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What Is “Bandersnatch”? Here’s Why You Should Watch It

If you’ve been online in the past few days, chances are you’ve heard about the latest obsession from viewers of the Black Mirror Netflix series. We give you everything you need to know about the interactive special which the internet can’t stop talking about.

While fans of Black Mirror await its fifth season, the creators of the show released an interactive film titled Bandersnatch which has captured the attention of the internet and created debate whether it is a film or a game.

Set mostly in 1984, the film follows a young video game programmer named Stefan Butler (Fionn Whitehead), who is programming his own interactive video game called Bandersnatch which in turn is based off a novel by the same name by author Jerome F. Davies. As the story progresses, Butler begins to question his reality in the disturbed Black Mirror-style the show is renown for.

Arguably the most unique aspect of the special is that during different points of the episode, viewers encounter a “choose your own adventure” option where they are forced to make choices which affect the outcome of the story. Each time a decision is offered, viewers are given 10-seconds to choose which option to go with.

These choices include seemingly inconsequential things like choosing which cereal Butler eats, what kind of music he listens to, or more vital ones which determine how he reacts to certain situations. In each instance, a choice is automatically selected should the viewer fail to make a decision within the allotted 10-seconds.

Netflix announced that there are more than 1 trillion choice variations viewers can make for the film. The story has an approximate running time of 90-minutes which can vary for viewers based on their choices throughout the film. However, if a viewer takes the quickest route without opting for do-overs, they can get through the film in just 40-minutes.

Although some choices affect the story to a larger degree than others, everytime a choice is made, the story is nevertheless affected in some capacity. For example, when the viewer chooses which cassette tape Butler listens to, the music in the episode immediately parallels that in the scene. Each and every choice leads to other choices later on in the story, as well as to an ending. Netflix has stated there are “five main endings with multiple variants of each”.

Since the special was released on December 28th, viewers have debated whether Bandersnatch is a game or a video. Many argue that due to the interactive nature of the special it is more of a video than a film, while others decry their lack of emotional investment into the characters and events, unlike other Black Mirror episodes due to requiring to be focused on decision making throughout the video.

If users, however, prefer to watch it like a film, they can allow the 10-second timer to rundown each time and allow an option to automatically be selected for them. Netflix has not revealed how the choice is made when users do not select a choice, therefore it remains a mystery whether it is random or guided to an ending.

The fifth season of Black Mirror has been announced but due to Bandersnatch the release date has been pushed back to later in 2019.

For those unafraid of spoilers, Forbes created a walkthrough for how to navigate to all five possible endings.

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Film or digital?

Nowadays, most of photographs are usually taken with digital image cameras, but there’s is also the growing number of photographers who are interested photographing with film formats form the past. If you ask yourself why would anyone choose to shoot with analog film in this advanced technological age, here’s a short comparison of those two techniques.

Resolution

Whether photographers use digital or analog formats, they just want to know that their experiments will be finalized as sharp, high-resolution photographs. Using digital sensors, we can determine the resolution by counting the number of pixels. When it comes to film, it doesn’t have pixels, but it is mainly calculated through angular resolution. Both techniques of measurement can be consistent with each other and also compared for equivalent resolution.

Dynamic Range

The biggest reason to shoot with analog cameras in the past was their dynamic range, which has changed a lot today. As the dynamic range of an Image consists of many different and connected sections and choices such as the sensor used, the type of file compression, and many other factors, the digital photography is definitely winning this battle against the analog film.

Digital Noise vs. Film Grain

Digital noise or film grain is the best term for random appearance of small textures in a photograph. Talking about analog one, film grain appears as a result of small chemical particles that didn’t get enough light. But with digital sensors, that noise comes from the signals created by the camera’s digital circuitry, which can be the result of an excess heat or a sensor’s intention to handle those “unwanted” signals in the airwaves.

Film Speed

The famous problem that occurs when we shoot in bad light conditions, is easily taken care of by us digital image sensors. Analog film is usually produced in speeds between 100 and 3200, and the rare one is made in 6400. The noise produced by analog cameras in these ranges is matched by digital cameras of today and their sensitivity with stops is much more developed.

Analog film can be also pushed or pulled multiple stops, but the problem occurs with the contrast within the image, which can be highly affected. Some artists use this method in intention to create the ideal, desired look, but this method is not still that efficient when it comes to high ISO speeds, because it has to impact image tones.

Cost

When it comes spending the money on these two types, both digital and analog formats have their advantages and disadvantages. It’s the same thing with the convenience of using them. Most important things that will help you choose between those two are the number of photographs you take within a given time, the type of subjects you shoot, and the urgency of a need of an image available.

Conclusion

Many photographers would say that shooting analog gives us more personal and enjoyable experience. The digital revolution in technology has always managed to catch up with analog film in many areas, diminishing the amount of reasons for film being better than digital camera. We must also note that not all of the differences between those two can be clearly shown just by comparing them technologically.

Nowadays, most of photographs are usually taken with digital image cameras, but there’s is also the growing number of photographers who are interested photographing with film formats form the past. If you ask yourself why would anyone choose to shoot...