Digital Film: A Study on the Impact of High Definition Image Technologies on Cinema

1st Supervisor: Prof. Dr. Bernhard Jung (ISNM)

2nd Supervisor: Prof. Dr. Hubertus von Amelunxen (ISNM)

High definition video technologies, even though originally designed for television, found a use in the film industry. Unlike standard defintion digital video, high definition systems intend to be a replacement for film. However, such shift has not been smooth. Whereas filmmakers have shown high interest in this new medium, its advantages and disadvantages represent a controversial debate. High definition technologies bring new possibilities and a significant reduction in costs, but in the other hand carachteristics of film that give the identitiy of cinema are lost. High defintion not only brings different visual carachteristics, but also requires a different approach from filmmakers, a broad redefinition of filmmaking craft.