This report was distributed to CINEMIRACLE staffers with a cover page bearing the title: REPORT FROM RICHARD BABISH

Cinemiracle management had changed the original title page as they felt it sounded a bit pessimistic. Dick's own title page reads:
S O M E   F A C T O R S   C O N T R I B U T I N G
T O   THE   D E F I C I E N C I E S   I N   T H E
A P P E A R A N C E   O F   C I N E M I R A C L E

    Following the success of the opening of "Windjammer" introducing the Cinemiracle Process it would be all too easy to lull ourselves into too deep a sense of complacency in spite of the fact that the system technically is by no means perfected. The deficiencies have not been too apparent because of skillful camerawork, both in actual shooting and in maintenance, and to careful attention to detail in printing. We should not permit ourselves the luxury of relaxing with our laurels as did Cinerama, permitting competition to catch up. We must guard against fallacious "This worked – Let’s not rock the boat" attitude.

    This memo is not intended as criticism of anyone or anything, but as an impartial critique of purely technical matters in the hope that by summarizing numerous observations, we can all do better next time. Some observations relate to procedural techniques by which deficiencies of equipment can be at least in part minimized, a technique which has been quite successful in some of the printing operations. By far the most numerous of these observations relate to equipment, both operational and technical – technical referring here also to equipment intended for initial calibration and maintenance.

    Since this memo is concerned only with the visual aspects of the Cinemiracle process it concerns cameras, printers, and projectors in the broadest sense.

    Here it is necessary to define the only philosophy upon which the system can ultimately be successful. That is simply that each unit, camera, printer, and projector must each stand alone and meet its own simple requirements as perfectly as possible. It is fallacious to assume that any one of the units can compensate for the deficiencies of another. While the printer can occasionally take up minor camera and projector errors, the very nature of these devices tend to err in the same direction, and they can only with great difficulty if at all correct for errors in another.


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