Director of photography Bobby Bukowski (When We Rise, Weeds, The Messenger, Arlington Road) has completed production of the upcoming Netflix series Gypsy, starring Naomi Watts and Billy Crudup. Bukowski shot the 10-episode dramatic series with Panasonic VariCam 35 4K camera recorders. “The greatest gift of the VariCam is the impetus to drop old habits, reinvent techniques and redefine who you are as an artist,” said Bukowski. “It’s wonderful and exciting to look at your craft through a different prism.
Turn it Around: The Story of East Bay Punk, the new documentary directed and produced by Corbett Redford and executive produced by Green Day is having its world premiere as the opening night film of the 16th San Francisco DocFest May 31 followed by an initial one week theatrical run at the Alamo Drafthouse Cinema in San Francisco starting June 2.
Christie 360 Experiential Studios has delivered the world’s first permanent projection mapping show on a cinema façade at the TCL Chinese Theatre in Hollywood. Designed to enhance the guest experience, the forecourt show was launched before an enthralled audience of Hollywood luminaries, local dignitaries and media. Visuals of forecourt of stars handprints, Chinese dragons, and actual movie clips from memorable films that premiered at the Chinese Theatre emerged onto the theatre’s front entrance, which was digitally transformed into an architectural screen.
At its sixth annual upfront event at the AMC Lincoln Square movie theater in New York, National CineMedia announced plans to re-imagine its cinema pre-show and launch new digital channels for movie audiences.
The Ymagis Group has named Anne Feret vice president, Europe, for Éclair’s post-production division. For the past eight years, Feret has been the international sales administrator and vice-president of the cinema arm of Zodiak Rights/ Banijay Rights.
Levels Audio prides itself on being the best and most luxurious post-production/mixing studio in the heart of Hollywood. Founded and run by multiple-Emmy award winning engineer Brian Riordan, the 14,000 square foot, state-of-the-art facility recently added Mix 9, a bespoke Dolby Atmos mix stage, where an Alcons Audio CRMS mkII Cinema Reference Monitor System is making a big impression.
In order to facilitate its business in France, Arri, the Munich-based film technology company, is announcing the founding of Arri CT (for Cine Technik) France. For the first time, Arri will have an office space solely dedicated to its camera systems and lighting business units in France while being able to offer a special promotional platform for the Alexa 65 available from Arri Rental. Arri CT France will open its doors in September in time to celebrate the company’s 100th birthday.
AlphaDogs has completed work on the documentary film John Lewis: Get In The Way, which tells the story of the courageous civil rights hero, congressional leader and human rights champion, whose unwavering fight for justice spans the past 50 years. In order for the documentary to air on PBS, Bill Woolery, offline editor, had the task of cutting the film down to 54 minutes, taking six minutes out of the original cut and handing off the cut down to AlphaDogs for finishing.
Extravaganza, a new virtual reality short film satire directed by Ethan Shaftel, leveraged Maxon Cinema 4D software and its CV-VR Cam dedicated plug-in for rendering VR content to streamline the production workflow. The film, which stars Paul Scheer (The League, 30 Rock), John Gemberling (Broad City, Santa Clarita Diet), Will Greenberg (Wrecked), and Annie Tedesco (Bella and the Bulldogs), debuted to positive acclaim at the Tribeca Film Festival’s Immersive Virtual Arcade and will make its European premiere during the Cannes Film Festival May 17-28 at the Marche du Film Next VR program.
Amazon Studios and Abramorama are bringing Long Strange Trip, Amir Bar-Lev’s critically acclaimed documentary about the Grateful Dead, to theaters across the U.S. to give fans an opportunity to experience the documentary on the big screen prior to its New York and Los Angeles release on May 26. Following its release in theaters, the documentary will come exclusively to Amazon Prime Video on June 2.