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#719797
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Interesting: Abrams joins directors trying to save Kodak
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I think we all love analog media, but let's not forget how freeing digital has been for all of us.  None of the preservations on this forum would have been feasible without digital.  I know I've taken thousands of pictures of my son and I would not have been able to afford doing that on film.

The thing that bugs me the most about new tech is how cell phones have replaced cameras almost completely.  It's handy to have a cell phone if you need to take a quick pic but I've seen people using their cellphones to record/take pictures of their newborn babies and graduations and even weddings.  Convenience has overtaken quality in a lot of peoples priorities I think.

I do miss film though,  there's something magical about those little negative strips.

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Interesting: Abrams joins directors trying to save Kodak
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The same thing is happening in audio production.  Analog/Film still presents great quality but the end product in albums and films is always digital anyways.  I miss shooting still film but I honestly haven't touched my film camera in ten years.  :(  Too expensive... 

Twenty years ago my friends made a short film, 16mm.  It cost around $3000 to shoot, develop, and edit a ten minute film.  For that amount they could buy a nice digital cam and editing software and make as many "films" as they want. On the plus side, it looked fantastic. 

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Interesting: Abrams joins directors trying to save Kodak
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This is an interesting little article,  I'm sorry if someone has posted it already.  I'm glad that Abrams is shooting the new film on actual film.

http://insidemovies.ew.com/2014/07/30/quentin-tarantino-jj-abrams-save-kodak/?hpt=hp_t2

"In just a few years, digital video has overtaken film-based shooting by an overwhelming margin. But in the interest of staving off premature extinction, a group of directors have banded together to keep the Eastman Kodak Co. making movie film.

The Wall Street Journal reports that a group of directors, led by the likes of Quentin Tarantino, Christopher Nolan, Judd Apatow, and J.J. Abrams (who is filming Star Wars VII on film) pushed studio heads into negotiations with the film company. These discussions, which the WSJbroke the lid on, revolve around promises to buy a set quantity of film for the next several years, regardless of whether they plan to use all of it.

Kodak’s motion-picture film sales have fallen 96 percent since 2006, from 12.4 billion linear feet to an estimated 449 million. Fujifilm Crop. left the business last year, and Kodak is the only major company left producing the product.

The company’s chief executive, Jeff Clarke, told the WSJ that Kodak initially hoped to enlist studios in a joint venture on its Rochester, N.Y., plant, but that proposal failed. The second solution, involving the purchase of mass quantities of film, became the consensus after filmmakers started to join the discussion (and personally lobby executives).

Tarantino, for instance, appealed to Bob Weinstein, co-chairman of Weinstein Co. “It’s a financial commitment, no doubt about it,” Weinstein told the WSJ, “But I don’t think we could look some of our filmmakers in the eyes if we didn’t do it.”

Weinstein’s claims are supported by comments from other directors. Apatow told the newspaper that both film and digital video are “valid choices” but “there’s a magic to the grain and the color quality that you get with film.” In a separate interview, Abrams argued that “film sets the standard and once it’s no longer available, the ability to shoot the benchmark goes away. Suddenly you’re left with what is, in many cases, perfectly good but not necessarily the best, the warmest, the most rich and detailed images.”

In negotiations with Kodak, Weinstein Co. is joined by Warner Bros, Universal Pictures, Paramount Pictures, and Walt Disney Studios."

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#691731
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StarWarsLegacy.com - The Official Thread
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Baronlando said:

I missed part of it but there was a lot of good stuff in there. It made me wonder if its possible to simulate, side by side, the differences in the look of an IB print vs. an ideal opening day Kodak print. 

The fact that all the hundreds of crawls were chopped off and replaced in 81 is pretty crazy. I guess it explains why they had an original lying around for the 2006 DVD, they must have a box of them. Although I picture GL wearing them like the severed ear necklace in Universal Soldier.

 It's hard for me to imagine that NONE of those made it out of that lab somehow.  If I worked there and they were cutting off elements and tossing them in the trash I surely would have taken one as a souvenir,  even if it were for a movie that I wasn't some superfan of.  Did they have armed guards there watching?  There must be one somewhere...

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#691677
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StarWarsLegacy.com - The Official Thread
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NeverarGreat said:

The talk was less revealing than the last one in terms of the restoration itself, but more interesting in terms of the stories behind the restoration. It was more tell than show, but people forget that the story of this restoration is remarkable and well worth sharing on its own, regardless of what else is shared.

 He did talk at length about the prints he's using (5 diff prints) and some of his other sources, about the crawl, about his process of dirt/grain removal... I thought it was really interesting