I tested out Shutterfly, which, on paper (or in a powerpoint presentation for VC funding), seems like a throwback to 1999, that wistful era when putting an e- in front of everything was all we needed to usher in world peace (or the United Federation of Planets, if you’re from the Bay Area). That’s a lot of cynicism for a company that’s still in business, and that sent me some very fine prints of the Souvenir November 2001 production stills. I was skeptical, because Shutterfly wouldn’t accept TIFF files, only JPEG, and I didn’t imagine the resolution would hold up. Not to worry. Even at 8×10, the resolution’s fine, just with progressive scan lines slightly visible (it’s a DV image, after all). There was also a bit of unannounced cropping (video aspect ratio is 1.33:1, where 8×10 is, well, 1.25:1, about 3/4″ narrower), and the 8×10 was like $10. Snapshot-sized prints were $0.50 or so, so go ahead and print up that memory stick full of spring break pix. For bigger prints, though, especially for a big pile of prints, Kinko’s ($2/print, color) still rules. Shutterfly should do well where there’s no Kinko’s, though. Wherever that is.
Met with Winy Maas last night, one of our architects, who is in town for like 36 hours (a veritable vacation for him). We talked about our project (which has been on our backburner for a few months b/c of the movie, frankly); police and policies in Amsterdam and New Amsterdam (although his firm, MVRDV, is in Rotterdam, I needed the symmetry more than the accuracy.); and mobility, moving, and movies. A video they produced as part of a research project, “Pig City,” was the subject of intense interest and debate last year in the Netherlands and was shown at The Oberhausen Int’l Short Film Festival a few weeks ago. Author gregPosted on