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digital makes the cut

Over the weekend I saw two movies shot entirely digitally: Pedro Medem's Sex and Lucía (Lucía y el Sexo) and Mike Figgis's Hotel. Hotel is much more experimental, using a wide variety of lenses and effects, including the "night vision" mode on some of the digital cameras. Figgis also uses sometimes two-way, three-way or even four-way split screens, which digital also facilitates because of its low cost and ease of processing. Sex and Lucía, while more "conventional" in its filming style, has nevertheless incredibly beautiful photography and uses the additional capabilities provided by digital cameras to great effect, even if sometimes the uses are subtle manipilations of color, light levels or texture. The use by Lucas of an all-digital process for Attack of the Clones might have been the most high-profile yet, but it's been used before, and to greater effect by others (and before, most notably in Figgis's own Timecode and Wayne Wang's The Center of the World). Filmmakers are finally dawning on the possibilities of digital technology just as cameras are getting good enough to replace film. The greater artistic freedom given to directors by digital cameras should mean more, cooler experiments and ways of expressing in the near future. Movies will never be the same.

Categories: technology
Posted by diego on November 25, 2002 at 8:18 PM

more on Microsoft OneNote

Steve Gillmor comments on Microsoft OneNote. He seems to be thoroughly impressed by it. It's certainly an interesting component, but I don't know if it deserves so much hype. For one, the complexity added by yet another component will stand in the way of huge gains from the product. Another factor is the cost: if OneNote forces you to upgrade to Office 2003 or whatever it will be called, then you'll probably need Windows XP, and new hardware to boot, to run it efficiently. Microsoft doesn't need to worry about those things though, that's one of the advantages of having a monopoly.

Categories: technology
Posted by diego on November 25, 2002 at 3:21 PM

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