The digital revolution has unearthed a great volume of otherwise untold stories, but what it has lost in return is the discipline and responsibility of the visual language.
Black Kungfu Chick has always known that film had to be it's medium - it had to be - film allows you to focus on the greater picture. The respect from the moment the camera rolls until the director calls "cut!" is magic. Everything stops for that moment as you hear the faint rotation of the spools and cinema is being created.
A film emulsion is built with three layers of color, with the red layer the furthest away from the lens. This physical trait renders the red layer of a negative ever so slightly out of focus - creating a breathtaking result on human skin. Highlights roll off so naturally as the crystal halides respond chemically and non-linearly to changes in light. The nature of the beast of film allows you to pick up a camera and capture the story without being bogged down with scopes and monitors - all there to prevent unwanted digital artifacts and give immediate satisfaction.
I have been getting so many offers from people wanting to help us in the making of BKC. Much of this has to do with the decision to capture it photochemically. Film brings people together. It requires skill, education, diligence and trust. I guess you can say film is the Martial Art of filmmaking. That is something special on it's own.
Here is a trailer of Eli Arenson’s cinematography on 35mm film - All These Voices:
Filmography on IMDB
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