XDC Released Lang Lang in 179 Theatres 


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Sun, 10/30/2011 - 20:00 -- Nick Dager

The Lang Lang  Franz Liszt 200th birthday concert was broadcast October 23 into 179 European and Asian cinemas. Chris Timmins film marketing and promotions manager at Vue Entertainment told XDC prior to the concert We are delighted to collaborate with XDC Entertainment in a release of one of classical music's most appealing performers and our campaign with the Sunday Times is an excellent way to ensure audiences everywhere get a chance to see Lang Lang in a VUE cinema.” Lang Lang himself also added to the buzz by posting a video on YouTube discussing the unique one-off event as part of his world tour and general homage to Franz Liszt who would have been celebrating his 200th birthday this weekend. Lang Lang told his viewers I'm really looking forward to the Liszt Big Night the Liszt 200th birthday concert. Fabrice Testa vice president content and network services XDC said The appeal of Lang Lang is more evident than ever; 179 cinemas in Europe and Asia are now engaged in this unique event and we're thrilled with the enthusiasm we've seen from all parties willing to make it happen. Lang Lang is a very special performer indeed. Due to the time difference some cinemas received the concert 'as live'. Cinemas that do not have live capability received the content via digital cinema packages. ,2861
Chapters the Surf Movie Posted at AlphaDogs,2011-11-14, AlphaDogs Post Production of Burbank California has completed work on Chapters the Surf Movie which follows professional surfers including three-time world champion Colin McPhillips 
and others at various locations around the world. 
 
 Producers Joey Joyce and Jeremy Briggs chose AlphaDogs as their post facility after 
receiving a high recommendation from another filmmaker who used the facility earlier 
this year to post his film about surfing.  “Chapters is a 100 percent independent surf 
movie with no sponsorship.”  Joyce says. “AlphaDogs was easy to work with and stayed 
within our budget.  This was our first film and we felt like more than just a client. We 
could count on someone to be there anytime we had a question. I will definitely be using 
AlphaDogs again for my next project.” 
 
 Colorist Sean Stack used Apple Color to complete color grading on the film. Challenges 
presented themselves when it was discovered that a third of the footage was shot with an 
indoor white balance setting giving the footage a blue color cast.  Stack was able to 
correct the problem and make accurate adjustments using Color’s powerful toolset while 
relying on precise signal monitoring equipment from Tektronix. This allowed Stack to 
balance out the blue hues while separately treating the skin tones on the surfer’s faces and 
bodies. “The human eye does not always compensate for bad color in a precise way.”  
Stack says “The Tektronix oscilloscopes are a scientific way of keeping the eye 
calibrated. Without equipment to show true color values the colorist may actually be 
harming the picture.”  The framing and action was shot well so once the color was balanced the story really came to life. Joyce says “Sean went above and beyond to make the film look great.  He was as dedicated to the project as we were.” AlphaDogs http://www.alphadogs.tv ,2865
AnyClip Media Signs Distribution Deal with Warner Bros.,2011-11-14, AnyClip Media has signed a content licensing agreement with Warner Bros. Digital Distribution.  Consumers will now have the ability to access and relive their favorite moments from Warner Bros. Pictures’ library of feature films including select Harry Potter and Batman movies  Ocean’s Eleven  Sex and the City  300  Superman  The Wizard of Oz Lethal Weapon  Dirty Harry  Casablanca  Se7en and The Shining.
 
 As part of the agreement AnyClip will tag full feature films from the Warner Bros. library creating a repository of video clips and data that will make any movie moment from these films easily searchable on the Web. Each film is tagged with more than 5 000 unique individual elements and added to AnyClip’s growing online library which now includes access to over 12 000 films and over 50 000 live clips of premium entertainment including titles from the likes of Universal Pictures Vivendi Entertainment and Indie distribution firms such as First Look and Virgil Films among others.
  “Our agreement with Warner Bros. will give loyal movie watchers and online innovators access to scenes from some of the most famous films of all time ” says Oren Nauman CEO of AnyClip. “Our SEO-friendly video player is easily customizable and fits anywhere on the web allowing everyone to benefit from having high-quality fully searchable and licensed movie clips.” AnyClip Media http://solutions.anyclip.com/ ,2867
ArcLight Cinemas to Install GDC Servers ,2011-11-14,ArcLight Cinemas is installing GDC Technology’s SX-2000A digital cinema servers with integrated media block. To date 48 systems have been installed in four different locations. Under the new agreement ACS Enterprises will supply and install the servers.   ArcLight operates 61 screens at four locations in Southern California including the historic and unique Cinerama Dome – one of only three such theaters in the world.   “In making this important transition we wanted to ensure the new technology would support our goal of providing the best possible movie going experience for our guests.  We chose GDC Tech because of their excellent customer support and reliable servers that are rich in features that met our requirements ” says Joe Miraglia director of design construction & facilities of ArcLight. “GDC Tech has an excellent technical support team which is extremely reliable and that for us is the most basic foundation for a successful new relationship.”   “ACS is very proud of our partnership with the ArcLight and Pacific Theatres family and its choice of ACS for its digital cinema conversion ” says Jose Alvarado CEO of ACS. “And we’re grateful to GDC Tech for assisting our client throughout this entire process.”   “We’re very excited to be selected by a pioneering company such as ArcLight. This new partnership shows that we’re a reliable choice to provide the highest-quality technology for even the most innovative clients ” says Dr. Man-Nang Chong founder and CEO of GDC Tech. “We’re confident that this new relationship will take us to new heights of cinema evolution and we truly appreciate ArcLight’s decision.”   ArcLight Cinemas www.arclightcinemas.com GDC Technology www.gdc-tech.com ,2868
XDC Concludes VPF Deal with Arena Cinemas,2011-11-14,XDC has concluded a virtual print fee agreement with Arena Cinemas the major cinema circuit in Bulgaria. Under the terms of this agreement Arena Cinemas will equip a total of 70 screens at 9 locations with state-of-the-art digital projection systems. Arena Cinemas which opened its first multiplex in April 2003 will equip its cinemas with a satellite delivery solution which will allow distributors to deliver films directly to the cinemas and which provides the opportunity to receive live 2D or 3D transmissions. Christian De Stoop VPF sales director with XDC says We are delighted to be able to introduce VPF to the Bulgarian market. With Arena Cinemas we are working with Bulgaria's premier chain of cinemas and we can equip Bulgaria's most modern multiplexes with the latest technology. Stefan Minchev president of Alexandra Group Holding the parent company of Arena Cinemas says With XDC we think that we can really bring forward D-Cinema in our country. Their expertise in digital cinema deployments really convinced us to make the right step for our future cinema operations and make available high-end digital cinema technology to our patrons. All the systems will be connected to XDC's Network Operations Center which will perform the hotline support and the preventive remote maintenance. XDC's local partners will directly manage the frontline support of the digital systems. Furthermore they will take care of the installations and maintenance supported by XDC's NOC services. Service of the equipment was one crucial point for entering into an agreement with XDC. Bojidar Iliev managing director of Arena Cinemas says Converting all our cinemas to digital entails that we will need a service partner that meets our requirements to the fullest. XDC has a proven track record as far as NOC and on-site services are concerned. ,2869
Arri Alexa Now Supports Avid DNxHD,2011-11-14,Arri’s Alexa camera range now offers in-camera support for Avid’s open standard and widely adopted Avid DNxHD codec. The company says the ability to record native Avid DNxHD as MXF files in-camera creates a unique proposition for the 35mm digital capture industry and is another first for the Alexa camera system. Neil Fanthom Arri’s head of digital camera strategy says “The Avid editorial environment is an important cornerstone of the broadcast and motion picture postproduction industry and Arri is very pleased to be able to provide Avid DNxHD MFX file-based recording within the Alexa camera for Avid-centric productions. This further confirms our commitment to add significant ongoing value to the Alexa camera family in this case by allowing customers to choose which workflow suits their own capture and postproduction requirements. No other camera in this industry fulfils such diverse workflow needs.” Angus Mackay pro video segment marketing manager at Avid says “The Avid Media Composer family of non-linear editing systems featuring the high quality low bandwidth SMPTE standard Avid DNxHD codec are the industry’s first choice for professional editorial. By providing native Avid DNxHD recording with the Alexa camera Arri is allowing producers to use high quality Alexa cameras and quickly and easily view dailies and begin editorial without the need to transcode or re-wrap footage. Media Composer version 6 now offers the Avid DNxHD444 codec which will permit customers to preserve the high color information in Alexa footage while still having a low bit rate codec suitable for editorial. This is great news for Arri and Avid customers who will benefit from the advantages in quality speed and streamlined workflows.” The Avid DNxHD recording function for Alexa will be distributed as a cost-effective downloadable software upgrade in January. Avid DNxHD codec data rates of up to 145Mbit/s (bit depth 8 bit) and 220MBit/s (bit depth 10 bit) will be supported in the initial release. Avid’s highest quality version of the codec Avid DNxHD 444 will record at 440Mbit/s at 10 bit depth and will be provided as an upgrade for all adopting customers later on during the first quarter of 2012. Arri www.arri.com ,2870
ASC to Honor Four Cinematographers,2011-11-14,The American Society of Cinematographers will honor Dante Spinotti William Wages Francis Kenny and Fred Godfrey the 26th ASC Outstanding Achievement Awards celebration February 12 at the Hollywood & Highland Grand Ballroom. Spinotti will receive the 2012 ASC Lifetime Achievement Award with additional ASC honors going to Wages for the Career Achievement in Television Award Kenny with the Presidents Award and Godfrey with the ASC Bud Stone Award of Distinction.   Spinotti's U.S. career began in 1986 with his breakthrough visuals on Manhunter with director Michael Mann and continues today with his current release Tower Heist with Brett Ratner. He has compiled more than 60 venerable credits to date collaborating with such groundbreaking directors as Bruce Beresford Garry Marshall and Michael Apted. His work with Curtis Hanson on L.A. Confidential in 1997 led to his first Oscar nomination followed by a second nomination for The Insider in 2000 on which he re-teamed with Mann. Both films also earned Spinotti ASC Award nominations with an additional nod from ASC for The Last of the Mohicans. His body of work includes such memorable films as Crimes of the Heart Beaches Frankie and Johnny Heat Wonder Boys Red Dragon Pinocchio X-Men:  The Last Stand Public Enemies The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader The Berlin Affair Fotografando Patrizia Il segreto del bosco vecchio The Legend of the Holy Drinker and The  Star Maker.   What Dante Spinotti brings to every movie he photographs is youthful exuberance mixed with the wisdom of experience says Michael Goi ASC. His visual style is infused with the kind of playful experimentation and consummate craft that results in iconic imagery. He is a model for why great cinematographers are truly timeless.   Wages has been nominated for two Emmy Awards and eight ASC Awards winning twice. One of his first major narrative credits was Resting Place the first of many Hallmark Hall of Fame productions Wages would photograph. In 1988 Gore Vidal's Lincoln was nominated for an ASC Award. Wages won consecutive  ASC Awards in 1997 and 1998 for Riders of the Purple Sage and  Buffalo Soldiers. The latter also earned an Emmy nomination as did Into the West in 2006. Wages became a member of the ASC in 1992 and counts more than 50 narrative television projects commercials and documentaries among his credits.   Kenny began his career as a documentary filmmaker. His 50 credits as a cinematographer include the feature films Heathers New Jack City She's All That and Jason's Lyric. His documentary credits include films shot throughout the world ranging from Afghanistan to the North Sea. Kenny is currently the director of photography on the FX television series Justified. He became a member of the ASC in 1998. He has been the ASC Membership Chairman for the past 10 years and is also serving his second term on the ASC Board of Directors.   Bill and Francis are fabulously talented cinematographers who also happen to be terrific human beings says ASC awards committee chairman Richard Crudo. Their work in features and television speaks for itself but perhaps more importantly they're treasured members of our organization. Godfrey is the first recipient of the ASC Bud Stone Award of Distinction which will be presented to individuals who have made significant contributions to advancing the art of filmmaking. Burton Bud Stone was president of Deluxe laboratories in Hollywood from 1976 until 1994. He was a founding member of the ASC Outstanding Achievement Awards and served as chairman for 17 years.   Godfrey's career in the film industry began in a Hollywood warehouse where Kodak motion picture film was stored. Within a few years that led to an opportunity for Godfrey to become a customer service representative at the Kodak motion picture office in Hollywood. He served as a liaison between cinematographers and the film manufacturer until he retired in 1986. He is an associate member of ASC and was also on the committee that planned the first and subsequent ASC Outstanding Achievement Awards. ASC www.theasc.com   ,2871
Ballantyne Enters Reseller Agreement with Barco,2011-11-14,Ballantyne Strong has entered into a definitive reseller agreement with Barco to distribute their full line of digital cinema products with expectations of adding additional Barco lines as they become available. Ballantyne will be marketing Barco offerings in the Americas (North Central and South) and the Caribbean. Ballantyne Strong has been a key leader in cinema products and solutions for eight decades and we are happy to welcome Ballantyne to our team. They bring a wealth of worldwide exhibitor relationships as well as additional product and service offerings that Barco is looking to leverage on behalf of our valued customers as we focus on further expanding our organization's global footprint says Patrick Lee vice president digital cinema for Barco North America. With the ShowEast cinema industry tradeshow being attended by exhibitors from around the world we agreed that this was an ideal time to launch what we expect to be a long-term and mutually beneficial partnership with Ballantyne says Lee. Ballantyne Strong president and CEO Gary L. Cavey says We are ready to hit-the-ground-running with Barco after signing this important new distribution agreement that complements our long-term relationship with NEC's digital cinema group. With Barco's full complement of projectors now at our disposal including the brightest projector in the world our customers will have more choices than ever and our turnkey cinema solutions will clearly be a key differentiator for Ballantyne.” In addition to projection systems Ballantyne will continue to provide our large base of shared customers manufactured cinema screens as well as after-care projection system service and maintenance. We will also maintain our focus on offering both large and small exhibitors the widest array of one-stop options available in the cinema space says Cavey. Ballantyne Strong www.strong-world.com Barco www.barco.com