We keep hearing how expensive film is and how much it costs to make the prints and ship it to theaters when it is actually a small percentage of a movie budget.I don't think that, initially, there will be in the way of cost savings. What WILL be saved, however, will be our fresh water supply. As a photographer myself, I finally sold off my entire darkroom when my son was born simply because I could no longer stand the thought of those gallons of highly toxic chemicals being in the house, let alone dumping them down the drain after a night of printing. Yes, there are filters involved, but those chemicals don't just go away. The digital process is almost entirely chemical-free and for that reason alone, should be encouraged.As for movies shot digitally, if you get a chance, go see a film called "Julia and Julia" starring Kathleen Turner and Sting.It was produced by RAI Televisione Italia, and was the first film shot entirely in HDTV. It was a bit boring but I thought it was beautiful to look at.And for animation, digital will and is, opening up new worlds that didn't exist in the film only days.I try not to fight these innovations anymore. I used to be a purist, with my Leica, but I saw the light. You only need to let it in. Of the five catagories of of customer involved in the technology adoption life cycle, I'd rather be in the first group than the last. It's much more interesting.But my original point was that this technology IS going to happen. Currently there are two companies involved in building the projectors. Texas Instruments and Cinecom Digital Cinema, and they BOTH use the Qualcomm protocols for compression and encryption. I am calling these "enabling technological innovations". You may disagree, but if you look at the list of patents involved, they would fall under the discription of "Proprietary open architecture", and this is what we're all looking for, right?Tim
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