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Sandy Dwiggins <[log in to unmask]>
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Film and TV Studies Discussion List <[log in to unmask]>
Thu, 21 Apr 1994 11:44:19 EDT
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Had you thought about using CD-i technology for this project, and if
so why didn't you carry through with it?  I'm very interested in
the use of this technology, and the ability of playing it on a
TV set, rather than a high-memory computer with a very speedy CD-rom
drive.  Video disc also has a limited installed hardware base.
Interested in your thinking about this.....
> We've done a multi-media simulation on the early industrial history of
> the American film. It's called MOGUL and is based on the rise of Adolph
> Zukor. We did the development on videodisk (for film images) and a
> dedicated hard disk, using Macintosh technology. It's currently being
> ported to CD-ROM and should be available to others in ca. 6 months or
> so.
> This term, in the introductory film aesthetics course, the students are
> doing their term papers on Word 5.1 for Macintosh and are embedding
> Quicktime video excerpts as "video footnotes." Finally...maybe...we can
> beat the problem of quotation in film writing. (I keep wondering why so
> few of the films described by Kracauer actually look like he remembers
> them.)
> We tried this technique in a course in Film Images of African-Americans,
> taught jointly by Anthropology and Communication last term, and it
> worked quite well with 15 volunteers. Now we're doing it with 65
> students as a normal part of the course.
> Each student is lent a high-capacity SyQuest cartridge, and in essence
> has a portable hard-disk. Next year, we will be able to network the
> improved version of Quick-Time, promised soon from Apple, and we will
> try to have available for the class.
> One problem with this technology is the difficulty of answering the
> inevitable student question "how long should the paper be." I suggested
> ca. 30-40 megabytes of text and image (images eat lots of bytes) but it
> was not a very informed guess.
> -Henry Breitrose
>  Stanford
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