[Tig] Premature Death of SR

Martin Sansom martinsansom at hotmail.com
Tue Mar 22 21:38:41 GMT 2011

Interesting discussion but in my opinion the aesthetic appreciation of the  
images we deal with has been overlooked.There has been a magnificent irony  
in the last thirty years since I started as a colourist, there was a time  
when engineers, telecine operators, online editors et al would work long  
hours into the night extracting fractions of a percentage of performance  
improvement out of analog components in order to get the best out of the  
film that the image had been acquired from and the CRT domestic television  
that the viewer watched at home, it was the creed to constantly raise the  
bar in terms of image quality because the acquisition and distribution  
devices were capable of displaying more than the post production devices  
could process. That's all changed now, it's flat screen compressed digital  
hell, the viewer watches TV on a device that comes nowhere near the look  
of a CRT television and now with digital acquisition colourists spend more  
time faking the film look ( more artificial grain anyone? ) just as well  
we have these fancy do everything colour correctors, i need all those  
windows and plug ins in order to con the viewer (and the client) into  
believing that the image they're watching has more dynamic range that it  
actually has, rarely do I finesse a look from film anymore, instead I have  
to drag it kicking and screaming from a camcorder on steroids.
Television audiences, the final arbiters of our work, have dumbed down  
their expectations of us and what we do, apparently they would rather have  
a thousand channels of artifact laden digital mush than sumptuous high  
quality imagery, and we, the purveyors of those images have likewise done  
the same, apparently for the same reason, we've always been under the  
thumb of the bean counters but the ongoing argument on here shows in my  
opinion that the accountants have hijacked my gamma curve and I can't  
afford the ransom.

Martin "might as well grade it on a Kindle" Sansom.
Colourist at large.

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