Digital ushers in a new era of the silver screen

posted by Michael Zoldessy on August 25, 2011 at 4:50 am

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The Goldstream News-Gazette looks at how digital prints have changed the life of a projectionist.

As with changing from film to digital photography, those invested in film technology resisted, Robinson said, but after years of refinements, digital movie quality is good or better than 35 mm.

“There’s no deterioration, no shaky lateral movement,” he said. “Clarity is always perfect and no one is moving lenses (on projectors).

(photo by Edward Hill/News staff)

Comments (4)

Mike Rogers
Mike Rogers on August 27, 2011 at 1:20 am

Part what liked about the theatre business when i was in was Friday moring coming in seeing those film cans waiting to go.bothering the projectionist for a clip or two.now it is on a disc,now you can’t look at frames of movies,now they call that modern and the wave of the future,glad I got out in 1983.

KenLayton
KenLayton on August 27, 2011 at 5:10 am

Makes it more like your living room now. Complete with television commercials too. No more reason to go to a theater. The studios will try to cut out theaters altogether and release straight to homes.

Mike Rogers
Mike Rogers on August 27, 2011 at 11:21 am

A sad day,but for me theatres lost it in the late 70’s.

CapnRob
CapnRob on September 26, 2011 at 1:00 pm

In the old days, they complained about “talkies” killing the art of the performance thus ruining the filmgoing experience. I’ve heard of people saying color film is garish and bad. Just like six-track magnetic sound or the horizontal film platter, Digital technology is just the next step in the evolution of story-telling, to the masses, on a big screen. It also reduces cost which make stockholders happy to make more movies.

Regarding the TV commercials before a film, there has always been advertising at the theater. I bet people used to complain about the ads painted on the theater curtains. Maybe somebody will bring back the roadshow with reserved seats and the Ent'acte music. Don’t forget, those ad-free presentation tickets cost more.

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