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AIN'T IT COOL with Harry Knowles: Episode IV: The New Cinema of Douglas Trumbull!!! The Future of Event Filmmaking Is Almost Here!

Hey folks, Harry here...  I shouldn't have to tell you a thing about Douglas Trumbull, most hardcore film geeks know his name with great reverence...   but I also understand that a lot of you readers are quite a bit younger - and having grown up in the digital age, this filmmaking hero might have been lost in this age of pixels.   Douglas worked with Stanley Kubrick to change filmmaking forever with 2001: A SPACE ODYSSEY, something that Trumbull did in his early 20s.  A true wonderkid.     He went on to head up VFX on films like ANDROMEDA STRAIN for Robert Wise.  After that he was handed the director's chair for his wonderful SILENT RUNNING, a film he made for just $1 million dollars. Then he headed up the FX team on  CLOSE ENCOUNTERS OF THE THIRD KIND, STAR TREK THE MOTION PICTURE, BLADE RUNNER - 3 of the greatest visual feasts ever put together.  He created SHOWSCAN and was a major force in IMAX and true giant screen cinematic events.   If you've ever been blown away by the BACK TO THE FUTURE: THE RIDE - that was Trumbull too.   Last year he worked with Terrence Malick on TREE OF LIFE - and they are still working together on their IMAX project.   But this first journey to the basement, I couldn't wait to get into this new cinema that Trumbull is creating up in the Berkshires of Massachusetts.   Now - sit back and let Trumbull make you dream of things we've never seen...   Something that has yet to be for us.   He discusses THE HOBBIT and AVATAR 2 briefly - but the hints of what is to come are so tantalizing.  Here we go...



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  • April 26, 2012, 9:45 a.m. CST

    And now to head back to the basement


    see you folks on the other side.

  • April 26, 2012, 9:46 a.m. CST


    by frank

  • April 26, 2012, 9:48 a.m. CST

    Harry's show reminds me just a wee bit of Chris Chandler sometimes.

    by where_are_quints_hobbit_set_reports

    That said, VERY stoked for this interview

  • April 26, 2012, 9:49 a.m. CST


    by where_are_quints_hobbit_set_reports

    can't wait for that!!

  • the front of the car scraped an iceberg and iceberg mist wafted across the hood. Just a ride out of a dream I had once

  • April 26, 2012, 10:02 a.m. CST

    Father Geek needs to clip his fingernails

    by ZapRowsdower

    Jesus, his nails are disgusting. Also, does anyone else think he looks like Nick Nolte?

  • April 26, 2012, 10:07 a.m. CST

    I'm Nick Nolte- "cut da shit!!!"

    by UltraTron

  • April 26, 2012, 10:07 a.m. CST

    Trumbull needs to do the effects for the Blade Runner sequel.

    by DadTimesTwo

  • April 26, 2012, 10:11 a.m. CST

    Love Silent Running

    by JP

    Appreciate this. Good interview!

  • April 26, 2012, 10:15 a.m. CST

    Great Episode

    by eric haislar

    Keep it up.

  • Trumbull is a god of cinema- he offers us the future of theatrical cinema, because he really cares about the immersive experience - I hope he can exact his change on film culture with his incredible advancements - but the cost? Oy, must be prohibitive... and people watch movies on freakin' cell phones- which way will cinema go?

  • April 26, 2012, 10:25 a.m. CST

    Fun to watch.. Fantastic to see Trumbull..I Like it...

    by PrettyFuckingGoogMilkshake

    but wondering if you make more revenue from this than the DVD column.. If you can't manage both projects why not review the DVD's on the show? Obviously you enjoy this more but where's the income factor, and why turn your back on another reason dedicated geeks come back to you?

  • April 26, 2012, 10:36 a.m. CST

    good work

    by klytusnotdead


  • April 26, 2012, 10:38 a.m. CST

    Are the swears still bleeped?

    by JackSlater4

  • April 26, 2012, 10:38 a.m. CST

    Ha! Good on Trumbull for playing along like that.

    by Jethro Bodine

    Still, the man is a titan. This is all a bit rather silly for him, no? But good that the interview gets the show's full attention.

  • April 26, 2012, 10:40 a.m. CST

    Great episode, Harry! Keep it up!

    by End_Of_Line

    Only one problem with this here, is that your awesome Drive-In screen totally gets in the way when you are interviewing someone. But great interview. I hope you have more from Mr. Trumbull soon!

  • April 26, 2012, 10:40 a.m. CST

    absolutely brilliant episode, Harry. Just one question...

    by Talkbacker with no name

    I'm guessing cinemas have to have the series 2 projectors Trumbull talks about for the Hobbit 48fps, but is it possible to watch it on today's TV and PC equipment or will that need upgrading? And if so, can be put on to blu ray at that frame rate or does it require a new format? Boggles the mind, but very fascinating and exciting. Great episode!

  • April 26, 2012, 10:41 a.m. CST

    Continuity error in the opening sequence....

    by john

    FatherGeeks nails aren't insanely long when he hits the projector, a few shots later, they are. That is, unless he has one single coke nail, which in that case, more power.

  • April 26, 2012, 10:42 a.m. CST

    Douglas Trumbull. What a legend.

    by D.Vader

    How did Harry score this coup?

  • April 26, 2012, 10:44 a.m. CST

    Also, nice cinematography.....

    by john

    I definitely like the lighting scheme and a lot of the shots. Who's your cinematographer, Harry? Though if he's out in Austin, I probably don't know him. Is this a 5D shoot?

  • April 26, 2012, 10:44 a.m. CST

    Still stuck at 24 fps.

    by Scarecrow237

    I'm glad to hear that we'll finally begin to see some films projected at more than 24 fps. But for those of us who live in the wilderness, it will still be a dream. NONE of the theaters in my area have IMAX, stadium seating, digital sound or projection. Hell, all of them have walls thin enough that you can hear the movie playing in the next cinema or the traffic driving by outside. I'd love to have film-makers finally decide that if they want their film to be seen in a certain way, that the cinemas that show them must adhere to a standard.

  • April 26, 2012, 10:47 a.m. CST

    So is this what we are getting now instead of the DVD/Blu Ray column?

    by templesweeper

    This isn't bad, but I always enjoyed Harry's thoughts/mini-reviews on the movies coming out each week.

  • April 26, 2012, 10:47 a.m. CST

    dadtimestwo, I don't see why not

    by Talkbacker with no name

    A good example is the amount of large cinemas that upgraded to digital projectors when Spy Kids 3D was released was quite substantial. If major film directors and studios start making movies at higher frame rates and there is a demand to see them in the environment Trumbull would like to use, I could be wrong, but I can't see it being more than installing a curved screen and adding a new projector, even if it's just one screen in the complex. I mean just look at how Imax and 3D went global. Isn't this just an upgrade?

  • April 26, 2012, 11 a.m. CST

    Won't the higher frame rate mean trouble for fights in movies!

    by JackSlater4

  • April 26, 2012, 11:06 a.m. CST

    jackslater4, in what way?

    by Talkbacker with no name

  • April 26, 2012, 11:06 a.m. CST

    Mark Kermode will love this...

    by billyhitchcock1

    ...he loves Silent Running and is always banging on about candles :-)

  • April 26, 2012, 11:08 a.m. CST

    jackslater4 - just the opposite

    by Michael Lunney

  • April 26, 2012, 11:10 a.m. CST

    Great Episode.

    by Bigdada

    Thanks harry, been hoping forever that Trumbull and Showscan would get more exposure.

  • And, lord, please tell me he's not being interviewed by the Harry Muppet.

  • April 26, 2012, 11:19 a.m. CST

    Like when people get punched, but not really, won't that show up?

    by JackSlater4

  • April 26, 2012, 11:25 a.m. CST

    Now THAT was a cool episode.

    by Le Vicious Fishus

    Well done, Harry and production team. I have nothing negative to say. More like this please.

  • April 26, 2012, 11:25 a.m. CST

    jackslater4, no. Fights are about camera angles to trick the eye and distance

    by Talkbacker with no name

    It would only show up if it's shot at a bad angle. Motion blur on 24fps is not used to hide the lack of contact.


  • April 26, 2012, 11:36 a.m. CST

    Wow, Cameron made it sound like he invented 60 FPS

    by Joe Plumber

    Douche! Trumbull came up with it in the 70s.

  • April 26, 2012, 11:38 a.m. CST

    Couldn't view (at work also) either..any mention of Brainstorm?

    by openthepodbaydoorshal

    I thought that was to be the first theatrical experiment using a higher frame rate, at least somehow during the "brainstorm" sequences. And a very underrated movie, with themes usually not associated with science fiction films.

  • April 26, 2012, 11:38 a.m. CST

    I actually believe that holographic technology is the future of cinema

    by Joe Plumber

    And no I'm not talking about Tupac or Crazy Eyed Killer or that Wolfblister crap on CNN. I'm talking about Next Gen Holodeck Porn!

  • April 26, 2012, 11:40 a.m. CST

    60 FPS may actually make shaky cam more acceptable to the human eye

    by Joe Plumber

    Anyone know if this is true?

  • April 26, 2012, 11:40 a.m. CST

    Harry, I love you, but....

    by Stan Arthur

    you need to learn to just be quiet without all the nervous and erroneous interjections when you are in the presence of genius. Take it from me... I've been filming interviews with fascinating folk for years. Sometimes, the best stuff pops out of their heads after a moment or two of deliberate silence. That said, this is still the best thing you could have done for AICN. Bravo and keep it up.

  • April 26, 2012, 11:48 a.m. CST

    Darth Meh

    by D.Vader

    Cameron has always mentioned Trumbull and his work with Showscan, at least in everything I've read anyway.

  • April 26, 2012, 11:48 a.m. CST

    The reason we don't have the Trumbull experience in theaters

    by Stan Arthur

    Is the same reason why we don't have cars that run on water. I was one of the fortunate who saw Showscan all those years ago. It's depressing to me to think about all of the wondrous technology and experiences that have quashed by greed and fear.

  • April 26, 2012, 11:48 a.m. CST

    @director stan arthur

    by Le Vicious Fishus

    Did you read the recent, interminable AICN interview with Stanton in which Harry talked about himself and his own experiences from beginning to end? Maybe it's a matter of low expectations, but I thought the Harry interruptions were really minimal and pretty well placed.

  • April 26, 2012, 11:54 a.m. CST

    Trumbull is to cinema

    by Stan Arthur

    What Tesla was to electricity. Westinghouse and Edison were powerful enough to bury him. Trumbull, too, will most likely die penniless in his son or daughter's garage apartment.

  • April 26, 2012, 11:59 a.m. CST

    Yeah, it's a peculiar fact: video is an ideal medium for Harry.

    by Le Vicious Fishus

    Let's face it -- writing ain't your strong suit, big fella...

  • Do you script this shit?

  • April 26, 2012, 12:02 p.m. CST

    48fps? No thank you.

    by Wes_Reviews_

    I prefer the movies I watch not to look like soap operas, badly calibrated HDTVs, and videotaped plays. If this is the future, I'll likely stop watching new movies altogether in about 3-5 years.

  • April 26, 2012, 12:04 p.m. CST

    I still don't get that weird Quaker neck beard?

    by Righteous Brother

    It freaks me out.

  • April 26, 2012, 12:13 p.m. CST


    by smallerdemon

    I love Trumbull and his passion for projection. It's an uphill battle against studios and theaters, though, in that they all want to go the cheapest routes possible that will still get the audience into the theater (often begrudgingly). But the market is going to force what Trubmull is describing here. What we've got now simply isn't going to be good enough when people have better quality visual and audio experiences in their own homes. I love being at the theater with a good audience as much as anyone, but I know the sinking feeling of being in a theater and having the projection stink or seeing a brand new print scratched (although that might be a thing of the past very soon) from start to finish. Projection has always been a battle, and when it's good it's GREAT and when it's bad it's anger-inducing that you gave someone money and what you got back was the lowest quality experience that the theater could get away with.

  • April 26, 2012, 12:15 p.m. CST


    by Pipple

    really this was like a legitimate pbs kids show from the days when they successfully mixed education and entertainment. But since I'm a perv I'd have loved to have heard what he thinks of immersive porn. I just find the quality of a lot of it to be awful... low res, and poor framerates and lamberts... the best stuff ive seen is shot from more then just deep in the crotch area and treats the female figure like a work of art. thats the way to do everything, exploit the artistic value within a scene. im sick of talking heads.

  • April 26, 2012, 12:15 p.m. CST

    Harry, these are getting better as you go...

    by Superponte

    First episode was "ok", but I am seeing marked improvement. Well Done, and keep it up!

  • April 26, 2012, 12:20 p.m. CST

    Blu ray is a much better value..

    by Fritzlorrerains


  • I also like when film records natural blur at 24FPS so my eyeballs can relax in the dark and let me contemplate what I'm watching. Sports, nature, science, space, CG animation fests, PORN : fine, 48, 60, 72, 120FPS...go nuts. One thing Trumbull seems to skip is that there are more movies now than ever, more attendance now than ever - in the days of CE3K and BR, there were maybe FOUR major films in A SUMMER. Always great to hear him talk, very ahead of the curve, although a bit depressing to still hear him giving the same pitches on his patented tech and sub-par mainstream exhibition. Would have liked to just hear him talk a smidgen about *Slit-Scan*, the CE3K mothership, motion control in smoke rooms, cloud tanks, the BR blimp and, yes, even BRAINSTORM or SILENT RUNNING.

  • April 26, 2012, 12:40 p.m. CST

    These episodes are starting to realize their potential

    by shran

  • I lost count of the number of times the exact same swoop from right to left was used. It's especially irritating considering how the stuff on Harry's desk kept blocking Trumbull's face from view.

  • April 26, 2012, 1:57 p.m. CST

    @the_cellarat good catch. Almost died laughing.

    by Fritzlorrerains

  • April 26, 2012, 2:06 p.m. CST

    Wonderful show

    by Don Cook

    Harry, Longtime reader, first time watcher. Great show. Love Trumbull Great subject and look forward to better/faster framerates. Your set is amazing! You handle yourself well as an interviewer. And putting the old man at the projector worked perfectly(we are of the same age and believe I even saw some of his light shows way back when since I'm here in GA.) Now to go back and watch the previous ones. Keep up the good work. Look forward to seeing another one with Trumbell.

  • April 26, 2012, 2:11 p.m. CST

    cough DVD column cough

    by Kill List Hammertime

  • April 26, 2012, 2:22 p.m. CST

    Talkbackers: A Call to Arms

    by BlaGyver Please give this a read and consider it.

  • April 26, 2012, 3:20 p.m. CST


    by omar qadri

    I cant wait!

  • April 26, 2012, 3:21 p.m. CST

    Fascinating stuff, Harry. Well done!

    by Logan_1973

    And I hope Trumbrall becomes President some day.

  • He was also better at pretending the teleporter and cave were real than Harry was.

  • April 26, 2012, 3:49 p.m. CST

    THAT was fucking COOL!! Thank you, Harry!

    by antonphd

  • April 26, 2012, 3:50 p.m. CST

    ayn_banned - i totally agree

    by antonphd

    with everyone else here that you are a douche

  • April 26, 2012, 4:09 p.m. CST

    Badass COZZILLA poster, Harry!

    by Jet Jaguar

  • April 26, 2012, 5:12 p.m. CST

    Great interview

    by giger167

    Been a fan of Trumbull for forty years. Would be happy for a longer follow up discussing older films, be it in video or written form. Not really arsed if the the written video reviews are taking a back seat, the new videos are much more entertaining to me personally :)

  • April 26, 2012, 6:17 p.m. CST

    My Favorite FX Person

    by Real Deal

    Trumbull is the best. What a treat to see this interview. I keep trying to tell my wife about this man and all he's responsible for. Thanks Harry!

  • April 26, 2012, 6:37 p.m. CST

    Great show

    by dave

    Like one commenter said above, you dont have to say "yeah, uh huh" to show you are listening to what he is saying all the time, and stop interrupting him. Listen, think of what he is saying and work off of it, it doesnt have to be all scripted.

  • April 26, 2012, 7:11 p.m. CST

    another good one!

    by ShaneDugg

    keep em coming... you're hitting your stride with these. i like the discussion about stuff that isn't being touched on every where else.... keep it unique!!

  • April 26, 2012, 7:28 p.m. CST

    And the DVD column is where??????

    by The_Credible_Hulk

  • April 26, 2012, 7:37 p.m. CST

    Best one yet, Harry! 3-for-3!

    by Sprell

  • April 26, 2012, 7:50 p.m. CST

    A powerhouse of cinema to be sure

    by DrGogol

    But Silent Running is terrible. You're telling me that the guy who runs a garden spaceship doesn't know plants need LIGHT? LOL

  • April 26, 2012, 8:01 p.m. CST

    Wicked Pete


    there was no script - no retakes - we had Douglas for a very limited time. I'm forced to shoot these things in bite size pieces due to the contract with Nerdist. We shot multiple episodes with Mr Trumbull, and I've received a great deal of correspondences with him since and he's anxious to come back, spend more time & cover a great deal more. Including his UFO tracking system - which is amazing, some nostalgia & more about what he's up to. I find this man to be absolutely extraordinary. Over the course of the 2 hrs that we shot this - he and I never stopped talking. There are things "off the record" that are amazing - and it looks like in July, I'm going to his ranch/farm/facility and experience what it is he is up to first hand. This is, to me, the biggest CINEMA story out there right now. Not juicy, but this is one of the future developments that will be explored. When you hear how he is shooting what he is shooting, you're going to freak. SO COOL.

  • April 26, 2012, 8:02 p.m. CST

    Best Episode so far

    by Scott Gallacher

    That was great, and very topical with all of the feedback online about the 10 minute Hobbit showing! Next you need to do a webcast/skype/facetime call with Cameron!!!!

  • April 26, 2012, 8:04 p.m. CST


    by DrGogol

    I would have loved to see Devin try to give his "faster frame rates will kill cinema" BS to Trumbull.

  • April 26, 2012, 8:53 p.m. CST

    A New Hope

    by jleft

    That's the kind of stuff I was hoping to get from you... more serious than previous episodes. Like it.

  • April 26, 2012, 9:13 p.m. CST

    Excellent Job! Great Show!

    by Heartland

    I am really enjoying these! You are getting stronger with each episode. I actually think this interviewing gig may be your real talent. I really am looking forward to new episodes. The puppet interview was kind of weird a week or two back-it seemed kind of forced... but I understand that you are trying to be creative. I agree with some of the other talkbackers about the left to right swoope being distracting because of the drive-in set during the Trumbull interview. But the interview itself was photographed very nicely and the content was interesting. Now that I can trust the language a bit more my granddaughters have been watching. We had just watched silent running a few weeks ago so the oldest knew who Douglas Trumbull was. They like looking to see if we have the same toys on our desks. Looking forwards to the next one!

  • April 26, 2012, 9:18 p.m. CST


    by CharyouTree

    I recently got a great 3D eyefinity 120Hz 5760x1080 three monitor setup for my PC. I'm really not great with all the aspect ratios of movies and stuff. Does anyone know of any movies available in cinemascope or anything like what Trumbull describes above that could take advantage of this resolution? I realize its still only 1080 but is there any sort of movie or format that can do this?

  • April 26, 2012, 9:50 p.m. CST

    Harry are you related to Huell Howser?

    by Mel Gibsteinberg

    You actually sound and act just like him. Not a bad thing, your mannerisms and voice just crack me up. Great episode by the way.

  • April 26, 2012, 10:01 p.m. CST

    Also, why does Trumbull consider BTTF The Ride...

    by Mel Gibsteinberg

    So revolutionary, when Star Tours had been in existence for years before it was launched? What am I missing about that ride that was so groundbreaking, cinematicaly speaking, as compared with other rides of the type that existed, especially Star Tours which came way before?

  • April 26, 2012, 10:14 p.m. CST

    Best show yet, Harry.

    by adeceasedfan

    You dialed it back a bit this week, and it made for a much stronger show. Really fascinating stuff.

  • April 26, 2012, 11:12 p.m. CST

    The NYC Alamo

    by Kevin

    should be the first to house his screen.

  • April 26, 2012, 11:34 p.m. CST

    BTTF Ride

    by Heartland

    The Star Tours was flight simulator with a 6 rows of 8 seats with a movie screen showing a 70 mm movie that went along with the movement of the simulator. If you were in the last 4 rows it was kind of hard to see and not very immersive. I felt it was like watching a movie in the back of a bus. It was still a lot of fun though. I hear the revamp is much better. It was opened first in 1987. BTTF:The Ride had two rows of 4 people in each ride car. When you got to the ride car it it raised up about 8 feet up into a huge Omnimax dome that had a much more immersive feel to it. It was bigger and better and surrounded you with sound and visuals. It was really well produced from the pre-ride shows, to the onboard displays, to the movie itself. I still think the Spiderman ride at Universal is my favorite, and I think that Mission to Mars is the most beautiful ride right now. But BTTF really was a totally new movie experience when it came out in 1991..and the fact it lasted 16 years in Florida says something about it's popularity

  • April 27, 2012, 12:05 a.m. CST

    Part II harry

    by rickdeckard1

    I would have liked him to talk more about his past work, Harry bring him back soon thanks!

  • April 27, 2012, 12:44 a.m. CST

    Nice interview

    by pr0g2west

    Harry you son of a gun you. You had me at "Hey folks!"

  • April 27, 2012, 12:50 a.m. CST

    heartland, and isn't the BTTF ride more fps?

    by Talkbacker with no name

  • April 27, 2012, 1:16 a.m. CST

    He was contradictory on his studies and 120 FPS

    by FrodoFraggins

    He stated the audience response seemed to peak around 65 FPS and went back down after that. So why go to 120 FPS. He also sidestepped Harry's question regarding what FPS can we actually see. I thought anything over 60 FPS (smooth) was overkill, but that just may be for games.

  • April 27, 2012, 1:18 a.m. CST

    I doubt 60 FPS helps a lot with shaky cam movies

    by FrodoFraggins

    I have motion sickness issues in the car and when watching movies like Blair Witch and Cloverfield. I doubt there's much they can do to alleviate my issues with them. I really don't want to leave a theater with an upset stomach ever again.

  • It's all about Feasible Cost Effective Retrofitting And it's really simple. "3M" makes a rear projection screen called a Vikuiti. A series/group of DLP projectors are placed a small distance behind a Vikuiti screen and they work together in unison projecting patchwork pieces of the total image in order to create the entire image. One series/group of DLP's projects out the right image parallax at 120 frames per second. The other series/group projects the left image parallax. The LCD parallax filter on the front of the screen switches back and fourth between the left and right projected images at 120 frames per second. No lambert compromise, and more importantly No Glasses. Glasses Free 3D! The Nintendo 3DS already does this. This is the same thing. Just on a grander scale. You couldn't do this trick using front projection systems, because the magic comes from the image being blocked off by the Parallax LCD Filter, and not only that- We use front projection for a reason. We need that space between the screen and the projector to fill up the entire screens size. That's why a rear projection system cant use a single projector. Where is that space in current Cinemas to put a single DLP projector behind the screen? Instead it will use a series of DLP projectors placed much much closer to the rear of the screen- maybe 3 or 4 DLP projectors spaced apart in equal distances per row- Maybe 3 rows, and quite simply all make a single image- by sending specific parts of the image to the respective areas of the screen. I am still wondering why this has not happened yet.

  • April 27, 2012, 3:07 a.m. CST

    Studios dictate what format cinemas show their films in, right?

    by Talkbacker with no name

    If they all start making films at 48 or 60 fps, then the cinemas will have to convert. Simular to now, where the bigger chains have to convert and compete in the current 3D boom.

  • April 27, 2012, 3:09 a.m. CST

    Talkbacker with no name, BTTF Ride more fps?

    by Heartland

    Seems to me its standard IMAX, projected at 24fps as OMNIMAX, which is 15-perforations per frame, 70mm film. The 15/70 frame is 10 times the size of 35 mm film and 3 times the size of standard 70mm. So there is this huge amount of room for extra image information. Also this is pre CGI so its models and traditional optical effects would show up as more photorealistic. Also when you think about it BTTF Ride had black, blacks and the colors really popped with good projection from Xenon lamps for proper lumens. I don't think they were experimenting with 48fps until the mid-90's...But I have been wrong before. Seems to me I read something about Soaring at Disney being at 48fps OMNIMAX-or something similar.

  • April 27, 2012, 3:12 a.m. CST

    @ frodofraggins

    by misterk360

    I'm guessing what Trumbull is saying is 60 FPS would be the norm and in certain moments in a film it would be ramped to 120 FPS, but it's hard to say where's it's all leading as digital cinema is soo new and moving soo fast, nobody really knows where is going to end. Case in point, the only motion picture cameras that could shoot RAWvideo were on average no less then $100k made by either Panavision, RED and Arriflex. Now,there's another camera coming out soon that will shoot in this format costing only $3k bucks! The times are certainly changing.

  • April 27, 2012, 3:19 a.m. CST


    by Darth Scourge

    Great and informative piece. Many thanks.

  • The new video show is great, Billy The Kidd's cynicism and standards are a very welcome antidote and the news stories are genuinely becoming news. AICN, you're finally pulling out of your death-dive. Keep it up, this stuff is great!

  • April 27, 2012, 5:36 a.m. CST

    heartland, I'd have to watch the above interview again, but...

    by Talkbacker with no name

    didn't Turmbull say the ride was 60fps or something?

  • April 27, 2012, 5:42 a.m. CST

    Yeah. The BTTF ride uses his showscan format.

    by Talkbacker with no name

    at 60fps

  • April 27, 2012, 6:53 a.m. CST

    I wish you had asked Douglas about ...

    by scenic

    Tod - A - O. It would have made him smile. I promise you. Tod-A-O was not just a sound process - it also involved 70 mm projection at 30 frames per second and this was back in the 50's. Anarchy at the time. I ran one of the three known movies done in this process. I ran 'Oklahoma' at the Egyptian Theater in Hollywood as a projectionist - it was a revival presentation and I can tell you with all honesty, that film looked unreal and almost too real. That frame rate change in 70mm on the 65 foot screen of the Egyptian (before the American Cinematheque kind of ruined the building in the name of modern art) was nothing short of shocking. That screen looked, felt like a giant windshield and when the wind blew through their clothes - you felt the breeze. This wasn't Jackson's 40 fps in digital whatnot - this was 70 and it was not to be messed with.

  • He knows how to solve the "texting in theaters" issue of people not bothering with movies anymore, he knows how to get piracy to bend itself to the higher quality of theater presentations and he is an advocate of higher fps and has the data AND the argument for it.

  • April 27, 2012, 9:49 a.m. CST

    Moon Landing Hoax?

    by Devilboi

    I hope in an upcoming segment you broached the use of special NASA equipment/cameras in 2001:Space Odyssey that were also used to film the fake moon landing. Great work gents!

  • April 27, 2012, 10:03 a.m. CST

    Great Episode, you could listen to that guy talk for hours.

    by harryknowlesnothingaboutfilm

  • April 27, 2012, 10:04 a.m. CST

    Cinema Isn't About Capturing Reality

    by WriteFromLeft

    Cinema is about capturing a dream. Film stock is best for capturing it. It's been proven countless times. What cinema needs is great storytelling, not 120 frames per second.

  • April 27, 2012, 10:15 a.m. CST


    by WriteFromLeft

    Frogofraggins is right about shaky cam. I'm the same way: I get motion sick when the director and DP elect to go that route. I wish more people would complain about it. It's unnecessary and rarely justifiable from a storytelling point of view.

  • April 27, 2012, 10:22 a.m. CST

    BY FAAAAAAR your best episode

    by Jaster Mareel

    It started out typical Harry with him being aghast that this was someone he'd NEVER ACTUALLY TALKED TO BEFORE! Like it's really fucking weird that there's someoneleft in Hollywood that isn't suckling Harry's ginormous teats. I kept waiting for Boiler to say =FUCK 2001! THAT MOVIE'S FUCKING BORING!= Because that's what Harry thinks of us. But excellent interview, particularly since Harry didn't have to ask many questions and Doug pretty much took the reigns.

  • It was neat, but I couldn't help but think BTTF would have been WAY better.

  • April 27, 2012, 10:30 a.m. CST

    Actually devilboi

    by Mel Gibsteinberg

    Did you know that they used "showscan" equipment to add composite planes flying into the twin towers on 911 to make it look like it was terrorists, when everyone knows it was really George Bush pushing a big red button and cackling with glee? The 60 fps made the planes look believable enough and the world has been fooled ever since. They also used the world's largest cinerama dome at Mile High stadium in the fall of '08 to fool Oprah, Beyonce, and the rest of the crowd that Obama was actually elected. Obama and his family were shot and killed on the election trail back in early 2008, but a secret pact between GM, Chrysler, the RNC and Leslie Moonves allowed a massive conspiracy to take place where the country thinks that he was elected, and is our current president, but in reality that's just Kelsey Grammar in blackface everytime you see him. Finally, you think that that Tupac hologram at Coachella was the first time that technology was employed? Please, George Lucas paid for that technology years ago to fake his existence as a fat toad necked hack who walks around in plaid flannel shirts. The "real" GL hasn't left his Skywalker compound in over 30 years, he was forced at gunpoint to sign off on the SW Special Editions by his "friend" Steven Spielberg who was tired of hearing that Lucas was so great, so he went back and ruined Lucas prized jewel. Rick McCallum was used as the Beard's henchman, if Lucas got out of line, McCallum would just sit on Lucas. Later an unholy union of Bret Ratner, Peter Jackson, and Dick Cheney forced Lucas to once again sign off on the prequels, again using McCallum as their bag man. Jackson didn't want the prequels to compete with LOTR, Ratner was doing as he was told so he could continue to make sub par films and get an unlimited supply of hookers and blow, and Dick Cheney just did it cause actually liked the movies and thought of them as his own biography, given that folks consider him to be Darth Vader. Seriously Devilboi, you were right, just didn't know how right you were.

  • April 27, 2012, 10:30 a.m. CST

    Fine, but will texting be allowed?

    by Jaster Mareel

  • I hope you will take my words to heart or do the research for yourself and come to the same conclusions. Myth busters for starters. Now whether or not we were kicked off the moon like Armstrong said. Well since NASA went before congress with photo-evidence of the facilities on the moon and the evidence went missing in the middle of the trial- well- yes. There were aliens on the moon. You can believe that. Just don't buy into the fake moon landing nonsense.

  • April 27, 2012, 11:28 a.m. CST

    I wonder what happened to his 2001 documentary

    by ObiBen

    I was so much looking forward to this, the trailer was killer and the concept for the presentation very interesting. Now I read WB pulled the plug on it...

  • April 27, 2012, 11:34 a.m. CST

    The Back to the Future ride...

    by HughHoyland

    Was awsome to say the least, and I was woozy as hell after it was finished lol (Nerves). As for this interview very well done Harry. I'm a big fan of his work and this was very informative. IMO what he is talking about is reviving the cinematic experience, which is NOT the same as watching a HD TV or IPAD in the comfort of your house. Its a group experience, often shared with total strangers. Not unlike going to Church or a town hall meeting.

  • April 27, 2012, noon CST

    Great work Harry. Regards from the UK

    by CoolerKing72

    Trumbull is the man...A Rob Bottin interview wouldn't go a miss :-)

  • April 27, 2012, 12:01 p.m. CST

    I tried out the BTTF and T2-3D shows on the same day

    by ObiBen

    And remember my friends and me coming out of BTTF, all commenting on the fact that it looked and felt more 3D than the 3D from the other ride, even though it wasn't. Great stuff, especially the idea of waiting inside a suburbian garage to board the DeLorian...

  • April 27, 2012, 12:15 p.m. CST

    Ho hum. I don't have time to finish this masterpiece

    by UltraTron

    'Twas the week before Avengers, when all through the site- Not a creature was stirring, not even a mite; The toys were hung by the boiler with care, In hopes that Black Widow, soon would be there; The children were banned; all blacklisted  their names, Their visions of commenting, gone up in flames;

  • April 27, 2012, 12:22 p.m. CST


    by LowDevil

    When do we actually get to see these huge screens with movies filmed at 120 fps and in 3d? Im still waiting for theaters to convert to curved screens. I am 38 years old, maybe my grandkids will get an experience.

  • April 27, 2012, 12:43 p.m. CST

    Although I have spent my life adoring cinema....

    by Jaster Mareel

    I think it is reaching the end of the line. It just doesn't mean the same thing anymore. Engineers need to take cinema to a new level, and that doesn't mean curved screens and higher frame rates. That's too incrimental and we all know it's not going to happen. Ticket prices are pushing it already trying to re-outfit screens over and over again. And the 3D surcharge pisses us all off. I shudder to think how much it would cost to go to one of these theaters. We need some sort of virtual reality holography. What would be even better is if we could either let the story play out as recorded, or be able to actually interact with that world. For example, in the recording, a character enters a bank and holds it up. We can then choose to be a character in that situation. We can be the guy himself, or the security guard, bank manager, or perhaps a heroic customer. Regardless of our actions, the story plays out and we can witness or interact with the reprocussions. Maybe we can change which actors play which roles by bringing up an HUD. You can decide that instead of Al Pacino, you want Jack Nicholson to be the robber. You could also change the environment from say a 1930's bank to a 2050 bank. Now, I know what you're thinking =that's a fucking video game fett, not a fucking MOVIE!= I agree and I'm not saying it's better than what we have now, I'm just sort of thinking out loud about where visual entertainment could go.

  • April 27, 2012, 12:56 p.m. CST

    Great stuff, Harry

    by Dru Viergever

    Keep it up sir :)

  • April 27, 2012, 1:18 p.m. CST


    by NightArrows

    He said that it peaked at 60fps, and that was with no other stimulus. Simply the increased FPS. I don't believe he ever stated it went DOWN from there either. I'm assuming 120fps would be a comprehensive "experience" (3D, curved screen, etc, etc,).

  • Until they fix THAT problem, it's pretty much the old "lipstick on a pig" analogy. Which is a fucking shame since the tech that Trumbull is championing is phenomenal.

  • April 27, 2012, 3:15 p.m. CST

    This was fantastic!

    by Chris Moody

    Seriously, Harry, this was the best episode yet! This is turning into something that could go on television. If you check some of the language (especially the F bombs in the previous episodes) at the garage door, this could be in syndication. It might not be on network TV or PBS, but this could be a popular show on SyFy or G4.

  • April 27, 2012, 3:30 p.m. CST

    Curved Screen:

    by Chris Moody

    The Tech Museum in San Jose, CA has one, as does the Space and Rocket Center (Space Camp) in Huntsville, AL. It really is a much more "personal" movie experience. If you could go to 60-120 fps with proper BTW, eyes need time to "adjust" enough to focus during dim light. Unfortunately, most theaters keep the floodlights on during movie trailers. As a result, the eyes are still adjusting during the first 15 minutes of a film -- which is the "grab" time. If you are lost during the first 15 minutes, you will simply be lost and will not enjoy the experience. I had the privilege of attending a screening of a film where the doors were shut at a particular time. The lights were turned off and the trailers were shown with a smaller image. By the time the actual film began, our eyes had adjusted sufficiently for the 3D film. It was the ONLY 3D film that started out like this. If what Trumbull says can be implemented, it would be worth paying $12 to watch a film (rather than $1.20 - $4.99 to rent/stream). Like Trumball implied, the failure of modern movie theaters isn't just about the 2-D experience. It is the cost of the experience versus the payoff. If there is little difference in quality from a flat screen TV, then why pay $12 to watch a film + another $12 for a medium popcorn and Diet Coke? However, if you can "experience" a movie -- then more people would be willing to pay for it. Remember: Most people couldn't experience GONE WITH THE WIND or THE WIZARD OF OZ at home. Even if they owned a television, it was a black & white TV. You went to the movie for the experience. Sadly, home technology has advanced to the point of 75" 1080p HDTVs with Blu Ray films. At the same time, we are (for the most part) relying on the same technology now that we were using in the 1980s. Yes, there are some improvements in sound and digital projects. However, you can experience those -- and more -- at home. If movie theaters want to survive, then they need to create a submersion experience for film-goers. Higher frame rates, higher quality 3D, and the wide-domed reclining seats is what it will take to get people paying.

  • April 27, 2012, 4:35 p.m. CST

    claymation blade runner/trumbull tribute

    by crazy4dragons13

  • I have to admit, I was expecting a bit of a Chris Farley interviewing Paul McCartney moment or two. Good job. And talk about a good sport. Trumbull ducking as he exits was just cool.

  • April 27, 2012, 5:51 p.m. CST

    Harry, serious question...

    by Nick

    That chin beard thing... do you honestly think that looks good? Man, SHAVE IT OFF. You would look so much better without it.

  • April 27, 2012, 6:23 p.m. CST

    Showscan was clearly superior and never happened

    by Rupee88

    He has some great ideas that would obviously create a better theatrical experience but exhibitors don't care if people keep showing up to watching shitty films in shitty presentations and they no doubt will because that's what they have been trained to do.

  • April 27, 2012, 6:24 p.m. CST

    Now you're firing on all cylinders

    by Cagliostro

    Nice job. Keep it going like this and I'll definitely keep watching.

  • I think well have a commitment announced by the end of next year.

  • April 27, 2012, 8:48 p.m. CST

    Look at the bigger PICTURE

    by Jaymie69

  • April 27, 2012, 9:19 p.m. CST

    Missing from this...

    by mdk

    Danny Boiler blurting out, "The Hobbit footage sucked! It looked like a Mexican soap opera! Peter Jackson ducked up again!"

  • April 28, 2012, 12:09 a.m. CST

    Hey Harry

    by MajorBludd

    Please have Jim Cameron on as a guest sometime AFTER Prometheus is released so he can geek out about it. Also ask him if he'll publish a book containing his sketches storyboards and paintings that he has done for his films (and possibly the EFNY and Corman work) As a storyboard and concept designer this would be a biblical text

  • April 28, 2012, 12:58 a.m. CST

    nightarrows: I believe he said the response fit a bell curve

    by FrodoFraggins

    This means that it would have to go back down after the peak at around 70 fps..

  • April 28, 2012, 3:41 a.m. CST

    Hey Harry...

    by JethroBodine

    I liked this episode A LOT. One of your best yet. You're feeling more comfortable with what you're doing and it shows. I DO have one more piece of advice, or request rather. This interview was up on the site for a WHOLE DAY before I noticed it was posted. I come here regularly, and somehow it escaped me. When you post a new episode to the site, how about making a box around your video segment postings to call attention to them? Perhaps highlight them, or put a blue or green box around them, much like the red/maroon boxes you are doing with your postings that have spoilers. It would draw attention to them, and you'd get more views a whole lot sooner. Should be easy enough to do. Anyways, like I said, good interview. I liked it, and I'm excited to see your next one.

  • April 28, 2012, 8:38 a.m. CST

    I once rode the Back to the Future ride about a dozen times in a row

    by Autodidact

    .. it was fucking awesome. No waiting in line either!

  • that have literally been transported into the digital realm. There they are free to be characters. Spend some time with that game and tell me you couldn't tell any story with that tech. The acting has all the emotion and nuance and you recognize name actors in the thing and realize that it is actually them- every friggin quirk. Compare it to any game. Compare it to Helen Mirren in Uncharted 3. It's light years beyond any acting ever done in any other game. The biggest revolution in virtual reality that I've seen. Film is dead now because we can get real actors into complete virtual experiences now. Home virtual experience delivery is the future. The biggest problem with cinema is the idea of entertaining a large group of people at the same time. The most compelling way to tell a story is the La noire tech. You can engage and live with the characters. I hate my partner in LA Noire. I mean I hate that Muther fucker. The group mentality of entertainment has been overshadowed by the virtual experience which is a 1st person experience. Even the military simulators use curved screens but the pilot is in the middle of the screen all alone. People ruin everyone else's 1st person experience. Now concerts and films have been dying out for years. I think the best way to save it all is to kill it completely off. No more concerts and movies at theaters. Take it all away. Then people will eventually come around and want to be in large groups again. Theaters and concert venues can come back with a new spin and it will all be fresh again with a new-found appreciation for getting out of the house.

  • April 28, 2012, 10:25 a.m. CST


    by UltraTron

    The theater needs this curved trumbull tech to be combined with that face tracking software and camera system that allows you to look around the sides and behind objects. You can check it out on utube.

  • April 28, 2012, 10:37 a.m. CST

    I take back what I said last episode, Harry...

    by Michael Morning

    This was an awesome interview! THAT is the stuff you should be talking about on here...relevant, up-to-date, even cutting-edge stuff. V. Cool.</p> <p> That said, it would take something on the order of what Trumball is doing to lure me back to the theater. Between the 3D price gouging the Faux IMAX screens (also being price gouged) and the rude attendees, my wife and I have pretty much abandoned move theater viewing.</p> <p> I think what we might see in the future is a consolidation of theaters. There are so many multiplexes around that they cannibalize their own profits. Shrink these down into about half the current screens, expand showings, and invest in technology over glitz. Maybe we'll see a cinema renaissance. Maybe.

  • April 28, 2012, 11:32 a.m. CST

    Best episode yet

    by dukeroberts

    The full length of the show dedicated to a single topic, where it is discussed in more detail is a better route than a snippet of this, a clip of that. This interview with Trumbull was actually very interesting and involving. Good work, Harry. Now, get to work on that DVD column. You need not watch every DVD or Blu-ray just to tell us what is coming out. Or, you could bequeath the column to someone else. We love the WEEKLY DVD/Blu column. If you're super busy and don't have time for the column, it's understandable. Just have someone else do it.

  • April 28, 2012, 2:06 p.m. CST

    Was that a nod to The Texas Chainsaw Massacre?

    by Ronnie__Dobbs

    When Father Geek pulls the (tin foil) screen down?

  • We need the best of both worlds - good tech AND talented directors... Not hacks and pimps of the latest gee-whiz technology. Trumbal needs to hook up with Ridley Scott again. Wish he'd have been involved in PROMETHEUS. Hopefully he'll be involved in the new Blade Runner sequel/prequel/whatever.

  • He is the champion if such concept, folks. By saying the increase of FPS is bullshit, you are also saying this legend is full of bullshit too.

  • April 28, 2012, 4:22 p.m. CST

    the smoke made his eyes water...

    by livingwater

    ....ironically the smoke was there to blur parts of the image in order to add a blurred cinematic quality ! yes ? the ABSTRACT element in any art doesn't necessarily detract from the content....maybe people do not really want or enjoy seeing a 40ft ultra realistic, 60fps 3D head ?

  • I'll watch my redbox blu-rays and my netflix movies at home where I can tell people to shut up or leave.

  • April 28, 2012, 11:03 p.m. CST

    ronnie dobbs



  • April 29, 2012, 12:04 a.m. CST

    metaldominance...Devin that you?

    by southafricanguy

    i thought i recognized your foul stench.....oh, and may i suggest you look up the definition of "hack" as you clearly have fuckall understanding of what that term means. Whatever u may think of either Jackson or Cameron...neither are hacks as their films are very recognizably theirs.....

  • April 29, 2012, 12:08 a.m. CST

    and speaking of that fat, double standard spewing

    by southafricanguy

    man child....based on his hissy fits of late...if higher frame rates, and the switch to digital means that he will stop spitting his bile and venom...then thats a sactifice I may be prepared to accept.

  • April 29, 2012, 12:10 a.m. CST

    but at least the rantings of the perez hilton of fa

    by southafricanguy

    dom are sometimes amusing....

  • April 29, 2012, 12:14 a.m. CST

    take some ritalin before the next interview

    by animas

    that was hilarious when that guy said "let me finish." We were all thinking the same thing.

  • GREAT episode of what is now my favorite show. Fantastic job on this, man. I read your other responses here to related questions, but I wasn't clear on it. Are you saying there are multiple Trumbull episodes already shot and they are coming soon? If yes, is there any way you will be releasing the unedited interview, all together in one video anytime soon? I'm dying to hear the other stuff. I'm a gigantic fan of Trumbull, Showscan and everything he's working on/has worked on. Thanks in advance if you get the chance to respond. If you don't have the time to answer, please consider posting the full footage. Love ya man.

  • April 29, 2012, 5:32 a.m. CST

    I love the theme music. What is it?

    by Roderich

    And this episode was a blast! Although i sometimes think Trumbull's projects are just big dreams never to really work out, i still love to hear him talk. What really pisses me off are his true observations about the dim projector lights. This angers me more and more. I saw Avengers in Berlin in an IMAX /Sony Event theater (!) and the picture was very dim (had a place far off the center though, but still paid 15 €). I hope there will be more outrage to come for that kind of cheating your customers.

  • April 29, 2012, 5:39 a.m. CST

    Good stuff

    by robertdee

    Trumbull is a legend. From this episode I'd say there's a good balance between quirky presentation and great content (with content having the upper hand which is important). If this is the direction these are going in, I'll keep watching.

  • April 29, 2012, 7:11 a.m. CST



    There will be at least 1 more Trumbull for sure, we had some problems with one of the cameras, which to render the footage viewable is making us run a bit overbudget - but I'm hoping to get it all out there. We shot 3 episodes with opens and closings - I just hope a technical snafu hasn't cost us one of those segments. They'll run every other episode. Next is KNB.

  • April 29, 2012, 7:55 a.m. CST

    I shouldn't have to tell you a thing about Douglas Trumbull

    by Skankardly

    I don't know who he is since I occasionally need the sun. Enlighten me fat man.

  • April 29, 2012, 7:57 a.m. CST

    who's the crazy homeless guy threading the projector?

    by Skankardly

  • April 29, 2012, 7:59 a.m. CST

    "I held my breath the whole time."

    by Skankardly

    I'm sure he did the same thing during the interview since the basement probably smelled like sweaty fat people and Doritos.

  • April 29, 2012, 8:05 a.m. CST

    Headgeek.....thanks for that interview. I hope

    by southafricanguy

    that this an example of what we can expect. Interviews with legends like DT. I hope you will also consider great character actors for interviews.... I am very curious what more DT told you about what he saw of the Avatar 2 tests......?

  • April 29, 2012, 8:07 a.m. CST

    oh...and btw Headgeek, have you seen the

    by southafricanguy

    Avengers yet. I saw it last night here in South Korea....all I can say is god bless Joss Whedon for nailing it 100% and making what is possibly the most fun comic book film I have ever seen.... Much as I love Nolan's batman was so good to see Whedon embrace the pulp nature of the material, as well as the colorfulness, and sheer fun...

  • April 29, 2012, 8:39 a.m. CST

    Somebody dial 911!

    by James Stevenson

    Harry: "OK Doug, here's how it's gonna be: Grant me an interview, and I'll release you". Trumbull: "Oh GOD! The smell!... The smell of this infernal basement! I'll do whatever you want, Knowles!". Seriously, Headgeek... you need to lose the "special guest" aspect of these Episode dealies, and let them stand or fall on the strength of your own body odor.

  • April 29, 2012, 2:46 p.m. CST


    by The Cheese Grommitt


  • April 29, 2012, 3:17 p.m. CST

    screw harry's avengers review..

    by emeraldboy

    channel 4 have just debuted the new prometheus trailer. holy fucking shit.

  • April 29, 2012, 3:24 p.m. CST

    bye bye avengers...

    by emeraldboy

    and your very brief period at top the box office... this is the new uk trailer for prometheus...

  • April 29, 2012, 4:33 p.m. CST

    channel 4 in the uk

    by emeraldboy

    just unleashed the new prometheus trailer on uk tv. get a fucking move on harry...

  • April 29, 2012, 4:54 p.m. CST

    Thanks, Harry!

    by gotilk

    Looking forward to KNB too.

  • April 29, 2012, 5:33 p.m. CST

    la noire...imersive?..behave..

    by paul burnett

    Try an look past the bells an whistles numb nuts. I, on purpose fucked up an investigation,but stil caught the bad guy. Also, during a foot chase,if you dont tackle when prompted and just keep running after the perp, he eventually runs out of prgramming an fuckin dog shit.

  • April 29, 2012, 5:34 p.m. CST

    la noire...imersive?..behave..

    by paul burnett

    Try an look past the bells an whistles numb nuts. I, on purpose fucked up an investigation,but stil caught the bad guy. Also, during a foot chase,if you dont tackle when prompted and just keep running after the perp, he eventually runs out of prgramming an fuckin dog shit.

  • April 29, 2012, 7:58 p.m. CST


    by Mercuryrules

    That was very interesting, lets have more stuff like this, thank-you!

  • April 30, 2012, 5:48 a.m. CST

    the avengers weekend worldwide opening weekend

    by emeraldboy

    is 174 million dollars. 200 million by midweek, me thinks.

  • I could listen to Douglas Trumbul talk about all this tech stuff for hours.

  • April 30, 2012, 11:25 a.m. CST

    Hey Asi......hows it going dude? Hows things in

    by southafricanguy

    your neck of the woods? Have you seen the Avengers yet? So much fucking fun.....One of the best superhero films I have ever seen.....Joss Whedon proved everyone wrong....

  • April 30, 2012, 2:44 p.m. CST

    i will take good stories over this tech bullshit any day of the week...

    by thekylegassproject

    more bells and whistles to disguise the fact that good storytelling is, for all intents and purposes, extinct.

  • April 30, 2012, 8:04 p.m. CST

    ugh Harry

    by Winston Smith

    Really, this site would be so much better without Harry. You are so clearly a narcissist wonderkid, so to speak. The show ISN'T ABOUT YOU, it's about them. Anyways, the Back to the Future ride was incredible. I've seen some other examples of Show Scan, and to see that format used on a 300 mil dollar big budget film would be a dream. If only Ridley Scott could shoot that new Blade Runner film on 60fps 65mm...

  • That's bullshit. I'm an editor. Worst case your editor has to stay late one night, there's no reason "rendering" footage should cost a DIME more unless you're paying people by the hour. In which use this as a learning moment.

  • April 30, 2012, 8:14 p.m. CST

    One last thing...

    by Winston Smith

    ...though I agree, theatres need improvement since we can get so much at home, the sad fact is look at IMAX. That's what IMAX was about. And true IMAX is amazing. Yet what did they do? As soon as there was an interest, they packaged that and started making those way smaller theatres that aren't even as big as everyday classic theatres were back in the day. The money has to be there, they have to see a reason to do it financially, or it won't happen. The reason we're seeing a shift now is because the filmmakers of the top grossing films have an interest in 3D and higher FPS and all that. But if they didn't, we wouldn't even have that. And the increase in foreign bo as an important part of the moneymaking process means that Hollywood is raking in the cash. So it'll be people like Jackson and Cameron and Malick and yes Trumbull who are gonna have to do this and do it by proving it'll make more money. Because in an alternate world, ShowScan could have been used for almost every big budget film since the mid-80s.

  • April 30, 2012, 10:16 p.m. CST

    I agree with director Stan above, Harry I'd suggest

    by smudgewhat

    Trying to be a bit more quiet and observant while your interview subject is responding. The near constant "yeps" feel like intrusions on Trumbull's train of thought. A good interviewer knows when to get out of the way and let the subject give the gold.

  • May 1, 2012, 4:50 a.m. CST

    Hello Harry

    by Media Messiah

    Congratulations on the video segment additions to AICN. The segment with Trumbull was rich in production quality and style, and your knowledge of film technicals, as demonstrated within the interview, was very informative. I would love to see you move on to doing your own films soon.

  • May 2, 2012, 6:13 p.m. CST

    Now THAT was friggin cool!!

    by TheManWithTheHat

    1st ep, I was "meh" then, with each getting better UNTIL THIS!! THIS is what this show was meant to be!! WELL DONE!!

  • May 7, 2012, 5:13 a.m. CST


    by Stanwick

    Hey, Maybe this is old new but I've been away a long time. Was Harry the template for Buddy/Syndrome in The Incredibles?? Excellent interview BTW.