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It’s Like, Too Loud~!

The first instinct for controlling “Too Loud” in the movie theater is “Turn it down.” From the viewpoint of the patron: We drive to the movie theater. We pay for our ticket. We sit for a while in soft lighting (wondering if we’re going to be bothered by the sound and smell of our neighbor’s popcorn all night).

Then the room goes full dark and a movie preview music begins. It’s all mystery-building-like with cool, dark logos and – Bright and Loud!!! Turn it down!!! Continue reading “It’s Like, Too Loud~!”

stick figure looks at screen and speakers

Too Loud; Distance

What To Do?

The solution could be as simple as choosing a different seat.

In an auditorium with a big slope, or ‘stadium seating’, the sound is often actually louder in the 2nd half of the room!

Technically, someone who has studied physics will tell you that sound levels decrease as you increase distance. Don’t argue with those people – they and their graphs are absolutely right. Out in an open field, you can measure with great detail how much less the sound decreases with distance. Don’t even mention to them that the theater is not an open field. Just nod. Continue reading “Too Loud; Distance”

Too Loud, Because Distortion

Sometimes turning the audio level down may be the correct response. But probably not most of the time.

“Too Loud” might really be “Too Distorted” – something wrong with a speaker or amplifier – or some other piece of equipment. If you turn down the level of everything, the distorted sound will still be there, but everything will be now be unbalanced.

Or it might be “Too Loud For Your Age” – the chronologically-enriched (the polite way to say ‘older people’) who may have certain frequencies that don’t sound as clear as they used to. A younger audience member might hear the same sounds and not think that there is anything but an exciting set of music and effects. This means that turning it down will make it easier for one person, but most people will not get the full dynamics that the director intended. …which is your job. Continue reading “Too Loud, Because Distortion”

Details to see in bright light and shadows

Look This Way

There is a lot of light out there, and such a small amount of eye to tell you what is going on. This is a story about some of that magic. Because it is not just one or two little eyes, but 100 million receptors in each one…and they are very very tiny.

The central theme of this part of the light and sight story is “Accommodation and Adaptation.” It is so entertaining that it may take a few posts. Continue reading “Look This Way”

Truth In Labelling for the Cinema

Listen To This…(Part 1)

Sound for movies is like pictures for movies. Something happens in front of a microphone or camera lens, a whole bunch of magic stuff happens, then sound and picture happens from the speakers and on the screen of a cinema theater.

In this post, the title Listen To This means that we’ll discuss the grand subject of sound.

It may seem that sound is not as important or complex as moving pictures, but this is not true. It will take several articles to point out the different ingredients so we can fulfill our objective: to know how to tell what is right and wrong about the sound we are given in the theater auditorium. But it will be worth it to know, since we all want to get the most out of our entertainment experience…and money. Continue reading “Listen To This…(Part 1)”

Concept Drawing of Dcinema Self Compliance mechanisms

Quality / Art / Technology and the Movies

Movies, and the Entertainment Technology for Movies, involve a lot of components. Each have many procedures, that is, many steps to accomplish the goal.

In addition to all the organized madness, there are a few absolute, overarching rules. These are our topic.

The first rule is to fulfill one goal: To allow for, and follow the director’s intent. Continue reading “Quality / Art / Technology and the Movies”