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I Hate the Look of Film

I don't get to the movie theater often. And the last few films I've seen were digital.

And I love how digital looks on the screen: Vibrant, solid, steady, crisp...

But today and I went to see a movie. It was on film. The trailers before the film set me on edge. The jitter. The graininess. The soft-focus. I couldn't enjoy the trailer at all because the "film look" was killing me.

My revulsion hadn't diminished by the start of the flick. The image was bouncing everywhere, but it wasn't intentional. I was struggling to focus on the story because the presentation was reminding me--with every flicker and bounce--that I was watching a movie on film. It was infuriating.

Thankfully, after about ten minutes I was able to tune out the medium and enjoy the tale. But the medium was a distraction at the beginning.

And that is unfortunate.

So, yes: I hate the look of film. Give me digital, please.

 ~Luke Holzmann
Your Media Production Mentor

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