Martin Scorsese, Rian Johnson Join Industry-Wide Initiative to End Motion Smoothing

Collider | 8/28/2019 | Allie Gemmill
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The crusade against motion smoothing continues as a group of industry professionals, including Martin Scorsese and Rian Johnson, band together on a new initiative aimed directly at the setting found on television sets far and wide. Criticism has been slowly growing against the motion smoothing setting, arguing it’s more of a hindrance to the original artistic vision of a movie or series being viewed on TV.

Now, a new coalition is rising up to try and put a stop to it in order to preserve how their work and the works of others will be seen at home. Per The Hollywood Reporter, Scorsese and Johnson are part of a UHD Alliance — which includes directors Christopher Nolan, Ryan Coogler, and Patty Jenkins among those leading the charge — in an effort to introduce a new UHD TV setting to make it easier to remove motion smoothing. The UHD Alliance also counts an unspecified group of Hollywood studios and electronics manufacturers as members, indicating this is no small push towards preserving creative intentions for viewers everywhere.

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The setting is called “Filmmaker Mode”. A press release confirms the UHD Alliance has partnered with Vizio to introduce the setting on its 2020 Smart TV lineup. The setting is described by THR to be “aimed at giving viewers a consistent, cinematic representation of images as the filmmakers intended, in terms of color, contrast, aspect ratio, and frame rates.” The development process for the “Filmmaker Mode” setting required input from more thank 400 filmmakers, which included 140 directors and cinematographers. The UHD Alliance also reached out to Directors Guild of America, American Society of Cinematographers, American Cinema Editors and Martin Scorsese’s The Film Foundation for additional input on the new setting.


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