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https://www.slashfilm.com/war-on-motion-smoothing/The War on Motion Smoothing has been raging for years, and while many Hollywood directors have spoken out against the consumer TV set before, the fight may finally be approaching its end.
High-profile directors Christopher Nolan and Paul Thomas Anderson have reached out to television manufacturers to ensure that audiences at home are able to see films presented as closely as possible to the director’s original intention, and a new “reference mode” will implement the results of a new director’s survey.
While motion smoothing often looks good for sports, it gives everything else a “soap opera effect” that makes it look cheap and tacky. The problem is that TV manufacturers have made it the default setting for most televisions, likely so they can display sports footage on the show floor at stores like Best Buy and Target. The average consumer may buy a TV, take it home, think there may be something slightly off about the picture quality, and shrug their shoulders and go on with their lives, dooming themselves to countless hours of watching motion smoothed entertainment. Filmmakers have been complaining about this for years, with Rian Johnson being especially vocal about it on Twitter (changing the settings on nearly every TV he encountered to turn off the effect) and I Think We’re Alone Now director Reed Morano even creating a petition four years ago to try to make some headway.
Last week, Directors Guild of America members received the following e-mail:
The letter was signed by Nolan and Jonathan Mostow (Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines), who serve as Co-Chairs of the DGA’s Creative Rights Committee. /Film obtained access to the survey, which begins with this note explaining the Committee’s goal: to send the results of the study to manufacturers and implement a “reference mode” that more accurately reflects filmmakers’ intentions for the presentation of their work on the small screen.Dear Fellow Directors:
Many of you have seen your work appear on television screens looking different from the way you actually finished it. Modern televisions have extraordinary technical capabilities, and it is important that we harness these new technologies to ensure that the home viewer sees our work presented as closely as possible to our original creative intentions. To this end, Christopher Nolan and Paul Thomas Anderson reached out, via the studio UHD Alliance, to television manufacturers. By starting a dialogue with the manufacturers themselves we hope to try and give directors a voice in how the technical standards of our work can be maintained in the home. The short survey in this email is a first step towards both demonstrating to manufacturers just how much we care about the presentation of our work, and offering some indications of the most common causes for concern. Take the survey here: [Redacted]