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Saint Louis Travel Guide (inspired by a st. louis hate post lol)

so people were poking fun at st. louis, i didnt take it to hert, but it gave me an opportunity to share what great stuff there is to do in st. louis!! (i just copied and pasted so sorry for typos)

we have this really cool building called the city museum which is basically a huge play house museum, consisting largely of repurposed artsy architectural and industrial objects!! (theres a bus that hangs off the side of the building)
we have the missouri history museum thats nationally recognized as one of the best history museums in the nation, and others museums have looked into how they get so much attraction

which the history museum in a small part of huge forest park, one of the biggest and oldest urban parks in the nation! it hosted the 1904 worlds, one of the few structures that still remains is also our nationally recognized art museum!! also home to the #1 zoo in america (USA Today 10Best Readers’ Choice Awards contest)

we have busch stadium, which doesnt have as much history as wrigley since its fairly new (2006)!! but!! across the street is also new ballpark village that has a cardinals hall of fame museum, its really cool and if ur a baseball fan, definitely a must see!! and HEY!! they occasionally hold family movie nights outside on the big screen, w movies like inside out and toy story!! and for the young crazy adults, they do have a club atmosphere at night!

and for u aesthetic flower nerds out there like me, we have the botanical gardens which every winter has a cool a** lightshow, sadly its not winter, but theres so much to do there too as well!!

not the arch but the riverboats down by the arch!! they take u on cruises up and down the Mississippi river with live music, good food, and cool views.

scottrade center home of the st. louis blues, one of the top teams in the league!! super great armosphere, LIT atmosphere when they play the hawks!!

and last but not least, a close one to millenium park would be the city gardern, where local modern art is displayed in the heart of downtown st. louis, a super cool place for families with small children! they have water geyers and cool waterfalls and lil mini pools for the kids!! its super neat in the summer, in the winter, like the botanical gardens, they display a light show every night!!

honourable mentions:

- science center/planetarium/omnimax theater

- the delmar loop

- washington ave

- stlfc

- the fox!!

- tower grove

- the hill

- union station

- all the locally owned businesses like arch apparel

- ted drewes

- Budweiser brewery

- lemp mansion, eat lunch in a haunted mansion

- forest park itself

- for u history nerds: old courthouse and new/old cathedral basilica

- lacledes landing

THERE YA GO!! feel free to add any more you guys think of!!!!

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Here’s yet another video tribute by MartinsVidsDotNet, this one to Horizons, the dearly missed extinct Epcot attraction. 

Horizons was meant to be a sequel to the Carousel of Progress (which was one of the original attractions that debuted at the 1964-1965 New York World’s Fair.) The Carousel of Progress told the story of an American family during the turn of the 20th century, and all of the new inventions that the family would have in their home. The theme to the Carousel of Progress, “There’s A Great Big Beautiful Tomorrow” also played during the attraction at different times. 

Horizons focused on the similar basis of family, but this time, the family was set in the future. The attraction sent you “looking back at tomorrow”, which showed the ways people viewed the future from the time of Jules Verne up until the 1950’s. It then began to focus on the future as seen from the present day (being the 1980’s) including scenes portraying space colonization, ocean colonization, and desert colonization. 

Horizons made use of the OMNIMAX video screen technology (or IMAX), and featured a “choose your own ending” much like Spaceship Earth does today. Horizons also incorporated all of the central “themes” of Future World at EPCOT Center; communication, community interaction, energy, transportation, life and health, as well as the land, sea, air, and space. 

Originally named Century 3 (and later on, Futureprobe which was a name that was scrapped due to the medical connotation of the word “probe” because no one wants to think about that while riding a ride), the ride was conceptualized to focus on the third century of the United States. However, since EPCOT and Disney in general had a worldwide audience, the name and concept was changed to an overall worldly view of the future from the past and the future from the present. 

Horizons opened officially on October 1st (which is the day of this post being made…Happy birthday, Horizons!), 1983 and was one of the most popular rides in the park until it closed in 1999, after the sponsorship with GE became rocky and was eventually dropped, and some of the technology used or seen in the ride became outdated. 

Horizons was replaced by Mission: SPACE in 2003, after the building had sat empty for a while until construction began in 2000 There are images on the internet of the original building being demolished and it’s too sad for me to look at so you’re going to have to find them for yourself. 

Today, Horizons is one of the most beloved and most missed rides of many EPCOT fanatics, even ones who didn’t get to experience the ride (like myself). It really captured the ideas of EPCOT Center, as well as Walt Disney’s love for the ideas and innovations of tomorrow. 

This video chronicles the full history of the attraction, and shows entire diagrams of the ride layout as well as a full ride through complete with the choose your own ending portion of the attraction. 

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Big Bucks. Big Screen. Same Shit.

I saw Rise of the Planet of the Apes last night at Carmike’s Big DDD theater. The movie was fantastic, but the theater left a lot to be desired. For those of you who haven’t read my last post, let me explain. The Big DDD is just Carmike’s version of IMAX - a big screen, digital video and audio, with plush new seats. You pay a few bucks more for what’s meant to be a premium experience. I have a few problems with this though.

First, specific to last night, the entire left side of the screen was out of focus. I alerted an employee and he ensured me it would be fixed. It wasn’t. After the movie, my girlfriend confronted the same employee I spoke to, telling him the movie was out of focus, but he more or less laughed in her face and acted like it was no big deal. Keep in mind, we paid extra for these tickets for a “premium movie going experience”.

Besides last night, here’s my beef with BigDDD, Regal’s RPX and IMAX. First, the price. Sure, you’re meant to be getting a premium service buy why, I ask, did the standards of movie theaters drop so low that now we feel they’re entitled to a few bucks more - for what? A bigger screen? Digital audio and video? I beg your pardon - but these things are meant to be a given. Not to mention that digital projection costs pretty much nothing compared screening film prints. For too many years, I’ve gone to movies when the surround sound was busted and all I got was the center channel - or the image was soft.

Sound and picture in movie theaters is meant to be standardized. We live in the days of Dolby Digital and THX. See, it didn’t used to be this way. Back in the day, depending on what theater you went to, the image and audio quality could vary dramatically. But now, theaters are Dolby and THX certified, to ensure that the audience isn’t getting ripped off. So why am I complaining? Because I swear, these theaters get their certification and then stop caring about keeping up their standards. That or they hire cheap labor that doesn’t know any better - or both.

The IMAX craze is a farce anyway. I remember going to the Omnimax (IMAX/Planetarium) in Toronto when I was 13 yrs-old. It was awesome, in the truest sense of the word. I didn’t go to another IMAX screening until I visited DC a few years later and that was awesome, too. The screen was massive (like watching a movie projected onto a skyscraper) and the seats we’re inclined in such a way that all the seats were good seats. Fast forward to today and you’ll find that the IMAX screen at your local theater is nothing more than a big-ish screen with leather seats. Because, you see, IMAX has licensed its name out to tons of local theaters. They charge the same amount they would for a real IMAX screen, but you get a fraction of the size.

Fact: movie theaters fear that OnDemand and Streaming services could put them out of business. Fact: if movie theaters don’t get their act together, this could happen.

I first heard of this notion a few years ago and thought “never in a million years would I watch a movie at home over watching it at a theater”. That’s changing. Paying $13 to see an out of focus movie is a hard pill to swallow, especially when I come home to watch Breaking Bad on my 1080p 50" TV. Not to mention, I don’t have to listen to people behind me say “Aw, hell naw!”

Core Collection

By that, I don’t mean a collection at the core of the archives, or the most prestigious of our materials, but film cores for proper flat storage of film. [Of course, one could say that cores are at the core of any film collection (unless the films are on reels…)]. You may know we have a Reel Wall, and I alluded a few weeks ago to the cores. Well, we’ve just received a dandy 70mm film core from our friend Jeff Janer, who tells us it once held an Omnimax film shown in Boston. Great souvenir, Jeff, and thanks!

It joins the current colorful cores collected in 16mm size, including the Italian Ferranias, the 4″ French one, the Fotokemika made in Zagreb, the Kodaks, the Fuji, the DuPonts, the Scotch/3Ms, & the no-names.

dovakla  asked:

Can you elaborate on the domed screen thing for the movie? Will it be like a planetarium-style setup?

Sort of, it’s closest to “IMAX Dome” or “OMNIMAX,” or the system designed for the old Back to the Future ride. The dome is tilted at 45 degrees, or steeper for my intended format. Footage is shot through a fisheye lens and projected through the same to cover a 180 degree field of vision. The hemispherical screen thus fills your entire field of vision in both shape and size.

IMAX claims its 15-perf film frame is equivalent to about 12,000 horizonal lines, this would be called “16K” by modern standards (which go by horizontal resolution) in which 4K is considered very sharp. I plan an even higher resolution combined with an ultra-high frame rate (Hobbit looked awful at 48fps, but past 120 you start to get a different effect that’s less ‘greasy’ and more real. This will all be in 3D with a realistic interoccular distance yielding an experience so completely real and immersive that the brain can’t convince itself that what it’s seeing isn’t simply there in front of you.

This sounds overly ambitious until you remember that we’ve been doing it on film since the 1980s for theme park rides and special shows. The digital version is just around the corner but nobody has the guts to use it because it won’t be a movie anymore. It will be an experience and you can’t shoot and edit an experience the way you can a movie, it’ll make everyone sick. The language of cinema goes out the window when you make a movie like this. So I’ve designed a new language. From the acting style to the photography to the editing and framing to the very concept of what can be shown, my test short film will not only showcase a revolutionary format but a new way to tell a story.

Combine this all with the story and Wagnerian total-artwork in the Valhalla trilogy and I am confident it will change cinema forever.

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Sinatra at Caesars Palace, c. December 1979

Panoramic postcard from around the time of celebrations for Frank Sinatra’s 40th year in show business. The resort’s then-new Forum Tower and Omnimax Theater are visible on the right.