As progress in digital sensors has narrowed the gap of noticeable resolution difference between video and celluloid film to nearly equivalent in comparison, most of Hollywood has opted to let go of the nostalgic days of the past in favor of the cost and time effective benefits of digital media. Standard monikers in old Hollywood, like Kodak and Panavision, are suddenly being replaced with names like RED and even Canon’s Prosumer 5D series – with some exception, of course. There are a few diehard celluloid enthusiasts who continue to passionately embrace the harder way of doing things.
The patriarch of modern blockbuster cinema, Spielberg is known for backing (and even inciting) the latest technological advances that move cinema forward. Except for the actual medium he utilizes, it seems. He has continued to shoot on film stock for his last several films (minus The Adventures of Tintin, his animated co-venture with digital enthusiast Peter Jackson), and states that he will continue to shoot until the last film-lab closes (which he has desperately noted could be within the next 10 years).