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元:My Life in Film Theory

Many late nights spent watching CBC (the single channel of the true north), yep, that's where my interest in film began. The Maltese Falcon. Errol Flynn. Classics of the silver screen.

This evolved into frequenting the arthouse cinema on 82nd Ave. in Edmonton, Canada. I saw a lot of great flicks there, including Mystery Train and Do the Right Thing.

Sometime later, in my seemingly endless stream of misadventures, I encountered a "film theory cliche" which suggests that most directors are simply making the same movie over and over again. When I read that quote, I knew at once that I didn't want this particular cliche to apply to my life or work.

In 1993, I came home from a public lecture given by Timothy Leary on "The Rise of the Free Agent", and sketched out the plot for a new life "movie". At the time, I knew nothing about the technical aspects of video, digital or otherwise.

Last night I compressed a 30s HD short (1920x1080p) to 1280x720p MPEG-1 VBR using MegaPEG Pro HD. The original clip, which is some 5GB in size, is now 22MB, with an average bitrate of 5Mbs/s, well within the ballpark for delivering HD content over today's broadband pipes, and bears the implication that our VBR MPEG-2 encoder (MPEG-2 progressive is essentially MPEG-1) is keeping apace of H.264 and other modern codecs vying for HD-DVD and digital TV.

The cast has completely changed. It's a whole new plot.

We are now no longer the Knights who say Ni.
We are now the Knights who say..."Ekki-Ekki-Ekki-Ekki-PTANG. Zoom-Boing. Z'nourrwringmm.

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