Magazine article American Cinematographer


Magazine article American Cinematographer


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Higher Speed

I am very excited about Douglas Trumbull's Showscan. Can we please have an article about it. His process is so simple: increase the speed and you get rid of strobing and undesirable blue in action sequences. I have seen Imax and it is impressive but the strobing problem is amplified and can cause headaches.

I have observed that 8mm at high speeds of 62 fps gives the impression of "looking out a window." Techniscope at 48 fps could be a vast improvement using the same amount of film stock. Only the movement in the projectors would need to be replaced. At higher speeds grain drops out, so 48 fps 2 perf would be no grainier than 4 perf full frame projections.

New standards of quality are needed in the film industry. Let's resurrect Techniscope and soup it up to 48 fps!

-Grant Vuille

St. Petersburg, FL

An article on Showscan is in The works.


I am a projection apprentice and I am struggling to obtain information about projection subjects such as sound, film, lenses, etc. Does anyone publish a projection manual of any sort?

-Carlos Hernandez

The Society of Motion Picture and Television Engineers publishes a book entitled Motion Picture Projection and Theatre Presentation Manual. They can be contacted at 862 Scarsdale Avenue, Scarsdale, NY 10583 (914) 472-6606.


I would like to correct some inaccuracies regarding Videola in your article "Film-to-Tape, Part II: Projection and Rotating Compensators" (August 1983 & reprinted in Electronic Production Techniques). The article states that a typical rotating compensator device is priced at about half the cost of a flying spot telecine. …

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