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Cinema's Second Century – More from the Front Lines

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The mass media is finally catching up to the biggest story in years: major technology disruption in the most important art form of the past century. Took ‘em a while, and I’m not sure they get it yet:

AO Scott is NYT's best film critic, but while Dargis keeps trying to bring up the process of making movies, and the role of the filmmaker and the studios and disruption all around, Scott keeps steering the interview back to aesthetics. Digital can look cool– got it. But the article does not go into the all-important question: in the digital transition how will movies be sourced, distributed, and consumed? Regardless of the look and texture of movies, going forward, how is the business changing? Among studios, film makers, distributors, indies, and the audience, who wins, who loses? For those with a longer attention span, see my article on this topic posted earlier this summer:

Part II of that story is coming soon. (Christie Digital showed a 63,000 lumen laser projector, at IBC, for the screening of a full-length movie. 63,000 lumens is more than the 55,000 lumen laser projector Barco demo’d in Texas in January. That difference is somewhat academic, as both were prototypes. But there are new developments on all fronts in this ongoing story.)

The big battles have just started.


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Cinema’s Second Century

After more than a decade of “hurry up and wait” in the Cinema market, the analog-to-digital transition that most media started years ago is now achieving critical mass for movies. Yet today, many of the movies Americans watch at the local movie theater are still shown on 35mm movie projectors using the same technology that was in use when their grandparents were dating. Why the delay?

LED Displays: From Digital Signage to Digital Cinema

Imagine the new business opportunities that will be created as hundreds, then thousands, of DLP Cinema systems are replaced every year by LED displays. These replacements will often include dramatic refurbishment of the system solution as well, and the LED display will of course change from DLP projection to direct view LED.

The Half-Century Obsession of Amar Bose

Amar Bose was completing his engineering doctorate at MIT in 1956 when he walked into one of two RadioShack stores in the country to buy his first hi-fi system. He had no plans to launch a career in the audio industry, nor did he foresee that his resulting obsession with acoustics and psychoacoustics would be shared and taken in unexpected directions by the developers of digital compressed-music formats.

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Hawking and the New Landscape of Movies

The disruption of the movie industry is happening on so many levels its impossible to attend a festival like SXSW Film, this week in Austin, and not be amazed (and a little unnerved) by the new ways filmmakers, studios, distributors, critics, and fans are rewriting the rules of how to produce, distribute, and consume movies.