[Tig] Premature Death of SR

Jeff and Jill Jones jeff-jones at att.net
Tue Mar 22 23:44:29 GMT 2011

Excellent post Martin. I agree 110%.

Jeff Jones

From: "Martin Sansom" <martinsansom at hotmail.com>
Sent: Tuesday, March 22, 2011 2:38 PM
To: <tig at colorist.org>
Subject: [Tig]  Premature Death of SR

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> 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.
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