3d Movies what the cinemas never tell you.

So you are going to a new 3D movie. Exciting hey?
What the cinemas never tell is how the 3D effect drops of the more off axis you are from the screen.
I recently went to see the Life Of PI as it was the first day of the film seating was limited.
We sat on the side aisle . So the film starts I could barely see any 3D depth.
Just consider for a second the theatres told you this was the case they would have to sell you the side tickets more cheaply.

I for one love 3D , but I am also a realist the technology is far from perfect. It doesn’t work for anyone with eye tracking problems.
It can hurt and even make you feel sick if your eyes are not rite. Yes you have to sit straight in front of it.
My 3D tv at home works in a very similar way the effect drops off when off axis. But when I am viewing from straight ahead its very strong.

My other tip is this. When deciding where to sit in a theatre for a 3d presentation , make sure that your field of view is covered by the screen.
Visual distractions can also ruin the 3D effects . Put simply sit back and not to far forward as being to far forward can induce motion sickness.

A big week of movies. Les Miserables and LIfe of PI

I love this time of year. Not for the reasons you might think.
I am not a christmas person and hey I dont even subscribe to new years.
What I enjoy and look forward to is movies lots of movies.
This time of year is the lead up to the oscars, all the contenders tend to come out in December through March. There tends to be so many films that come I have to list them and plan out my viewings.

So this week I went to my first couple of big contenders. The first was on new years eve Les Miserables.
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The film was everything I had hoped for,grand powerful and sweeping. It enlarged on the world the stage show presented and changed elements that bought it closer to the story presented in the book. The opening sequence of Jean Valjean in the chain gang pulling in a french ship into dock was amazing, and so well done. The way it was directed was truly daring and different. There were no rapid cuts , the camera would sit on the actors faces . At times it would feel like you could see into there souls . Also I must mention that all the signing was recorded live on the set. This tended to give it a realism that has sorely lacked from other movie musicals. I remember seeing Phantom of the Opera which was completely mimed . You could hear the audio cut from the pre record back to the location sound. It didnt work.

The next day I went to see Life Of PI.
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The story of an indian family ship wrecked at sea on there way to canada . The ship sinks and the son being the only surviver along with his tiger funnily named Richard Parker. He goes on a fantastical adventure on the seas where many wild and wonderful things occur. The film starts with the boy now a man recounting his story to someone who is writing a book about his adventure. The adventure on the sea and his relationship to the tiger is very well done. You feel for the pain of the boy who has lost his family. This film was shot in 3d but it wasnt the best example of the 3d I have seen. It was incredibly subtle maybe to subtle to make it worth while. The acting was superb and the lesson in this film is about holding onto ones faith when it is surely tested. Also note the twist at the end is a doozy .

4 weeks on 3d tv some obervations

I have had my 3d TV now for over a months. I thought I would ad some further reflections on what I like and what I dislike.
Firstly 3D looks just terrible in light rooms. For it to really take effect the room must be pitch black.
My favourite 3D bluray is Peter Gabriel new blood concert in 3D Peter Gabriel

The 3D element is fantastic. I was at this concert for the shoot. The depth the lighting really gives you the feeling of being in the theatre. The music is sublime the mix fantastic. It is a true demo disk. I really feel live concerts are really suited to 3d . Where the New Blood concert also works , it avoids rapid cutting. I find rapid editing within the 3D realm can induce headaches. But no it doesn’t happen here.

My next favourite is HUGO.
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Hugo was shot digitally using the 3D process. The 3D here is used to create space and give you a feeling of being in the small spaces within the train station Hugo inhabits. I feel the 3D here enhances the story rather than distracts from it.

These two examples are great ones. But I have seen some horrible 3D to.
Anything that is converted to 3D avoid at all costs . It doesn’t look any good it tends to look like multiple layers of flat card board cutouts .

The changing of the Australian Media landscape.

As there has been so much upheaval in the television industry in the past few months I thought I would write a piece about where things are at and where things are going.
The Australian media industry are in a major period of change. newspapers ,books ,television and even radio are all caught up in this change.
Most recently the nine network barely staved of there creditors to survive and re capitalise . Then there is the case of network ten who have been reducing news staff nationally in an effort to reduce costs and become profitable. Major network personalities left the network in one week of staff sackings.
Why is this happening?
There are a few reasons. Advertising money is leaving traditional media forms. The global financial crisis has created an atmosphere where spending and downsizing has become common place. Traditional media is struggling to stay profitable . Demographics have also changed ,young people no longer read newspapers or watch tv they have long since departed to the digital realm.

Where is that audience. By the time the 6pm news rolls around the news is generally old by a few hours. The modern media consumer now has smart phones and tablets . They now have the ability to have that news instantly. Secondly who in 2012 is home at 6pm at night? . With this new technology one can consume the news when they want and how they want.
The next question is how do these organisations make money from this medium. The answer is it is not easy. One can get the latest news the latest films and dramas for free if you want to. The media outlets have to give a reason to want to subscribe or pay. This might come through added services or content. Advertising over news or video is something a lot of consumers wont tolerate as they find it intrusive to the viewing experience.

Newspapers are on there last legs . Both of the big players in Australia are suffering falling sales and advertising revenue. The survival of both companies will be in both of them diversifying into the modern media space. Both have quite a lot of applications for mobile . These deliver video ,news and various other content to iPads iphones and the like. But they have not solved the overwhelming problem with most of the content being free where is the future revenue going to come from.

My other question is how long can fairfax and news hold onto publishing a daily print product. News delivers a very good newspaper product onto tablets with its digital pass. For a minimal fee per week you get the paper on your tablet and the physical paper. Fairfax currently delivers there news for free. Why would I pay for something that I can get free elsewhere. This is the fundamental problem facing all media forms in Australia.