It’s entirely fair to say that Peter Schade, vp Universal Studios Technical Services, gets the Hollywood Elsewhere viewpoint on film grain. “Now that we’re scanning off the original negative at very, very high resolution and creating very high resolution digital images,” Schade says, “it does…make grain more apparent.” Wow…somebody who knows the realm finally repeats what I’ve been saying for years!

“Film grain is one of the things that makes film look like it does,” Schade continues. “We certain don’t want grain to be nonexistent and make everything look flat, but where it causes an objectionable or distracting aspect of enjoying the film, we do want to manage it.”