Re: Projection Instructions?

From: Brett Garten (email suppressed)
Date: Mon Feb 05 2007 - 06:35:10 PST

Hi Jonathan,

You have to let go of video formats and embrace the right video projector. You can support all the formats under the sun, but if your video projector is crap, then fuss-pot filmmakers will be pissed -as you say in America.

A media server like a Panalogic 2000HD that runs high res mpeg files hooked up to 1080 HD projector is probably the way to go, especially if you are starting up now, because filmmakers can just bring in their films on portable hard drives. Even a feature will down load fast.

As a back-up, use Beta Sp, DVD, and VHS. DigiBeta is good but ony if you have SDI inputs on your rprojector. DVCam is probably the most popular of the other, newer formats.

Beyond that can be a minefield and is best filmmaker supplied.

A lot depends on the space too - the sound, and the size of the screen, and most important... the service.

Hope this helps.

  ----- Original Message -----
  From: john porter
  To: email suppressed
  Sent: Monday, February 05, 2007 9:56 PM
  Subject: Re: Projection Instructions?

  Thanks for asking Jonathan.
  I'm sure each format you mentioned would be considered essential by different people on Frameworks. My essential is super 8. In fact I'm cheekily starting to say now that super 8 is the future film production format! By comparison, 16mm and 35mm will become too expensive to manufacture.

  John Porter, Toronto, Canada
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  ----- Original Message ----
  From: Jonathan Kahana <email suppressed>
  To: email suppressed
  Sent: Monday, February 5, 2007 4:14:19 AM
  Subject: Projection Instructions?


  The department in which I teach is in the process of overhauling its classrooms and screening spaces, redesigning them from top to bottom. We're discussing which film and video formats are essential for teaching and for the presentation of work by visiting filmmakers, artists, archivists, and curators. I would be very interested to hear from anyone on the list, but especially filmmakers, which formats you'd consider essential. 16mm and 35mm are givens, as are DVD and VHS. Those of us with a stake in independent documentary and experimental are pushing also for 8mm and Super 8, miniDV, BetaSP, and DVCam.

  Any thoughts or suggestions, on- or off-list, will be greatly appreciated.



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