Hollywood Confronts the Digital Revolution --McIlroy
"That's a controversy," says Curtis Clark of the American Society of Cinematographers. "The issue is that as technology changes, if you store on some format, will that format become obsolete?"
Please give us a break! Film lasting longer than digital formats? Does anyone really think that it will be impossible to decode JPEG or MPEG a generation from now? Digital bits never degrade, and the same neutron bomb that would destroy all knowledge of how to decode an MPEG movie would quickly melt all of the celluloid in Hollywood.
To laugh or to cry? You decide. I think it's reassuring to realize—perhaps just a little too late—that even Hollywood's most sophisticated filmmakers can get as spooked by new technology as we used to be, half a generation ago.
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Thad McIlroy is an electronic publishing consultant and analyst, based at Arcadia House in San Francisco. He welcomes your comments at firstname.lastname@example.org.