[Tig] Premature Death of SR

Joe Owens jpo at prestodigital.ca
Mon Apr 4 19:55:15 BST 2011

On 3-Apr-11, at 8:32 PM, Sean McKee wrote:

> Will movies shot raw be revisited someday as degaussing algorithms  
> improve in quality?

The notion of revisiting, scanning or whatever, original elements, of  
any kind, seems like a Mug's Game to me.  Who is going to do all the  
intervening post work? For which... EDLs likely no longer exist,  
grade lists don't either, or if any actually do, they're for systems  
that are no longer in use, completely obsolete, using formats that  
are no longer supported, or are based on gamuts and coding that have  
been revised...  I have Apple "COLOR" projects that can never be  
revived, and that's in the past 3 years.  Simple, basic stuff, but  
next version...?  Old projects are GONE.

Somebody's going to re-do all the compositing/cleanup work, for which  
anything done in the last 20-30 years has at least 20-40% content, if  
not more?  Archiving gets pretty short shrift -- it doesn't add  
anything but above-the-line expense and really doesn't help the  
quarterly reports.  Let's say, CB deMille's "Ten Commandments"  
somehow got earmarked for  3D release.  ;-P  Probably cheaper and  
faster just to do it all over again, even though the conventional  
wisdom to this point is that it would not be affordable to shoot,  
given contemporary methods and costs.  Somehow, I doubt that, even re- 
mapping Charlton Heston onto someone in a blue rubber suit ala Jeff  
Bridges/TRON might seem attractive once the real restoration costs  
started being tallied.

Rescan the neg/RAW and you're all done?  Seems like a pretty remote  

Joe Owens
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