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What if you had the opportunity to inform 25 people about widescreen?

Discussion in 'Archived Threads 2001-2004' started by Pete_S, Nov 4, 2002.

  1. Damin J Toell

    Damin J Toell Producer

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  2. Inspector Hammer!

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    Yes Rob, where were we now...[​IMG]
    Go get em Pete! [​IMG]
    EDIT: Apologies Damin, I wasn't ignoring you, I was still composing when you submitted your above post.
     
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    Pete,
    something else that might be cool is if you can possibly have two monitors, the same size if possible, set up next to each other and have the same movie on two dvd's playing on both in precise sync with one another, one WS and the other P&S.
    Have them playing throughout your entire presentation while your speaking so that the students can always look and see the difference. Between your dialogue and the hard evidence constantly visible, it should be a piece of cake to convince them.
    I'd actually love to be there to see it. [​IMG]
     
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    oscar_merkx Lead Actor

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    If I'm not mistaken, John used a 'smiley' when he said to quote the first line in his sig.

    Do we not know what smileys mean anymore?
     
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    Another good example is on The Great Escape disc. It would take a little work, but of course the movie is very wide, and the documentary has cuts of the film in P&S that are HORRIBLE.
    Matt
     
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    Damin, John: You both erred in going back and forth on this nonsense; a debate about semantics that diverts from Pete's original request does everyone a disservice. One or the other of you should simply have let the matter rest. I assume we're done now? JB
     
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    Believe me when I say Jack that I am indeed done with this. We wrapped it up in the early am hours in fact. Any further post from me in this thread will be on topic and, I hope, helpful to Pete.

    Sorry about this Pete, and to everyone.
     
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    You might also do some research on Martin Scorsese, who I believe last year embarked on a widescreen education program partnered with Philips.
    http://www.widescreen.philips.com/directorschoice.html
    If you do a search you might find some good quotes from him on the subject.
    His opinions on the value of widescreen would be very valuable to your case since he is such a well-known & respected filmmaker. You might also want to look for some quotes by other well-known directors like Spielberg, Lucas, etc. Directors that even non-film geeks would be familiar with.
     
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    John Carpenter is also a big fan of widescreen, his format of choice, God bless him, is Panavision anamorphic. [​IMG]
    He talks about it on a few occasions on the commentary for The Fog.
     
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    Don't forget about the "Why Widescreen" feature on the Die Hard dvd.
     
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    Another idea is to show something that is widely known and already has a widescreen ratio. That object is a business card. The standard North American business card has an approximate ratio of 1.73. Using a computer screen, you could show what the business card looks like shown in its entirety, and then blown up to fill the screen. You could then use the scroll-bar to simulate the pan-and-scan. Since people know what a business card should look like, this might be a powerful visual. Another common object is a bridge-sized playing card. However, that has a ratio of 1.6.

    Nick
     
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    I did this exact same thing about a year ago in college class I was taking on the weekends.

    My audience was about 15 - 20 people between the ages of 25 to 40. Class was for a weekend degree completion program at DeVry University. I is a college gradiate now.

    Anyway, I found many sites that had pictures of popular movies in full frame and then widescreen like Star Wars, Matrix, and My Fair Lady and used those images as large overheads to emphasize my point.

    I also searched the history of movies and how the screen went from 1:1.33 to 1:2.35 and different formats.

    That's what I did.
     

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