Re: Research question

From: Fred Camper (email suppressed)
Date: Wed Jan 20 2010 - 17:20:40 PST

Quoting Jim Carlile <email suppressed>:

> ...But I'd also figure that anyone who calls
> these physical limitations impediments don't read too many sonnets or paint
> too many paintings. So their opinion doesn't really count.

The quest for greater, er, "realism," is one thing that has driven the
development of cinema throughout its history. This quest has given us
sound, color, and different screen ratios. All of these seem to me to
be advances, in that use of them (at least in avant-garde or
experimental cinema) is optional, and they become possible additions
to the filmmaker's palette. If we were simply happy with the original
limitations, all films would be B&W, silent, and one minute or so in

This is not to say that each person must consider every new
technological development an "advance." Some might have no use for
3-D, or Imax, or multi-screen events. But every technological
development is an "advance" if all it does is open up a new
possibility. Unfortunately in some cases "advances" eventually make
older possibilities obsolete. (16mm Plus-X Reversal, where art thou?)

Fred Camper

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