David Cronenberg Is Down With Digital Over Film; Long Live The New Film! #CrapPuns

Cronenberg was at  Cannes Film Festival  big reppin’ his latest film Cosmopolis  as well as the first film by his son. While there, the good master of  venereal horror spat a bit about the usage of digital film versus the old and wonderful. His take? Fuck film, man!

The Verge:

David Cronenberg unequivocally offered his stance on the  movie industry’s move away from film and towards digital  today, telling the  Toronto Sun  at the Cannes Film Festival that “it’s about time that film died its natural death and it’s doing that.” The seasoned filmmaker (director of movies like  The Fly,  Videodrome, and  A History of Violence) was at Cannes for the premier of his upcoming sci-fi film,  Cosmopolis, as well as that of his son’s first feature,  Antiviral. Both films were shot using (RED competitor)  Arri Alexa  cameras, of which Cronenberg said: “what you do as a director, how you work with the actors and what the lens do and what the light does is exactly the same” between digital and film. Like others in the digital camp, the director extolled the convenience of the medium, saying that most film developers have shut down, forcing him to send film canisters off to LA. There you have it, then, one fewer person on Christopher Nolan’s side, a director who opted for film in  The Dark Knight Rises  because of the picture quality edge and IMAX resolution afforded by the over century-old medium. What’s the one thing Cronenberg will miss? “The smell when you open those film cans.”

Any enterprising film makers want to throw their chips in on this one? I have no goddamn idea.