Claiming the coveted Theatrical Award for best cinematography in a motion picture, Łukasz Żal, PSC took home the American Society of Cinematographers Award for his work on Cold War. Giorgi Shvelidze took the Spotlight Award for Namme. The 33 rd ASC Awards gala took place Saturday in the Ray Dolby Ballroom in Hollywood
Production & Post-Production
Sony is upgrading the capabilities of its Venice motion picture camera system by introducing high frame rate shooting, advanced remote-control functionalities and Cooke/i3 and Zeiss extended metadata support, as part of its latest firmware update. Both the free upgrade to firmware Version 4.0 and the optional HFR license will be available in June.
Éclair today announced that its Éclair Preservation initiative, which is dedicated to the secure conservation and management of digital and analog media for the film & television sectors, is in accordance with France’s new National Centre for Cinema and the Moving Image (CNC) bylaws. In effect since January 1, the regulation related to feature film production funding requires all recent and upcoming productions applying for financial support from the organization to subscribe to CST-compliant (RT 043) conservation contracts to safeguard the media’s long-term viability.
PowerHouse VFX, the New York-based boutique visual effects studio, rounded out its first year in business by serving as the sole visual effects vendor on M. Night Shyamalan’s Glass. PowerHouse completed approximately 300 shots ranging from Hero CG character animation work, environmental set extensions including buildings and cars, to bringing The Beast to life in many more scenes than they had done previously in Split.
Ymagis Group has announced the implementation of the Employment Protection Plan for Eclair Cinema SAS following its approval by the regional labor authority and validation by the official receiver. This decision follows the placement in receivership of the French subsidiary Eclair Cinema SAS last November. For information, Eclair Cinema SAS represented 5.5 percent of Ymagis Group’s revenue for the first half of 2018 and almost all losses recorded over this same period.
Dolby Laboratories congratulates this year’s Academy Award nominees who have tapped into the audio-visual power of Dolby technologies to draw audiences into their stories. Five of the eight Best Picture nominees this year used both Dolby Vision and Dolby Atmos. And all five films nominated for Sound Mixing and Sound Editing awards this year were presented in Dolby Atmos.
Three of the five Best Animated Film nominations also utilized Dolby Vision and Dolby Atmos.
Red Digital Cinema has added the DSMC2 Touch seven-inch Ultra-Brite LCD Monitor to its line of innovative camera accessories. According to Red, the monitor is a robust, optically bonded touchscreen with Gorilla Glass that provides the most intuitive way to navigate menus, adjust camera parameters, and review .R3D clips directly out of the camera.
The Motion Picture Sound Editors association has announced nominees for the 66th Annual MPSE Golden Reel Awards. Nominees represent the work of the world’s most talented sound artists and their contributions to the past year’s most outstanding feature film, television, animation and computer entertainment productions.
The New York facility of Eurofins Digital Media Services has been granted a Certification in Dolby Vision Quality Control Services. Eurofins is the first dedicated Dolby Vision quality assurance facility on the East Coast, meeting the growing demand for quality control and testing services in New York City.
In November, the Digital Cinema Initiative posted two new draft documents towards a high dynamic range specification for cinema titled Direct View Display D-Cinema Addendum and High Dynamic Range D-Cinema Addendum. They represent a major improvement over DCI’s previous draft, which I wrote about last September [DCI Has Lost Its Way https://bit.ly/2Omcnoa]. In contrast, the new documents are well written, detailed, explanatory and responsive. But questions remain and cost matters, leaving plenty of room for improvement.