The Batman director Matt Reeves has a special request to cinema operators
The Batman director Matt Reeves apparently sent up copies of his letter to various cinema operators regarding how they should show The Batman movie starring Robert Pattinson.
You can check out his open letter down below.
Apparently he wants projectors to be calibrated to hit at least 14fL to match his vision and how he wants audience to see his film.
Here’s a crash course on what ftL or fL I’d and why it’s important for screening movies.
Foot-lamberts (ftL) are the unit of measure used by the motion picture industry to specify how much light should be reflected off the movie screen in a 1-foot x 1-foot area.
The Society of Motion Picture and Television Engineers (SMPTE) recommends 16 foot-lamberts in a dark movie theater. This is the standard for a professional cinematic viewing experience.
For environments with high levels of ambient light, maintaining good contrast is essential.
We recommend a total luminance of 40ftL for environments with moderate levels of ambient light and 60ftL for environments with high levels of ambient light.
Missing the mark will likely cause viewing problems or will make it hard to see what’s going on in the scenes.
The other obvious reason why we need to see the film with that amount is due to the sheer darkness of the film. It’s really like 80% dark or atmospheric and there are even times that its rainy so it was essential that the projector uses the right amount of lighting. Take for example the epic car chase scene between Colin Farrell’s Oswald Cobblepot aka Os aka The Penguin and The Batman on his Batmobile.
Or just about any part of the film which also stars Zoe Kravitz, Jeffrey Wright, Andy Serkis and Paul Dano. Check out the trailers for The Batman below:
And don’t forget to check out my The Batman review which is totally spoiler free.
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