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Friday, May 13, 2005

New 'Tallscreen' Format Set to Replace 'Widescreen' in 2011

Posted by a4g @ 5/13/2005 06:20:00 AM

A Point Five Emerging Technology Report

A movie industry group announced today plans to implement an entirely new display format for motion pictures and television programs, putting the plan on a fast track that should have worldwide compliance by 2011. Dubbed "Tallscreen", the format supplants both the early film/television aspect ratio of 4:3 "Fullscreen" and its successor, the 16:9 "Widescreen" format.

The group, Joint Action Committee of Actors, Singers, and Screenwriters, have developed the format to "enhance the enjoyment of the filmic art." Ben Affleck, a founding member of JACASS, and easily its most enthusiastic and knowlegable members, explains:

In early film, the 4:3 format was adopted defacto, without regard to aesthetics. Here is an image from the classic film, Ben Hur, shown in the 4:3 format:

4:3 'Fullscreen' Format

You can't see the action, the composition of the frame is totally muddled. Absolutely unacceptable. A horrible atrocity.

Here is the same image as shown in theaters:

'Widescreen' Format

Again, why I am looking at all this extraneous scenery? The number of chariots is confusing. I'm having difficulty processing all this information. And there seems to be some kind of large head that's gotten in the way of the shot.

And here, the fulfillment of over a century of dreams:

'Tallscreen' Format

The composition is simple, and elegant. I can follow the action. The actor (in this case Charlton Heston) suddenly becomes the focus of the scene, and isn't that what I paid big bucks to come and see, my favorite actor? Notice how the actor is highlighted.

The JACASS plan calls for legislation mandating the switch for all televisions, theaters, and computer monitors in a phased implementation that would be complete in 2011, believed to be the last year that the current crop of actors will still be believable in leading romantic roles.

Here is some of the exciting technological changes in store:

Tallscreen Movie Palace

Tallscreen Computer Monitor

Some of our commenters have noted that the screenwriters seem to be an odd pick for this group. Speculation has swirled (and gotten quite heated, at times!) in the comments section of this post as to their inclusion in this group. Ben Affleck explains: "We asked the screenwriters to join because we knew we could get them to do all the actual work, after we had come up with the ideas. They were just happy to be asked."


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At 5/13/2005 07:13:00 AM, Anonymous Aspiring_Screenwriter ...
Why are the screenwriters in this group? What do they have to gain?
At 5/13/2005 07:14:00 AM, Anonymous Its_Called_Reality_So_Deal ...
Hey, Aspiring,

I don't know what you're talking about.
At 11/05/2008 09:20:00 AM, Anonymous Anonymous ...
You make tallscreen seem like it's evil. I wouldn't use it for gaming, of course, but it is great for print design and web development (in my not-so-humble opinion).

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