What is this site?
“Current occupation—Media Technology directorship at HBO. This blog is concerned with following digital images from capture, through data movement, post production, to the creation of a consumable media product, and then archival for successful remastering.”
The Long-winded Version
My name's Bennett Cain and I've worked in the east coast production community since 2004. I began as an ENG (electronic news gathering) shooter/DP, became a Digital Imaging Technician (DIT), gradually transitioned to post production and am now working for HBO in the Production/Archives group.
This project began as a Blogspot site called "HD Cinema" back in 2006 when the industry was rapidly transitioning from film acquisition to digital. In those days the focus was on tape-based HD and the transitional technology between traditional ENG videography and digital cinema. After the paradigm shifted, the blog existed for several years as "negativespaces.com," and was then more focused on DIT-centric topics such as on-set monitoring, color science, and digital dailies.
In this latest incarnation, I've expanded to encompass all technical aspects of the entire photographic, filmmaking, and finishing process—from capture, to securing and moving around mountains of data, and then taking it all the way through post production to its final state as an end-user media product as well as safe archival for future remastering.
Scene is captured with a camera or camera-like device.
Camera device gathers photons which are converted to electrons, electrons are converted to analog voltage, amplified and then finally converted to digital data, often in massive quantity, which is then recorded.
Data must be processed into viewable images by some sort of software. Digital images generally fall within two camps — one for viewing and one for making other images. More intermediary steps and more people involved in the process inevitably means larger, more expensive, and more complex post production pipelines. They all have one thing in common—big or small—and that is to arrive at the final consumable media product and then be archived so that it can be successfully remastered for future formats.
Thank you very much for reading and please touch base if you feel inclined.
(I'm also an avid traveler, documentary photographer, and food writer. Check out my other site!)