Viewers “raging” over camera’s dead pixels in Zack Snyder’s Army of the Dead

May 27, 2021

John Aldred

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Viewers “raging” over camera’s dead pixels in Zack Snyder’s Army of the Dead

May 27, 2021

John Aldred

John Aldred is a photographer with over 20 years of experience in the portrait and commercial worlds. He is based in Scotland and has been an early adopter – and occasional beta tester – of almost every digital imaging technology in that time. As well as his creative visual work, John uses 3D printing, electronics and programming to create his own photography and filmmaking tools and consults for a number of brands across the industry.

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For movie watchers, there’s nothing more upsetting than settling in to watch the latest overhyped movie only to turn on your fancy, way-too-big, expensive TV to discover you’ve got dead pixels on your screen. They just sit there, taunting you, spoiling your viewing experience.

That’s the experience felt by quite a few people who sat down to watch the new Zack Snyder Netflix movie Army of the Dead. At least, it was until they realised that those dead pixels weren’t on their TV, but in-camera, recorded for all time in the movie itself, turning their dispair into “rage”.

I’ve yet to see the movie myself, but the reports indicate that the first dead pixel issue arises quite early on in the film with one of its establishing scenes involving Dave Bautista’s character discussing a plot point that I’m not going to mention with a well-to-do billionaire. One Twitter user described it best with the caption “Army of the Dead Pixel”.

The fault is not visible in every scene – which would make sense. Productions like this generally don’t rely on a single camera to shoot everything, and the issue is probably just with a single camera out of however many they did end up using to shoot the film.

 

 

Despite the dead pixel issue (and its two-and-a-half-hour runtime), the film seems to have largely seen quite favourable reviews, offering descriptions such as “Dawn of the Dead meets Ocean’s Eleven” – which were both pretty decent movies.

It is quite surprising that Zack (or somebody, anybody) didn’t spot these during the editing process and fix them in post before the final film went out.

[via The Independent]

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28 responses to “Viewers “raging” over camera’s dead pixels in Zack Snyder’s Army of the Dead”

  1. Ignasi Jacob Avatar
    Ignasi Jacob

    The attack of the dead pixels.

  2. Brandon J. Zambonelli Avatar
    Brandon J. Zambonelli

    Army of the dead pixels

  3. Rick Odell Avatar
    Rick Odell

    This should be very low on the list of complaints about this movie.

  4. TG Avatar
    TG

    “quite a few people”

    Links to 3 tweets.

    Was it really worth writing an article?

    1. Kaouthia Avatar
      Kaouthia

      Depends… Was it really worth commenting?

      There are only three tweets because we assume our viewership are smart enough to know how Twitter works to see the replies and find more. :)

  5. Michael Estwik Avatar
    Michael Estwik

    Now you know why Nolan prefers IMAX film cameras. No dead pixels.

    1. Silverspear Avatar
      Silverspear

      But they are noisier and harder to work with especially in tight areas. The dead pixels was not the cameras it was something on Netflix end. This is not the first time their content experienced this.

  6. Kevin West Goáz Avatar
    Kevin West Goáz

    Ahmad Syukri Salleh

  7. Daniel Venter Avatar
    Daniel Venter

    people have way too much time lol

  8. Carter Tune Avatar
    Carter Tune

    Which “Army of the Dead” movie? The original or the recent one that stole the title & story?

  9. FairlyReasoner Avatar
    FairlyReasoner

    oh, the humanity

  10. Casey Braunger Avatar
    Casey Braunger

    Feels like I see dead pixels more often than not, these days

  11. madara Avatar
    madara

    I’m really surprised editing software doesn’t automatically detect dead pixels and interpolate around them.

  12. Jeremy Davidson Avatar
    Jeremy Davidson

    I definitely noticed, especially toward the end of the movie. Thought something was wrong with my tv until I tracked that it moved depending on which shot.

  13. Tiberio Lusardi Avatar
    Tiberio Lusardi

    Boring movie if you spot dead pixel

  14. Nicholas Crompton Avatar
    Nicholas Crompton

    Who cares.

  15. Nathan A Van Cleave Avatar
    Nathan A Van Cleave

    I mean has any of the “raging” complainer watched pre-HD content? I remember snowy pictures using rabbit ears… so I’m ok with a few dead pixels. R E L A X

  16. Themba R Modau Avatar
    Themba R Modau

    some people seem to be watching movies to complain this days how de hell did u notice that ? u guys seem to using lens to spot out every mistake of a movie

  17. JP Mgrmns Avatar
    JP Mgrmns

    Good thing I read this… I was planning replacing my TV tomorrow after watching this movie a couple of hours ago. I thought it was my old TV finally giving out. What a save!! ??

  18. Reggie Paul Avatar
    Reggie Paul

    Who cares?

    1. John Aldred Avatar
      John Aldred

      Reggie Paul You do, apparently. You cared enough to comment. :)

  19. Chris Avatar
    Chris

    just wait until these kids discover films filmed on film…

  20. Wirimu Moon Avatar
    Wirimu Moon

    Boohoo I liked it

  21. Codie Maynard Avatar
    Codie Maynard

    Thought my tv was fucked ?

  22. Megan Wotherspoon Avatar
    Megan Wotherspoon

    Thank god lol thought my TV was on the out ?

  23. Silverspear Avatar
    Silverspear

    Not as bad as noticing a dirty screen in a theater.

  24. Gary Oshust Avatar
    Gary Oshust

    Plagiarized ‘Aliens ‘ should be the issue. Dead pixels should be at the bottom of the list on this craptacular movie.

  25. James Owens Avatar
    James Owens

    A really stupid thing to be upset about