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Film is NOT Dead!

Ask Eastman Kodak

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By Ron Merk

If you’re wondering if film is dead, check the following list of films and television shows that have been shot on film. Eastman Kodak just published the list on their website to remind us that film is still the medium of choice of some of the best filmmakers in the business. We’ve heard lots about Eastman Kodak’s money worries and their bankruptcy, but it’s very clear that they intend to remain in the film manufacturing business and be the biggest single supplier of film in many different formats for the foreseeable future.

This is not an advertisement for Kodak, but it is intended to convince some of our readers that there are definite benefits to shooting on film. There’s been some recent news from Italy that Ferrania is going back into the film manufacturing business in 2014.

So, while digital media has its apparent advantages, it is not the be-all and end-all for filmmakers as may have been reported elsewhere, or which might be the current opinion of those not in-the-know.

Take a look at this list, and you may be surprised at how many films and shows are still being shot on film.

I’m working on some other articles about why film should not be overlooked because of the “apparent benefits” of shooting on digital media. Stay tuned to this site.

Title Director DP
Star Trek Into Darkness J.J. Abrams Dan Mindel, ASC, BSC
Man of Steel Zack Snyder Amir Mokri
The Lone Ranger Gore Verbinski Bojan Bazelli, ASC
The Hunger Games Catching Fire Francis Lawrence Jo Willems, BSC
The Hangover Part III Todd Phillips Larry Sher
Boardwalk Empire (HBO) Various David Franco
Fast & Furious 6 Justin Lin Stephen F. Windon, ACS
Inside Llewyn Davis Joel and Ethan Coen Bruno Delbonnel, AFC, ASC
Mud Jeff Nichols Adam Stone
True Blood (HBO) Various David Klein, ASC and Romeo Tirone
The Heat Paul Feig Robert Yeoman, ASC
Blue Jasmine Woody Allen Javier Aguirresarobe, AEC
Fruitvale Station Ryan Coogler Rachel Morrison
Breaking Bad (AMC) Various Michael Slovis, ASC
Transcendence Wally Pfister, ASC Jess Hall, BSC
The Amazing Spider-Man 2 Marc Webb Dan Mindel. ASC, BSC
Runner Runner Brad Furman Mauro Fiore, ASC
August: Osage County John Wells Adriano Goldman, ABC
Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom Justin Chadwick Lol Crawley
All You Need Is Kill Doug Liman Dion Beebe, ASC, ACS
Robopocalypse Steven Spielberg Janusz Kaminski
Noah Darren Aronofsky Matty Libatique, ASC
2 Guns Baltasar Kormakur Oliver Wood
Cinderella Kenneth Branagh Haris Zambarloukos, BSC
Noble Stephen Bradley Trevor Forrest
How to Catch a Monster Ryan Gosling Benoit Debie
American Horror Story (FX) Various Michael Goi, ASC
God Help the Girl Stuart Murdoch Giles Nuttgens, BSC
Half of a Yellow Sun Biyi Bandele John de Borman, BSC
Nina Cynthia Mort Mihai Malaimare Jr.
Now You See Me Louis Leterrier Mitchell Amundsen; Larry Fong, ASC
The Butler Lee Daniels Andrew Dunn, BSC
Malavita Luc Besson Michel Abramowicz
The Invisible Woman Ralph Fiennes Rob Hardy, BSC
Twelve Years a Slave Steve McQueen Sean Bobbitt, BSC
Foxcatcher Bennet Miller Greig Fraser, ACS
Hidden Universe Russell Scott Malcolm Ludgate, ACS
True Detective (TV) Cary Fukunaga Adam Arkapaw
Olympus Has Fallen Antoine Fuqua Conrad W. Hall
G.I. Joe: Retaliation Jon M. Chu Stephen Windon, ACS
The Place Beyond the Pines Derek Cianfrance Sean Bobbitt, BSC
Sweetwater Logan Miller and Noah Miller Brad Shield
Unfinished Song Paul Andrew Williams Carlos Catalan
Red 2 Dean Parisot Enrique Chediak, ASC
The Spectacular Now James Ponsoldt Jess Hall, BSC
Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters Thor Freudenthal Shelly Johnson, ASC
Blood Nick Murphy George Richmond
Ain’t Them Bodies Saints David Lowery Bradford Young
Austenland Jerusha Hess Larry Smith, BSC
Two and a Half Men (TV) Various Steven Silver, ASC
The World’s End Edgar Wright Bill Pope, ASC
Closed Circuit John Crowley Adriano Goldman, ABC
Emperor Peter Webber Stuart Dryburgh, ASC
Last Days on Mars Ruairi Robinson Robbie Ryan
Oldboy Spike Lee Sean Bobbitt, BSC
The Walking Dead (AMC) Various Rohn Schmidt
Don Jon Joseph Gordon-Levitt Thomas Kloss
Kill Your Darlings John Krokidas Reed Morano, ASC
The Monuments Men George Clooney Phedon Papamichael, ASC
Saving Mr. Banks John Lee Hancock John Schwartzman, ASC
The Secret Life of Walter Mitty Ben Stiller Stuart Dryburgh, ASC
Jack Ryan Kenneth Branagh Haris Zambarloukos, BSC
Grace of Monaco Olivier Dahan Eric Gautier, AFC
Spring Breakers Harmony Korine Benoît Debie
The Great Beauty (La Grande Bellezza) Paolo Sorrentino Luca Bigazzi
Beasts of the Southern Wild Behn Zeitlin Ben Richardson
Savages Oliver Stone Dan Mindel, BSC, ASC
The Sapphires Wayne Blaire Warwick Thornton
Bourne Legacy Tony Gilroy Robert Elswit, ASC
Premium Rush David Koepp Mitchell Amundsen
Oslo, August 31st Joachim Trier Jakob Ihre
What Maisie Knew Scott McGehee, David Siegel Giles Nuttgens, BSC
For Ellen So Yong Kim Reed Morano, ASC
The Company You Keep Robert Redford Adriano Goldman, ABC
The Master Paul Thomas Anderson Mihai Malaimare, Jr.
Arbitrage Nicholas Jarecki Yorick Le Saux
Looper Rian Johnson Steve Yedlin
Taken 2 Olivier Megaton Romain Lacourbas
Jayne Mansfield’s Car Billy Bob Thornton Barry Markowitz, ASC
Seven Psychopaths Martin McDonagh Ben Davis, BSC
Argo Ben Affleck Rodrigo Prieto, ASC, AMC
Midnight’s Children Deepa Mehta Giles Nuttgens, BSC
Cloud Atlas Tom Tykwer, Andy and Lana Wachowski John Toll, ASC, Frank Griebe
Lincoln Steven Spielberg Janusz Kaminski
Dangerous Liasons Jin-ho Hur Byung-seo Kim
Anna Karenina Joe Wright Seamus McGarvey, ASC, BSC
A Royal Affair Nikolaj Arcel Rasmus Videbæk
The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part 1 and 2 Bill Condon Guillermo Navarro, ASC
Silver Linings Playbook David O. Russell Masanobu Takayanagi
Killing Them Softly Andrew Dominik Greig Fraser
Les Miserables Tom Hooper Danny Cohen, BSC
The Impossible Juan Antonio Bayona Óscar Faura
On the Road Walter Salles Eric Gautier, AFC
Jack Reacher Christopher McQuarrie Caleb Deschanel, ASC
The Guilt Trip Anne Fletcher Oliver Stapleton, BSC
Django Unchained Quentin Tarantino Robert Richardson, ASC
Parental Guidance Andy Fickman Dean Semler, ASC, ACS
Passion Brian De Palma José Luis Alcaine
La Scoperta Dell’alba Susanna Nicchiarelli Gherardo Gossi
Doc Martin (TV) Various Simon Archer
Dostoevsky (TV) Vladimir Hotinenko Elias Demin, RGS
Glee (FOX) Various Joaquin Sedillo
Grey’s Anatomy (TV) Various Herb Davis
Il Giovane Montalbano (TV) Gianluca Maria Tavarelli Lorenzo Adorisio
Il XIII Apostolo (TV) Alexis Sweet Mark Melville
Haven (SyFy) Various Eric Cayla
Let it Shine Paul Hoen David A. Makin
Merlin (TV) Various Various
Morton (aka Hunted) (TV) Various Various
Reef Doctors (TV) Colin Budds (7 episodes) Zenon “Butch” Sawko
Tatort (TV) Various Various
The Cafe (TV) Various Various
The Middle (TV) Various Blake Evans
Treme (HBO) Various Ivan Strasburg, BSC
Quartet Dustin Hoffman John De Borman, BSC
Stoker Chan-wook Park Chung-hoo Chung
Camille Claudel Bruno Dumont Guillaume Deffontaines
Jappeloup Christian Duguay Ronald Plante
’79 Parts Ari Taub Minos Papas
Paradise Lost Andrea Di Stefano Luis David Sansans Arnanz
Autumn Blood Markus Blunder Reed Morano, ASC
Desert Dancer Richard Raymond Carlos Catalan
Filth John S. Baird Matthew Jensen
Snowpiercer Joon-ho Bong Kyung-Pyo Hong
The Double Richard Ayode Erik Wilson
Jadoo Amit Gupta Roger Pratt, BSC
Peeples Tina Gordan Chism Alexander Gruszynski
Ephraim’s Rescue T.C. Christensen T.C. Christensen
Cut Bank Matt Shakman Ben Richardson

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