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Roland Go:Mixer Available Now

Thu, 04/27/2017 - 12:21 -- Nick Dager

Roland’s Go:Mixer, a compact audio mixer for smartphone video production, is now available. Compatible with iOS and Android smartphones, Go:Mixer connects digitally via an included cable, providing clear stereo sound that’s a marked upgrade over using the phone’s built-in mono mic or analog line input.

Big Sky Launches Native Filmmaker Initiative

Thu, 04/27/2017 - 12:14 -- Nick Dager

The Big Sky Film Institute has launched the Native Filmmaker Initiative to bring more Indigenous stories to Missoula, Montana and engage the Native Filmmaking community across the Northwest. The initiative includes a Native Filmmakers Fellowship program, an Educational Outreach arm and special programming of Indigenous films at the Big Sky Documentary Film Festival.

Mixing T2 Trainspotting

Wed, 04/26/2017 - 12:30 -- Nick Dager

Acclaimed sound designer and re-recording mixer Niv Adiri has chosen Nugen Audio’s Halo Upmix to create surround 5.1 versions of the music and sound effects on a wide range of cinema projects. Adiri most recently used Halo Upmix on the current film T2 Trainspotting. With Halo Upmix, he was able to work from stereo source tracks to deliver a 5.1 mix that was true to the original sound of the music, but also sounded ideal in a range of surround listening environments.

Futuroscope’s Extraordinary Journey

Wed, 04/26/2017 - 12:21 -- Nick Dager

For thirty years French theme park Futuroscope has been thrilling visitors with its multimedia experiences and unique, dynamic rides. To mark the start of its fourth decade, a new €11million state-of-the-art audiovisual experience has opened. Originally opened in 1992 under the name of The Magic Carpet, the multi-million Euro update of Futuroscope’s IMAX cinema has seen it reinvented as L'Extraordinaire Voyage (The Extraordinary Journey).

Positron Adds Scent Option to Voyager Cinematic VR Chair

Wed, 04/26/2017 - 12:12 -- Nick Dager

Positron unveiled a new scent application for its Voyager cinematic virtual reality chair during a sneak peek at two-time Oscar and Grammy winner A.R. Rahman’s upcoming VR musical Le Musk at the National Association of Broadcasters convention underway in Las Vegas. Rahman is the first director to take advantage of commissioned scents on the platform.

Crimson Forest, Hannover House to Merge

Wed, 04/26/2017 - 11:58 -- Nick Dager

Feature film production company Crimson Forest Entertainment Group and specialty theatrical and home video distributor Hannover House have confirmed plans to merge operations under a stock-swap and financing plan, scheduled to be effective May 1. One of the first new titles to be released under the combined Crimson Forest – Hannover House structure is the $20-million dollar action thriller feature Shockwave starring Andy Lau and Jiang Wu. The film will be co-released together with CMC Pictures in North America next month.

NCM’s Snapp Named Chief Digital Officer

Wed, 04/26/2017 - 11:50 -- Nick Dager

National CineMedia has named Lawrence Snapp to the new role of senior vice president of corporate development and chief digital officer. A Microsoft and digital transformation veteran, Snapp joined NCM in September as senior vice president of corporate development and will lead NCM’s newly formed digital products team focused on delivering innovative consumer experiences and new ways for brands to connect with movie audiences as chief digital officer.

U-M Adds to Welles Archive

Tue, 04/25/2017 - 13:07 -- Nick Dager

A new set of materials from Orson Welles’ daughter will make the University of Michigan Library's Orson Welles collection the world's most comprehensive resource for Welles scholars and fans. The daughter of the renowned filmmaker and Italian actress Paola Mori, Beatrice Welles had a particularly extraordinary childhood. She was brought up jet setting to different countries, playing on various film sets, interacting mostly with adults (her parents and their friends), and falling asleep to the rhythmic sounds of her father working on his typewriter late into every night.

SMPTE Looks at Entertainment Technology in the Connected Age

Tue, 04/25/2017 - 12:57 -- Nick Dager

The Society of Motion Picture and Television Engineers will bridge the worlds of Silicon Valley and Hollywood with its Entertainment Technology in the Connected Age conference, May 8-9 at the Microsoft Silicon Valley campus in Mountain View, California. During this year's conference, titled "Redefining the Entertainment Experience," experts and executives from leaders across the technology, telecommunications, streaming, broadcast, and cinema sectors will come together to explore emerging technologies' impact on the current and future delivery of compelling connected entertainment experiences.

AFI to Honor Cinematographer Frederick Elmes

Tue, 04/25/2017 - 12:51 -- Nick Dager

The American Film Institute announced today that celebrated cinematographer Frederick Elmes (AFI Class of 1972) will receive the 2017 Franklin J. Schaffner Alumni Medal. This honor recognizes the extraordinary creative talents of an AFI alumnus or alumna who embodies the qualities of filmmaker Franklin J. Schaffner: talent, taste, dedication and commitment to quality storytelling in film and television.

Dolby’s Escape Premieres at Tribeca

Mon, 04/24/2017 - 14:25 -- Nick Dager

Dolby’s short animated film Escape, a sequel to two-time Daytime Emmy Award-winning short Silent, premiered last week at the Tribeca Film Festival in New York. Chosen for the Tribeca short film category out of a record number of 4,38 submissions, Escape is the story of a lone space explorer who crash-lands on a desolate planet and must find a way to make her new home habitable.

Two Looks for 13 Reasons Why

Mon, 04/24/2017 - 14:18 -- Nick Dager

One of the most honest portraits of teenage life, 13 Reasons Why is a Netflix series based on the 2007 young adult novel by Jay Asher and adapted by Brian Yorkey. Academy Award winning writer/director Tom McCarthy worked with cinematographer Andrij Parekh (Show Me a Hero, Blue Valentine) with Panasonic VariCam 35 cinema cameras to capture a distinctive look for the first two episodes of the series.

HPA Accepting Entries for Engineering Excellence Award

Mon, 04/24/2017 - 13:51 -- Nick Dager

The Hollywood Professional Association has opened the call for entries for its Engineering Excellence Award. Submissions for the engineering awards will be accepted from April 23 to May 26. Now in its 12th year, the HPA Engineering Excellence Award is considered one of the most important technology honors in the industry, spotlighting companies and individuals who draw upon technical and creative ingenuity to develop breakthrough technologies.

Novo Cinemas Lobbies Set the Tone

Thu, 04/20/2017 - 13:01 -- Nick Dager

Novo Cinemas, part of the Elan Group in Qatar, has launched a new flagship cinema at Mall of Qatar, in Al Rayyan, Doha. The new cinema features 19 screens, including an IMAX Laser theatre that features the largest IMAX screen in the MENA region and seats 530 people. It also includes an upgraded sound system featuring 12 channels plus sub bass that delivers lifelike sound from all directions, including overhead, to fill the cinema with astonishing clarity, richness, detail, and depth. I spoke recently with Novo Cinemas CEO Debbie Stanford-Kristiansen about the new theatre and, in particular, her belief in the importance of lobbies.

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