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Superfly is Columbia Pictures’ reimagining of Gordon Parks Jr.’s classic 1972 crime drama that defined its genre through its characters, look, sound and feel. Helmed by Director X and written by Alex Tse, the new movie transports the story of Priest (Trevor Jackson), from Harlem to modern-day Atlanta and reenergizes its vibe for a new generation. The movie’s sound team from Sony Pictures Post Production Services, led by supervising sound editor Steven Ticknor, supervising sound editor and re-recording mixer Kevin O’Connell, re-recording mixer Greg Orloff and sound designer Tony Lamberti, was tasked with bringing the sonic elements of Priest’s world to life. That included everything from building intricate soundscapes for Atlanta’s neighborhoods and glitzy nightclubs to supplying the thunderous fireworks for gun battles and car chases.
The Hollywood Section of the Society of Motion Picture and Television Engineers recently hosted students from colleges and universities across Southern California for Career Day, a day-long event focused on technology-oriented employment opportunities in the media and entertainment industry. The event included speeches, roundtables, and panel discussions from industry leaders on subjects ranging from job-seeking strategies to emerging technologies employed in cinema, broadcast, and virtual reality production.
In its recent elections, the European Digital Cinema Forum selected several new board members, covering a wide range of the cinema business across many European countries. This breadth is good for the EDCF and is important for the group so that it can continue to take into account all members’ interests and provide real value to the industry as a whole
The Association of Moving Image Archivists, in partnership with The Film Foundation, are offering two levels of training for projectionists and staff presenting 35mm film in theatres this year. Level one will take place in Chicago August 28-30, and level two in Boston October 15-17.
With a passion for movies that he’s had for as long as he can remember Mark Louis, director of presentation for Alamo Drafthouse Cinemas, started working in the theatre industry almost 40 years ago. When watching movies, he realized early on that the slightest imperfection in the presentation was a distraction. Even unavoidable distractions like on-screen cue marks on 35mm film prints would grab his attention. He says he found himself wondering why imperfections like those marks were present and could they be avoided. That frustration with a less than perfect presentation and a fascination with how movie magic actually worked is what lured him to the technical side of the business where he remains to this day. I recently spoke with Louis about his career in exhibition and his role at Alamo Drafthouse Cinemas.
This Thursday, in conjunction with the official grand opening of B&B Theatres’ newly-built, state-of-the-art, flagship Liberty 12 location in Liberty, Missouri – the largest ScreenX auditorium in the world will open to the public. It will be located on a screen measuring more than four stories tall and seven stories wide, with the capacity to seat 244 attendees.
New York Women in Film & Television have announced the latest recipients of NYWIFT Scholarships and Awards. With support from the Ha Phuong Foundation this year, the newly re-branded NYWIFT Ha Phuong Scholarships provide a $5,000 scholarship each year to a second-year female film student at the Brooklyn College Feirstein School of Cinema, City College of New York, Columbia University, New York University, and the Stony Brook/Killer Films MFA in Film program
[Editor’s Note: In a new white paper, Barco senior product manager Tom Bert makes a strong case for the importance of contrast ratio in cinema.] In any visualization system, the contrast ratio is one of the key parameters that define image quality. A metric for comparing the brightest whites to the darkest blacks in the image, you could say that a good contrast ratio truly adds depth to the image. A low contrast ratio makes an image look washed out. Details as well as the artistic intent get lost. This is true for direct view displays as well as for projectors.
The second series of National Geographic’s popular series Genius focuses on the extraordinary life of painter Pablo Picasso. Colorist Pankaj Bajpai at Encore in Hollywood was charged with creating the look that evoked the time and place as well as the art.
Unique X has named Roger Harris chief executive officer. Harris will start his position with Unique X on the October 1 after the successful transition of his responsibilities as managing director for RealD in EMEA and Russia. His role is to direct and oversee the rapid international expansion of Unique X’s portfolio of digital cinema software systems and services.
Éclair has announced plans to convert the Italian cinema circuit Ciné Gionate di Cinema with EclairBox systems through its Italian branch, OpenSky Cinema. The announcement was made in Riccione at the Ciné Giornate di Cinema 2018, the official convention of cinema exhibitors (ANEC and ANEM).
Christie has been named the official technology partner of Big Cine Expo 2018, which will take place at the Sahara Star, Mumbai, August 28-29. Christie has supported Big Cine Expo, the only cinema trade show specifically for India, since its inception in 2016. As the official technology partner, Christie will make available the latest cinema technologies and industry-leading solutions in the support of Big Cine Expo.
DCS Events in association with The Big Picture will be hosting an Emerging Cinema Markets Conference November 20-22 at the five-star luxury Swissôtel The Bosphorus, Istanbul.
The private equity firm Abry Partners has finalized its acquisition of a controlling stake in Screenvision Media. Terms of the transaction were not disclosed.
In a project spanning six months, Rising Sun Pictures produced 86 visual effects shots for Animal World, the new fantasy adventure film that debuted to considerable fanfare at this year’s Shanghai International Film Festival and is currently in international release. The work drew on the full gamut of the studio’s core strengths and included everything from a card-playing creature to a loopy dream sequence, a mind-blowing car chase and a moody hero shot of Destiny, the hulking freighter-turned-floating-casino that serves as the film’s primary location.
Technology fails. Anyone reading this article knows that even better than I do. That’s been a fact of life in the motion picture business from the earliest days. Film jammed in cameras and projectors, light bulbs burned out unexpectedly, and sound systems malfunctioned for no apparent reason. In each case, the people involved addressed the problem and moved on. Thankfully, technology today is more robust and reliable than ever before and when something goes wrong it’s often easier to fix than ever before. But technology isn’t always the issue. Increasingly in today’s competitive entertainment environment, the important issue is customer relations.
South Africa’s Nu Metro Cinemas is opening Xtreme theatres at Nu Metro Emperors Palace in Johannesburg and Nu Metro Galleria on the KZN South Coast.
AMC Theatres has renewed and extended its 3D agreement with RealD across its domestic platform through 2024. In addition, AMC has committed to installing RealD 3D systems in all new-build theatres and as they upgrade, renovate and improve existing AMC locations in North America during the term of the extension.
Renegade Animation co-founder and executive producer Ashley Postlewaite will take part in the panel discussion Extraordinary Women, Extraordinary Animation at Comic-Con International 2018 in San Diego. Postlewaite will join other women leaders from the animation industry in discussing how they turned their talents into successful careers. The panel will also discuss new technologies that are making it easier for young people, and especially women, to enter the field of animation.