Looking Back at the Pioneering Digital Workflow of 'Pleasantville'

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The ASC's David Heuring talks to cinematographer John Lindley, who reflects back on his groundbreaking work on Pleasantville--which was one of the very first films to use the modern DI process,

Says Lindley, "What’s funny to me about Pleasantville is that at the time, people sort of accused me of cheating. They said, ‘What? You’re going to go into a post house to create the black-and-white?’ And I said, ‘Well, yes, that’s what I’m going to do.’ It took me a year to do it. It cost a whole lot more money than anybody wanted to spend, and as a result, people at New Line lost their jobs. Of course, times have changed, and the DI is now ubiquitous. I think art will always be trumped by commerce in most industries, and that is certainly true in the film industry. Change doesn’t happen overnight because the film industry is remarkably conservative, contrary to its reputation. There’s fear of change and worries about what everything will cost.”

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