A Behind-the-Scenes Look at How 70mm Projection Works

The Hateful Eight director Quentin Tarantino and The Weinstein Company have strongly encouraged audiences to see the movie in 70mm as opposed to the standard 35mm. The campaign was likely not as successful as they hoped: Only a relatively small number of theaters are equipped for 70mm screenings, and many viewers chose not to visit those theaters. Projectionist Andrew Walker decided to show moviegoers what they were missing in the short documentary above.

Shot with a Nikon D810 and set to Ennio Morricone’s “L’estasi dell'oro (The Ecstasy of Gold)” from the soundtrack for the 1966 film The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly, the clip is a collection of footage taken during 59 showings of The Hateful Eight during its 70mm Roadshow, a two-week special engagement at 100 theaters around the country where the film was shown in the rare format before the general theatrical release. Walker's video doesn’t show scenes from the actual movie, so there are no spoilers—but it does show the process of loading the projector and a time-lapse of all the things that have to work properly in order for the audience to see Tarantino’s movie as the director envisioned it.

Making that process run smoothly can be challenging. In an article for Indiewire, another 70mm projectionist named Adam Witmer wrote about his experiences and the challenges that projectionists face during each screening. “Many of these projectors are practically antiques," he wrote. "[T]he platter systems were never intended to support the weight and size of 70mm, and entire new pieces of equipment had to be specially manufactured for this production.” Witmer added that “dozens” of mechanical failures are not uncommon, which becomes easier to understand after seeing the video above.

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The Richest Person of All Time From Each State

Looking for inspiration in your quest to become a billionaire? This map from cost information website, spotted by Digg, highlights the richest person in history who hails from each of the 50 states.

More billionaires live in the U.S. than in any other country, but not every state has produced a member of the Three Comma Club (seven states can only lay claim to millionaires). The map spans U.S. history, with numbers adjusted for inflation. One key finding: The group is overwhelmingly male, with only three women represented.

The richest American by far was John D. Rockefeller, repping New York with $257.25 billion to his name. Amazon's Jeff Bezos and Microsoft's Bill Gates clock in at the third and fifth richest, respectively. While today they both make their homes in the exclusive waterfront city of Medina, Washington, this map is all about birthplace. Since Gates, who is worth $90.54 billion, was born in Seattle, he wins top billing in the Evergreen State, while Albuquerque-born Bezos's $116.57 billion fortune puts New Mexico on the map.

The richest woman is South Carolina's Anita Zucker ($3.83 billion), the CEO of InterTech Group, a private, family-owned chemicals manufacturer based in Charleston. Clocking in at number 50 is the late, great socialite Brooke Astor—who, though a legend of the New York City social scene, was a native of New Hampshire—with $150 million.

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Gergely Dudás - Dudolf, Facebook
There’s a Ghost Hiding in This Illustration—Can You Find It?
Gergely Dudás - Dudolf, Facebook
Gergely Dudás - Dudolf, Facebook

A hidden image illustration by Gergely Dudás, a.k.a. Dudolf
Gergely Dudás - Dudolf, Facebook

Gergely Dudás is at it again. The Hungarian illustrator, who is known to his fans as “Dudolf,” has spent the past several years delighting the internet with his hidden image illustrations, going back to the time he hid a single panda bear in a sea of snowmen in 2015. In the years since, he has played optical tricks with a variety of other figures, including sheep and Santa Claus and hearts and snails. For his latest brainteaser, which he posted to both his Facebook page and his blog, Dudolf is asking fans to find a pet ghost named Sheet in a field of white bunny rabbits.

As we’ve learned from his past creations, what makes this hidden image difficult to find is that it looks so similar to the objects surrounding it that our brains just sort of group it in as being “the same.” So you’d better concentrate.

If you’ve scanned the landscape again and again and can’t find Sheet to save your life, go ahead and click here to see where he’s hiding.


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