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Re: Movie

Postby pittsoccer33 on Tue Oct 30, 2012 2:08 pm

AlexPKeaton wrote:3D is pretty crap in terms of movie viewing, it is only good for charging more money for novelty.


It was also very conveniently timed to happen during the transition to digital projection. RealD requires dcinema equipment to show 3D movies.

Hollywood (and their pals the exhibitors) have been wanting movie theaters to install digital equipment for a while but it is expensive. Very expensive. Prohibitively expensive for most independent theaters (and as such is helping push them out of business).

At the same time, the cost to produce reels of film for a given movie cost several thousand dollars each. I forget the exact amount (say its $3,000); when a movie opens on 4,000 screens that would be $12,000,000 of the take devoted solely to creating film prints with a very finite useful lifespan.

A hard drive delivered to the theater with a JPEG2000 file on it costs a small fraction of that, and even less if the file is sent over internet or dedicated satellite feeds.

Avatar 3D - a must see event - arrived conveniently in time to give the theater owners an impetus to install the d cinema projectors. And since few people are willing to pay a premium to see a digital vs 35mm print, 3D is a good substitute to jack up the ticket price.
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Re: Movie

Postby nocera on Tue Oct 30, 2012 3:32 pm

Disney bought Lucas Film for 4 billion bucks/stocks.

Star Wars: Episode VII planned for 2015. Lucas listed only as a "creative consultant."

My mind is blown.

http://www.slashfilm.com/disney-buys-lu ... film-2015/
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Re: Movie

Postby Dickie Dunn on Tue Oct 30, 2012 3:36 pm

The less Lucas has to do with the actual creation of the movie(s) the better. It will be interesting to see what direction they move story.
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Re: Movie

Postby nocera on Tue Oct 30, 2012 3:37 pm

Dickie Dunn wrote:The less Lucas has to do with the actual creation of the movie(s) the better. It will be interesting to see what direction they move story.


I agree. We don't need to go into the old Empire Strike Back argument. Let's just look at the prequels as reason enough.
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Re: Movie

Postby eddysnake on Tue Oct 30, 2012 4:34 pm

wow, they get ILM and Indy too, 4 billion! That seems like an awesome deal for disney. still trying to process this...
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Re: Movie

Postby MRandall25 on Tue Oct 30, 2012 4:34 pm

ILM?
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Re: Movie

Postby eddysnake on Tue Oct 30, 2012 4:36 pm

industrial light and magic
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Re: Movie

Postby pittsoccer33 on Tue Oct 30, 2012 4:37 pm

ilm has done the cgi for every groundbreaking film from t2 to jurassic park to transformers etc etc

skywalker sound is also one of the industry's top sound design studios and the home of thx certification
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Re: Movie

Postby tifosi77 on Tue Oct 30, 2012 7:13 pm

Lucas' connections to Disney are long-standing. Pixar started out as the CG research arm of ILM in the 1980s, and anyone who has been to Disneyland has probably ridden Star Tours and the Indiana Jones Adventure.

The material assets of Skywalker Ranch, Skywalker Sound, Industrial Light & Magic (and their compound at the Presidio in San Francisco) are worth tens of millions of dollars themselves.... perhaps a couple hundred million.

The fact that the deal is only ("only") $4 billion leads me to believe that Lucas will still be enjoying some profit participation off future Star Wars films (and possibly Indy, as well), otherwise I can't really figure out how the price tag makes sense.

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Disclaimer: when I moved to California 15 years ago, my goal was to one day work at Skywalker Sound. That said, I'm not nearly as big a supporter of THX as I was in the 90s. Remember, it represents a set of minimum standards. And it is nothing more than a Good Housekeeping seal of approval; you can build a theater to the exact same specs, using equipment that is actually better performing in many instances than the mandated THX stuff (like their amp crossover, which is, to be polite about it, sucky) and save yourself on the thousands of dollars a year the certification test costs that does little more than allow you to display a shiny plaque outside the auditorium and use the THX logo in your advertising and signage. In terms of what the goals of the project were in 1983, it has more than served its purpose. Theater presentation quality is an order of magnitude better today than it was when I was a kid. But it has morphed into something of a marketing gimmick today, with little substance behind it. This is especially true in the world of home theater...... at which point this thread will likely derail. ;)

That being that, I've always loved their pre-show trailers.....!! 8-)
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Re: Movie

Postby tifosi77 on Tue Oct 30, 2012 7:33 pm

And fwiw, I think Lucas' contributions to cinema will be most lasting in the areas of technology. As stated earlier, Pixar started out at ILM. EditDroid was the first digital non-linear editing system for film, and it was sold in the 1990s to Avid. The first computer-controlled motion control photography was done by ILM. You could even say his desire to decamp to Marin County and escape the rigid union system in place in Hollywood to allow creativity to flow more freely was also a unique contribution.

I mean, the list of accomplishments brought about by his people is simply amazing. And I'm not talking about gimmicks or tricks, I'm talking about things that have fundamentally changed the way movies are made.
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Re: Movie

Postby legame on Wed Oct 31, 2012 12:48 am

http://otherdreamteam.thefilmarcade.com

For any basketball/history/documentary buffs out there. I'm not sure if it's showing in Pittsburgh yet, but it looks pretty awesome.
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Re: Movie

Postby mac5155 on Wed Oct 31, 2012 8:00 am

Was dragged to Paranormal Activity 4 and yeah what a waste of money. How can anyone like these movies? It was literally 1 hour 25 minutes of stupid home video and 3 minutes at the end of scary. STUPID.
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Re: Movie

Postby mac5155 on Wed Oct 31, 2012 8:01 am

Hockeynut! wrote:
tifosi77 wrote:
It is a biological impossibility for me to articulate how much I think 3D is bunk.


Totally agree. The sooner the 3D gimmick fades away, the better.


But how will a theater charge you $4 more per ticket?!
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Re: Movie

Postby blackjack68 on Wed Oct 31, 2012 2:48 pm

Not sure why, but Wreck It Ralph intrigues me. I think it has potential.
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Re: Movie

Postby meecrofilm on Wed Oct 31, 2012 3:53 pm

I am certainly looking forward to it.
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Re: Movie

Postby FreeCandy44 on Wed Oct 31, 2012 8:53 pm

blackjack68 wrote:Not sure why, but Wreck It Ralph intrigues me. I think it has potential.

Because Sarah Silverman is the bomb?
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Re: Movie

Postby PensFanInDC on Wed Oct 31, 2012 9:11 pm

legame wrote:For any basketball/history/documentary buffs out there


Is there such a thing? :slug:
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Re: Movie

Postby Eismann on Wed Oct 31, 2012 9:19 pm

District 9 on G4. So great.
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Re: Movie

Postby PensFanInDC on Wed Oct 31, 2012 9:26 pm

Eismann wrote:District 9 on G4. So great.


I fell asleep just as the dude started to change and woke up at the end thoroughly confused. Still haven't seen it all the way through.
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Re: Movie

Postby Pavel Bure on Wed Oct 31, 2012 9:43 pm

FreeCandy44 wrote:
blackjack68 wrote:Not sure why, but Wreck It Ralph intrigues me. I think it has potential.

Because Sarah Silverman is the bomb?

Very underwhelming sans clothes
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Re: Movie

Postby Eismann on Wed Oct 31, 2012 9:58 pm

PensFanInDC wrote:
Eismann wrote:District 9 on G4. So great.


I fell asleep just as the dude started to change and woke up at the end thoroughly confused. Still haven't seen it all the way through.


You missed, like, everything.
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Re: Movie

Postby tifosi77 on Thu Nov 01, 2012 12:59 am

Pavel Bure wrote:
FreeCandy44 wrote:
blackjack68 wrote:Not sure why, but Wreck It Ralph intrigues me. I think it has potential.

Because Sarah Silverman is the bomb?

Very underwhelming sans clothes

Eh..... I think I'd be fairly whelmed.
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Re: Movie

Postby legame on Thu Nov 01, 2012 1:21 am

PensFanInDC wrote:
legame wrote:For any basketball/history/documentary buffs out there


Is there such a thing? :slug:


Oof. I suppose I didn't get into the history field for cool points.
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Re: Movie

Postby eddysnake on Thu Nov 01, 2012 7:30 am

watched Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles the move (1990) last night, I can't believe how well it held up, it was still really awesome. I doubt if they would be able to make a turtles movie this good today, the cgi would definitely ruin it.
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Re: Movie

Postby Pavel Bure on Thu Nov 01, 2012 7:33 am

tifosi77 wrote:
Pavel Bure wrote:
FreeCandy44 wrote:
blackjack68 wrote:Not sure why, but Wreck It Ralph intrigues me. I think it has potential.

Because Sarah Silverman is the bomb?

Very underwhelming sans clothes

Eh..... I think I'd be fairly whelmed.

Use some google. It's not impressive
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