Ridley Scott disenchanted with mobile and computer technology killing cinema

Computers, HDTV, Mobile phones, TVs

ipod_video.jpgRidley Scott has spoken out against the technology which allows films to be watched on mobile devices and computer screens.

Speaking at the Venice Film Festival, he said that, while many aspects of new technology were “wonderful”, directors were “fighting technology”.

“We try to do films which are in support of cinema, in a large room with good sound and a big picture,” he said.

He wasn’t entirely clear what types of technology were killing cinema, but presumably he’s not a fan of the way films look in anything but the original format. That’s not a new problem for filmmakers.

His 1982 film “Blade Runner” has been digitally remastered, and will probably find its way onto high definition discs at some time. However, unless watched on a fairly expensive projector, it won’t look exactly the same as it did in the cinema.

Technology is improving, however. Many HDTVs and HD disc players are now able to render films at 24fps, thus effectively eliminating problems with the speed and look of the film.

Most home, and certainly mobile, setups are never going to compete with the original cinema presentation of a movie, but at least it gets the content out, and, increasingly, many people are more concerned with availability than pure quality of the content. Just look at YouTube for proof of that.

(Via BBC News)

Andy Merrett
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