Introducing – Tools for Cinema Quality Assurance

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Cinema Test Tools for the non-Technical Manager – Post Installation Quality Assurance Has Begun

Cinema Test Tools is a free resource for the cinema industry, tuned most particularly for the non-technical manager. The tools include several DCPs, all with interesting means of testing the sound and picture quality for the interested by lightly trained staff. The lessons on sound and light are written to provide a foundation to communicate with the technician who must respond quickly and well to the information that they discover.

The key is a free Managers Walk Through Checklist that correlates with the many DCPs. It helps bring an understanding of the many nuances of the auditorium's situation in a straightforward way. 

There is so much data...

Scripts. Get. ...while you can

It isn't odd that Mr. Tarrentino would make Hateful Eight available. According to his interview with Elvis Mitchel after Hateful Eight was released he said that he likes people to read his prose, those directions he gives in addition to the words that the actors give.

But it was great to see the script for the Martian available. Go now to: 2015 Screenplays FYC.

Sherrie Rabinowitz Search for VHS/S-VHS and Video8/Hi-8 machines

Mark Schubin requests:

Sherrie Rabinowitz, who, with her artistic and life partner Kit Galloway, pioneered telecommunications art -- satellite, phone, and more -- for decades, recently died after a very long illness.  I worked with them in the late 1970s and in 1980 on a project that was titled "Hole in Space," connecting a window in New York to one in Los Angeles via satellite.  They later created Electronic Cafe International, promoting low-cost videoconferencing.

Sherrie's illness was so long that many of their friends, colleagues, and neighbors, as Kit puts it, "only know Sherrie as the invalid lady."  He'd like to put together something to "remind others that Sherrie was an inspiring intellect and personality that prompted her many friends to nickname her 'Witz,' and no one [who saw her before the illness] could forget her eye-catching beauty."

Kit has VHS/S-VHS and Video8/Hi-8 tapes of Sherrie at their home/arts center in Santa Monica, California but nothing working on which to play them.  Can you help?  Do you have equipment that might play the tapes?  Do you have suggestions of machines that I might buy to help them out?

Any assistance you can provide will be GREATLY appreciated.  You may contact me or, if you'd rather, contact Kit directly at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Many thanks!

TTFN,
Mark

Tubes V xSistors: The Dauphinee Report [Updated]

Ranking up there with the chicken & egg dilemma, "tubes vs. transistors" is the aficionado equivalent to "analog vs. digital" and "LPs vs. CDs".  With  most of my current listening experienced with MP3s, all of these details are lost in the tinnitus and background noise, from air conditioning to the refrigerator to outside traffic.

But!

Just yesterday, I was invited to the home of a neighbor, whom I met at a recent 4th of July party and kindred spirit in the audiophile realm, for a listening experience of his extraordinary system made up of Dunlavy loudspeakers with Krell amplification and a CD player from the 'Jupiter sulfur mines' (thanks Jimi Hendrix "Voodoo Chile!").  My neighbor suggested that I carry along my 'favorite CDs', which was like a gourmet chef asking me to bring along my box of Cherrios.  I was humbled!

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Good Lessons on Violence Response

Well stated essay on responses to violence. Certainly you and I don't need this, but someone we know?

The Truth about Violence : Sam Harris

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Docu Makers Face Hobby Charge/Taxes

Educate > Money => Hobby = No Tax Write Off

US Tax Court Judge Diane Kroupa has decided that a documentary film maker is participating in a hobby, not a money making enterprise that doesn't deserve tax write-offs for expenses. See: If You're a Documentary Filmmaker, You Could Owe the IRS a Whole Lot of Money - indieWIRE