The Art of Noise – Why Some People Think Film Looks Better than Digital

It just won’t go away, will it? However much you can prove with specifications that digital video is indisputably better than film, there’s a stubborn feeling that there’s more to it than the simple-to-prove facts. RedShark News indentifies one, subtle, process that helps film to store more visible information than digital.


Recently we asked for reader’s opinions on this, and we had a good response, although much of it was rather predictable. Some said that we shouldn’t be comparing the two at all. Some said that whatever anyone wants to believe, that film will always be better – even going on to say that something is “lost” when we digitise things.

All of which may be true. But I think we’ve at last stumbled on something that might be tangible. It’s to do with the fundamental difference between film and digital.

It’s fairly easy to explain, but not that easy. And remember – this is just our theory: we’re not going to be dogmatic about this and if anyone can prove us wrong, that’s fine with us.

Here goes.

Film doesn’t have pixelsBoth film and digital have a limit to their resolutions. With digital, the fundamental unit of resolution is the Pixel. You can count them easily as they’re arranged in a grid. There’s a slight (well actually rather a severe) complication here, which is that in order to get colour out of a modern, single, sensor, you have to have a Bayer-pattern filter, which does reduce the resolution by the time its output has been run through debayering software that kind of guesses what colour each pixel should be, based on the ones around it. This makes it difficult to state the exact resolution but as Bayer algorithms get better and resolutions get higher, it doesn’t change the fundamental dynamics of the film vs digital debate.

Film doesn’t have a grid of pixels. Far from it. What it has instead is essentially random shaped crystals of chemicals. And of course these vary completely from frame to frame, and between different parts of the same frame.

So, whereas with a digital system, the grid doesn’t move, there isn’t a grid at all with film, where, if you try to look for corresponding areas of light on successive frames, you won’t find them on a microscopic level.

So, you’d be perfectly entitled to ask at this point whether, how, or why this matters, when the film grain is too small to see.

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I Am Santa Claus – Trailer

Follow the lives of four Santa Clauses to find out what the rest of the year is like for a man who perpetually looks like Jolly Saint Nick. In the process, they are shown for who they actually are, flawed, flesh and blood men who feel an overbearing responsibility to protect the integrity of the spotless, untarnished reputation of the ‘Red Suit.’ ‘I Am Santa Claus’ is a documentary that poses a question about a ubiquitous holiday figure that few parents ever ask themselves; ‘Whose lap is my child sitting on?’


How I got my EGOT: 12 Lessons Mel Brooks Learned Making TV, Albums, Movies and Theater

It stands for Emmy, Grammy, Oscar, Tony–and the comedy legend has earned each of these awards during seven decades in show business. With a new box set collecting material from his entire career, Mel Brooks talks about his experiences in each medium and the lessons learned along the way.

Mel Brooks

Only 11 people in the history of the world have one. As popularized by the show 30 Rock, an EGOT is the prestigious honor of making a grand slam out of all four major entertainment awards. It’s a distinction that lasts a lifetime. In the case of Mel Brooks, however, even if he hadn’t won an Emmy, Grammy, Oscar, and Tony, thereby breathing the same rarified air as Audrey Hepburn (and of course Whoopi Goldberg), he’d remain distinguished beyond measure.

Brooks is a comedy pioneer in every sense. From his Borscht Belt beginnings, the comic went on to television’s first comedy, which just happened to have one of the most esteemed writers’ rooms ever–his compatriots on Your Show of Shows included Carl Reiner and Neil Simon.

Although he didn’t invent the parody film, Brooks took it to delirious new heights, sending up just about every movie genre on a quest to bring anarchy to the cinema. He nurtured a robust postmodernist streak, titling a film History of the World, Part I, even though he never intended to make a sequel, and creating a silent movie in which the only line of dialogue is spoken by the world’s most famous mime. Brooks was also the first filmmaker whose work has been adapted into a hit Broadway musical, which itself was adapted back into a film. (John Waters has since followed suit with Hairspray.)

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Breaking Down the Script for Actors

How does an actor prepare? Scott Rogers explores four essential steps for prepping for a role.


What follows are what I consider to be the 4 essential steps you must take, whenever you breakdown a script. This happens before you begin to memorize your lines. And these aren’t things you should be thinking about when you are acting. They are PREPARATION. You break down the script, then you learn the dialogue, then when all the prep is done and you have your lines down, you simply react truthfully to the imaginary circumstances in the scene. But first you must create those imaginary circumstances fully…


The first time you read a script you shouldn’t be trying to act it. This is the only time you’re able to read it as an audience. After this first reading you will always be reading it as an actor. This means reading more than just your lines. This sounds obvious but many actors start reading a script by focusing on their own lines and how to say them. Big mistake. Read the whole script to yourself and learn everything you can about what is going on. Don’t say anything out loud – not even out loud in your head (think about it) and don’t try to memorize anything. Actors often miss extremely important information contained in the descriptive text or other characters dialogue because they focused on their own lines too soon. Read it for the STORY. Then, when you’ve finished…

Read it again. And then, depending on how big your role is…

Read it third a time. Now you’re ready to ask the Four Questions

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