A Geek Movie Theater Idea

So substantial people now use their devices while watching TV, why can’t we adopt this in a movie theater?

Here’s my idea — a geek tier. You get last row (if mixed with non-geek tier, entire auditorium can be geek tier which case every single row can be like that) of the seat with a small desk with an AC power, an Ethernet port (and perhaps optional wifi for tablet users) that you can hook up your laptop, and get connected. (These desks can have a small stall high enough to not obscure eye level to the screen, to satisfy pirate-worrying Hollywood studios.)

The idea is, you have full connectivity during movies, as well as web service containing movie and cast information. It can also IRC-like in-auditorium chat system that connects with people watching the same movie, probably named something like CineWhisper™, that you can cheer or jeer with other moviegoers.

Not only this appeal to geek moviegoers, but also to people going to movies in solo — putting some social element during the movie. You survive two hours (or whatever the duration of a movie will be) of socializing, you can even set up a little after-movie drinking session with them!

I’d regularly go to a movie theater like that!

Sintel, the Blender Open Movie Project

Sintel is Open Movie project developed by Blender Institute. In case you are not familiar with the concept, it is movie created mostly (other than some audio production) using open source software, prominently, Blender, the 3D production software.
If you haven’t seen it, here it is on youtube…

Sintel is a little than 15 minutes in length, and I felt it is little too rushed, making it hard to get relationship between Sintel (protagonist of this movie) and Scales (dragon) are being developed. I guess they have packed too much drama into 15 minutes. But other than that, I think the art and music is excellent, and I recommend everyone to check it out.
Blender 2.5 was (and still is) being developed alongside development of this movie.
Oh, also, my name is credited in their DVD sponsor section, for pre-ordering DVD. (wow, that was more than a year ago.)

So, yeah, checkout Sintel, and if you haven’t already, buy a DVD box! (It’s actually 4 disc set with all the production assets included!)

My Vouch to Support Free Expression

I have watched documentary called This Film Is Not Yet Rated. Basically this documentary outlines how secretive MPAA about who are actually rating films, as well as biased decision of rating, particularly between R and NC-17.

I always thought NC-17 is reserved for highly pornographic contents, but this documentary persuaded me that would not be the case. It appears to be line between R and NC-17 are very thin.

As my vouch to support free expression, I think I will be focusing little more on Not Rated and NC-17 movies. (though most of movies are edited to meet their R rating as NC-17 titles are pretty much kicked out from normal marketing and retailing chains…)

Don’t get me wrong, though, I’m not totally against idea of rating, but I have been always disturbed by highly biased rating on anything. In my opinion, all rating systems, as far as I know are all defective. It is perhaps easier than ever now we can skip draconian retailers and just market directly to people who are tired of biased rating systems. Ratings may be good guideline, but it shouldn’t be used as an instrument to regulate what on the market. If you don’t like what you see, just turn away from it and don’t patronize it.