Many modern big budget films such as Star Wars: The Force Awakens, Interstellar and even some TV shows such as Breaking Bad are still shot on film.

Directors such as Christopher Nolan and Quentin Tarantino have stated that they oppose digital cinematography due to the inferior image quality. Tarantino even saying that he thinks digital cinema is the "death rattle" of the film industry.

What are the benefits of shooting on film? Pre-2010 it seems film may have had a technical edge, but with the advancing technology I cannot see any way in which film is still superior:

Modern digital cameras are smaller, lighter, cheaper, more flexible and offer a much higher dynamic range, frame rate and a similar or better resolution than their film counterparts. In addition, most films are edited and projected digitally at 2K or 4K which would remove any additional resolution you may gain from film. Even if a "film look" is desired it can be created in post production from digital footage and can look indistinguishable from real film.

Why do many directors and cinematographers still prefer film? I cannot find anything other than vague mentions of "better resolution" or "it just looks better".

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    – Walt
    Jan 23, 2017 at 13:51
  • Many are shot digitally: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/…
    – user25738
    Jan 23, 2017 at 14:25
  • @Walt...if not a dupe that one.
    – Paulie_D
    Jan 23, 2017 at 14:44
  • @Walt Seeing as I don't feel the need to re-write my answer, I'd agree that's a dupe :P
    – Catija
    Jan 23, 2017 at 16:38
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    35mm is about 5400 X 3600 pixels, so about 4k resolution. 70mm is about 16k pixels, so better than 4k. Plus, some directors like the "feel" of film better than digital.
    – zeta-band
    Jan 23, 2017 at 17:22


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