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[Jul. 25th, 2016|12:36 am]
We went to see the new Ghostbusters last Tuesday with Douglas at the Cinebarre up in Louisville. (I remember way back when it was new, it was the UA Colony Square 12, and it was huge -- 12 screens! -- for like a year, and then AMC opened up the Mondoplex three exits down the highway with twice as many screens and stadium seating in every one, and everybody kind of stopped going to it.)

I enjoyed the movie quite a bit. I hadn't really been planning on seeing it; I was in favor of the case, but hadn't seen any previews to get excited about and am starting to get a little tired of reboots, but Jerry was enthused, and I'm glad he dragged me along. They did a really good job of changing things up enough that at no point did I feel like I was watching a movie I'd already seen, while still making it recognizably kin to the original. Plus it was really funny.

The other noteworthy thing from last week was sitting in on dry runs of the presentations our team of summer interns will give this week about their project. It turns out that PowerPoint presentations are another topic that I have a lot of opinions about. But all the other experienced folks in the room were agreeing with me, so apparently my advice is decent. (I was particularly proud of thinking to tell one of them to go check whether the projector in the main seminar room can handle the widescreen format she was using, or whether she was going to end up with great big letterboxing bars taking up most of her screen real estate because it will only do 4:3 and not 16:9.)

It was a double gaming weekend: Star Wars yesterday, then D&D today. Afterwards we split the party and Jerry went off to Rich, Ron, and Ray's housewarming while I went to the Floyds' to visit with Marty (and Bryree by skype), who's in town. Which was a much better plan than both of us rushing around frantically trying to do both things.

[User Picture]From: pink_halen
2016-07-25 10:01 am (UTC)
One of the changes to movie theaters is that there is no movie marquis with the names of the films that are playing. Why? Well, when you have twenty four screens, Every new release is available so you don't have to list the few you are showing.

As for PowerPoint. What an evil program. Personally, I think those presentations are foolish and useless. However, advice from my days as a student of Television production fits. Don't do every transition with an effect. It gets tiresome. Just because you can wipe from left to right and then from Right to left doesn't mean you need to do it.

I ran across a teacher who would place just one photo in a power point presentations. Again Why? A single jpg is much better.

Longer is not better. The audience doesn't have time to read everything on the screen nor do they want to. If you are going to read everything to them that is on the screen just hand out copies and go home.

If you want to see what they really know, have a power failure and hand them a piece of chalk. You soon find if they know their material.
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[User Picture]From: dendren
2016-07-27 02:38 pm (UTC)
I'm thinking we may take my Mom to Ghostbusters this weekend. Glad to hear it didn't feel like a total re-tread of the original.
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