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Your thoughts on day and date movie distribution

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29th March 2006 0:52  #1

Mark Lim Member Join Date: March 2004 Location: Australia Posts: 1,211
Your thoughts on day and date movie distribution
I'd be really excited if movies are going to be released on dvd the same day as it would be premiering in the cinemas. This would mean an extra three month off the wait!! More, if Australian releases get any slower. This idea has been around discussions for a while now between movie bosses. I know it will be bad for cinema operators, but it is bound to happen, anyway, right?

I read a recent article in TIME magazine, that George Lucas even wants to go Digital in filmmaking! Not the oldfashioned way of camera, processed and reproduced many times and send to cinemas.The Director of "The Sixth Sense" M. Night Shyamalan says "Digital is just too smooth. You almost have to degrade the image to make it more real. If you take a digital photo and I take one on film, there's just no way you're going to compete with humanity taht I can create from my little Hasselblad. Yours will be smoother, crisper, perfect in every way, mine will be grainy, but you will definitely grab my picture over the digital one".

The upside of Digital, is that it would cut print and shipping costs by about 80%. Even Spielberg, sees the efficacy of Digital. "I may be the last peron as a Director to accept it, but I won't be the last person to accept it as someone who runs a film company".

Lucas, thinks day and date is an inevitable step to fight piracy( ME, TOO! ), also believes it won't hurt the  box office. "Moviegoing is like watching a footbal game. Who in the world would go out in 20 below weather and sit there and watch a football game where you can berely see the players? Football games are on TV, and it doesn't affect the stadium attendance at all. Same with movies. People who really love movies and like to go out on a Saturday night will go to the cinema.

Some blame the shrinking cinema audience on the narrowing gap between a movie's premiere in cinemas and it's debut in video stores - from six months a few years ago, to four months or less today. With the window getting smaller and smaller, people don't want to leave the house.

Now the biggest bucks comes from DVD's and Pay TV's. Producers also got something for nothing by packaging recent and old TV shows for the DVD market.

Directors say they frame a shot with the big - not small screen in mind. Spielberg says "I make my movies for a movie theater, and I like to imagine how big that screen is. But I also realise on a a laptop or even worse, on an ipod, they are never going to see that character, and an element of the story will be lost." Whatever is lost on the smaller screen, DVD has become, historically the final record of your movie. That's the one people watch over and over. Rodriguez (Sin City Director) has said that the "real versions" of his movies are the extended, unrated ones on DVD. Apparently, Rodriguez writs, directs, shoots, cuts and even scores his own movies as well as supervises the special effects all at his home ranch on the Pedernales River and at a small Austin, Texas studio. Using high definition cameras, he shot his Sin City actors against a green screen, filling in the backgrounds digitally. All for less than half the Hollywood budget.

This is a really great article from Time Magazine. In the March 20th issue. It's a Special Issue about what the future holds in relations to how we do and see things everyday.  

29th March 2006 2:59  #2

Jonny "Me You" Senior Member Join Date: March 2004 Location: Canada Posts: 2,863
I think it's a horrible idea. It would be the end of the movie theater as we know it. While true movie lovers would love to see the movie on the big screen, the vast majority of people would get it from the video store and drive theater owners out of business altogether. While I love my home set up and not having to listen to kids, pay for $10 popcorn and whatnot, there are a certain few movies I like to see during the summer up on that huge screen. It would be a shame to lose that.

Also, titles will become even more generic and uninteresting then they are now. Youd have movies of the week specials and the vast number of titles flooding stores would not only overwhelm the consumer, but drive production values down in order to keep up with the demand for something that's just not there. Don't believe me? it's happened already before - the porn industry. While it's true that the sales are bigger then ever, look at the quality of the movies. They've gone from making super big budget flicks that debuted in movie theaters, to shooting stuff on $500 video camera's with low paid "talent" and crews.

Definately something to be avoided.

29th March 2006 16:31  #3

Adrian Senior Member Join Date: September 2005 Location: United States Posts: 1,305
Great response Jonny.  I couldn't have said it better.  They attempted this with "Bubble", but very few theaters would carry it.  I can't imagine that theaters are going to be anxious to carry direct to dvd movies (and that is what we are really talking about here.  You will never get quality production values in these movies.)

29th March 2006 16:49  #4

Aaron Schneiderman Senior Member Join Date: September 2005 Location: United States Posts: 1,198
The studios now enjoy multiple revenue streams from theatrical, hotel, airline, cable, satellite, broadcast television and DVD release. They would be cutting into their profits and destroying the mystique that only a movie theater can provide for a film. The real problem that the movie industry faces is BAD PRODUCT. Just like any other commodity, if the consumer is not interested, they're not buying. Just visit the Academy's website and look at the films that were released say, 20-30 years ago. You will see an incredible list of films that weren't even nominated for major awards that would blow anything we are seeing on the screen right out of the water. Hollywood is responsible for its own demise. They are churning out c**p and remaking films that shouldn't have been made in the first place. Just like an alcoholic, I think they will have to hit rock bottom before they wake up and start producing more films that people will actually want to see...

29th March 2006 22:21  #5

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Another problem you may find is that Kodak and the other film producing companies will soon stop producing film stock. I remember an article recently that said that Kodak was going to stop producing some of their 16mm products, including one which alot of indie home movie makers prefered due to the way it handles colour reproduction - i.e. how it looks on screen.

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