Just jumping into to the film debate here. |
1. 3D. I think we all now see 3D for the con it was. An attempt to justify digital projectors (whose main advantage from the cinema's side is the fact that you can remotely control them much easier than film projectors, as you don't need to change reels, making it easy to control seven at a time and thus lose projectionists from your payslip. And whose main advantage from the studio's side is a reduction in film the screen piracy).
It wasn't any better than the 3D in the 50s and 80s. As much as a fad as it was then. It's a silly concept anyway. We already take in movies as 3d by focus and size etc. our eyes can already work it out. No one saw Laurence Oliver coming over those dunes and thought 'ooooooo. What a tiny man'.
As for films like Life of Pi, I would argue Life of Pi was significantly damaged by being in 3D. It was a film that experimented with colour significantly, and was made a worse film by that colour being muted by the polarising effect of the 3D glasses. Some of those scenes in the water looked SO MUCH better in 2D. So much more vibrant.
Now some of you think I'm a Luditte. This is possibly true. I know things are changing. But I DO feel like we're losi something, and it's OK to recognise that. For me, the blips and scratches in a 35mm/16mm film form part of the magic of cinema. A magic I've grown up with. The imperfection of the medium makes it more beautif. I also feel there's a 'look' to film which digital has not quite manged to capture so far. For me, the look of film is something to be treasured.
Now of course I'm not 100% serious with some of my 'text file can't make you cry' stuff, but there is a point to be made for the feeling of watching something in the physical medium. It's not invalid. It may be nostalgia, but I like nostalgia.
Doesn't stop me owning an iPod but I DO feel more engaged with music on record.
3. Real projectionists
I like it when there's a projectionist. Have you ever been to a multiplex and complained about the picture? They have no idea how to sort it. I feel it's part of the ritual of the cinema. Hearing the clack clack clack as the film goes through the cogs. Knowing that someone has put time and care and effort it something. I'm not consuming content. I'm participating in a shared experience.
These are my genuine views. And I think in the race to add new technology, we've slightly forgotten about what made things work in the first place. We're so keen for this clinical, perfect image that on the way maybe, just MAYBE, we'll lose what we loved about that image in the first place.