Living the Tradition can now be requested in any local cinema in the US or Canada through Gathr (click here), but to project it in the best possible quality on a many metres wide screen, a special digital file is needed called DCP, or Digital Cinema Package. Having such a file made by a third party company is rather expensive, so we have researched the topic and found a way to Do It Ourselves. Martin Langley, manager of the 101 year old Phoenix Picture House in Oxford, was so very kind to allow us to test a 3 minute excerpt of the film in room 1 of the Picture House to see if the process we are following works fine.
Maarten came with a USB stick with the 3-Gb large DCP file, Martin put it in the projection machinery and… wow! we could watch a piece of Living the Tradition on the big screen of a real cinema, sitting in a real cinema chairs (a shame that it was only 3 minutes long and we could not finish the popcorn). What an amazing experience. Everything just worked perfectly, image and sound were gorgeous.
We are almost done making the full DCP, which is taking 125 hours of computer time on Maarten’s laptop…technology is great when it works!