Superman Returns Imax video style artifacts?

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  1. Michael Rogers

    Michael Rogers Supporting Actor

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    I'd thought I'd bring it up to you knowledgable guys.

    When I saw Superman Returns in IMAX, I noticed what I can only characterize stairstepping artifacts (I hope I'm putting this correctly) that I would normally associate with video.

    It's especially noticeable by me during the opening credits that mimic the opening credits of the original Superman movie. I could see the lines in the moving credits shimmer a bit and behave as if they were being shown on a (high quality and huge) high definition video display.

    It was undeniably projected on film but it was as if the film was recorded from High Definition video files that show some seams on the huge IMAX screen.

    I've noticed this before, watching the entirely computer generated movie "Robots" in IMAX.

    However, I never noticed it on "The Polar Express" in 3D IMAX which is also computer generated.

    Is it just that films scanned from high definition files just will show these seams on the huge IMAX screen or is it that it's more expensive to scan it to Imax film in a way that will never show these artifacts.

    I enjoyed the film BTW
     
  2. Patrick Sun

    Patrick Sun Studio Mogul

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    The credits artifacts issue shows up on the regular non-IMAX film version as well. It probably has more to do with the 24 fps and the animated motion of the letters across the frames.
     
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    I saw a few digital artifacts during one scene with Perry White.
     
  4. RobertR

    RobertR Lead Actor

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    I saw video-looking halos in a cityscape scene. I don't like that the movie was shot digitally.
     
  5. Patrick Sun

    Patrick Sun Studio Mogul

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    The only time that the HD cameras stood was when it got a little crazy during the shot of Clark's coat from behind him as he walks into the Daily Planet, the pattern on the coat just destroys the digital video intake.
     
  6. Dan Hitchman

    Dan Hitchman Cinematographer

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    1080p doesn't translate well to 6 to 10k resolution of 70mm. Also, with this on again, off again 3D stuff it makes the movie seem more like a video game than something to take seriously.
     
  7. Larry Sutliff

    Larry Sutliff Cinematographer

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    The first time I saw the movie was on film, and it did have a very digitized, dark look, with artifacting and haloing. I later saw it on IMAX and everything looked better. But the best presentation was at an old broken down theater in NE Philly called the Orleans. Most people avoid this place like the plague, but it's on my way home from work, so I stopped there and saw the flick again. Looked gorgeous. An immaculate film print with a superbly detailed projected image. You would never know the film was shot digitally if the only way to judge was from this presentation. Must be the old projector that the theater still uses! [​IMG]
     
  8. JediFonger

    JediFonger Producer

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    coud be because they didn't have many showings, so it still loox like day 1 print =).
     

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