Tv and Computer Screens in Movies - Steve Jobs

While there is plenty of fascination from cinephiles regarding the creation of visual effects for movies and television, there are plenty of jobs on a movie set that go unnoticed. One such job is that of a computer/video playback supervisor.

If that doesn’t sound all that interesting, a new video profile explains the fascinating and surprisingly meticulous work that goes into something as simple as a television playing in the background of a scene in the 1980s set movie Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues, or something as complex as a faux piece of software used in a key sequence of a movie like Date Night, or recreating the software of one of the first Macintosh computers so that it actually works on camera for Steve Jobs.

Watch the video about how TV and computer screens in movies are created after the jump.

Here’s the video “How the screens inside movies build fictional worlds” from Vox:

The video speaks to Todd Marks, who has worked on computer playback in movies since back in the 1990s on movies like The Net, up through recent movies like Steve Jobs and Netflix’s Spectral.

It’s truly fascinating to hear how much thought and work goes into creating pieces of the set that audiences don’t pay that much attention to. But then there are other creations, such as the vintage Macintosh in Steve Jobs that are prominent and key to scenes.

So the next time you see a computer interface or a mobile phone visual that looks absolutely terrible and in no way resembles any real phone or computer, you  know to blame the video/computer playback supervisor. And when you see a well-crafted computer, television or phone screen, direct your friends to watch this video to learn more.

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