Martin Scorsese and Christopher Nolan campaign launches “Filmmaker’s Mode” TV settings on upcoming LG and Panasonic sets

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The electronics manufacturers have always had a strange relationship with 24p.

It’s tempting to look at classic cinema as a quaint, anticipated thing of the past. It’s an under-fire aesthetic like never before.

YouTubers seem happy with 30p or 60p and TVs do their best to smooth over the cinema look by default.

Well, not any more – according to the Hollywood Reporter, Filmmaker Mode is debuting on upcoming TVs by virtue of the UHD Alliance and some of cinema’s best known directors.

So far three manufacturers – LG, Panasonic and Vizio have committed to the new standard, which groups together various TV settings under on button.

As part of the specification development process, the UHDA sought input from more than 400 filmmakers, including 140 directors and cinematographers. The Alliance also reached out to the Directors Guild of America, American Society of Cinematographers, American Cinema Editors and Martin Scorsese’s The Film Foundation.

The overall aim of the Filmmaker’s Mode, is to preserve the filmmaker’s intent – the motion cadence, colour science, dynamic range, brightness and overall cinematography – on the small screen… Well not so small screen, rather the living room 65″ OLED because this is 2019.

The Filmmaker’s Mode needs to go further in my opinion than just TV manufacturers.

It needs to be a widely used standard available on everything from home cinema projectors to laptops. Apple and YouTube should be involved, as well as Sony, Samsung and the big tech giants.

They need educating!

High praise to LG and Panasonic for being the first to get onboard with the new initiative.

We tend to focus a lot on camera quality here on EOSHD and on the forums, and it’s rarely touched upon that the display used is equally as important. There is a lack of consistency with how our work is perceived by the viewer, and that should change, starting now…

Director Ryan Coogler (Black Panther) said of the initiative:

“I care deeply about how cinema is experienced at home because that’s where it lives the longest. That’s where cinema is watched and re-watched and experienced by families. By allowing the artists in the tent to help consult and give feedback to the electronics companies on Filmmaker Mode, we can collectively help make the consumer’s experience even more like it is in the cinema.”

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