An interesting letter from Patrick Watson, Chairman Designate of the
Canadian Broadcasting Corp. (CBC) in the March '91 issue of "TV Technology."
He attributes the difference between television and film's "look" not
so much to resolution but to 1) grain and 2) "swarm"--"the constantly
swimming and not consciously-perceived movement of grain."
He also adds a cultural note--"the reason why audiences believe his-
torical or fictional films better when they are film and not video is that they
have been trained by the cinema to a kind of look that is associated with that
kind of production and have been trained by television to associate the video
look with materials that are ephemeral--here today, gone tomorrow--not of
enormous consequence but of enormously vivid presence."