BAFTA and multi-award winning production studio Jellyfish Pictures has opened two new virtual visual effects facilities in Oval, London, creating what it believes are the first virtual VFX studios in Europe and marking great advancements in the way VFX practitioners work. The new sites are in addition to Jellyfish Pictures’ established studios in Brixton, South London, and Fitzrovia, Central London, and increase capacity by a further 70 artists, taking the company’s total workforce to nearly 200 employees.
Genelec has upgraded its popular 1032 two-way nearfield monitors with the features and flexibility of Smart Active Monitoring. Offering the wide dynamic range, pristine imaging and on/off axis response for which the Genelec 1000 Series is known, the 1032C adds advanced monitor auto-calibration and networking software, plus across-the-board improvements including a digital input, higher SPL and increased low frequency extension.
Shudder has acquired North American and UK/Ireland rights to Flying Lotus’ psych-out nightmare Kuso. The film, which debuted at the 2017 Sundance Film Festival, will be available on the premium thriller, suspense and horror video streaming service, and play theatrically in New York and Los Angeles from July 21.
Filming big cats in Kenya isn’t easy. Unlike actors, these magnificent animals don’t follow cues or take direction. Catching, focusing and framing your shots is paramount. You really need to see what’s going on. That’s why ACS 2017 Australian Cinematographer of the Year Abraham Joffe turned to the Atomos Shogun monitor recorders with their daylight-viewable high brightness screens for his latest project. Every Flame and Inferno series recorder has a seven-inch display with an incredible 1500 nits of brightness. “When we are out here in the African bush we are often in pretty strong light. Even without a hood I can see what’s going on on the screen,” Joffe said. “Atomos is the best screen on the market in my opinion and it’s a piece of kit that would stay in my bag wherever I go around the world.”
Alcons Audio has extended the Cinemarray cinema line-array range. Aimed at medium-to-larger sized premium cinemas, the Alcons three-way Cinemarray CRA24WX is designed for digital cinema applications where maximum quality sound reproduction and coverage are required.
The Fate of the Furious is the most watched 4DX film of 2017, and is expected to surpass the 1.5 million-attendance mark. The box office success was driven by the best opening week performance in 4DX history, reaching 760,000 moviegoers – 31 percent more than the first week attendance for 2015’s Star Wars: The Force Awakens (580,000) in 2015.
Director of photography Bobby Bukowski (When We Rise, Weeds, The Messenger, Arlington Road) has completed production of the upcoming Netflix series Gypsy, starring Naomi Watts and Billy Crudup. Bukowski shot the 10-episode dramatic series with Panasonic VariCam 35 4K camera recorders. “The greatest gift of the VariCam is the impetus to drop old habits, reinvent techniques and redefine who you are as an artist,” said Bukowski. “It’s wonderful and exciting to look at your craft through a different prism.
Turn it Around: The Story of East Bay Punk, the new documentary directed and produced by Corbett Redford and executive produced by Green Day is having its world premiere as the opening night film of the 16th San Francisco DocFest May 31 followed by an initial one week theatrical run at the Alamo Drafthouse Cinema in San Francisco starting June 2.
Christie 360 Experiential Studios has delivered the world’s first permanent projection mapping show on a cinema façade at the TCL Chinese Theatre in Hollywood. Designed to enhance the guest experience, the forecourt show was launched before an enthralled audience of Hollywood luminaries, local dignitaries and media. Visuals of forecourt of stars handprints, Chinese dragons, and actual movie clips from memorable films that premiered at the Chinese Theatre emerged onto the theatre’s front entrance, which was digitally transformed into an architectural screen.
At its sixth annual upfront event at the AMC Lincoln Square movie theater in New York, National CineMedia announced plans to re-imagine its cinema pre-show and launch new digital channels for movie audiences.