I'm a few days late on this, but over on Salon, Matt Zoller Seitz has a piece that points out the major manufacturers of movie cameras have ceased production of film cameras—they'll only be making digital cameras from here on out. In other words, "even though purists may continue to shoot movies on film, film itself will become increasingly hard to come by, use, develop, and preserve."

Before anyone gets all grumpy in the comments about this ruining movies forever, I'd direct them to something Seitz says that is 100 percent correct:

I really don’t see the point of doing a Grandpa Cinema routine, waving a cane and hollering that the movies somehow “equal” film. That’s silly. Cinema is not just a medium. It is a language. Its essence—storytelling with shots and cuts, with or without sound—will survive the death of the physical material, celluloid, that many believed was inseparably linked to it.

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I'd also remind those who, like me, are still attached to celluloid that—for the foreseeable future, at least—Portland has a few theaters dedicated to showing 35mm prints alongside their digital offerings. Even if everything new is shot digitally from here on out (which won't be the case, as there'll be traditionalist filmmakers out there for at least a few more decades), smaller, independent, and repertory theaters will continue to show 35mm film wherever there's enough demand. (I'm guessing Portland is one of those places.)

It's also hard to get too worked up about this considering that digital cameras—and digital editing, and digital distribution, and digital projection—have blown open the formerly locked gates of filmmaking. It's still enormously expensive to make film, but it's so much cheaper than it was when celluloid ruled all. Sure, it's kind of sad, in a nostalgic sort of way, to learn that film cameras just won't be made anymore—but unless you're sticking your head in the sand, it's also impossible to not be excited about what's currently happening, and what'll happen next.

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