Re: how much of what we see is black?

From: Ron Toole (email suppressed)
Date: Tue Oct 30 2007 - 11:26:26 PDT

I wonder this too. Not only in projection, but also in image capture. Does anyone know of a video camera that incorporates a shutter?

I feel burnt after digital projection. I've reasoned it's because I've been in a continuous spotlight for the past however long the projection was. I'm accustomed to the half-black of film projection, where I still get to spend some time with myself, where I get a break from imagery, where I'm (invited) to use my brain for 1/48th of a second every 1/24th of a second, or however frequently black happens in shuttered projection. To me, the exact duration of black doesn't matter so much as the emotional duration does.

Jeff Kreines <email suppressed> wrote: On Oct 30, 2007, at 12:19 PM, Steve Polta wrote:

> Some have suggested that the black spaces allow for
> micro-daydreams, and that this is important to the
> cinematic experience.

Of course, there are no black spaces in digital projection, unless
the filmmaker adds them (using a higher framerate and adding black
frames between each frame, akin to how sequential-image 3D is
projected these days). I wonder how the lack of a black space
changes the viewing experience?

Sounds like an experiment for James Bond to conduct in Chicago.

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