Principal Photography Wraps on Space Station 76

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Tue, 10/30/2012 - 20:00 -- Nick Dager

Principal photography has wrapped on Space Station 76 a dramatic comedy directed by Jack Plotnick starring Liv Tyler Matt Bomer Patrick Wilson and Marisa Coughlan. Producers are Rival Pictures’ Ed Parks and Rachel Ward along with Dan Burks from Om Films in addition to Joel Michaely and Katherine Ann McGregor. Executive producers are Niraj Bhatia Frank Mele and Jack Plotnick. Space Station 76 was filmed in Los Angeles. Space Station 76 is a character-driven dramedy set in a 1970's version of the future where personalities and asteroids collide.  Part kitchen sink drama part science fiction comedy  the film is about what’s happening behind the scenes on a space station – the daily routine the domestic disputes and all the realities of the suburbs – set in space. I created Space Station 76 as a way to explore what it was like growing up in the suburbs in the 70's ” said writer and director Jack Plotnick. “It's also an homage to the child I was who felt that moon colonies and flying motor homes were surely right around the corner.” “We’re thrilled to have assembled an amazing crew and extremely talented cast who’ve brought life to outer-space in Space Station 76 ” said producer Ed Parks. ,3666
Star Grill Cinema Installs Sony 4K Projectors on 21 Screens,2012-10-31,Star Grill Cinema recently equipped all 21 screens across its three Texas locations with Sony 4K projection now providing their customers the highest-quality movie-viewing experience.   Star Cinema offers their guests an extensive dining menu and full-service bar with a wide selection of beer wine and spirits. Now the theaters’ digital conversion allows them to offer “the best of both worlds ” according to owner Omar Khan.   “We want to make sure our customers have the best meal they’ve had in a long time ” Khan said. “But it’s equally important to us that they also have the best movie-watching experience with the best projection and sound system. “So when it came to making the switch from 35mm to digital there was no question that we would go with Sony 4K.”   Khan’s movie theater experience spans more than 20 years. A second-generation owner and operator his parents were among the first to bring the Bollywood movie concept to the United States.   “We’re totally focused on the ‘premium’ experience ” said Gustavo Vazquez Star Cinema Grill’s vice president of operations and a former restaurateur.  “The bread for our restaurant is delivered daily from local bakeries. We have craft beers on tap and local farm items on the menu all delivered to the seats. We even have a wireless paging system so guests can alert us when they’re ready to order. This conversion to Sony 4K just completes the whole picture for our operation.”   To make the conversion to 4K as seamless and cost-effective as possible Star Cinema worked with Sony to take advantage of its flexible and customizable Virtual Print Fee financing options.   “With our extensive leasing options theater owners can differentiate themselves with the highest-resolution digital projection available. We’re thrilled Star Cinema Grill selected Sony as a long term partner to help enhance their premium experience that their customers have come to expect ” said Christopher Simpson national account manager for Sony Electronics’ Digital Cinema Solutions Group.   Star Cinema completed installations last month in time for the all the upcoming holiday releases. “We can’t wait to launch more locations over the next few years with Sony as our partner ” said Khan.  ,3667
Thinkbox Software Launches Cinelab Touch-Interface Video Editing App for Windows 8 ,2012-10-31, Thinkbox Software has launched Cinelab a new video-editing app for Windows 8 devices. Cinelab delivers video editing capabilities directly from any supported tablet mobile device or desktop computer. 

Inspired by the new Windows user interface Thinkbox founder Chris Bond set out to design an easy-to-use editing app that would enable people of any skill level to trim and cut together clips and share them directly from Windows 8 devices. Using a very simple touch interface users can rearrange clips by moving them around on screen tap them to play and shorten the length by moving handles on a bar directly beneath the clip. Rearranged and trimmed clip sequences can be shared via SkyDrive and email.

“The elegance of Cinelab is in its simplicity ” said John Richards senior directior of Windows App Marketing for Microsoft Corp. “The app really takes advantage of the new Windows UI to create an incredibly easy and intuitive video-editing tool. Windows 8 was designed to provide an environment conducive to creativity and Cinelab is one of the many apps that will help customers of any technical level get there very quickly.” “The development of Cinelab was something that came together quickly. Our combined creative experience and development of professional tools for filmmakers combined with this new interface allowed us to develop an editorial tool that is completely different. We created a tool that we would want to use to edit with ourselves with enough built-in flexibility that professionals amateurs and children would equally find approachable and useful ” said Bond.

 A free version of Cinelab is available through the Windows Store allowing customers to edit and share their videos; extended features are available via an upgrade through the Windows Store for $1.99. Cinelab is available for download here: ,3669
Making the Switch to Multi-Camera Shooting,2012-10-31,Disney’s Pair of Kings is an unusual multi-camera series to say the least. It is filled with incredible battles and amazing stunts as well as special effects and “lots of really funny stuff ” said director of photography Johnny Simmons ASC. “We shoot both four-camera and single camera style; maintaining the use of all four cameras shooting coverage inside the proscenium. “On the multi-camera shows that I’ve been shooting Vinten has pretty much been the standard ” he said. “Coming from single camera I wasn’t that familiar with what sitcom camera operators wanted to use. I asked for advice from seasoned operators and cinematographers and the answer was always – Vinten.” “On this show my camera operators are faced with fast moving scenes with quick camera moves that test their skills on a continuous basis ” he said. “They need quality support to make those moves and that’s what we get thanks to our Vinten pedestals and Vinten heads paired with our Sony 1500 cameras. “On some episodes we make use of a system called Lightcraft ” Simmons said. “It is a real time virtual compositing system. We shoot on green screen and the virtual environment is being recorded in real time. The environment might be a mountain range an ancient temple or a sandy beach. The operators are looking at the composite on their monitors as we shoot the actors doing stunts flying through the air or fighting some strange beast that isn’t there. It makes for a long day all on green screen.” “It’s another situation that relies on the reliability of our Vintens to perform ” he said. “The camera moves are precise. A pan and tilt needs to stop and start when it’s supposed to in this virtual world. It’s always very well planned in advance of shooting. When the operators show up it’s all been discussed but they are seeing it for the first time and have to perform as if they’ve been a part of the prep. Thanks to their excellent skills and good equipment like Vinten they get it done and done well.” When Simmons wraps this season of Kings he will move to a new Disney show A Dog With A Blog and will pick up Turner Broadcasting’s Men At Work. Simmons will go back to Kings for the next season. Simmons said “It goes without saying on all my shows Vinten heads and peds are there.” ,3670
Cinedigm Acquires U.S. Distribution Rights to Arthur Newman,2012-11-14, Cinedigm Entertainment Group has acquired all U.S. distribution rights to Arthur Newman one of most highly anticipated films at this year's Toronto Film Festival. Colin Firth and Emily Blunt star in the touching story written by Academy Award nominated screenwriter Becky Johnston (Prince of Tides Seven Years in Tibet) and directed by Dante Ariola (Cannes Gold Lion winner two-time DGA Directors nominee) making his feature film directorial debut. Arthur Newman follows the mid-life travails of sad sack Wallace Avery (Firth).  He hates his job his ex-wife and son hate him and he's blown his one shot at living his dream. Not wanting to face all this he stages his own death and buys himself a new identity as Arthur Newman. However Arthur's road trip towards a new life is interrupted by the arrival of the beautiful but fragile Mike (Blunt) who is also trying to leave her past behind. Drawn to one another these two damaged souls begin to connect as they break into empty homes and take on the identities of the absent owners: elderly newlyweds a high roller and his Russian lady among others. Through this process Arthur and Mike discover that what they love most about each other are the identities they left at home and their real journey that of healing begins. The film is planned for a theatrical release in mid-2013 followed by on-demand premium digital DVD and TV releases. Vertebra Film’s Mac Cappuccino and Cross Creek Pictures’ Brian Oliver produced the film with Alisa Tager and Becky Johnston. It was executive produced by Andy Cappuccino Helen Cappuccino Natalie G. Hill James Holt Lisa Bruce and Eric Greenfeld. “Arthur Newman is perfect for today's audiences... a deeply entertaining film highlighted by touching performances from Colin and Emily that bring real heart and soul to a powerful story of displacement longing and ultimately redemption.  Moviegoers will leave the theatre moved and uplifted ” said Vincent Scordino vice president of acquisitions for Cinedigm Entertainment Group. ,3675
ASC to Honor Four Top Cinematographers at February Ceremony,2012-11-14, Dean Semler Rodney Charters Robby Müller and Curtis Clark will be honored by their peers during the 27th Annual American Society of Cinematographers Outstanding Achievement Awards to be held February 10 at the Hollywood & Highland Grand Ballroom. Semler will receive the 2012 ASC Lifetime Achievement Award; Müller will be presented with the International Achievement Award; Charters gets the Career Achievement in Television Award; and Clark collects the President’s Award. “We are thrilled to be honoring this extraordinary group of artists ” says ASC president Stephen Lighthill. “Each of these individuals has made an indelible impact on our profession and the industry as a whole.”

Semler earned his first narrative credit for Let the Balloon Go in 1976. He went on to earn critical praise for his innovative camerawork on a string of successful 1980s films including Mad Max 2: The Road Warrior Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome The Lighthorsemen Cocktail Young Guns and Dead Calm. In 1984 Semler won an Australian Film Institute Award for Russell Mulcahy’s thriller Razorback. Semler went on to earn an Oscar and an ASC Award in 1991 for his magnificent imagery in Kevin Costner’s directorial debut Dances With Wolves. In 2007 he earned a second ASC Award nomination for his work on Mel Gibson’s Apocalypto. Semler is a member in the general division of the Order of Australia appointed by Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II for services to the arts an honor bestowed upon him by his fellow countrymen. The sought-after cinematographer has collaborated with such seminal directors as George Miller Peter Segal Randall Wallace Roland Emmerich Tom Shadyac and Phillip Noyce among others. Semler’s nearly 70 feature credits include such memorable films as City Slickers Last Action Hero Waterworld The Bone Collector We Were Soldiers XXX Bruce Almighty The Alamo Get Smart 2012 Date Night Secretariat Angelina Jolie’s directorial debut In the Land of Blood Honey and the upcoming Parental Guidance and Maleficent. 

“Dean’s creative prowess is seemingly limitless ” says ASC Awards Committee chairman Daryn Okada. “His long list of impressive credits has defined a generation of cinema. Dean is consistently innovative and is always outdoing himself from film to film. While we recognize his tremendous contribution to our art form we will keep an eye on the future and highly anticipate what he will create next.” Müller is a native of Holland and spent five years as assistant to Dutch cinematographer Gerard Vandenberg. His collaborations with Wim Wenders began in 1969 when they made the short Alabama: 2000 Light Years From Home. The two went on to create such classics as Summer in the City The Scarlet Letter Falsche Bewegung Kings of the Road Alice in the Cities The American Friend Until the End of the World and the 1994 Palme d‘Or winner Paris Texas. Müller has earned Independent Spirit Award nominations for Best Cinematography on Down By Law (1986)  Barfly (1987)  Mystery Train (1989) and Dead Man (1997).The list of Müller’s seminal credits is long and includes Lars von Trier’s Dancer in the Dark and Breaking the Waves Alex Cox’s Repo Man William Friedkin’s To Live and Die in L.A. and Jim Jarmusch’s Ghost Dog: The Way of the Samurai. Charters is a graduate of the Royal College of Art in London. He began his career primarily working on documentaries. He spent 15 years traveling the world – shooting in locations such as the jungles of South America and in the Soviet Union during the Cold War. Charters eventually segued into the narrative world shooting features and television. The New Zealand native earned a Gemini Award nomination for his work on the telefilm TekWar in1994 and grabbed two Emmy nominations for his work on the acclaimed Fox series 24 in 2005 and 2006. Charters has brought his talent to the sets of such notable series as Nash Bridges The Commish M.A.N.T.I.S The Pretender Roswell Shameless Dallas (2012) and Nashville. His television movie credits include Deadly Vows Conundrum A Ring of Endless Light Sounder Pixel Perfect A Very Married Christmas An American Girl on the Home Front Night Life and Washington Field. In addition to shooting Charters is a member of the Directors Guild of America and has directed 11 hours of episodic TV. Clark’s feature film credits include such critically-acclaimed narrative films as The Draughtsman’s Contract Dominick and Eugene Alamo Bay Extremities and Triumph of the Spirit He has hundreds of commercial credits working with cutting-edge directors and ad agencies. Clark has served as the chairman of the ASC Technology Committee which both investigates and influences the development of emerging technologies that impact filmmakers. Under Clark’s leadership the ASC Technology Committee has become an important industry forum that has achieved a series of notable successes including its collaborative work with the Digital Cinema Initiatives to produce standardized evaluation motion picture content for assessing the performance of DCI standards-based digital cinema systems. The Committee has also developed a groundbreaking cross platform data exchange for primary RGB digital color grading referred to as the ASC Color Decision List. The acceptance and implementation of the ASC CDL by the industry has been widespread and it’s been recognized with a 2012 Primetime Emmy Engineering Award. ,3676
Autodesk International 3D Society Announce 3D Independent Film Competition,2012-11-14,With the support of member-company Autodesk the International 3D Society has announced the 3D Independent Film Competition. The competition is open to 3D filmmakers around the world. All films must be submitted by December 12 at 11:00 pm PST.   The 3D Independent Film Competition supports 3D filmmakers around the world. Filmmakers have the opportunity to show their work directly to the 3D industry's leading companies and studios including the major Hollywood studios. A panel of top 3D industry professionals will judge each submission. The winners will be announced and recognized at the International 3D Society's 3D Creative Arts Awards ceremony on February 15th at the Beverly Hills Hotel in Beverly Hills California. Winners will be in the company of all the major 3D film studio television video game and mobile content creators in Hollywood as well as international.   Winners will be flown to Hollywood and accommodated for five days and four nights in a four-star hotel while they get to tour a major Hollywood studio and have the opportunity to go on set with one of Hollywood's top 3D stereographers. Click here for competition details ,3677
Indican Pictures Releases Final Borgnine Film December 7th ,2012-11-14,Indican Pictures’ will release the final film by Academy Award winner Ernest Borgnine The Man Who Shook the Hand of Vicente Fernandez and it will open December 7th in Los Angeles. In the film Borgnine delivers a memorable starring performance as a retired radio DJ who has always dreamed of being a Western movie cowboy star.  While recovering from a back injury at a Latino-staffed nursing home he finally has an opportunity to act out his dreams of being a hero. The movie stars Borgnine and features Barry Corbin Arturo Del Puerto and Audrey P. Scott. Elia Petridis wrote and directed.   Retired radio DJ Rex Page (Borgnine) always dreamed of being a Western movie cowboy -- After suffering a back injury Rex finds himself recovering at Rancho Park nursing home a facility held in the villainous grip of local businessman Mr. Walker (Corbin) and his evil henchman Dr. Dominguez (Tony Plana).   At first Rex is helpless in this lawless world but when the Latino staff realizes that as a DJ he once met their icon Vicente Fernández Rex becomes the local celebrity.  And like the cowboy of his dreams Rex discovers the love and respect of his family and the staff when he faces down the tyrannical owners of Rancho Park in this homage to the Spaghetti Westerns of yore. ,3679
Cinema Advertising Council Elects New Officers,2012-11-14,The Cinema Advertising Council a national non-profit trade association which serves cinema advertising sellers the theatrical exhibition community and the advertising community announced that Cliff Marks has been elected president and chairman of the industry association and Suzanne La Forgia executive director.  Effective immediately they join Bob Brouillette and Laura Adler returning as treasurer and secretary respectively.    “With the box office showing 5.1 percent growth year-to-date compared with last year and some of the year’s most anticipated films set to premiere in the coming weeks cinema remains a powerful platform for advertisers looking to attract hard-to-reach consumers ” said Marks.  “I look forward to continuing to work with the CAC in order to evangelize cinema and bring more attention to the unique opportunities it offers brands in all top categories.” The CAC also announced that Steve Ochs (senior vice president marketing National Cinemedia) will take over as chair of the Marketing committee and Lauren Zweifler (vice president research and strategy Screenvision) will take over as chair of the Research committee. Laura Adler will remain chair of the Public Relations committee. Marks is the president of sales and marketing at National CineMedia a position he has held since 2002. Prior to joining NCM he was senior vice president national sales for ESPN/ABC Sports from 1989-2002 and a network TV buyer at BBDO Advertising from 1984-1987.  In 2010 Marks was identified as #17 on the Mediaweek 50 which lists top executives in the advertising and media industry who “advanced innovation revenue and influence for their companies.” La Forgia is the senior vice president national and regional sales at Screenvision. With nearly 20 years of experience in creating and driving revenue growth. La Forgia has previously served as executive vice president advertising sales for RMG Networks and was president of the Digital Place-based Advertising Association. She began her career selling for Home & Garden Television as part of the network’s early launch team. La Forgia has also held positions at The Hotel Networks and Hallmark Channel. Brouillette has been a CAC officer since 2004. He is also NCM’s senior vice president of business development where he forges new business partnerships with other entertainment and media companies and creates new media solutions for undeveloped NCM client categories. Prior to his time at NCM Brouillette held several senior level positions throughout his 17 years in the media industry including executive vice president marketing and business development at Fanfare Media Works from 2000-2002; senior vice president marketing and business and at News America Marketing from 1997-2000; and senior vice president sales and marketing for SPAR Marketing Force from 1993-1997.  Brouillette holds a BS from Iowa State University. Adler is president of A&G Marketing Group and serves clients in both the for-profit and not-for profit sectors including the CAC  which she’s managed since its inception in 2003.  Adler worked at National Cinema Network for more than 18 years where she started her career as an account executive in 1986.  She was promoted in 1996 to vice president of marketing and public relations.  Adler graduated with a BFA from Virginia Commonwealth University.  She also serves on the Board of Advisors for Brainy Camps Association of Children’s National Medical Center. ,3681
Hotel Transylvania Posted at Colorworks,2012-11-14,Hotel Transylvania Sony Pictures Animation’s monster hit comedy that has broken records at the U.S. box office went through final color grading and stereo finishing in full 3D at Colorworks Sony Pictures Entertainment’s digital intermediate facility. DI Colorist John Persichetti used a FilmLight Baselight to apply the finishing touches to the film prior to its worldwide release. It was the second stereo 3D animated feature that Persichetti has graded on Baselight. He also graded Sony Pictures Animation’s hit 2009 film Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs the first film finished at Colorworks.

Sony Pictures Imageworks completed animation lighting effects and stereography for Hotel Transylvania and then delivered high-resolution image files to Colorworks via direct fiber link for color grading and stereo finishing. The task for Persichetti (who worked in collaboration with director Genndy Tartakovsky visual effects supervisor Daniel Kramer and 3D stereoscopic supervisor Von Williams) was to ensure scene-to-scene consistency and to finesse details that only became apparent when the film was projected onto a big screen in Colorworks’ DI theatre. “The majority of our work involved fine adjustments ” he said “making a character appear lighter or darker relative to the background or adjusting the color of a face.” ,3682
Content Media Preferred Content Form Partnership,2012-11-14,Content Media Corporation CEO John Schmidt and Content Film’s Jamie Carmichael have made a deal to establish a new film television and digital production and development company in partnership with Preferred Content founders Ross M. Dinerstein and Kevin Iwashina. The new entity entitled Preferred Film & TV will be a joint venture between CMC and PC.  Dinerstein and Iwashina will collectively oversee the day-to-day company operations working closely with Carmichael. PFT will produce content of all genres with a commitment to quality projects with both established and emerging filmmakers.  PFT will have a first-look arrangement with CMC's Film Division but will be able to work with other distribution and finance entities.  CMC and PC will continue to independently manage their international and domestic sales businesses. As Preferred Content enters its fourth year of existence Kevin and I are thrilled to continue to build our business with new partners said Dinerstein. John Jamie and the team at Content have been instrumental in the growth of our production business and we look forward to the next phase. Schmidt and Carmichael said “We have worked on some great films with Ross and Kevin culminating in the fantastic success of The Pact this year.  Ross is a really talented and creative producer with excellent taste and Kevin is an absolute dynamo with great business instincts. We have enjoyed our collaboration immensely and this is a wonderful and natural progression for our two companies to work together on the development and production of an expanded slate of feature films.” CMC and PC began their collaboration with PC’s inaugural film The Divide directed by Xavier Gens which premiered at the 2011 SXSW Film Festival and was quickly followed up by the 2011 Toronto Midnight Selection The Day.  The most recent collaboration was the 2012 Sundance Midnight Selection The Pact which CMC fully financed.  The film was a smash hit in the UK where it grossed over $4M at the box office through eOne Entertainment.  The film was released in North America by IFC Midnight. ,3684
Halseys Signed to Edit Corey Weissman Story,2012-11-14,The acclaimed film editing team of Richard and Colleen Halsey has been signed to edit 1 000 to 1: The Cory Weissman Story. Richard Halsey won an Oscar winner for Rocky; Colleen Halsey edited Edward Scissorhands.  The film which just wrapped principal photography in Pennsylvania is the true story of a young basketball player who suffered a catastrophic stroke as a freshman at Gettysburg College and returned to the court for one remarkable moment in the last game of his senior year.  The film’s producers Bob Burris and Bruce Gordon made the announcement. With more than 70 features to their credit Richard and Colleen Halsey have edited such noteworthy films as That Championship Season Next Stop Greenwich Village Harry and Tonto Down and Out in Beverly Hills Sister Act Moscow on Hudson and Big Stan. The cast of 1 000 to 1 includes David Henrie (Wizards of Waverly Place) as Cory Emmy-award winner Beau Bridges (The Descendants) Hannah Marks (Necessary Roughness)  Cassi Thomson (Big Love) Jean Louisa Kelly (Yes Dear) Luke Kleintank (Gossip Girl) and Academy Award nominee Michael Lerner (Barton Fink). Produced by former longtime Disney executive Gordon and Burris (Growing Pains) who also wrote the script  1 000 to 1: The Cory Weissman Story is directed by Michael Levine (Nowhere Man). Legendary trumpet player and six-time Grammy Award winner Arturo Sandoval who won an Emmy for the score to the HBO film of his own life story For Love or Country (starring Andy Garcia) will compose and record the score for the film. 1 000 to 1 tells the inspiring true story of Weissman a 1 000-point high school basketball star who suffered a life-threatening stroke at the end of his freshman year leaving him paralyzed on the left side. The chances of him surviving the stroke at all were bleak.  The odds of him returning to the court were astronomical. Three years later in the last game of his senior year improbably even impossibly Cory returned to the basketball court. What happened next rivals the most emotional moments in college sports history; a moment covered by dozens of national media outlets including ESPN Sports Illustrated and The New York Times.