[Tig] Premature Death of SR

quinn qrichardson at quinessa.com
Mon Mar 21 16:09:05 GMT 2011

This is supposed to be about informed discussion, not a pissing match.

Criags points are valid. 
Not everyone or every prod co is James Cameron or George Lucas.
Things may be going that way, but not every place has jumped on board the cutting edge bandwagon.

Many places like to work with known quantities and proven processes.

Jeff Heuser throws down the good point too that digital is also a creative choice.

Going digital really just moves your production costs to your post-production costs.

Film and tape don't have gamma shift pitfalls that you may run into on certain computer platforms .
Dailies need to be rendered out.
Your long term storage format may be relatively stable (but who knows yet... it hasn't been around long enough to prove itself)

I'm not discounting your points either, I just think film will always be relevant for those that choose and for the reason they choose it.

It's a matter of picking your poisons.
cost - pay for it at the lab or at the post house.
waiting time - pay for it waiting for dailies to be developed or pay for it while waiting for the conversion to your codec of choice.
I would suggest always grading in a proper suite (doesn't need to be telecine)
film grain is an aesthetic choice.

On Mar 21, 2011, at 11:02 AM, Jeff and Jill Jones wrote:

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> Craig. . . Dude. . . . I'll listen to James Cameron and George Lucas any day. . . Or Robert Zemeckis, before you. But I guess you know more than them. The days of shooting on location are ending. The studios will sell off their real estate. Are you at all aware of the number of Green Screen stages opening up in Los Angeles? Hmmm. Why is that? Must not be cheaper, huh? Do you really want to perpetuate the old myth's in post?  I guess you have to, to keep ripping them off.  Sorry to do no one any good deeds here, but my good deeds all go to my clients not the TIG.
> And I don't need a salt mine with correct temperature fluctuations to store my images. I guess those salt mines are pretty cheap too, huh?
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> From: "Craig Leffel" <craig at optimus.com>
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>> Dude.
>> You do no one any good deed by posting here that digital processing and or shooting is automatically cheaper than film. Sure, I'm as tired of grain as the next guy, and there are digital formats I absolutely love.. But you don't have to pay for dailies? Really? Who pays for the editorial files to get made from R3d to Pro-res or Dnxhd? No waiting? what planet do you live on? Sure, if someone wants to edit directly with no lut, or straight off in-camera qt's, or if they really only want to edit in FCP.... I sorta get your point, which I think is weak at best. I don't know any commercial editor that doesn't want files to look good, be exactly right to edit with, and match TC to a higher res file for finish than what they are editing in. I realize that it's not the norm, but it certainly is in commercial land.... And digital acquisition quite often means confused, time consuming, and costs a lot more to make / convert proper elements and store them / ship them. At least in my line of work. And you magically don't have to worry about digital storage for 50 years? Do you know something about storage arrays I don't??? Film is less archival and costs more to store than Digital files?? Really? 50 years?
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>> On Mar 20, 2011, at 8:20 PM, "Jeff and Jill Jones" <jeff-jones at att.net> wrote:
>>>  I'm sure film makers are rushing to add more
>>> expense to their post (shooting film). You get to wait for your dailies. . .
>>> pay for lab processing. . . pay for a telecine suite to grade in. . . have
>>> film grain moving like ants over your image on an LCD or plasma and find a
>>> place to correctly store your film for what? . . Fifty years. That's not too
>>> big of an expense I guess. (sarcasm in use)
>>> Jeff Jones
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