The UHD Alliance – coalition of Hollywood studios and consumer electronics manufacturers – are teaming with leading directors including Christopher Nolan, Martin Scorsese, James Cameron, Ryan Coogler, Christopher McQuarrie, Paul Thomas Anderson, Patty Jenkins, J.J. Abrams, M. Night Shyamalan, Damien Chazelle, Ava DuVernay, Ang Lee, Rian Johnson, Reed Moreno and the Duffer Brothers to introduce ‘Filmmaker Mode’ to settings on consumer UHD TVs.
This new ‘Filmmaker Mode’ for supported TV models is aimed at giving viewers a consistent, cinematic representation of images as the filmmakers intent in terms of color, contrast, aspect ratio and frame rates.
The UHDA sought input from more than 400 filmmakers, including 140 directors and cinematographers to combat the growing concern in the production community that with the many settings available on consumer TVs, the filmmaker’s creative decisions that are made during production and post are not always what is displayed.
Rian Johnson was on hand for the announcement, saying: “Your Skynet is motion smoothing. … Luckily our John Connor has arrived…. many TVs ship with motion smoothing (and other post-processing settings) as a default. [Filmmaker Mode offers] a single button that lines up the settings so it works for the benefit of the movie and not against it. If you love movies, Filmmaker Mode will make your movies not look like poo poo.”
LG Electronics, Panasonic and Vizio have announced a commitment to implement Filmmaker Mode in future TVs, though they didn’t say when it would be available. There also doesn’t appear to be any indication of this being released in the form of a software update for existing sets.
Source: Behind the Screen