Sunday, February 1, 2009




We just got a new High Definition TV. I think, as everyone gets it, it is going to change the media of what we see. Already we can see wrinkles, spots, skin blemishes and too much makeup that we did not notice before. Why is Brad Pitt wearing pancake and lip gloss to be interviewed? Gosh, I did not realise our familiar news reader was so old. On the other hand these men against, (or with), the forces of nature let us into their very selves, as we see them distinctly, warts, sweat and all. But the big change is going to be movies on TV. We watched one of our favourite films, "Oh Brother Where Art Thou?". So I had seen it before, maybe more than once, soon after it came out and we are very familiar with the music, which we often play on a CD. Nevertheless, I could not stop seeing the mechanics of each scene, the sets, the lighting, now the camera was tracking, now the actors had just been waiting for the directors to call "Action!". It did not take away from my enjoyment of the film, but I was not involved in the story. I still laughed and cried, but I knew I was watching a produced product, I was no longer immersed in the story. Some films have already caught up. Slumdog Millionaire was, I gather, shot in Digital HD with shots from photographic still cameras added. They took over three months to edit it and the result is quite unlike any other film I have ever seen. There is almost an assault of words, pictures and music, which give me a fuller picture not only of the story, which is quite simple, but also a running documentary on life in India. Rather than too little audiovisual, there is often too much, so that I am forced to open my eyes and ears wider and, at times, determine that I will catch something half missed on a later viewing. On TV only 30 Rock has found a similar enthusiasm from me.

5 comments:

sciencegirl said...

Perhaps as HDTV makes it harder to hide or deny our aging, people will start to realize it's nothing worth hiding, and we can be ourselves, at any age. Hooray for warts-and-all.

French Fancy said...

These days with some of the more sophisticated sort of films, one can watch them about three times in the same amount of days before one gets overloaded.I think it's called multi-layering or summat.

Enjoy your tv - you deserve it. It's rubbish weather and how nice to stay indoors in the warm with ones you love and a good telly.

marc aurel said...

Sc girl: Absolutely. Methinks the baby boomers are making another worthy adventure out of aging, wrinkles,age spots and all.

FF: I like it. Multi-layering I've heard of, although it could be applied to rich art pieces, I think.Summat sounds great. It might replace trope as the buzz word of the late 2000's.

Edward Hegstrom said...

See, this is why I don't like hi-def formats: Older movies (even if they're only a few years old!) weren't meant to be seen this way, and it's not a fair way to judge them--it's like blowing up a painting to where all you can see are brushstrokes.

Just me said...

About nine years ago we took our students to NYC and visited the NBC studios. On our tour, they showed us 2 studios- an old one and then a new one set up for HD. They explained to us how they had to change their studios to accommodate the new HD trend. They used to be able to use DUCT TAPE to simulate metal on their sets!

We bought an HD TV last year and found that even non HD shows look better than they did on the old tube TV. :)