Tuesday, January 29, 2008
Mighty Small Screen
No, not talking about the image on my tablet laptop, but the image size on a cel phone when you're making a movie for it.
I'm close to completion of a pilot two minute movie for cel phones. Mind you, I don't have a cel phone. I have no one to call! I'm always home when other people are awake.
I've been pretty pleased with how it's been turning out, with background animation and music and weird stuff. I've been fussing over line quality to make it more artistic. I sent a dialog channel along the bottom in case you're watching it no sound, or forgot to listen to the dialog.
Then I looked at it in the mini Windows media player and it looked so wildly shrunken. I thought surely that couldn't be the size of a cel phone. The type was unreadable. I held a credit card up to the screen. It matched the size of the card. I emailed Sal, who has an i-phone, to measure her screen size. eek, it's the size of a credit card. I'm going to have to rebuild this movie a lot to make it work in that mini-mini size.
(Not much progress with the laptop tablet today. They gave instructions on how to use a paper clip to attach the pen's string to the laptop and I puzzled over it for half an hour, with no success. And I had a paperclip.)