Director of photography Joe Callahan recently completed principal photography on a feature-length documentary about wildlife rescue and rehabilitation in India. The documentary, aiming for premium festival berths, profiles the pioneering work of Wildlife SOS, a worldwide organization dedicated to protecting and conserving India’s natural heritage, forest and wildlife wealth. The majority of location work on the documentary (working title, Where the Wild Things Aren’t) took place last June all across India—jungles, deserts and the teeming cities of Jodhpur, Delhi and Agra.
Vettri Theatres has become the first cinema in India to be equipped with a Christie CP4325-RGB RealLaser cinema projector. Located in Chennai, Vettri Theatres is one of the most prominent cinemas in the city’s Chrompet district with a single-screen auditorium featuring ergonomic cushion seats, three-way stage speakers and eye-catching interiors. The massive auditorium has a capacity of 776 seats and is highly popular among students, working professionals and residents in and around Chrompet district.
Alamo Drafthouse Raleigh has become the first multiplex to receive QSC Certification. QSC Certified theatres are equipped with complete sound systems from QSC, and meet a set of technical guidelines for equipment, projection, acoustics, and room design, to ensure an outstanding movie-going experience.
Cinematic Media, a full-service post-production finishing facility focused exclusively on television and cinema content, has launched in Mexico City. Located on the lot at Estudios GGM, the new facility offers dailies, look development, editorial finishing, color grading and other services, and aims to capitalize on booming entertainment media production in Mexico and throughout Central and South America. In its first project, Cinematic Media provided finishing services for the second season of the Netflix series Ingobernable.
Technicolor PostWorks New York and Prasad Corporation have formed a strategic partnership to provide full-service film scanning and digital restoration services in 8mm, Super8, 16mm, 35mm, 65mm, 2K, and 4K for archival preservation purposes for classic independent films readying for re-release.
Box office hit, Venom, from Columbia Pictures, was among the first films to have its sound work completed through Sony Pictures Post Production Services’ expanded facilities on the studio lot in Culver City. Supervising sound editor/re-recording mixer/sound designer Will Files and his crew used a new theater-style sound design suite to create sound effects for the film, which stars Academy Award nominated actor Tom Hardy as both the alien symbiote Venom and its human host, Eddie Brock
As the line between cinemas and amusement parks continues to blur, the Ymagis Group has announced plans to open several dozen virtual reality adventure parks and at least 200 arcade sites in partnership with cinema exhibitors worldwide by the end of 2020. Since Ymagis Group was founded, the company says it has pursued an innovation policy designed to put it at the heart of the digital transformation of the entertainment industry. Today, this industry is experiencing a new revolution with the irruption of virtual reality technologies. Halfway between cinema and video games, virtual reality is already a global phenomenon benefiting from an advanced technological environment
iQiyi today announced that the company’s first offline Yuker on-demand movie theatre in Zhongshan, Guangdong is now THX certified. Tao Lei, vice president of iQiyi, and Wu Hao, general manager of THX China unveiled the official THX Certified Cinema plaque during the opening ceremony launch event in Zhongshan, Guangdong on November 9. The company’s said this milestone not only reinforced iQiyi’s adherence to the company vision of “to become a technology-based entertainment giant”, but also demonstrated iQiyi and THX as the ideal partners to enable shopping malls to drive traffic and enhance engagement with consumers, as part of an ongoing transformation of retail spaces into digital entertainment complexes
Newton Thomas ‘Tom’ Sigel, ASC chose a full range of original Cooke Speed Panchros, with a slightly new housing and updated mechanics from Arri Rental UK, to shoot the early years documented in the 20th Century Fox/Regency production of Bohemian Rhapsody. Sigel needed to capture the idealistic energy of Freddie Mercury and his future bandmates when he first came to London in 1970. To accomplish this, he made use of a full vintage set of Cooke Speed Panchros, with a very light net at the back of the lens and a special LUT for the Alexa SXT that was specifically designed for the period. This set-up was used for the entire first act of the film, with Sigel relying mostly on the 40mm lens, with the 25, 32 and 50 as secondary lenses.
Cinépolis USE announced today that its Bay Theatre in Pacific Palisades, California, will reopen this Friday, November 9. The theatre, which was originally designed in 1948 by one of the most prolific American motion pictures theaters architects, S. Charles Lee, will reopen in Palisades Village after being closed for 40 years. The new facility will feature five ultra-lux, customized screening rooms each with over-the-top amenities that cater to one of Southern California’s most coveted communities for families and privacy-seeking celebrities.