DARK SCREEN?

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DARK SCREEN?

Post by sherbetbizarre » Sun Aug 26, 2018 3:38 am

Anyone else finding the projection in the main screen "underlit"?

Like the brightness setting is too low?

In some scenes it's hard to tell what is going on :(

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Re: DARK SCREEN?

Post by Whiptail » Tue Aug 28, 2018 6:13 pm

I did find the screen a little dark. It is a horror film festival though, so most of the films will be dark (which benifited films such as Heretiks, as it drove home the darkness of the convent, but wasnt a great benefit to the black and white segment in Feild Guide to Evil) but was a little too dark in places.

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Re: DARK SCREEN?

Post by TheDukeAbides » Tue Aug 28, 2018 6:22 pm

Having only projected on "normal" screens with old film projectors, it is possible this dark screen phenomena may be linked to the "not an imax experience" warning.

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Re: DARK SCREEN?

Post by cineBAKA » Tue Aug 28, 2018 10:43 pm

The only film I really found issue with was Boar. The blacks were crushing and it was hard to make out what was happening at times.

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Re: DARK SCREEN?

Post by TheDukeAbides » Tue Aug 28, 2018 10:50 pm

cineBAKA wrote:
Tue Aug 28, 2018 10:43 pm
The only film I really found issue with was Boar. The blacks were crushing and it was hard to make out what was happening at times.
Probably for the best...

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Re: DARK SCREEN?

Post by sherbetbizarre » Wed Aug 29, 2018 10:59 am

TheDukeAbides wrote:
Tue Aug 28, 2018 6:22 pm
Having only projected on "normal" screens with old film projectors, it is possible this dark screen phenomena may be linked to the "not an imax experience" warning.
Well, it would be a pity if we have to suffer an inferior picture due it being an Imax screen - however I didn't have this issue last year. Seemed to me turning up the brightness just a tad would have made a world of difference - and I fully expected it to happen over the weekend - but I guess directors don't bother seeing how their movies are projected? Whisked off to the other screen, I guess.

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Re: DARK SCREEN?

Post by TheDukeAbides » Wed Aug 29, 2018 12:51 pm

Given the cluster before The Field Guide to Evil (and I'm also told the one after it) it is possible there was an equipment issue.

Though as I've said in another thread, I'm unaware of modern digital projection equipment and while I don't recall last year having brightness as an issue, this year doesn't really register either.

It is possible some of the films were just made on inferior equipment or actually made to be (too) dark and no amount of tinkering in the projection booth will improve the visuals.

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Re: DARK SCREEN?

Post by TheDukeAbides » Wed Aug 29, 2018 12:52 pm

I do like the idea that some people are visiting this thread thinking...

"Dark Screen? - I don't remember seeing that in the programme, was it a short?"

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