Experience: Spielberg, the director explained his continued insistence to shoot on film, at a time when many are turning to digital cameras.

“If it is a straight story, without any benefits of new technology, there’s no reason to shoot anything digitally,” said the long-time celluloid champion. “The outcome digitally looks like the difference between a painting with acrylics and a painting with oils.

“Film is textural and had a kind of velocity in the grain count alone where digital is as clean as looking through a pane of glass at the outside world and to me it’s almost too vivid, too vibrant, too real.

“Especially in historical films, there needs to be a bit of a veil between the here and now and something that happened way back when. That veil is almost unconsciously provided when you shoot on celluloid but is lost when you shoot it digitally. As long as we have film, why not shoot with the real stock?”

Asked if George Lucas, Spielberg’s long-time friend and collaborator on the Indiana Jones series as well as a famous advocate of digital, twisted his arm on the issue, the three-time Oscar winner added: “He used to but he could never get me to do that.”

 

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