Director/DP Hal Long had a challenge. “The producers (including Bill Rogin and Cole Klapman) are committed to having a 4K master for residual use,” Long said. “And for season two, I wanted a 4K camera that would deliver better color accuracy and separation.” Long, a longtime user of Panasonic P2 cameras said that was why both seasons of Gunny Time were shot and finished in 4K with Panasonic VariCam 35 4K cinema camera/recorders.
Horace and Pete is a 2016 web series created, written, and directed by Louis C.K. A distinctive feature of the series is frequent references to highly topical current events during barroom discussions. This was made possible by having less than a week between the production and release of the episodes. It was also one of the reasons that the VariCam 35s were chosen for the show, according to post-production technical advisor Troy Thompson a longtime C.K. collaborator and colorist at New York’s Running Man.
In a pioneering technical trial with Sony Digital Cinema 4K, Cinecitta’ Multiplexkino in Nuremberg has installed Sony’s large screen 4K projection system – the first of its kind. Four Sony SRX-R515 projectors combine to deliver a 60,000 lumen total light output.
Sony has launched its latest dual projection system, which the company says puts its industry leading picture quality within reach of cost-conscious theatre owners. The new SRX-R510DS combines two SRX-R510 projectors to deliver a total brightness of 18,000 lumens, which Sony says is plenty for smaller independent cinemas and boutique screens looking to impress their patrons with a premium entertainment experience.
Omniplex Cinema Group, Ireland’s biggest operator, with over 200 screens at most major cities and towns in Ireland and Northern Ireland, has opened the Banbridge multiplex with eight state-of the-art screens, all equipped with Sony 4K projection systems.
A Christie Duo projection system was recently installed in Nova One, Costa Rica’s biggest film screen. Nova One is the main screen at the Nova Cinemas multiplex located in the newly opened Plaza Real Alajuela shopping mall in San José, the capital of Costa Rica. It is also the country’s first theater to use Dolby Atmos sound and dual 4K projectors.
The Museum of Flight, a Smithsonian affiliate, has dedicated its entire June 18 film schedule to premiere Space Next in 4K stereoscopic 3D. The opening was timed to coincide with the NewSpace conference of entrepreneurs, scientists, engineers and policy leaders, held by the Space Frontier Foundation. At two of the premiere screenings, open to the public, Space Next director Luke Ployhar of Afterglow Studios in Minneapolis will introduce the film and show how scenes were created. Ployhar is a seasoned Hollywood filmmaker and effects artist whose credits include Minority Report.
Media design and integration firm DigitalGlue is designing the facility for Sneaky Big Studios, set to be one of Arizona’s biggest production companies when it opens in July. Starting with a blank page, the company has selected Sony’s F55 4K cameras as its camera of choice.
National Theatre Live will partner with the Royal Court and Playful Productions to broadcast Hangmen from London’s West End. The play will be captured and projected in Sony 4K digital cinema across Vue Cinemas’ chain of 84 theatres. The production marks the fourth collaboration in the year-long partnership between National Theatre Live, Vue Entertainment and Sony Digital Cinema 4K, which has already seen productions of Behind the Beautiful Forevers, The Beaux Strategem and Hamlet hit the big screen from the stage. Working closely with its production partners, Sony has taken plays from different environments, including the Olivier Theatre, The Barbican and the Wyndhams Theatre, to the cinema screen.
Dolby Laboratories and Sony Pictures Home Entertainment have announced a collaboration to release SPHE titles in Dolby Atmos over the coming years, including SPHE’s first films to be released in the 4K Ultra HD disc format. The first films to be released in the new 4K Ultra HD disc format with Dolby Atmos include The Amazing Spider-Man 2, Salt, Hancock, Chappie, Pineapple Express, and The Smurfs 2 in early 2016, with additional titles to be announced throughout 2016 and beyond.