The widespread use of film has endured in the motion picture and television industries for much longer than in the still image business, but the last three makers of film-based movie cameras -- Panavision, ARRI, and Aaton -- have stopped manufacturing them in the past year, according to an interesting article
magazine. The piece, by Debra Kaufman, essentially argues that the changeover from film to digital in the movie business may have reached its tipping point.
Along with reporting on the end of motion picture film camera manufacturing, the article goes on to discuss related developments in the switch to all-digital production in motion pictures and television, which were greatly accelerated in 2009, according to Kaufman. She also discusses digital projection in theaters; the shrinking of the motion picture film processing industry; and issues involved with archiving film and digital footage.