Motion smoothing is the reason your parents’ TV makes everything look like a soap opera. It’s likely the first thing you turned off on your own TV to make the image tolerable, and now you’re forced to either deal with it when you visit someone else or you give in and turn it off for them while explaining why it’s so damned bad. And that’s just uncomfortable for everyone.
James Gunn, the director of Slither, both Guardians of the Galaxy films and the under-appreciated Super recently tweeted about his hatred of the feature, and the fact it’s turned on as the default for so many displays. His message included some big names, all supporting the death of motion smoothing.
Why is motion smoothing such a cancer for all these creative movie folks? Here is an explanation, helpfully delivered via song:
Christopher Miller, co-director of The Lego Movie, 21 and 22 Jump Street but most importantly Clone High, tweeted his own support of the movement.
+1— Chris Miller (@chrizmillr) October 5, 2017
10 Cloverfield Lane director Dan Trachtenberg is also on board.
Please make this official.— Dan Trachtenberg (@DannyTRS) October 6, 2017
Rian Johnson, who directed Brick, Looper, three amazing Breaking Bad episodes and something called Star Wars: The Last Jedi didn’t bother trying to hide his disgust at how deeply the option can be hidden in menus, and how bad it can make movies look.
You want movies to look like liquid diarrhea, fine. But it should be a choice you make, not a hoop everyone has to jump through to unmake.— Rian Johnson (@rianjohnson) October 6, 2017
Christopher McQuarrie is apparently about to be recruited as well.
We share a producer. It's tomorrow's first bit of business.— ChristopherMcQuarrie (@chrismcquarrie) October 5, 2017
McQuarrie directed Way of the Gun, Mission Impossible: Rogue Nation and wrote The Usual Suspects and Edge of Tomorrow ... so he likely can actually get that word out.
Reed Morano directed the first three episodes of The Handmaid’s Tale, and she’s been fighting the good fight for a while now.
Been at it for years. Sux. https://t.co/MCFLQHCsPh— Reed Morano, A.S.C. (@reedmorano) October 5, 2017
As the petition points out, the feature can actually make things like live sports look better, but many people aren’t aware that it’s turned on by default and the image on their screen doesn’t have to look like it was shot on video.
The option to turn it on would be more helpful than having so many displays default to its inclusion, leaving the less technically savvy wondering why everything they watch looks so cheap.
It’s an issue that goes all the way to the top.
I can 100% guarantee you that it is.— Rian Johnson (@rianjohnson) October 5, 2017