Braving the challenging weather and Kodiak brown bears of Alaska, cinematographer Tom Trainor served as director of photography on the new Animal Planet documentary series, Into Alaska. Season one of the series, which showcases the wildlife inhabiting Alaska's national refuges and the men and women who protect them, is currently in rotation on the cable channel.
Sound designer and music producer Shreyas Srinivas first started out as a guitar player and later switched to music production. As a producer, he began doing a lot of work in post production, including sound design, sync sound and re-recording for a range of indie projects, short films and TV shows as well as a variety of Bollywood films. His latest project was Discharge, a short film about post-traumatic stress disorder
The official premiere of the Disney film The Nutcracker and the Four Realms to place in Moscow’s Zaryadye Concert Hall, which opened in September. The stage has already played host to famous orchestras and world-renowned musicians, but the screening of the Walt Disney Studios Sony Pictures Releasing movie was the first international premiere to take place at the venue. The event featured a Christie CP4325-RGB pure laser projector and CineLife electronics platform. Christie’s long-time partner in Russia, Asia Cinema, provided technical support for the premiere.
To give the film First Man a strong sense of authenticity, director Damien Chazelle approached NASA to see if there was any archive footage from the Apollo era. The answer was they did but the footage was all in an obsolete format.
Samsung Electronics unveiled its largest-ever 3D-ready Onyx screen at Capital Cinema in the Xicheng district in Beijing, China. The December 7 opening of the world’s largest 3D LED cinema was timed with the premiere of Warner Bros.’ DC Comics superhero film Aquaman, which has a DTS:X immersive sound track. Aquaman opened with $93.6 million in ticket sales in three days in China, marking the best start for a Warner Bros. title in that territory.
Samsung India and Inox Leisure, one of India’s leading multiplex chains, today introduced Inox Onyx to Mumbai, ushering in the future of cinema to the land of Bollywood. Inox at Malad, Inorbit Mall will play host to Mumbai’s first Cinema LED Theatre.
83 Days, a shattering narrative short about racial injustice, which was shot with Panasonic cinema cameras, has been named an Official Selection of the 2018 Tampa Bay Underground Film Festival. The film has already received several best of festival nominations, including Best Short Film, Best Drama Film, Best Short Film Director and Best Short Screenplay.
Technicolor PostWorks New York provided finishing services for The Dawn Wall, the riveting, new documentary from Red Bull House Media about free-climbers Tommy Caldwell and Kevin Jorgeson’s historic attempt to conquer El Capitan in Yosemite National Park. Colorist Keith Jenson worked with co-directors Josh Lowell and Peter Mortimer and cinematographer Brett Lowell in finalizing the look of the documentary, which takes audiences along for the climb as Caldwell and Jorgeson test themselves against a sheer, 3,000-foot rock face known as the Dawn Wall.
The makers of the Screen Gems feature film The Possession of Hannah Grace are claiming an interesting cinema technology first: the project was shot in Boston using Sony A7S II mirrorless digital cameras combined with large format Hawk 65 anamorphic lenses from Vantage, an unlikely combination featuring lenses designed for large digital sensors combined with a full-frame camera with a DSLR form factor and a price tag under $3,000. Nevertheless, the filmmakers say it made for a high-quality, cost-effective production workflow.
Cineplexx International has opened its second and third MX4D Theatre in less than two months, this time in Serbia. Located in the country’s capital of Belgrade, which has a population of more than a million people, Cineplexx’s second MX4D theatre boasts 100 seats configured into 25 benches.