The world of moviemaking is currently in the middle of a drastic change. As digital production becomes more and more convenient, even the most dedicated celluloid die-hard directors like Martin Scorsese are turning to the newer technology.
This transition is at the heart of the new documentary “Side by Side,” which features actor—and new director—Keanu Reeves talking with some of the greatest living directors, like Scorsese, James Cameron, David Fincher, and Christopher Nolan, about the differences between film and digital and how cinema will be affected by the change.
MTV News’ Josh Horowitz spoke with Reeves about his involvement in the film and how sitting down with these filmmakers affected his own views of the art.
While Reeves’ own directorial debut, “Man of Tai Chi,” just recently wrapped filming, he insisted that “Side by Side” developed on its own and not as a crash course in filmmaking. “It was not planned. It was not coincidence at development, but having the experience of working on this documentary certainly prepared me in a way to the forest that I was walking into in terms of directing a film, certainly a digital film,” Reeves said. “A lot of the questions and work flow of ‘How is this going to work?’ I had the experience of seeing beforehand.”
The rarity of Reeves’ opportunity to speak candidly with these directors was fortunately not lost on the actor. “I was very lucky,” he said. “To spend time with artists who I respect and love and whose movies I love was really a great honor, just to be able to share the passion and as you say, talk shop.”
From all of his discussion about the quickly shifting landscape of filmmaking, Reeves was able to learn that, more than anything, the future of the medium is still up in the air.
“I learned in terms of that it’s in flux as much as it’s ever been. If you take a look at ‘Hunger Game,’ photochemical, ‘Dark Knight,’ photochemical, ‘Social Network,’ digital,” he said. “IMAX, 3-D, digital, also if we talk about streaming or the way that we can watch content now on mobile devices and pads and tablets and bricks and shells and young filmmakers and experimental filmmaking and documentary, which has also really benefited from digital, it’s a really creative time, but this documentary is also looking at that there is photochemical, but that decision is becoming less and less an option.”
What did you think of the interview? Let us know in the comments below and on Twitter!
by Meg Malone
It’s a curse of fate that whenever you’re about to leave, that’s when the best things come on the TV. It seems Anna Kendrick had a similar experience today when she tweeted about her inability to part with a certain ’80s classic.
Should be getting dressed and out the door but Back To The Future is on. Can’t. Ever. Walk. Away.
— Anna Kendrick (@AnnaKendrick47) July 16, 2012
We hope Anna wasn’t late arriving anywhere, but we totally understand her dilemma. Not only does the movie have some hilarious and creative moments, but Michael J. Fox was just too cute as Marty McFly (and have you seen those skateboarding skills?!).
It was just a couple weeks ago that an internet rumor was swirling that it was the future date from “Back to the Future Part II,” however as Movies Blog reported this was just simply not true (though we bet that someone who seems to love the time-travel flick as much as Anna probably knew that).
You’ll be able to hear Anna’s voice on August 17 in the film “ParaNorman” and then get a chance to hear her impressive pipes on October 5 in “Pitch Perfect,” which based on the awesome trailer looks like it should be loads of fun.
What movie can you not bear to turn off, no matter what’s at stake? Let us know in the comments and on Twitter!
By Rob Markman
Frank Ocean used his Tumblr account to share a private part of his life this week. He detailed falling in love for the first time, with a man, and since then some fans have wondered if his sexual declaration would affect his group Odd Future. We asked a few hip-hop experts for their thoughts on the matter.
With a name like Odd Future Wolf Gang Kill Them All, you’d think Tyler, the Creator and his merry band of musical misfits have a certain level of camaraderie. In the crew’s formative stages, they created an us-against-them atmosphere, throwing barbs at anyone who didn’t fully support their endeavors.
“I think Frank and Tyler fit in perfectly together,” Paula Renfroe, editor in chief of Juicy magazine, told MTV News. “I actually love that when Frank posted his Tumblr that Tyler still took jabs at him like he’s his man. He didn’t change the way he spoke to him just because he made people aware of who his first love was.”
Odd Future — and particularly the crew’s de facto leader Tyler, the Creator — have been painted by many as homophobic. Most of it is due to how frequently Wolf Gang’s head throws around words like “faggot,” “gay” and his own slang term “sus” on Twitter and, at times, in his music. So after Ocean posted on Tumblr that he had at least once fell in love with a man, many wondered how the group would be affected internally.
“My big brother finally f—ing did that,” Tyler tweeted on Wednesday. “Proud of that n—a cause I know that sh– is difficult or whatever. Anyway. I’m a toilet.”
Not that homosexuality is anything new for the crew: Syd tha Kyd is a lesbian.
“I think Odd Future and Frank Ocean are probably tighter than they ever been. You can’t be homophobic and have a lesbian in crew. I can’t see how you can have that,” said Vibe executive editor Datwon Thomas. “I think Tyler does it for shock value. Of course, I think he knows it’s still a word that stings or still a concept that stings.”
Jerry Portwood, executive editor of Out magazine, doesn’t believe the members of OF are anti-gay either, no matter how inappropriate they may come off to others. “People really want Odd Future to be homophobic. When we profiled Syd the Kyd and talked to her about using the other F-word, which is faggot, people got really angry with us,” he said. “I think Frank, Tyler, Syd — a lot of times, I think they’re saying what they say to their friends, what their friends are saying, what we say to each other, but we’re not supposed to say in front of a camera or be recorded saying. I respect that.”
Vibe editor in chief Jermaine Hall agreed and went on to question why Tyler should change who he is simply to make people more comfortable. “They’re boys, they’re family. Why should he change up the way he addresses Frank?”