Flotsam/Jetsam (tidbits, shipboard/industry gossip)

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MAR. 23, 2023

Back in June 2018, trade monthly Film Journal International (now folded into NATO’s Box Office trade publication), in its review (written by a current Dinghy deck hand) prefaced with the thumbnail: “Supremely crafted and performed contemporary French thriller about a broken marriage and ensuing custody battle is a gripping, edge-of-seat drama that never lets up.” Hopefully, this César sweep will prompt a deserved re-release…Those eager for some stats/insights on how streaming and other options are impacting the feature film business will get some clues once the MPAA’s latest report becomes available around March 18th…More evidence that Apollo 11 director/editor Todd Douglas Miller has taken a giant step for mankind and into the filmmaking experience with his just released moon-landing doc is that he’ll be delivering the Keynote at the early April 2019 NAB Show’s (in partnership With SMPTE) Future of Cinema Conference. Apollo 11 is an astonishing record of the historic 1969 event. Miller will describe the the technology used, including the transformation of raw footage and audio that took pristine, unprocessed, never-before-seen 65 mm footage recently discovered in the National Archives and Records Administration (NARA), as well as 11,000 hours of uncatalogued NASA audio recordings from digitization, restoration, an 8K transfer. What Miller got (besides early awards heat — yeah, that again) amounts to the highest-resolution, highest-quality digital collection of Apollo 11 footage ever seen.

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