Time is running out to name the top twenty most significant developments in motion picture business and technology over the past two decades. Friday, October 28, is the last day to tell us your choice. This November, Digital Cinema Report will celebrate its twentieth year in business. To mark the milestone, we want to highlight what readers think have been the developments that were critical to the advancement of digital cinema.
These developments can be a product, a technological innovation, a particularly important movie, a specific business, or a trade association. If you think something’s missing from that list, feel free to add it.
As examples, two of my choices would be the Texas Instruments DLP chip and the original movie Avatar. Both were watershed developments in the early years of digital cinema. Although the DLP chip was introduced in 1997, its real impact became evident in the early 2000s, and chances are there would be no digital cinema as we know it today without it.
As for Avatar, many if not most exhibitors were initially hesitant to make the transition to digital cinema prior to its release. Once exhibitors saw previews of the movie and learned the premium they could charge people to see it or any movie in 3D, the digital cinema transition gained serious momentum.
Once we’ve collected all the possibilities, a select group of industry leaders will select the top twenty nominees. The judges for the Digital Cinema Report Twenty-Twenty list have been named. They are, in alphabetical order are Brock Bagby, Tom Bert, Cedric Lejeune, Loren Nielsen and Leon Silverman
The final twenty will be announced sometime in November.
Send your selections for the top twenty digital cinema developments of the past twenty years to [email protected].