Scott went and saw Ender's Game yesterday and he really liked it. The movie follows the book rather nicely, even though they cut out a lot. He found it interesting that Ender's Game wasn't released in 3D, and there's some scenes that would really lend well to it. The director decided not to because the long space shots, and long lens shots wouldn't play well in 3D. Leo says he likes that a director is making an artistic choice to not show it in 3D, and Scott agrees. Scott saw it at the new TCL Chinese Theater in Hollywood. TCL makes HDTVs and are making a push into the US.
Leo saw the new Jobs movie Thursday night with only 7 other people in the theater, and five were in his party. He said the acting wasn't so great, particularly Ashton Kutcher. Woz was nicer, and while the acting was fine, it was inaccurate in its portrayal of factual depictions. Leo also said he felt bad for how characters around Steve Jobs were portrayed. "I've never been in a movie that made me both angry and bored" says Leo.
Leo says the only thing that Kutcher has going for him is that he looks similar to Jobs with the beard, but that's about it.
Scott went and saw Elysium last night. First time he's seen a movie at a theater in opening night, and he even saw it twice! He thought the premise was timely with the growing divide of the haves and have nots. The visuals were stunning, but it fell down a bit with the "shoot em up" second half. He saw it twice to compare the two new sound systems - Dolby Atmos and Barco Auro 11.1. Barco puts two rows of side surround speakers and clusters of overhead speakers to create a 3D sound space. Comparing them, it was no comparison. Dolby Atmos cleaned Barco's clock rather handily.
Paul would like to connect his old laptop to his HDTV, but he doesn't have a VGA input on his TV. Paul only has a VGA output on his laptop, though. Leo says ideally, he'd want to use HDMI. Many modern laptops can use DLNA or Wi-Fi Direct that plays video over the air. Apple calls their version of this "Airplay". Paul's laptop probably doesn't support it, though.
Ray bought some movies from iTunes and would like to strip the DRM off them. Leo directs him to this LifeHacker Article, which uses a utility called NoteBurner M4V Converter Plus to convert them. It's $50. Leo then advises not buying movies from iTunes anymore, and to go with Amazon instead.
David worked on the The Hobbit by supplying aerial camera equipment for the helicopter film scenes. He saw the movie in 48p and he found it odd looking. Leo says he's a Peter Jackson fan and loves Lord of the Rings, and he's interested in seeing it for himself. But there are those who say that The Hobbit is not the ideal example because of how it was made in HFR. Leo has a hunch when 48p is the norm, we'll look back and wonder what the big deal was about.
The Hobbit will be shown in several different ways, including 2D, 3D, IMAX and the new 48 frames per second. Most movies are shot in 24 frames per second. When there are as many as 48 frames per second, it stands to reason that it would look more realistic. Some people, however, think it actually just looks weird, and less realistic. There's too much detail and too clear, so it takes away from the film quality that people are so used to.
Disney will be releasing three new episodes of Star Wars, 7, 8 and 9, in 3D. The franchise could go on much longer than this, though. In fact, Lucas says Disney's Star Wars could go on for a hundred years…
Shot at 48 frames per second (known as high frame rate - HFR), Peter Jackson's Tolkein epic "The Hobbit: An Unexpected journey comes to theaters next week. Jackson shot at 48p in order to create the sharpest possible image to help the audience get immersed into the story. There's been some resistance because people say it doesn't look "film like," (or shot at 24 fps). But Scott says it'll look fabulous. Detailed. Crisp and clear. But the problem is, it starts looking less like film and more like video.
Peter Ramsey, director of Dreamworks holiday animated epic Rise of the Guardians is Scott's guest this hour. Rise of the Guardians is based on an idea by William Joyce, who's daughter asked him Santa Claus, the Easter Bunny, and Jack Frost know each other. Peter started as a story artist, and directed a TV special for Monsters vs. Aliens. So to be able to make his first animated fantasy epic is an exciting opportunity.