"Godzilla 4K Project" preliminary screening & reporting meeting report that makes the name scene of Godzilla 4K and can see things that can not be seen
In 2014, the movie released in 1954GodzillaIt is the year of the 60th anniversary of birth of the Hollywood version "GODZILLAIt will be published from 25th July, it is exactly the year of Godzilla. At the Japan movie specialty channel operated by Nippon Film Satellite Broadcasting Corporation, in commemoration of the 60th anniversary of Godzilla 's birth and GODZILLA' s public release, in March 2014, 28 Godzilla series and 2 overseas versions of Godzilla are broadcasting for one year, On July 19th "55 Hour total special feature Godzilla"Will be broadcasted. Among them, carefully selected name scenes from the Godzilla series, special programs that scanned from original negatives and converted to 4K "The highest image quality ever! Godzilla 4K projectI went to preview and interview held at Nippon Film Satellite Broadcasting Corporation.
The highest image quality ever! Godzilla 4K project
In the preview and media gathering, Mr. Satoshi Kawamata Co., Ltd. and Mr. Toshinobu Shimizu of Tokyo Development Co., Ltd., and Mr. Nobuhiko Sato, Director of Nippon Cinema and Satellite Broadcasting Corporation, and Mr. Naoshi Sawa of the Organization Production Department attended and " Godzilla 4K Project ".
Mr. Nobuhiko Sato, Director of Nippon Film Satellite Broadcasting Co., Ltd. (hereinafter referred to as "Sato"):
Thank you for coming today. The meaning of our "Godzilla 4K project" is that as a broadcaster, we feel closer to new technologies and think about next-generation broadcasting and feel that it is meaningful to correspond at an early stage to 4K and then 8K It was. Regarding 4K · 8K, in 2013 the Broadcasting Service Advancement Review Committee presented a road map on 4K · 8K broadcasting, technical conditions on satellite 4K broadcasting were presented in March of 2014, so called so-called A prerequisite to realize Channel 4K of the next generation broadcast promotion forum was created. Broadcast of channel 4 K has actually begun since June. Among the road maps presented by the Broadcasting Service Advancement Review Committee, "2014 is a pilot stage of 4K broadcasting, progressing a little more in 2016, and 4K / 8K for the 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games The goal is to spread receivers up to about half of households. "
Under such circumstances, it is natural that we will consider 4K / 8K for new production, but the 2 channel of specialty channel of drama specialty · Japan movie special channel is "Enjoying archives with new technology to subscribers Can we do it? "As a big theme. So I thought that the work "Godzilla", which has been loved for 60 years in Japan, was made 4K and I hope the contractors enjoyed it in the most beautiful state, and this time the full cooperation of Tokyo Development Office and Toho "Godzilla 4K Project" has been realized.
Nippon Film Satellite Broadcasting Co., Ltd. Organization Production Department Tasashi Sawa (Sawa):
Thank you very much for today. When broadcasting Godzilla in 2014, it is about a year ago when such discussion began, what kind of display should be done. There are two cues for the Godzilla 4K project, one is Godzilla 's 60th anniversary, and that the Hollywood version GODZILLA will be released on July 25. The second thing is that 2014 is the first year of 4K. As a matter of course, at the stage before one year ago the situation of broadcasting was unclear, the structure and format of broadcasting was not clear, so the project was underway in a fumbling situation.
Regarding 4K conversion, in cooperation with Fuji Television vision in the meaning of having Tokyo development office cooperate fully and broadcasting it. In post production, we cooperated with Ray Co., Ltd. It is the first time in Japan that past works are made and I think that it is the first attempt in the world. To put it in a simple flow, organizing is starting in March 2014 as a special feature Godzilla special feature. And we will broadcast "All-round special feature Godzilla for the whole 55 hours" on July 19th, and we will broadcast special program "Best Evergreen Quality! Godzilla 4K Project" as the centerpiece of it.
Of course, because the Japanese movie channel specializes in broadcasting at 2K, the broadcast will be 2K down convert of 4K remaster. However, we will consult with the Next TV Forum and will broadcast on Channel 4 K on July 25th that we want to realize 4K broadcasting as well. We will also cooperate with Hikari TV to become a facility for each NTT, but we plan to distribute and broadcast at 4K. Also, in the future, while looking at the echoes of this program, I'm thinking that I would like to feel the 4 K broadcast closer to the viewers eventually, "to make the past Godzilla series 4 K" . Since there are many other masterpieces in the meaning of a movie, it is willingness to try to make past movies 4 K while talking with each company.
Toshinobu Shimizu (Sales Department, Tokyo Development Office Co., Ltd.) (hereinafter Shimizu):
I am Shimizu of Tokyo Development Office. Thank you for your time today. This time we received Godzilla 4K Project, the highest image quality ever, we sometimes produce Godzilla's remaster from around the usual days, and I strongly wanted to engage with this spirit. First of all, the first thing I'm particular about is how much information can be drawn from the original Godzilla. We provided original negatives of 28 Godzilla works from Toho, chose a name scene from among them and worked on 4K scanning.
I felt through 4K scanning work that I touched upon the history of film. Godzilla began with black and white, colorized, the screen size changed, digital entered, and I was able to feel the history of the film through work.
Especially, when seeing the work after becoming a color film with 4K, you can see that the picture quality is outstandingly improved. At the beginning, when I made the Godzilla series 4 K, I was very curious about how much image quality will be achieved, but there were lots of things that surprised me for the first time trying to make it.
For example, I can understand the pattern of a tie by Dr. Yamane who appears in the first work "Godzilla", the texture of the mountains and the surroundings, the texture of the building and the scales of King Ghidora can be seen one by one, and even piano wires used for special effects You can see, you can really see a variety of things. Although a great number of piano lines are supposed to be used, even if it is converted to 4K, only this can make us feel the effort of the staff at that time and the frankness of the idea at the time devised so as not to see the piano line. Through this project, I felt the power of 4K, so I would like to continue working on making 4K in the future.
◆ Started 4K preview
When the greetings of the speaker ended, the preview was finally started. Although I can not post the appearance of the preview, I can see the detailed detail such as the splash of Godzilla appearing from the sea, the texture of the monster's skin appearance including Godzilla, and so on. As Mr. Shimizu of Tokyo Development Office said, you can see the piano line for special effects, but it is quite tricky to see the height of the technology at that time.
Before restore (state where film scratches, dirt, faded marks stand out)
After restoration (scratches, dirt, fading marks disappear, very fine dust is also removed)
Before grading (overall is greenish)
After grading (in a state where green covering is suppressed)
Before grading (low contrast)
After grading (as the black sunk)
The broadcasting time of "the highest image quality ever! Godzilla 4K project" is not long as 28 minutes, but the name scene of the past Godzilla 28 works is packed as if it is still, and after feeling it is full of feeling. The people of the former Godzilla fans are sure to be impressed by the revival of old-fashioned Godzilla and other monsters at 4K. Also, those who have never seen Godzilla are also able to learn about the history of Godzilla and the history of moving film through "the highest image quality ever! Godzilla 4K project".
◆ Q & A
Q & A response began after the preview of "the highest image quality ever! Godzilla 4K project" finished.
How about whether black and white film is suitable for 4K conversion?
I realized that the high potential potential of the film felt by converting monochrome film to 4K. Even when it is broadcast on a movie theater or on a television, I felt that I was not able to do all the film's ability. Working, the black-and-white film has a capability of 4K or more. It is only information on white and black, but I understood that the details such as detail detail comes out very cleanly when it is converted to 4K. I think that 4K is becoming more important in the sense of past archival of film.
How much was the cost when converting to 4K? It seemed that it costed considerable.
Although it can not be said specifically, it is considerable. It took quite a while to make the material even when making SD a high vision, but it took 4 kilometers more than doubling the high vision. Or, it's about comparable.
Although it was mentioned also in the program, what is the wall that must be technically exceeded in the 4K conversion?
Akira Kawamata, Imaging Department, Tokyo Development Office Co., Ltd. (hereinafter referred to as Kawamata):
Regarding the part of data conversion, it is possible with current technology enough, but the infrastructure part from that to the last brush up took quite a while with our equipment. In order to work without taking time ahead of time, the equipment relationship is also so, the final exit has not been clarified, so we have to think about what to do in the future.
You can see that the image becomes clearer by becoming 4K, but the material you receive has "smoothness rises". What is the reason for this?
By understanding that the particles become finer, the rough part becomes more visible. For example, human skin. It may sound like a bad way to say, but a person with clean skin is that the smoothness of the skin will come up. On the contrary, for skin that is rough for reasons of makeup, its skin feeling looks pretty beautiful. I think that it is a future task whether to show all or hide when it is done to 4K. Regarding movement, it is unified with 24 frames per second, so smoothness will not change.
Let me check about the frame rate. As I mentioned above, I think that the movie is 24 frames per second, but I heard that 4 K is 60 or 120 frames. Does the picture of "the highest image quality ever! Godzilla 4K project" is not 60 frames?
The image is 60 frames. So I think that the movement is smooth.
As I mentioned earlier, we mentioned 24 frames, but would you please understand that this is added to the 24 frames and added to 60 frames?
Do you mean that you put something created between frames and frames?
I have not done making it. In the form of using 2 pictures in the first frame and using 3 frames in the second frame, 60 frames are made in such a way as to increase the same frame.
Since it is 24 films as a film, its part does not change even if it is converted to 4K, but since the 24 K broadcast has 24 frames to 60 frames, the smoothness on the broadcast comes out.
As I mentioned earlier that the potential of the film could be drawn out by making it 4K even with black-and-white film, could you draw out the potential of the film 100%?
Although it depends on the age of the film or depending on the type, I think whether it is possible to extract information by converting it to 4K in the case of black and white, but I think that there is information that is still sleeping. Because we know that in the case of color film we have the ability of 6K or more, there may be a portion where black and white film can still be dug up.
I told you that there is an idea to make all Godzilla series works 4K, but when are you thinking about about? Afterwards, are you thinking that shooting Godzilla from the beginning with 4K camera to make a movie?
As for shooting Godzilla with a 4K camera and making movies, there is a desire to see 4 G's new Godzilla, but in film production we are in the jurisdiction of Toho-san, we can not say anything. Will the timing of 4K conversion of all Godzilla series work as soon as the environment related to general viewers' 4K is established? It is not what we can decide by dogmas, but basically there is a will to try next year.
Mainichi Shimbun Moichizuki:
It is about the contents of "the highest image quality ever! Godzilla 4K project", but why do not dare to create a scene that contrasts with Hi-Vision? After that, did the 4K scanning equipment were prepared by Tokyo Development, or did you use the original equipment?
Actually, program production was proceeding without knowing whether or not 4K broadcast could be realized with Channel 4K. And the Japanese movie channel specializes in 2K broadcasting. Although it is very easy to compare Hi-Vision and 4K on 4K broadcasting, it is a bit hard to understand in down-converting 2K broadcasting, so it may be confusing to viewers, so I did not intentionally adopt it.
Regarding the equipment of 4K scanning I will reply. The equipment we used for scanning this time was not purchased newly but was purchased 10 years ago.
Can 8K scanning be also possible?
Unfortunately 8K has become impossible. Scanning up to 6K is possible, but the last brush up is a very difficult task.
What kind of work do you think is suitable for 4K conversion? For example, is it a special effects movie like Godzilla, or is it a drama in which an actor is appearing, or is it a genre such as animation?
I have never thought about what genre works are suitable for 4K conversion. Actually, film is beginning to deteriorate, and there are many movies in the state that negatives can not be used if you leave them alone. So, I would like to leave it as future digital data in the future.
Most of the inquiries from viewers about movie 4K conversion are most. So, I feel that it is not a movie that software that is required to be 4K is required.
In addition, the special program "highest image quality ever! Godzilla 4K project" is broadcast on the Japanese movie channel from 22:50 on July 20, 2014, from 4:30 pm on Channel 4 K from 18:30 on July 25, It will be airing from 18:30 on Monday 28th. Also, Hikari TV will be broadcast around late July.