Slow Train Coming? The Transition to Digital Distribution and Exhibition in Cinema
Source TitleMedia International Australia incorporating Culture and Policy
University of Melbourne Author/sMcQuire, Scott
AffiliationCulture And Communication
Document TypeJournal Article
CitationsMCQUIRE, S. W. (2004). Slow Train Coming? The Transition to Digital Distribution and Exhibition in Cinema. Media International Australia incorporating Culture and Policy, 110 (February 2004), pp.105-119
Access StatusOpen Access
Throughout the 1990s digital technology entered film production and rapidly altered both the production process and the audience’s experience, as complex soundscapes and special effects became the hallmark of cinematic blockbusters. By 1999, the prospect of an end-to-end digital cinema, or cinema without celluloid, seemed to be in sight. Digital distribution and exhibition were extolled as particularly attractive prospects, and a number of test sites were established in the USA. However, the last four years have demonstrated that significant issues need to be resolved before there will be broader implementation of digital cinema. Working from a series of interviews with key industry practitioners in Australia and the United States, this article examines the struggles currently affecting the roll-out of digital cinema, and assesses the likely impact on Australian exhibition practices.
KeywordsCommunication and Media Studies; The Media
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