In class we were asked to talk about different ways or mediums to view the moving image. As a cinema buff the ultimate viewing experience is in a grand picture palace, a cathedral of the moving image surrounded by strangers. However the cinema is becoming somewhat an anachronistic and expensive way to view the moving image it is important to consider the alternatives. Below is my response to the exercise.
Watching a movie in a cinema space is very different to watching a movie at home.
You are allocated a seat, you can eat food like you would at home but you cannot throw the popcorn at the screen, if bored or scared you cannot fast feed the part that you find incompatible.
You can only interact with it on one level (unless it is three D) watching the screen (unless you are one of those people who like to talk at the screen then its two levels.
It is a public experience there are dress codes and rituals (where you sit what you see) you are surrounded by strangers experiencing a similar thing to you.
You may go on a cheap night so you don’t have to pay full price.
Your posture is more upright than at home you cannot control your climate may be hot or cold
Because you are immersed in the environment both visually and auditory you cannot engage in multi tasking like you would if you were watching a film on television or on your computer or device.
Watching a movie on Television is much more interactive than when you go to the cinema. You can choose what you want to see without the cost (unless you rent or brought the film). If you are watching a commercial station you must contend with Ads. The environment is more relaxed, you are in your own home you can wear your PJ’S if you want. It s a private experience unless you have friends and family over to watch a film . If its only family it is private to some extent.
You can turn it off and on if you no longer want to watch it or it is a DVD.
This is more of a private experience as you usually use headphones and you can take it with you, where ever you go I often watch programs on the train too and from Sydney.
Environment: It can be anywhere
Posture: Depends where your computer is.
Private: Because you are usually immersed with head phones on.
Its purchase in the sense you are using bandwidth
You can get content from bit torrent sites or what movies are on sites like You tube, SBS on demand and I view.
It is much more interactive unlike cinema you can choose what you watch and when you watch it. The experience is different because its portable.
Viewing a movie is different on a mobile device. When I view a movie on a mobile I tend not to watch instead I listen, it all depends if I have seen the movie before as the screen is small I find it hard on my eyes watching for long periods.
Environment: Similar to the computer often watch programs on the bus or train.
Posture : A bit bent over as I sometimes have it on my desk at work. Individual experience as you usually use headphones .
Not free as you use bandwidth.