Show Notes & Research
From the Show
Broadcast: 27th, September, 2015
Last update: 1st October, 2015
- Read the feedback, notes from the last show
- Begin recording
- Introduction and description of the podcast, goals, modus operandi.
- What An investigation of everything from a British perspective by two brothers (who consider themselves to be relatively normal chaps), one topic at a time.
- Who Geoffrey Campos (engineer and devil’s advocate),
Benjamin de-Campos (designer and believer).
- How Choose a topic of interest, spend a little time researching it, have a discussion then publish the notes.
- Why The main benefits are the fostering of a greater understanding of the world before we die and hopefully, to prompt further thought and discussion from our listeners.
- The topic we will be discussing in this episode is Cinema (the noun)
Sitting watching lots of photographs per second in a room full of strangers has been a pastime enjoyed by all walks of life in all corners of the globe for over a hundred years. The appeal of those halcyon days is obvious; folks didn’t have TVs or ipads and apart from going to church or lynching, there wasn’t all that much to do in their downtime. In the 21st century, going to the cinema is facing stiff competition from internets, disco dancing, pop music and gum chewing. Who wants to go to the cinema anyway? Spending 15 quid on a ticket to see some three-hour Michael Bay nonsense, drinking a Coke for a tenner, having to try and ignore arseholes either chatting, texting or slowly advancing on your armrest, straining your neck to see the screen through a tiny gap between the head’s of a canoodling couple. Eff that.
What we’re not talking about
- Television, the drug of the nation, breeding ignorance and feeding radiation.
Each bullet is a talking point. Sub-bullets are topics that may or may not be covered. Usage: Read the bullet and sub-bullets then talk about some or all sub-bullets.
- What is a cinema? [not the collective noun]
- A popular abbreviation, and now the usual form, of cinematograph n.; hence (short for cinema hall n. at Compounds 1, etc.), a building in which cinematographic films are exhibited. - OED
- Han dynasty shadow puppets 200BC
- Early 19th century, magic lanterns
- First projected film before a paying audience was in Upper Regent Street, on 21 February 1896.
- Zoetropes (spinning walled circles with playing-card sized incremental images giving the illusion of motion - built in shutters.
- Hand cranked projectors
- Very popular very quickly
- Vue, 2003 née Warner Village. Tim Richards (founder) sold it to Aimco (Canadian private equity partnership, 350 employees, £37Bn assets) in 2013. Tim trousered £50M from the sale.
- Odeon, est. 1930. owned by Terra Firma private equity - 100 employees, £5Bn assets, headquartered in Guernsey...
- Cineworld 800 screens
- Everyman Founded 1933, 11 cinemas. My local was an Odeon (last year), now an Everyman
- Phoenix in East Finchley (Phoenix surely), Shiraz & gourmet olives! Continuously open since 1912. Good documentary on Youtube.
- Screen on the Green Continuously open since 1913
- BFI Imax Has IMAX film and digital projectors. Screen is 800Kg perforated vinyl
- Prince Charles
- Largest screen - BFI Imax Waterloo (20m by 26m)
- Most screens - Cineworld Centertainment in Sheffield (20)
- Tallest - Cineworld Glasgow Renfrew Street (63m tall)
- Shutter A metal plate is inserted between every cell i.e. cell plate cell plate cell plate.. 48 times a second (film and shutter combined). If the shutter were left out, there would be blur.
- DLP Thousands of microscopic mechanical mirrors on a chip.
- Sound on Film Optical wavelength prints on the movie film itself, occasionally on a different reel.
- IMAX (Image MAXimum)
- Was a 70mm film format (586x magnification) invented by a Canadian company of the same name with separate magnetic tape for the soundtrack. Now (since 2008) is a 2K digital format called IMAX Digital Format.
- Hemispheres - National Space Centre in Leicester have a hemispherical screen similar to a planetarium
- IMAX Purpose built (usually) where the audience are seated closer and at a greater angle. Speakers directly behind the screen.
- £23 for 2 adults to see Macbeth Oct 2nd at my local. Restricted from selecting some ‘available’ seats.
- £19 to see The Martian (including ‘convenience fee’) in AMC Universal CityWalk 19. Quite a lot of seats available..
- Bums on seats
- Pay on way in vs. out
- Vouchers and membership
- Booking fee - what is it?
- Merchandising & Advertising
- Frame Rate!
- Positional 3D
- IMAX lasers!
- Interactivity Different angles, immersion (helmets?)
- On demand - BFI has a BFI web player
- Favourite top 5 cinema films
- 2001: A Space Odyssey
- There Will be Blood
- Star Wars
- Tron (incomprehensible plot)
- Age of Innocence
- Ben (in no particular order)
- 2001: A Space Odyssey (which I have seen in the cinema)
- Blues Brothers
- Back to the Future 1
- Terminators 1 and 2
- erm …
Terminology specific to the topic
- 24P 24 frames per second (or just a little less)
- Digital Light Processing (DLP) Technology invented by Texas Instruments where light is bounced off microscopic moving mirrors on the surface of a silicon-chip like device.
- Dolby Despite being that little button on your SOny Walkman in the ‘80s that acting to muffle the sound, Dolby produces the sound during the shooting of and displaying films.
- Balls There are many little metal balls forming the bearings found in the moving parts of projectors, even now with digital projectors.
- Details about site, contacts, next show: Islam
- Outro music choice - something open source or out of copyright so we don’t get sued
- Richard Strauss: Also Sprach Zarathustra by Kevin Macleod in accordance with Creative Commons attribution licenses.
- Recording ends, postmortem recording begins
- Add intro music, outro, any editing
From the Show
Notes, corrections and further references
October 1st - New Laser IMAX projectors premiered in London