The Producers and Directors all believe that if they make their vision come to life – make their story into a movie – it will be shown in a way that allows the audience see and hear what they created with the same splendor they realized. Were they wrong?
If something is managed properly, then there is control over the quality of the items being delivered, and assurance that the end user will be satisfied. Quality Management | Quality Control | Quality Assurance
Some say that a movies sound is 50% of the movie. So, it better be good, eh?
Sound has nuance. Picture has a thousand words for nuance. Let's learn some.
Your picture and sound equipment get calibrated according to a schedule that management thinks is appropriate for your facility – sometimes in 6 month or 12 month or 18 month intervals. But we all know that things happen in between. With the right tools, you can become the judge.
Some of our customers use the large speaker systems to know what the actors are saying, some read the words with special "closed caption" equipment...some listen to special tracks on headphones. The equipment is called Accessibility Equipment. We have to understand it and test it to make certain our customer gets the best experience possible.
Life happens in real time. Sometimes we read about it. More rarely, we are there. And after, we wish that we could have practiced a little bit before being thrown into it.
They want to see a movie (and hear a movie) (and be comfortable while seeing a movie) (and be safe while seeing a movie). And we want to deliver these things with the quality that they expect.
And – we want to see and correct problem that will prevent those things before the customer is aware of them.
The answer is:
• Quality Control
• Quality Management
• Quality Assurance
Click here for Part One of Routines To Self-Certify In the old days there were several trained technicians in every cinema facility. They were called projectionists. Some were very skilled in sound and picture techniques. Some were apprentices. But if you had ever seen two of these people respond to a blown bulb in a projector, with safety procedures and speed, you would know that they were not just lucky people with simple jobs.
In the Grand Scheme of Things, Cinema Test Tools wants to deliver tools that help you Self-Certify the routines and processes which will help ensure that the Director’s Intent is getting portrayed on the screen …and that they are accomplished constantly and consistently. We do this – You do this – for the Producer and Director, those who had the first vision of getting the story to the screen – and we do it for your customer – who has the last vision.
Question: How do we create tools that will ensure the director’s intent and the owner’s desire to deliver at the quality level promised? In the cinema there is,
Answer is: Build in a system of checks on the equipment and checks on the processes, the systems that we are responsible for. List the equipment, list the systems. As detailed as required. Some things need to be checked once a week, so make lists for that, and lists for the things that should be checked once a month. Safety and security…lots of hidden and unknown details there – maybe those should be checked once a day. Those need a list too. Generally, we are responsible for a quality picture with quality sound and a safe and comfortable experience. But there is so much nuance, so many details in that simple sentence. How do we find the nuance? Find out what an expert does when they are working, and notice those actions that seem so natural that you might not even write it down when you are watching them.
So, this is it – we have done it. The Checklists that automate quality control. Your Eyes. Your Ears. Your ability to communicate and learn, and observe, and communicate even better! Then you have to study…not study everything, just study so that you can see the difference between something happening correctly and something getting worse. Obviously a bigger topic than the simple question. Let’s do this thing.