Re: [Frameworks] Lookout Mountain films (Pat O'Neill)

From: Aaron F. Ross (email suppressed)
Date: Sat Oct 02 2010 - 13:35:11 PDT


I'm really, really inspired by Pat's films being available on DVD. I
hope that more artists take the reins of self-distribution. No
offense to the wonderful organizations that have distributed
experimental films since the 60s. I'm just really excited by the
prospects of the 21st century. This is a great time to be alive. The
idea that I can *OWN* a DVD of experimental film from an established
artist is kind of revolutionary. The old business model, in which the
only way to watch these films was through pricey rentals of 16mm
prints, must surely be on its way out.

Next in line for artists should be Blu-Ray distribution. I vividly
remember Pip Chodorov's many well-founded complaints about the DVD
format. The main problem is insufficient data rate in conjunction
with MPEG2 compression, resulting in blocky artifacts in fast-moving
motion pictures. With Blu-ray, all of those problems go away. Now we
have near-35mm resolution, high data rates, and better codecs. I have
had excellent results with the Blu-Ray format so far. It not only
supports HD video, but also standard definition video at frame rates up to 60p!

Incidentally, I did see some compression artifacts in the DVD of
"7362". This could possibly have been avoided if it had been encoded
at 9.5mb/s with AAC audio, instead of 8mb/s with PCM audio.

Anyway, thanks to Pat for making his films available, and thanks to
Beverly for chiming in with the good news!


At 10/1/2010, you wrote:
>Dear Mark, Thanks for responding to the thread about Pat's
>work. He and George Lockwood are re-working the sound track for
>Decay. It should be available as a DVD fairly soon. I have no idea
>what USC did about the interactive DVD and I agree that system
>compatibility issues will factor in here. Will check with Marsha
>Kinder at USC for latest update.
>We're very grateful to everyone who wrote in support of his films.
>Beverly O'Neill
>On Oct 1, 2010, at 6:39 PM, Mark Toscano wrote:
> > Decay of Fiction will eventually be released as well, keep
> checking the site! I wouldn't be surprised if Tracing... was again
> made available too, but there might be issues with compatibility on
> current systems at this point, not sure. Either Bev can answer
> this, if she's on Frameworks right now, or I can try to ask Pat,
> since I'll probably be talking to him early next week.
> >
> > Also, I highly recommend Pat's book Dicker Space, which you can
> buy directly from him on the site as well - amazing
> arrangements/series of found photos of objects for sale online.
> >
> > Mark Toscano
> >
> >
> >
> > --- On Fri, 10/1/10, Aaron F. Ross <email suppressed> wrote:
> >
> >> From: Aaron F. Ross <email suppressed>
> >> Subject: Re: [Frameworks] Lookout Mountain films (Pat O'Neill)
> >> To: "Experimental Film Discussion List" <email suppressed>
> >> Date: Friday, October 1, 2010, 3:44 PM
> >> I knew about "Tracing the Decay of
> >> Fiction" but am really more
> >> interested in owning a Blu-Ray of the original film.
> >>
> >> By the way, try as I might, I could not find "Tracing the
> >> Decay of
> >> Fiction" for sale online anywhere. Amazon shows it as not
> >> available.
> >> USC bookstore was useless. GreenCine has it for rental.
> >>
> >> Aaron
> >
> >
> >
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