The chances are that when you think of telecine, if you ever do, it is simply as a means of showing movies on television, but telecine is a creative tool in its own right. It can also be an extremely expensive tool – for the price of a top of the range telecine machine you could buy several digital video recorders, and they’re not exactly inexpensive! As technology advances we are used to the new replacing the old, like digital video is rapidly replacing analogue, paralleling developments in the audio world. We may be tempted to think that film is an old-fashioned technology that will eventually be ousted by video. But film can still offer benefits unachievable in any other way.