Film Is Not Dead, Apparently

February 9, 2015 6:30 PM

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A few days ago I read an article in Indiewire that announced: "Film is Here to Stay!" I emailed it to a colleague at NYU and he responded almost immediately, "get back the flatbeds!!!" referring to the Steenbecks we had finally retired in our undergraduate film program. This started me thinking about the ever-changing film and television technologies educational institutions such as ours, as well as the film industry, depend on to make movies. Film is an art form dependent on many technologies, but as educators we focus heavily on film's relationship to literature, music, and theater as well as painting, sculpture and photography.

For some time now, we've been led to believe that the word film, as it relates to the material initially used to capture moving images, was no longer a factual term. Everyone in our community felt as if they were experiencing its extinction and we awaited the final word. Film was dead. Since its inv...

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