China Film Group Orders 800 Barco Digital Cinema Projectors

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Sun, 01/13/2013 - 19:00 -- Nick Dager

The China Film Group has purchased 800 Barco digital cinema projectors to convert existing theaters to digital and to supply newly constructed digital cinemas a number that is expected to increase each year. As a digital cinema leader we continually invest in China and its digital cinema development. So we are really pleased that China Film Group has selected our leading technology to further develop the digital cinema market in China. This roll-out of digital cinema technology to many more theaters will enable China’s film industry to reach and benefit a large audience of moviegoers ” said Wim Buyens senior vice president entertainment for Barco. “Our comprehensive range of cutting-edge digital cinema solutions including 3D cinema sound advanced digital cinema projection technology and digital signage will offer Chinese moviegoers the ultimate cinema experience.” Chen Xuxiang general manager of CFG Barco said   “We are grateful for the trust and support we have received from China Film Group over the past few years. After many years of effort in digital cinema projection we have developed trend-setting technologies and comprehensive after-sales services. We look forward to continuing our close partnership with CFG and to establishing long-term relations with other premium exhibitors to provide them with advanced technologies and top-quality service.” ,3783
Top Feature Choices Named for ASC 2012 Award,2013-01-16,Seamus McGarvey (Anna Karenina) Danny Cohen (Les Miserables) Claudio Miranda (Life of Pi) Janusz Kaminski (Lincoln) and Roger Deakins (Skyfall) have been nominated in the feature film category of the 27th Annual American Society of Cinematographers Awards for Outstanding Achievement. The winner will be announced at the ASC Awards celebration on February 10 at the Hollywood & Highland Grand Ballroom. “The films our members have nominated are visually distinctive and very diverse: a theatrical epic a grand musical an imaginative 3D fable a sweeping biographical drama and a stylish spy thriller ” said ASC president Stephen Lighthill. “What they all have in common is that each project’s cinematographer contributed captivating visuals that enhanced and elevated the storytelling.” This year’s nod brings Deakins’ total to 11. He won ASC Awards for The Shawshank Redemption (1995) and The Man Who Wasn’t There (2002). His other nominations were for Fargo (1997) Kundun (1998) O Brother Where Art Thou? (2001) No Country for Old Men (2008) The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford (2008) Revolutionary Road (2009) The Reader (2009) and True Grit (2011). He was also the recipient of the organization’s Lifetime Achievement Award in 2011. Cohen McGarvey and Miranda have all been recognized once previously – Cohen for The King’s Speech (2011); McGarvey for Atonement (2008); and Miranda for The Curious Case of Benjamin Button (2009). ,3784
Advanced Systems Group Autodesk to Present Smoke 2013,2013-01-16,Advanced Systems Group and Autodesk will present Smoke 2013 a presentation highlighting the new professional video editing and visual effects software on January 22 at the Autodesk Gallery in San Francisco. Registration opens at 6:00 p.m. with a demo by Dean Schirm Autodesk solutions engineer from 7-8 p.m. A discussion and Q&A will follow until 9:00 p.m. Food and beverages will be served. “Autodesk Smoke 2013 combines editing and effects in one affordable Mac application which can improve post-production efficiencies and workflows ” said Dave Van Hoy president Advanced Systems Group. “This event allows the San Francisco post community to see Smoke in action ask questions in a relaxed atmosphere and really see if this application is right for their operations.” Registration is free but space is limited. For registration or more information please visit ,3785
Cinema De Keizer Re-Opens,2013-01-16, The legendary single-screen movie theater Cinema De Keizer located in the small Belgian town of Lichtervelde re-opened its doors to the public in December with a preview showing of Brasserie Romantiek the feature film debut of Belgian director Joël Vanhoebrouck. The theater was recently equipped with Barco’s new DP2K-10S digital cinema projector specifically designed for smaller cinema screens. Established in 1924 by Gerard Debaillie Cinema De Keizer is a reference beacon in the Belgian cinema world and the lifework of Gerard’s daughter Agnes a cinephile who personified the world of cinema to the citizens of her town. When Agnes passed away earlier this year the future of the longest running cinema in Belgium which was still mostly in its original state seemed uncertain. Recently Flemish vice-minister-president Geert Bourgeois decided to protect the cinema as cultural heritage and seven locals invested in the theater. “I’d seen hundreds of movies at Cinema De Keizer and dreamt of installing a 21st century theater in the original 1920s décor to bring back that ‘community feeling’ that the cinema inspires ” explains Hans Maertens who leads the Cinema De Keizer non-profit organization.  Sofie Eeckeman who was the right hand of Agnes Debaillie for many years will operate the cinema. She welcomes the new Barco technology. She said   “I spent my childhood helping out Agnes at Cinema De Keizer and am delighted to continue her dream. We are happy to be working with Barco to replace one of our twin 35mm projectors with a digital solution. It was a stroke of luck for us that Lichtervelde is close to the global Digital Cinema market leader and we couldn’t have found a better partner. We were very impressed with Barco’s vision for the cinema of the future which also fits well with my interests as a Lecturer New Media and Communication Technology at University College West Flanders (Howest). The new DP2K-10S digital cinema projector is ideal for our needs and enables us to bring Cinema De Keizer into the future while maintaining that old era charm and character that is unique to our theater.” 

 “The opportunity of digital cinema is not only for larger cinema chains. There is a lot of concern about the transition from 35mm to digital which threatens the survival of a number of smaller independent and art house cinemas that take up a unique position in the cinema landscape. Barco strongly believes however that digital cinema also offers a unique opportunity for these cinemas to thrive thus offering them flexibility in their programming and a range of new revenue opportunities ” said Tim Sinnaeve Barco’s market director digital cinema. “We have designed our new DP2K-10S with this in mind integrating our leading digital cinema technologies into a compact scalable and cost-effective platform without sacrificing image quality. I’m delighted that the team behind Cinema De Keizer a unique and historic location shares our passion and vision for the independent cinema of the future and is confident that other independent cinemas can be inspired by their story.” ,3786
The Bombardment Released in Barco Auro 11.1,2013-01-16, The Dutch production company Fu Works released its latest film The Bombardment in Barco Auro 11.1. The movie opened December at CineMec in Ede the first cinema in the Netherlands to equip a theater with Barco’s new sound technology. Directed by Ate de Jong The Bombardment tells the story of a young boxer and a wealthy female socialite whose quest for love is overshadowed by the German invasion and subsequent bombing of Rotterdam in 1940. “We are excited and grateful to be able to mix this film in the revolutionary Barco Auro 11.1 format. As the movie is filled with dramatic flyovers and enveloping war scenery the sound format is the perfect fit for our movie ” said de Jong. 

 Gerben Kuipers owner of CineMec considers Barco Auro 11.1 a fantastic tool to create natural enhanced sound. He said “I was astounded when I first saw the demo and delighted to pioneer the Barco Auro 11.1 technology into our theater. The sound format really adds value to the cinema experience. The Bombardment the largest Dutch production to be launched this holiday season will be a great showcase for the technology: cinemagoers will have the feeling they’re right in the middle of the 1940 bombardment in Rotterdam. We’ve really crossed a new border in the cinema experience.” 

 Barco Auro 11.1 is currently deployed in over 50 installations worldwide and an increasing number of directors are embracing the new audio format. “We are delighted about the interest in our revolutionary 3D cinema sound format both from today’s filmmakers like Fu Works and from cinemas like CineMec ” said Brian Claypool senior director strategic business development of Barco’s Entertainment Division. “In fact Auro 11.1 is the next logical step in our quest to create value for what we call the ‘cinema of the future’. It is a great way to add value to the moviegoing experience and motivate people to keep going to the cinema for an entertainment experience that can’t be obtained anywhere else.” ,3787
Sachtler Designs Fluid Head for Blackmagic Design’s Cinema Camera,2013-01-16, Sachtler has developed a fluid head system designed specifically for Blackmagic Design’s new Cinema Camera.

 The introduction of Blackmagic Design’s Cinema Camera has spawned a large assortment of film-style camera and lens accessories. Camera users mounting a variety of lenses and accessories find themselves dealing with a wide payload range from the bare-bones camera weight of 3.75 lbs (1.7kg) to over triple that. Sachtler’s FSB 6’s 2 - 13 lbs (1 to 6kg) payload range more than covers that span.

 With its 5 inch built-in monitor on the back of the camera’s housing many of the Cinema Camera’s users choose to operate using that screen in place of an external viewfinder. With little weight behind the camera’s tripod mounting tap the FSB 6’s 4.7-inch (120mm) sliding plate range is essential to placing the camera lens and accessory package squarely over the fluid head. The FSB 6’s 10 steps of counterbalance lets the user position the exact center of gravity over the head to keep the camera in place at any angle of tilt through the head’s entire +90°/-75° tilt range.

The FSB 6 also features three vertical and three horizontal grades of drag (+0) which provides Sachtler’s familiar pan and tilt feel and dependability. ,3789
Dan Sherlock Named President of Cinedigm Software,2013-01-16,Dan Sherlock has been named president of Cinedigm Software. Sherlock will report to Cinedigm COO/CFO Adam Mizel and will be responsible for all aspects of the operations at Cinedigm Software including production technology business development sales and marketing. Most recently Sherlock was president of Baseline a comprehensive film and television database with a robust subscription and syndicated content client base comprised of all the major studios agencies production companies and some of the largest fortune 500 companies owned by The New York Times Company.  Previously Sherlock held numerous executive roles with The Walt Disney Company most recently as vice president and general manager of With both technical and marketing expertise Dan is perfectly suited to lead and grow our robust software business said Mizel.  In the last year we have invested considerable resources to expand our product lines to support our international expansion and to successfully add significant new customers and Dan's addition will further bolster our market leading position. I'm thrilled to have the opportunity to lead the incredible team of talented creative people at Cinedigm Software as we seek to advance our clients’ business objectives using the industry's most innovative software solutions said Sherlock. Cinedigm software stands at the nexus of the digital exhibition transformation -- serving the needs of top distributors and exhibitors worldwide – and I look forward to being part of this exciting technological revolution.”