The Differences Between Film and Digital Formats in Hollywood Films

With the technological advances in the 20th century, it’s not hard to see that digital formats are overtaking the original film format when it comes to producing Hollywood blockbuster film.

In the 20th century, all films were produced using the film format but with televisions and cameras becoming clearer, the necessity for digital filming is a must. But what is the difference between film and digital formats when it comes to producing a film?

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Why Shoot in Film Format?

This type of production is still incredibly popular amongst filmmakers across the world, simply because it is the traditional way of producing a film. There are some great benefits to using film. One of which is that shooting in film provides a shallow depth of field. This means that the filmmaker can focus the audience on a certain area.

Shooting with film also provides a broader exposure latitude, which means that when filmmakers capture a certain scene, a broad exposure latitude means that they have a greater freedom when it comes to choosing what light to use for a specific scene.

Why Shoot in Digital Format?

The first top grossing films to be filmed on digital cameras occurred in 2002, however, it took around a decade before a number of films that were shot on film wasequal to the number of films shot on video. Now, in 2016, around 90% of blockbuster films are filmed digitally. So, what is so good about digital filming?

One of the most notable benefits of shooting a film with video cameras is that it is considerably cheaper to film digitally as opposed to using film reels. Film reels can only be used once and it costs a certain amount of money to use a specific amount of film reel. With video, you can store it all on memory cards and you can reuse the storage repeatedly.

Another advantage of filming digitally is that the finished product, or parts of the film that needs to be transferred, can be replicated or undergo a backup, meaning that the film itself will be secure if the original copy goes missing, and you can also transfer the film from the digital camera to the computer very quickly.

It’s great to do things the traditional way but there is one true downside to shooting in film… If the film reel is damaged, there is no way of recovering it again; that’s why we are here to help! At Cine2DVD Transfers, we can transfer your excellent cine film into DVDs, meaning that the quality is maintained and you can store it and keep it safe for the rest of your life.

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