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Digital Film/Digital Projection in Pennsylvania

by Aaron Krach




Last August, indieWIRE reported that Lance Weiler and Stefan Avalos
completed a digital film for a reported $900. Now that film, "The Last
Broadcast
," has now become one of the first digital feature films to be
projected digitally in a theatrical release.


"The Last Broadcast" recentlyended a week- long run at the County Theater
in Doylestown, Pennsylvania, and Weiler and Avalos used Digital Projection's
power 5dv projector to show it. "We ran the movie from a Beta SP source.
We went component. The movie looked amazing. I'd say that it rivaled 16mm
projection," explained Weiler. "We processed every frame of the movie to
give it more of a filmic quality," he added, "Through Adobe Premiere and
After Effects we were able to come up with a hybrid of Film/Digital
imaging. "The Last Broadcast" grossed $5,040 during the week long run,
according to the filmmakers, a 560% return on their initial investment.


The movie involves the final episode of a cable access show, and how the
proposed live cablecast ends up with three participants dead, and a
fourth in jail for murder. However, the ominous "Did he do it?" question
arises, with the truth turning out to be more horrible than previously
thought.


Stephen Rea, film critic for the Philadelphia Inquirer remarked that:
"For techno-nerds, that alone should be reason to check it out. For
everyone else, 'The Last Broadcast' is a smart, assured work--no matter
how exactly it was made." After a screening at the Conduit '98 sidebar of
SXSW, "The Last Broadcast," opens for a week-long run in New York
this Spring. So far there are no plans to make an actual print. Weiler
adds, "We joke that we are preserving the integrity of the project by
staying digital!"

[Mark Rabinowitz contributed to this article.]


[For more information on "The Last Broadcast" visit their website at
www.tebweb.com/lastbroadcast.


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