Going Digital, Does Martin Scorsese Have it Right?
Healthcare is grabbing the headlines and the Chattersphere today, but one thing appears to be certain: It's curtains for film. OK, maybe a stretch of a segue, but here's the thing. Sure, there are some high profile holdouts and even digital-converts will attest to the quality and feel of film. But when Martin Scorsese is ready to make the perma-switch, then the slow inevitable demise may have just been given an extra boost.
Scorsese will go digital for his next film and appears resigned to the format going forward. Speaking with Empire at the Edinburgh International Film Festival, the director's longtime editor Thelma Schoonmaker said, "It would appear that we've lost the battle," confirming his next film, The Wolf of Wall Street would be shot digitally. "I think Marty just feels it's unfortunately over, and there's been no bigger champion of film than him."
Of course Scorsese's last film Hugo won an Oscar for Best Cinematography. It is also a de facto call for film preservation, something near and dear to the filmmaker's heart. "It's a very bittersweet thing to be watching films with him now that are on film," said Schoonmaker. "We're cherishing every moment of it. The number of prints that are now being made for release has just gone down, and it would appear that the theaters have converted so quickly to digital."
Scorsese and Schoonmaker get to work on The Wolf of Wall Street starring Leonardo DiCaprio, Jonah Hill and Jean Dujardin the second week of August.
And what do you think about the switch to digital?