The Art of 16mm Film

Being in the film industry, one of the most common and over-talked-about debates is whether or not using digital or film stock is better. Although, I see a benefit to both, it’s clear that they each have their own set of strengths and weaknesses. Personally, I love the aesthetic and texture that 16mm gives to its movie. This is what often makes film more popular, but there is a difference between 8mm, 16mm, and 35mm film. When you use 8mm film stock, it is almost too old and vintage-looking and when you use 35mm, the classic film look is too close to digital; that’s why using 16mm is the perfect middle ground of the two, giving the picture condensed colors and that grainy feel. The only problem is, that shooting film is much more expensive and complex compared to digital, making the use of something like a DSLR the perfect buy for most low-budget filmmakers. Having different benefits between both is obvious and you can read more about it here, on IndieWire.


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