Vieshow Cinemas Hualien Paradiso in Hualien is the first cinema complex in Taiwan to be fully equipped with RGB pure laser projection systems. Five auditoriums are powered by Christie’s 4K CP4325-RGB and 2K CP2315-RGB models.
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CJ 4DPlex closed out a successful 2018 with record-breaking box office attendance for its immersive cinema format, ScreenX, the company said. It grossed more than $40 million in the worldwide box office and attracted more than four million attendees for the year.
The final roster of speakers has been set for the first Digital Cinema Summit. These top digital cinema technology authorities from around the world will address a range of issues facing professionals in all phases of the motion picture industry. The half-day event takes place February 6 at the Okura Hotel in Amsterdam the Netherlands. Nick Dager, Editor & Publisher of Digital Cinema Report created the Summit in conjunction with Integrated Systems Europe. The theme is Transforming the Moviegoing Experience; its purpose is to give digital cinema technology center stage.
Warner Bros. Pictures announced today a multi-picture deal with the Korean cinema technology company CJ 4DPlex that will see up to six new films released globally in 2019 in the immersive 270-degree ScreenX format. The agreement extends the relationship between the two companies that previously included five films in 2018.
The New York facility of Eurofins Digital Media Services has been granted a Certification in Dolby Vision Quality Control Services. Eurofins is the first dedicated Dolby Vision quality assurance facility on the East Coast, meeting the growing demand for quality control and testing services in New York City.
The concert film BTS World Tour, Love Yourself, in Seoul, will be released in CJ 4DPlex’s multi-screen ScreenX format on January 26 for a two-week run. The film was shot at the Olympic Stadium in Seoul last August and captures the opening of the current tour. The tour has already drawn thousands of fans spanning the world from North America to Europe and Asia, and has proved to be the most sought-after tour of 2018.
In November, the Digital Cinema Initiative posted two new draft documents towards a high dynamic range specification for cinema titled Direct View Display D-Cinema Addendum and High Dynamic Range D-Cinema Addendum. They represent a major improvement over DCI’s previous draft, which I wrote about last September [DCI Has Lost Its Way https://bit.ly/2Omcnoa]. In contrast, the new documents are well written, detailed, explanatory and responsive. But questions remain and cost matters, leaving plenty of room for improvement.
For the space of a few hours, the Presidential Heliport Garden turned into a vast open-air movie theatre where 3,000 people were able to see Alfonso Cuarón’s Roma free of charge on a screen measuring 15 metres wide by 7 metres high with Christie RGB laser projection and Dolby 7.1 sound. The screening was organized by Mexico’s Ministry of Culture.
Los Angeles post house Inventure Studios has renovated its Studio C with the installation of a Severtson projection screen. Now all four of its studios are equipped with a Severtson woven acoustically-transparent screen. Seveterson dealer Keith Watanabe supervised the installation.
Éclair today announced the appointment of Andreas Peltret as its new country manager for Germany effective immediately. He is responsible for managing Éclair's content services in Germany, including theatrical delivery, digital distribution, preservation, post-production, restoration, as well as versioning & accessibility through its Berlin-based Éclair Studios (Christa Kistner Synchronproduktion) and Studio 7 Synchron und Untertitel in Karlsruhe, and exhibitor services with Cine-Logistics. Peltret reports directly to Éclair senior vice president Pascal Mogavero.
Abramorama is partnering with MPL/Capitol/UMe to premiere Paul McCartney’s The Bruce McMouse Show in select theaters around the world on January 21. The Bruce McMouse Show is a previously never-before seen film that tells the story of how Paul McCartney and Wings came to meet the inimitable impresario Bruce McMouse. Part concert film, part animated feature, The Bruce McMouse Show features footage from Wings’ 1972 European tour from Red Rose Speedway, interspersed with animated scenes that introduce a family of mice living under the stage.
The Society of Camera Operators has announced the nominees for Camera Operator of the Year in the Film category. They are:
BaseLight Student, FilmLight’s free macOS application, has been enhanced with advances from the core BaseLight v5 software. BaseLight Student v5 will allow those developing their skills as a colorist to have the full range of creative features, based on the same platform as every BaseLight system.
CJ 4DPlex closed out 2018 by breaking records in box office and attendance with its 4DX immersive seating cinema technology. Theatres with the technology accounted for more than $290 million in worldwide box office and attracted more than 24 million attendees for the year.
Founded in 1919 by First World War veterans working in the motion picture industry, the American Legion’s Post 43 became a Hollywood icon, with members including Clark Gable, Charlton Heston, Mickey Rooney, Ronald Reagan and more. A major project to update the post’s auditorium has put it back at the center of the Los Angeles community.
In its effort to meet audience demand for exceptional content, Fathom Events has hired Andrew Goldman as vice president of programming. Based in New York, Goldman will bring his creative expertise and industry-wide relationships to help Fathom grow its cable, broadcast, Broadway and other verticals to acquire high-value content that has broad audience appeal.
FandangoNow, Fandango’s video on-demand service, will become the first U.S. digital retailer for IMAX Enhanced films releasing to home video. FandangoNow will have exclusive rights as the sole transactional VOD service to feature this content in the U.S. through 2019. The IMAX Enhanced program is a certification and licensing program, combining IMAX digitally re-mastered 4K high dynamic range content and DTS audio technologies.
The American Society of Cinematographers celebrates its 100th anniversary today and to mark the occasion, the society released their members’ list of 100 Milestone Films in the art and craft of cinematography of the 20th century. The list is the first of its kind to showcase the best of cinematography as selected by professional cinematographers. The list culminates in a Top 10, with the other 90 titles unranked. The Top 10 films are:
The International Broadcasting Convention is now accepting submissions of technical papers for its annual conference, which is being held this September in Amsterdam, the Netherlands. Following an increase in female speakers at the conference in 2018, up from 14 percent in 2017 to 37 percent, IBC is encouraging applications from a globally diverse audience.
On the heels of its already record-breaking release, and in response to popular demand, a third Fathom Events date has been added for Warner Bros. Pictures’ much-heralded WWI documentary They Shall Not Grow Old, from Oscar-winning filmmaker Peter Jackson. The film will be screened at more than 1,000 locations in the U.S. and Canada on Monday, January 21, taking advantage of the long Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. holiday weekend.