Perhaps no other living director has done as much for the art of the title sequence as David Fincher. The filmmaker’s work inarguably helped kickstart the title design renaissance of the 1990s, a revival that the medium still enjoys to this day.
From the slumberous doom of Alien³ and the meticulous grotesquery of Se7en to the dreadful reminiscence of The Game, the electrical inner workings of Fight Club, and the majestic imposition of Panic Room, the director’s title sequences are as distinct from one another as they are distinctly the works of Fincher.
Maybe you got a new TV for Christmas. Or maybe you just got one recently. Maybe you are thinking of buying one. Whichever is the case, take heed: your TV will try very, very hard to make whatever movies you watch on it look not just bad, but aggressively, satanically, puppy-drowningly bad.
TVs are designed to do one thing above all: sell. To do so, they must fight for attention on brightly-lit showroom floors. Manufacturers accomplish this in much the same way that transvestite hookers in San Francisco’s Tenderloin district do—by showing you everything they’ve got, turned up to eleven. You want brightness? We’ll scald your retinas. You want sharpness? We’ll draw a black outline around everything for you. Like bright colors? We’ll find them even in Casablanca. Oh, and since you associate “yellowing” with age and decay, we’ll also make the image as blue as a retiree’s bouffant on Miami beach.
Don’t miss the “smooth motion” section, or what I like to call the “soap-opera effect.” Turn it off!
"The connection was instantly clearer, his voice sounding much crisper and fuller. Part of the HD voice technology has to do with expanding the dynamic range of the audio, allowing for more highs and lows to be recorded, and it made a considerable difference in the sound — it sounded uncompressed and natural, not tinny or shallow like a cell phone typically does."
Q: “Is this a hardware-specific thing, software-specific thing, or network-specific thing?”
A: “All three. The hardware (microphone and speaker) are the biggest pieces, but there’s a software and network component as well.”
It’s about time. It’s astounding that we’re in 2012 and cell phones still have such awful, compressed audio quality. Hopefully this technology, or something similar to it, will start to proliferate.
"As web companies strive to tailor their services (including news and search results) to our personal tastes, there’s a dangerous unintended consequence: We get trapped in a "filter bubble" and don’t get exposed to information that could challenge or broaden our worldview. Eli Pariser argues powerfully that this will ultimately prove to be bad for us and bad for democracy."