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My bad idea

So on Monday I thought to myself, "Hey, self, you know those trivia slides that play before movies? There are far too few of them, and they repeat far too often. Surely a solution to this is to create an online repository of free, high-quality images that can be imaged onto 35mm slides and used by movie theatres to provide more entertainment in between movie showings, so when I arrive early I don't have to see the same slides over and over again."

So I looked into this. I found out that theatres do indeed use plain old 35mm slides, that you can get slides imaged from digital graphics for less than $5/slide (cheaper in large batches), and that I'm not the only one annoyed by the repetitiveness of the current batch of slides.

So I designed a slide as an example and then continued my research.

Turns out that the trivia slides are provided by the cinema-advertising companies as filler to go between the commercial slides, bought by local businesses. There is usually one commercial slide per five entertainment slides, ensuring one ad per minute, and each commercial is guaranteed to be shown every four to six minutes in the rotation. In addition, a slide carousel only holds between 80 and 140 slides, which means they'll loop every 13 to 24 minutes.

So unless the cinemas switch to digital slide projectors with a much larger capacity for unique slides, this problem can't be solved by simply giving them more choices.

I guess I'll just have to start getting to the theatre on time, instead of way early.


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Oct. 8th, 2003 08:11 am (UTC)
lol - that's an awesome slide, but really, how do you know such a random thing? I have never even heard of that movie...
Oct. 8th, 2003 08:19 am (UTC)
IMDB has a trivia page for nearly every movie in its database. :)
Oct. 8th, 2003 08:50 am (UTC)
Great research, good slide. I (sometimes) love how a search for a solution leads to a "quaint" problem found in old technology (such as the limit in slides in the carousel).

Feel better soon (and stay feeling better for a long time).
Oct. 8th, 2003 10:48 am (UTC)
Hey! Bright side!
I got an e-mail last week or so that Kodak will cease producing traditional slide projectors at the end of this year, as they see little demand for the technology anymore...
Oct. 8th, 2003 01:11 pm (UTC)
The local cinema monopoly switched to advertainment videos that run prior to the film. They're dreadful. Prior to that they twice dumbed down the trivia slides. I think I recall a time in the early '90s when they weren't an insult to my intelligence. I took to draping my jacket in front of my face to avoid the slides, but now that they have videos with sound, even that isn't enough to let me get away.
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