Report: 35mm distribution to halt by 2013


Max writing another post about the inevitable demise of celluloid? What a concept! IHS Screen Digest, a firm that does nothing but research trends in digital media, seems to think that major studios will cease distributing 35mm prints of their films by next year. Seems plausible when you think about it.

While it’s incredibly frustrating for theatre owners to upgrade their projection systems to match the new formats, my one hope in all of this is that studios still print and archive their films on celluloid. It’s a format that, with proper storage and handling, can easily last one hundred years. Digital files are incredibly fragile due to how easy it is to delete them, and the failure rates of hard drives. 

Studios, head my call. Archive your art on film for future generations. 

[via ArsTechnica]