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The Catalyst Award 2019: HFR, LED and HDR

Fri, 03/22/2019 - 11:51 -- Nick Dager

In a week or so, industry professionals from around the world will gather at Caesar’s Palace in Las Vegas for this year’s CinemaCon, the annual convention of the National Association of Theatre Owners. There, from April 1-4, they will discuss the latest issues, trends and technologies in motion picture distribution and exhibition. For many of them, new technology will be the focus of their attention. This year’s technology conversations seem certain to include three acronyms in particular: HFR, LED and HDR. Chances are, technology centered on one of these will earn a Catalyst Award. But there are always surprises at CinemaCon.

Sony Re-Releasing Kubrick’s Dr. Strangelove

Wed, 03/20/2019 - 15:09 -- Nick Dager

Park Circus, in collaboration with Sony Pictures Entertainment, is re-releasing Stanley Kubrick’s 1964 masterpiece Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb. Restored in 4K, the film will open in UK cinemas May 17 and include an extended run at the BFI Southbank as part of a special Kubrick season.

Gone with the Wind Sets Event Cinema Records

Wed, 03/20/2019 - 15:00 -- Nick Dager

Classic film presentations that give audiences the rare opportunity to see cinematic favorites commercial-free on the big screen have generated $5.53 million since the beginning of the year, Fathom Events announced today. The results were led by the 80th anniversary of Gone with the Wind, which grossed $2.23 million in just six nationwide screenings across four dates, setting a record as the highest-grossing classic film for Fathom Events and the event cinema industry. The previous record was set in January by Fathom and another Warner Bros. milestone from 1939, The Wizard of Oz.

Digital FilmTree Salutes NCIS: Los Angeles, Notes Many Tech Firsts

Wed, 03/20/2019 - 14:56 -- Nick Dager

Post house DigitalFilm Tree CEO Ramy Katrib congratulated CBS and producers Christopher Molnar and Erik Whitmyre on the 10th season of NCIS: Los Angeles. Katrib said that in nearly 250 episodes DFT has averaged 250-400 effects per show. He thanked producers on NCIS: Los Angeles for giving DFT their trust and allowing them to achieve several technology firsts

Zeiler to Join Arri’s Executive Board

Tue, 03/19/2019 - 12:34 -- Nick Dager

The Supervisory Board of the Arri Group, at its meeting yesterday, decided to appoint a new member to its executive board of the Arri Group which currently consists of Dr. Joerg Pohlman and Dr. Michael Neuhaeuser. Effective April 1 Markus Zeiler, until now head of the business unit lighting at Arri, will join them on the board. His new area of responsibility within the board will be the management of Arri’s global rental business.

Supervising Sound Editors Sullivan and DeCristofaro Join Sony Pictures

Mon, 03/18/2019 - 12:16 -- Nick Dager

Supervising sound editors Becky Sullivan and Andrew DeCristofaro, who share a 2015 Academy Award nomination for their work on Unbroken, have joined Sony Pictures Post Production Services. The pair has collaborated on numerous films over the years, including this year’s Best Picture Academy Award winner Green Book, with DeCristofaro as supervising sound editor and Sullivan as automated dialogue replacement supervisor. Sony Pictures is building theater-style studios with sound design and mixing capabilities for the two sound artists on the studio lot.

CineLatino Milwaukee Film Festival Expanding at Marcus Theatres

Thu, 03/14/2019 - 12:55 -- Nick Dager

Marcus Theatres has announced the expansion of the CineLatino Milwaukee Film Festival, which is presented by Advocate Aurora Health. The 2019 event takes place April 10-14 and features 15 films, three locations and a variety of special activities that help raise money for the community. A portion of net proceeds will be donated to local Hispanic health and education efforts; combined, the first two years of the festival raised more than $40,000 for these initiatives.

Deluxe Whitepaper Explores Data, the Cloud and Content Flow

Thu, 03/14/2019 - 12:46 -- Nick Dager

Deluxe Entertainment Service Group today published a whitepaper that explores the integral role data plays in powering the cloud and automating the flow of content throughout the digital media supply chain. In order to provide a high-quality, consistent and personalized end-user experience that meets the increasing demands of global consumers, Deluxe has integrated the cloud throughout its operations and discusses how full integration is more important than ever in its whitepaper.

Cinema Standards – Who Gets to Decide?

Wed, 03/13/2019 - 12:06 -- Nick Dager

In the global business of motion picture exhibition the importance of the Digital Cinema Initiative can’t be overstated. It’s entirely possible that the digital cinema transition would not have happened without DCI. What was true more than a decade ago is true today: technology that doesn’t get its seal of approval can’t be used to distribute or show a Hollywood movie. But times have changed and so have the demands of the marketplace. Fifteen years ago, it made perfect sense to have the DCI – a de facto arm of the major Hollywood studios – dictate what technology was favored over another because the studios were funding the transition. However, as the virtual print fee agreements fade into history, manufacturers and exhibitors are on their own financially. Which leaves us with this: everyone agrees that cinema standards are important. The question, in 2019 is, who gets to decide?

Maintaining a Vintage Aesthetic

Wed, 03/13/2019 - 11:52 -- Nick Dager

Cinematographer Xavier Dolléans chose a Sony Venice camera paired with Cooke Panchro/i Classic lenses to shoot Seasons 3 and 4 of Skam France, the French version of the acclaimed and innovative Norwegian youth series Skam, that follows a group of teenagers through their everyday lives of school, love and leisure time. Dolléans and director David Hourrègue wanted to reflect the darker storylines in the look of the show, while maintaining a vintage aesthetic.

Beiersdorf to Receive the 2019 Ken Mason Inter-Society Award

Wed, 03/13/2019 - 11:46 -- Nick Dager

Cinema-industry veteran Susie Beiersdorf, vice president of sales, cinema – The Americas, Christie, has been selected as the 2019 recipient of the Ken Mason Inter-Society Award. The Ken Mason Award honors an individual who has made outstanding long-term contributions leading to the overall improvement of the motion picture experience. The announcement was made today by Paul Holliman, president, The Inter-Society for the Enhancement of Cinema Presentation. Beiersdorf will receive the award at a ceremony held at CinemaCon in Las Vegas on April 4.

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