Re: Online preview vs. DVD-r

From: minou (email suppressed)
Date: Thu Jan 15 2009 - 07:24:12 PST

I'd like to second Raymond on the merits of a fully digital submission

Some younger, smaller organizations have in the past year started to
agreed to my prompting them to preview online through my website.

My guess is until festivals, programmers and curators have fully
adapted their filing systems to be kept digitally and is reference-
able across their whole network, we'll have to oblige with hardcopies.
I think it's probably just a question of time.

In the meantime I close my eyes to the probability that about 10% of
all the DVDs I send out may be write-offs and reflect on the fact that
the success of online previewing is not quaranteed either.
I am occasionally told by people viewing my work online that 'it
doesn't work'. If I have the fortune of knowing it didn't work for
them I can suggest they update their quicktime player. Or, someone
declares a work is 'mute'. When they are told it is not, they'll go
play with their audio preferences. and voila...

minou norouzi

On 15 Jan 2009, at 14:39, Raymond Salvatore Harmon wrote:

> Hello all,
> I wanted to post a general question about festival submission/
> screening procedures and get some feedback from the list.
> Over the past 10 years most festivals have shifted from accepting
> VHS tape to accepting dvd for preview. While on the whole dvd-r is
> an accepted format I am constantly hearing complaints from various
> artists and programmers about the major issues of incompatibility
> with dvd-r and computers/players. I myself have had several times
> when dvd-r sent out could not be watched by someone, even though
> others from the same batch had no problems elsewhere.
> Over the past year I have started telling programmers who request
> screening copies of my films to watch them via the site
> (who can stream in hd). And although I have had some positive
> response to this on the whole I have meet with a certain amount of
> hesitation and uncertainty.
> While I do understand the difference between screening from film and
> from video I do not really understand the hesitation in having a
> film previewed from the web if the resolution is the same or better
> than a dvd.
> In my opinion previewing films from the web not only saves artists
> money, it is more environmental (not using so much plastic), and on
> the festival side I know from experience that submissions can take
> up a lot of room thus web preview saves festivals space as well.
> As programmers and artists what is stopping festivals from going
> over to an all online submission format? (again, I am not talking
> about youtube quality but full resolution streaming as on Vimeo and
> other sites)
> Yours
> Raymond Salvatore Harmon
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