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    Re: Celestial Navigation in the Movies
    From: Brad Morris
    Date: 2019 Oct 8, 01:03 -0400
    Hi David

    That is spot on.  

    I follow a youTube channel called "TwoSet Violin".  I don't play, but the lads are very funny.  So I watch.

    One of their schticks is to make fun of movies that get violin playing so wrong.  Wrong bowing, wrong fingering, etc etc etc, all played for laughs, but as they are both accomplished musicians, you know the complaint is valid.  They provide a demonstration of proper technique and then demonstrate how the movie actors could not be producing the sounds with their motion on the violins.  Clear mistakes, clearly demonstrated.

    Except the only people who would know the mistakes are accomplished musicians.  Or someone who has seen too many TwoSet videos, like me.  The vast majority of the public won't know or care.  The violin playing is merely incidental to the story.

    The same can be said of the percentage of folks who understand the CN and can see the errors this thread has so amply identified.  Simply put, the few of us who know it won't matter to the bottom line, to make it worthwhile for the filmmaker to correct.  Folks aren't even sure what a sextant is, let alone how to properly use it.  The arithmetic reduction to a fix?  Captivating.  Filmmakers should definitely bring one of us in to provide expert guidance.  

    Brad





    On Tue, Oct 8, 2019, 12:47 AM David Pike <NoReply_DavidPike@fer3.com> wrote:

    I’ve been thinking about this, and I’ve come to the conclusion that it’s horses for courses.  Film directors survive, because they know what the movie going public wants to see.  They don’t pretend to be navigation experts.  I’d like to bet that if a selection of contributors to NavList were invited to make a movie, it probably wouldn’t end up winning an award, apart from possibly the one for the most boring movie of the year.  Similarly newspaper editors survive by knowing what their target audience wants to read.  I don’t think any of us would dream of reporting the following incident in the manner of the British Redtops, but they know their audience far better than me.  https://www.mirror.co.uk/news/uk-news/white-van-mans-hilarious-video-20385874 , https://metro.co.uk/2019/10/02/man-drove-van-fast-flowing-river-sat-nav-told-10851190/ , https://www.thesun.co.uk/news/10051857/man-rescued-flood-north-yorkshire-river-ure-satnav/ . DaveP

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