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Digital Intermediates for Film and Video by Jack James

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The Digital Intermediate Paradigm

The phrases “never been done before,” “pushing the envelope,” and “attempting the impossible” crop up rather often in the film industry, particularly in post-production. But the methodology used to finish HBO’s “Band of Brothers” mini-series in 2000 involved a completely new work flow, justifying the frequent use of these comments to some extent. Every scene of the production was shot on 35mm photographic film (with the exception of a number of computer-generated visual effects and a few seconds of 16mm footage), but by the time of completion, the entire, edited series existed only as a bunch of data stored on a number of hard disks and digital tapes. This wasn’t anything new in itself. Disney’s Toy Story

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