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Sites about HDTV and related formats.
Please submit only sites dealing with the large-format film industry as a whole. Sites relating to specific films, production companies, theaters or distributors should be submitted to the relevant subcategory.
This category covers all of the large-format film industry, often known by the trade name 'IMAX' or 'Giant Screen.' Large format films use a film area up to 10 times bigger than conventional 35mm film, and are projected onto screens up to eight stories high.
Submissions to the category "Arts: Movies: Filmmaking: Film Formats: Machinima" must either contain rich textual information concerning some aspect of machinima production (e.g. news, techniques, reviews etc) or contain examples of machinima video productions themselves, or both. Sites which propose to focus primarily on examples of machinima but actually have no such examples & simply say that a production is ''scheduled soon'' or similar promises of future content will not be eligible for inclusion, until that content is actually present.
Machinima is a portmanteau of machine cinema, it is both a collection of associated production techniques and a film genre defined by those techniques. As a production technique, the term concerns the rendering of computer-generated imagery (CGI) using real-time, interactive (usually game) 3D engines. Engines from first-person shooter and role-playing simulation video games are typically used. Consequently, the rendering is done in real-time using PCs (either using the computer of the creator or the viewer), rather than with complex 3D engines. As a film genre, the term refers to movies created by the techniques described above. Usually, machinima productions are produced using the tools (demo recording, camera angle, level editor, script editor, etc.) and resources (backgrounds, levels, characters, skins, etc.) available in a game. (Description adapted from Wikipedia).
This category contains sites related to filming with the PXL-2000.
The PXL-2000 or Pixelvision toy video camera was made by Fisher-Price in the late 1980's. It records audio and video on a standard audio cassette tape. It was not successful as a product and was soon taken off the market, but has attained a devoted cult following.
This category deals specifically with the Super 8 format, and most of the submissions are specific to that format. However, since information about the format is somewhat rare, it is expected that some submissions may be from sites with information on a variety of formats, or from sites with a variety of information, which includes super 8. While some commercial sites are included, they are intended for INFORMATIONAL use only.
Super 8 is a format of motion picture film created for amateurs, and is somewhat outdated. This category offers resources related to the Super 8 format, about many topics including Film-making, Editing, film stocks, developing the film, etc..

This category is for sites related to the widescreen format, including explanations, comparisons between OAR and MAR, and advocacy. If your site compares versions of a single film, please submit to the Arts: Movies: Titles subcategory for that film.

Most modern theatrical films are created in a shape that is different from the shape of a standard television set. A standard TV is 1.33 times as wide as it is tall; in other words, it has an aspect ratio of 1.33:1. Movies are much wider, with an aspect ratio of 1.85:1 or 2.35:1; hence the word widescreen. This leads to problems when attempting to watch a movie on TV. One solution is to use a modified aspect ratio (MAR), changing the shape of the film image to fit the TV screen. Common methods for presenting MAR are pan-and-scan and open-matte. The other solution is sometimes called letterboxing, in which the film is presented in its original aspect ratio (OAR) by shrinking the image so that its width matches the width of the TV screen, leaving extra space above and below.

This category contains sites related to the widescreen format, including explanations, comparisons between OAR and MAR, and advocacy.

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