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They Shall Not Grow Old backdrop - soldier looking over his shoulder

They Shall Not Grow Old: film restoration, persistance of vision, and vfx

Review

Well, we don’t normally do this sorta thing, but oh man this was so good! What the film is about, how it is about, and why it was so special. Appreciating those who do the best work of making history relatable (cough Dan Carlin cough).

Restoration

Film degradation. Scratching, exposure, shrinkage, physical tearing. The crapshoot that is video frame rates in early 20th century film footage. Crank cameras and gearing and compressed-air constant-framerate cameras. Correcting for all of this and the challenge of bringing it all up to a standard 24 fps.

Film is an illusion

The optical illusion that we perceive as movement on a screen. Persistence of vision. Video framerates and the “refresh rate” of the human eye. Motion interpolation as an offense against art and all things good. Tom Cruise fighting the good fight. Motion interpolation as a really neato technology which is actually really cool when not on by default on new televisions. Motion interpolation in VR or video games.

Academic controversy

Historian types and objections to the “enhancements” introduced by the filmmakers. Art vs education and the importance of relatability. Modernizing history. Colorization. 3d-ification. Finding it hard to complain about digital enhancement and remastering which leaves the original materials untouched.

Links

They Shall Not Grow Screenings (Jan/Feb 2019): Fathom Events
They Shall Not Grow Old (Digital pre-order): YouTube | iTunes
“YOU WON’T BELIEVE YOUR EYES!” by Smarter Every Day: YouTube

A Scanner Darkly : 008

Stream the movie:
iTunes | Amazon
Get the Blu-ray:
Amazon
Get the DVD:
Amazon

A Scanner Darkly

What: Keanu Reeves deals with issues of identity and paranoia in this adaptation from the Philip K. Dick book.
Directed by: Richard Linklater
Starring: Keanu Reeves, Winona Ryder, Woody Harrelson, Robert Downey Jr.

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