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What you’re watching is not a film

The movie industry’s transition to the digital format is complete, but with it has come a whole new set of problems for the past and the future of ‘film’

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The conversion is complete, or at least, virtually complete. When you go to a cinema today, it’s a certainty that what you’re watching on the screen is not “a film”, but a digital projection of bits and bytes stored in a hard disk and transformed into images. 

“Of the 800-plus movie screens in Thailand, in Bangkok and in the provinces, almost 100% of them project movies in the digital format,” says Suwannee Chinchiewchan, deputy chairman of SF Corporation, which runs SF cinemas. “Film projection is over.”

Film processing is, in a sense, over too. Earlier this year, the last major film laboratories in Thailand took turns in closing down, including the legendary Technicolour Thailand. Kantana, the other major player, has moved their business entirely to digital. This means that there’s no longer a facility in this country to process 35mm film for theatrical release. The migration to hard disk has been quiet and swift and is complete.

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