February 7, 2015 at 10:35PM


Hybrid Films

What are some films that are good examples of hybrid films that use film as well as digital cameras?


I don't know of any Indie films that use both formats, but some Hollywood films shoot with both film-stock and digital. The first one that comes to mind is Terrence Malick's 2011 film "Tree of Life", and bigger FX driven films where digital DSLR cameras are used as "crash-cams" like Joss Whedon's 2012 "The Avengers".

Usually film-makers choose one format ( film-stock or digital ), and rarely choose both because it means two different work flows in post production.

February 8, 2015 at 2:40PM

Guy McLoughlin
Video Producer

Thanks Guy. I guess I'm curious why filmmakers/DP's would even choose to do so if the opportunity presented itself being because of the post production flow difference you spoke of. Just personal preference? The concept is really interesting to me.

February 10, 2015 at 7:56AM

You voted '+1'.
Annie Ruth Bly
Aspiring Filmmaker/Cinematographer

I think the most common reason for using both mediums is camera availability and support. Digital has some unique cameras that have no direct duplicates in the film world.

Say you want to have an aerial shot of a car driving up to an abandoned house in the country, and the simplest way of getting this shot is a GoPro 4K camera on a quad-copter. Trying to get the same shot with a film camera would require a lot more effort, as there's really no film equivalent to a digital GoPro 4K camera.

...But if the rest of your movie is shot on film stock, then you will have to be very careful with how you expose and process your GoPro footage to get it to match your film stock.

February 10, 2015 at 9:00AM

Guy McLoughlin
Video Producer

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