'Deathly Hallows: Part 2' Director David Yates' Letter to Projectionists
by Alex Billington
July 12, 2011
It's becoming a trend for filmmakers to write notes to projectionists and attach them with prints/harddrives sent to theaters. While we've featured some of these letters from the likes of Michael Bay for Transformers 3, and Terrence Malick for Tree of Life, I've heard from projectionists that they receive letters like this quite often. I received an email from an FS.net reader named Thomas, a projectionist and Harry Potter fan, who sent over the letter he received with Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2 written by director David Yates. It again speaks of how projectionists are very important to the theatrical experience.
Here are the two pages of the letter written by David Yates that were sent with Deathly Hallows: Part 2. The final Harry Potter movie arrives in theaters this weekend, starting on July 15th, in 2D, 3D and IMAX.
On the second sheet above, they provide directions for the 3.5 foot lambert requirement, since there was a massive debate last time about Bay's use of the measurement "6-foot lamberts" when Stanley Kubrick says no less than 15 foot lamberts. Either way, it looks like viewing it in 3D will be darker than Kubrick suggests, so they're still trying to keep it as bright as possible. It's also worth noting he says that the 3D is "elegant and empathetic to this final story." Maybe that's a good sign the 3D conversion might be worth it. Plus, he's dead on saying that "the way it is presented can make or break the experience of seeing it for an audience."
I love that director's are now addressing the concerns of 3D head on, directly with the projectionists, in such a hospitable and appreciative way. I really hope this sparks up a stronger desire for perfect projection at all times in cinemas around the world, big and small. "We need you now to complete the journey with us."