From: Roger Beebe (email suppressed)
Date: Mon Jul 12 2010 - 09:21:01 PDT
Speaking of bad projection, I was at MoMA the other day and they have Ray Gun Virus on a looper on 16mm. I feel like I should know this, but is it meant to be screened in soft focus? In some ways, the softness of their projection (very soft) lessened the distraction of the scratches (which were considerable in number) and the dirt (which wasn't terrible yet), but I wondered if the softness compromised the effect in other ways. It's been years since I saw it projected theatrically, but I don't remember it being soft then. Does anyone know more about this? Should I have been brazen & just focused their projector? (I didn't dare.)
Tell me, o sages of Frameworks!
(momentarily) Brooklyn, NY
On Jul 12, 2010, at 12:11 PM, Sam Wells wrote:
> Has the 16mm projection at the Walter Reade always been as bad as last night, I mean
> have my standards gotten too high for a screen that large ? -
> I don't think so, but that would mean either they ran those shows on something other than'the (Elmo 2200 ?) used previously, or the lens needs work, was replaced - or
> something. True I was 3rd row, but I've sat pretty close to the screen.
> I've seen other Brakhage 16mm films which looked fine but The God Of Day was unwatchable, I left - there is NO point to puting your energy in teasing out focus watching
> a film nuanced (on so many levels) as this. I hope Marilyn et al get this out on Blu-Ray next round.
> At Sea, forget it. The projectionist could not maintain focus across the screen (Hutton is tricky, different print stocks spliced [I once projected Study of A River; realized the head titles were emulsion in but spliced to the film itself emulsion out - ouch - altho I caught it right away]) So I watched 50 minutes of Peter Hutton's film (which stretches where you can go with 16mm in the first place) buzzing around various amounts of misfocus.
> Obsevando el cielo looked pretty sharp, Pitcher didn't compared to other Beavers' films;
> Great Art of Knowing I don't know what to compare to (was very late and missed half of it and all of Sarbande.
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