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On Celluloid Film: Keanu Reeves

Canadian actor Keanu Reeves started his career back in the early 80’s by doing commercials. He then moved on to working on movies, playing diverse roles on screen. Let’s take a look at his views on celluloid film.

Keanu Reeve on ‘Dracula’ image via Telegraph UK

There are many differences when shooting with film against shooting digitally. In a movie set, the use of these methods may affect the overall vision of a director. But what does this mean for the people who are working in front of the camera?

image via Abagond

Here’s what actor Keanu Reeves has to say about celluloid film:

The biggest difference I have found when working photochemically versus digitally on motion pictures is the length of time the takes can last. Broadly, a 1,000ft roll of 35mm film lasts around nine-and-a-half minutes before running out, while a digital tape or recording card or hard drive can last from 40 minutes to over an hour and a half. This translates to a very different rhythm on the floor; the pressure to “cut” to save film is alleviated.

Archiving digital images is a technological dilemma. The idea of that discovered shoebox of pictures, or wedding album, will not exist digitally in your camera or on your computer or in a “cloud”: you should print them. I often feel a photochemical image contains the mass of the subject and dimension; a digital image often feels as if it is mass-less. This could be nostalgia or simply how I learned to see. Others will not have this learning: they will probably never experience a photochemical image. Is this loss a tragedy, a revolution, an evolution? What have we lost, and what have we gained?

I will miss walking on to a photochemical film set. It has a magic to me. When the director says: “Action”, and the film is rolling, it feels like something is at stake. It feels important and intense. In a way, death is present in the rolling of that film – we live, right now – and the director says: “Cut”. And that moment in time is captured on film, really. via The Guardian UK

Keanu Reeves on ‘Speed’ image via Wallpaper Pimper
Keanu Reeves on ‘The Matrix’ image via Film Reference

There is more pressure on the cast and crew of a movie when dealing with film, since every second counts. In turn, this makes everyone work harder in order to achieve the director’s vision. Indeed, there are many aspects that must be considered when shooting with film but rest assured, the outcome will be well worth it.

Keanu Reeves with River Phoenix image via Echo Meets Echo

Sources:
The Guardian UK

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written by jeanmendoza

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