Martin Scorsese Pens Great Statement On Film

Martin Scorsese: Film’s ‘Advantages Are Numerous’ Compared To HD

Oscar-winning director Martin Scorsese is applauding the effort made by Kodak to continue producing film stock. According to The Hollywood Reporter, Scorsese issued a statement calling the decision made by Kodak a “positive one” for those in the industry who “couldn’t afford to lose them.”

In his statement, Martin Scorsese said there are “many names” for what he makes in his field, including “cinema, movies, motion pictures. And… film.”

“We’re called directors, but more often we’re called filmmakers,” Scorsese continued. “I’m not suggesting that we ignore the obvious: HD isn’t coming, it’s here.”

And while HD is here to stay, Martin Scorsese said that film’s “advantages are numerous.”

“The cameras are lighter, it’s much easier to shoot at night, we have many more means at our disposal for altering and perfecting our images,” Scorsese wrote. “And the cameras are more affordable; films can be made for very little money.”

Martin Scorsese added that the directors continuing to shoot with film will “finish in HD,” and the final product will be “projected in HD.”

“So we could easily agree that the future is here, that film is cumbersome and imperfect and difficult to transport and prone to wear and decay, and that it’s time to forget the past and say goodbye — really, that could easily be done. Too easily,” Scorsese continued.

Not only is it a business, but film is “also an art form,” Martin Scorsese added. And those who have the passion to make movies “should have access to the tools and materials that were the building blocks of that art form.”

“Would anyone dream of telling young artists to throw away their paints and canvases because iPads are so much easier to carry? Of course not,” Scorsese wrote.

Martin Scorsese called the projects being shot in HD “an effort to re-create the look of film.”

“Film, even now, offers a richer visual palette than HD,” Scorsese added.

Martin Scorsese mentioned that it’s uncertain how digital will be able to “preserve movies” as time goes on.

“We have no assurance that digital information will last, but we know that film will, if properly stored and cared for” Scorsese said.

Martin Scorsese is just one of many directors getting behind Kodak’s decision to keep open its last remaining production plant in Rochester, New York. According to Deadline, other directors include Quentin Tarantino, Christopher Nolan, Judd Apatow, and J.J. Abrams.

In a related report from The Inquisitr, Martin Scorsese is reportedly going to direct a biopic about boxer Mike Tyson with Jamie Foxx taking on the lead role. The project is still in the very early stages of production.

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