Boeing Digital Cinema® is a feature film delivery platform conceived by Boeing, Texas Instruments, Miramax, AMC Theatres, and Williams Communications, among others.

The idea is simple: get rid of those expensive reels of 35 millimeter film that are no sooner delivered to your local multiplex than they're scratched to pieces by a soda jerk posing as a projectionist.

The execution is complex:

Transfer the film to High Definition Video, uplink it to a communications satellite, and downlink it to participating theatres world-wide, where it is projected—without flicker, flutter, scratches, or wear and tear—on Texas Instruments' 21st Century Digital Light Processing® projector.

The system works. The digital "film" is in many ways better than the 19th century variety. The satellites are in place, with bandwidth to burn. All parties involved—from the studios, to the audiences who've seen it in tests, to the theatre-owners and accountants who have to pay for it in reality—love the idea of a pristine digital image each and every time the "film" is shown. Error-free accounting and the quicker payback that comes with such a computerized process is also a very strong incentive.

Only cost—the usual bugaboo of any new technology—keeps you from never screaming at a "projectionist" again.

And the cost, unlike the satellites, will come down.

On Hollywood and filmmaking:

Below the Line

sex drugs and divorce

a little life, interrupted
  1. Hecho en Mejico
  2. Entrances
  3. Sam's Song
  4. Hemingway and Fortuna
  5. Hummingbird on the Left
  6. The Long and Drunken Afternoon
  7. Safe in the Lap of the Gods
  8. Quetzal Birds in Love
  9. Angela in Paradise
  10. And the machine ran backwards

a secondhand coffin
how to act
Right. Me and Herman Melville
Scylla and Charybdis Approximately
snowflakes and nylon

I could've kissed Orson Welles
the broken dreams of Orson Welles
the last time I saw Orson Welles
The Other Side of the Wind

Below the Line
completion bond
Film Editing
Film Editor
Final Cut Pro
forced development
HD Video
king of the queens
Kubrick polishes a turd
movies from space
Persistence of Vision
Sven Nykvist
Wilford Brimley

21 Grams
Andrei Rublyov
Apocalypse Now Redux
Ivan's Childhood
The Jazz Singer
The Sacrifice
We Were Soldiers
Wild Strawberries