The Ymagis Group’s today reported an increase in revenue of 7.2 percent in the first quarter of 2019 following four consecutive quarters in decline. Thanks to robust equipment sales and its geographical expansion, CinemaNext recorded a 45 percent increase in revenue at €17.0 million, which more than offset the scheduled reduction in virtual print fee revenue.
Production & Post-Production
Production sound mixer Adam P. Lawrence has had a lifelong love for audio/visual storytelling. For the last decade, Lawrence has turned that passion into a career, mixing audio on countless film and television productions. As with any field production, radio frequency interruptions rank highly on the list of worst-case scenarios among audio professionals.
The latest free firmware upgrade to Panasonic’s AK-UC4000 4K/HD HDR-capable camera system has added V-Log output, incorporating the full power of the colorimetry of the company’s line of VariCam and AU-EVA1 cinema cameras and making the camera useful for post-production workflows. With the inclusion of V-Log, the AK-UC4000 has earned approval of the Netflix Post Alliance for creating Netflix-approved content, joining the VariCam 35, VariCam LT, VariCam PURE and EVA1 on the sanctioned list.
The Alcons Audio CRS8 is a 2-way passive-filtered full range loudspeaker, designed to meet all requirements of current and future immersive surround sound formats. Featuring the patented Alcons pro-ribbon driver technology, the CRS8 combines an exceptional clarity and intelligibility with an unusually high dynamic range, offering the most realistic sound reproduction possible.
Emmy Award-winning cinematographer Frank Prinzi ASC chose Panasonic VariCam 4K cinema cameras to shoot The Enemy Within, a prime-time psychological thriller that recently premiered on NBC. The hour-long show follows the exploits of a former CIA operative serving a life sentence for treason who is freed by the FBI to help track down a dangerous and elusive criminal.
PIX today announced that it had reached an agreement to acquire London-based Codex, in a move that will enable PIX and Codex to deliver a range of new products and services, including streamlined camera capture to post-production finishing. Serving complementary roles in the production process, both PIX and Codex share an approach to delivering high-end streamline solutions that keep pace with the industry’s rapidly evolving needs.
Red Digital Cinema has released its Red R3D SDK and accompanying RedCine-X Pro software with accelerated decode and debayering on Nvidia CUDA platforms. By offloading the compute-intensive decoding and debayering of Red R3D files onto one or more Nvidia GPUs, the company says that real-time playback, edit and color grade of 8K footage is now possible.
A coalition of leading trade and professional groups has formed a non-profit organization to provide mentoring services to young people seeking behind-the-scenes careers in the media and entertainment industry. The Entertainment Industry Professionals Mentoring Alliance, or EIPMA, plans to nurture the industry’s next generation of talent by offering expert guidance to high school and college students, military veterans and others seeking to launch their careers, and by hosting job fairs, panel discussions and other public events.
Post facility Goldcrest Post is expanding its footprint in independent film and documentary finishing through key additions to its creative roster. The company has forged a partnership with Glue Edit, the finishing boutique led by colorist and Emmy award-winning editor Ken Sirulnick. Sirulnick, along with his long-time post-production coordinator Jordan Thompson-DeSon, will take up residence at Goldcrest. Additionally, Goldcrest has signed freelance colorist/editor Evan Anthony, whose credits include Sundance Grand Jury Prize nominee Moonlight Sonata, to a staff position.
As part of the ongoing expansion of its sound resources, Sony Pictures Post Production Services has upgraded three mix stages on the Sony Pictures lot to support sound mixing for film and television in the immersive Dolby Atmos format. Among them is the 344-seat Cary Grant Theatre, the studio’s largest. Sony Pictures now has seven mix stages that support Dolby Atmos sound and plans to have nine within the next few years. The first project slated for an immersive mix in the upgraded theaters is Sony Pictures’ Spider-Man: Far from Home, which opens July 5.