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The Great Debate: Film vs Digital

The debate between film and digital will probably be a never ending one. That’s why our post next week will be focused on the pros and cons of each format. As a little teaser, however, we thought we would let you see if you can tell the difference between the two formats just from looking at two movie stills.

Without cheating (yes, we see you opening Google), can you tell which one of these films were shot on film and which one on digital?

Hint: Calling Batman (or Superman for that matter) won’t help in this case.


Happy Pride Month New York City

Follow the link below to take a look at our tribute to the LGBTQ community!




History of Film in New York City

1886 - After Thomas Edison's Kinetoscopes made it into Manhattan in 1984, New York is captured on film for the first time in William Heise's Herald Square. Edison assistant, William Heise, shot the film.

1906 - Vitagraph Studios was founded by J. Stuart Blackton and Albert E. Smith in Brooklyn.

1914 - The Squaw Man directed by Cecil B. DeMille's becomes Hollywood's first feature.

1927 - The Jazz Singer, a sound-film or "talkie," experienced immense success upon its release and because the New York City is too loud for sound-film production, almost all studio films to Hollywood. This hiatus lasts for almost two decades. 

1948 - The Naked City is produced and filmed in New York City. The film was directed by Jules Dassin.

1953-54 - Stanley Kubrick, a photographer born in the Bronx, directs Fear and Desire, his first feature. In the same year, On the Waterfront, a film it's director Elia Kazan called an "Eastern," was released.

1957 - 12 Angry Men, Sidney Lumet's first movie is released.

1960-62 - As the studios began to struggle, Hollywood began to struggle as well. This leads to the beginning of the art-house period in filmmaking. At around the same time in 1962, the New York Film Festival debuts. 

1964 - Empire by Andy Warhol is released

1965 - NYU forms its School of the Arts. A young Martin Scorsese becomes one of its first students.

1966 - American International Pictures distributes Woody Allen's first feature: What's Up, Tiger Lily?

1973 - The Godfather by Francis Ford Coppola's wins Best Picture at the Oscars. 

1976 - Taxi Driver is released.

1978 - Annie Hall by Woody Allen wins Best Picture.

1979 - Bob and Harvey Weinstein launch Miramax Films.

1981 - Raging Bull is released and nominated for best picture. In the same year the Oscar telecast had to be postponed after John Hinckley Jr.'s Taxi Driver inspired attempt to assasinate President Ronald Reagan.  

1982 - New York Production Guide (NYPG) launches onto the scene and has published a spiral bound directory commonly known as "The Bible to the New York Film Industry," annually every year (you're welcome).

1984 - Jim Jarmusch's Stranger Than Paradise is releasedOver the next decade, as indies reshape the city, New Yorkers (Michael Eisner, Jeffrey Katzenberg, Dawn Steel) take over Hollywood.

1986 - She's Gotta Have It, the first feature film by Spike Lee is released.

1990 - James Schamus and Ted Hope form the production company Good Machine. Along with Killer Films and the Shooting Gallery, they will help make New York the place for indie producers and directors.

2001 - The attack on the Twin Towers raises doubt about the future of film production in the city.

2002 - Woody Allen makes his first and only appearance at the Oscars, to introduce a clip celebrating New York filmmaking. The Tribeca Film Festival starts. Universal acquires Good Machine, refashioning it into Focus Features.

2005 - Eisner steps down as CEO of Disney - only to be replaced by another New Yorker, Robert Iger; Bronx-born Brad Grey becomes CEO of Paramount. The IFC Center opens.

2006 - New York hits a record high for film and TV production.

2007 - Steiner Studios in Brooklyn's Navy Yard announces plans to double its size. And Scorsese finally wins his Oscar - by making a film in Boston. Wes Anderson, Noah Baumbach, and the Coen brothers dominate the NYFF.

2011 - The Museum of the Moving Image opened its redesigned and expanded building, designed by Leeser Architecture.

2017 - The Grammy's return to NYC after a 15-year hiatus. To commemorate the Grammys 2018 return, the city together with the Recording Academy, commissioned "Welcome to New York City of Music," a promotional video directed by Spike Lee.



Ten Cinematographers Who Inspire Us Even After They're Gone

Do you agree with our list? Be sure to check out some of their finest work listed below.

1. Gordon Willis: Annie Hall, The Godfather, All The President’s Men

2. Harris Savides: American Gangster, Zodiac

3. Sven Nykvist: Persona, Cries and Whispers, Fanny and Alexander, What’s Eating Gilbert Grape

4. Conrad Hall: American Beauty, Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid, Road to Perdition

5. Néstor Almendros: Sophie’s Choice, Kramer vs Kramer, Days of Heaven

6. Haskell Wexler: One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest, Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf

7. Freddie Young: Lawrence of Arabia, Doctor Zhivago

8. Michael Ballhaus: The Departed, Goodfellas, Bram Stoker’s Dracula

9. James Wong Howe: The Rose Tattoo, Hud

10. Jordan Cronenweth: Blade Runner, Peggy Sue Got Married 



Top Ten Films of 2016

At NYPG we're great at what we do but sometimes our taste can be questionable...Do you agree with our Top Ten Films of 2016?

1. A United Kingdom

2. Arrival

3. Lion

4. Don't Breathe

5. 20th Century Women

6. The Shack

7. Edge of Seventeen

8. Beauty and the Beast

9. A Monster Calls

10. Eddie the Eagle



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