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Ascending the Dawn Wall

Wed, 12/05/2018 - 11:54 -- Nick Dager

Technicolor PostWorks New York provided finishing services for The Dawn Wall, the riveting, new documentary from Red Bull House Media about free-climbers Tommy Caldwell and Kevin Jorgeson’s historic attempt to conquer El Capitan in Yosemite National Park. Colorist Keith Jenson worked with co-directors Josh Lowell and Peter Mortimer and cinematographer Brett Lowell in finalizing the look of the documentary, which takes audiences along for the climb as Caldwell and Jorgeson test themselves against a sheer, 3,000-foot rock face known as the Dawn Wall.

Hannah Claims a Cinematic First

Tue, 12/04/2018 - 11:18 -- Nick Dager

The makers of the Screen Gems feature film The Possession of Hannah Grace are claiming an interesting cinema technology first: the project was shot in Boston using Sony A7S II mirrorless digital cameras combined with large format Hawk 65 anamorphic lenses from Vantage, an unlikely combination featuring lenses designed for large digital sensors combined with a full-frame camera with a DSLR form factor and a price tag under $3,000. Nevertheless, the filmmakers say it made for a high-quality, cost-effective production workflow.

Ian Goes Very Wide on Kid’s TV

Mon, 12/03/2018 - 12:14 -- Nick Dager

The Oscar-qualifying film Ian has been released in an unprecedented joint effort from all major children’s Networks in Latin America: Disney, Discovery Kids, Nickelodeon, Cartoon Network, Boomerang, YouTube Kids and Pakapaka in Latin America and YouTube Worldwide. This emotional film is based on the true story of a boy called Ian. The film was created by Emmy nominee Gastón Gorali, produced by Oscar winner and two-time Emmy winner Juan José Campanella and directed by Abel Goldfarb. This important film aims to help children to understand disability and for the message of inclusion to reach every home.

Studio Enterprise, Lightcraft Partner on Education Initiative

Mon, 12/03/2018 - 12:03 -- Nick Dager

Studio Enterprise has announced a partnership with Lightcraft Technology to provide students access to industry leading virtual production equipment. As a vertically integrated content company using education and training as a platform to impact the media and entertainment industry, Studio Enterprise’s partnership with Lightcraft Technology will entail equipment provision, collaborative training programs and master classes on how to shoot TV and movie productions using their real-time VFX platform Halide FX.

A History of Cinema Technology

Fri, 11/30/2018 - 10:58 -- Nick Dager

Cinematographer Rick Malkames has a deep connection with the history of cinema. His father and grandfather were also cinematographers and film historians. Over the years the family has amassed a collection of cameras and projectors that stretch back to the very beginning of the motion picture industy. The historic collection traces innovations in projection technology from the beginning to the present. In a short video, recently released by Samsung, Malkames walks us through his family’s history and collection and concludes with his thoughts about Samsung’s Onyx LED Cinema Screen

Finding the Magic in Film

Fri, 11/30/2018 - 10:53 -- Nick Dager

The new feature film Mid90s, which marks the directorial debut of Jonah Hill, tells the coming-of-age story of Stevie, a 13-year-old Los Angeles boy who seeks escape from troubles at home in the company of the friends he meets in a local skate shop. Post-production finishing for the film was completed at Technicolor PostWorks New York where colorist Alex Bickel worked directly with Hill and cinematographer Christopher Blauvelt to recreate the sun-washed look of 1990s Southern California and the taut emotional landscape of Stevie’s world

Where the Wild Things Aren’t

Fri, 11/30/2018 - 10:45 -- Nick Dager

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 Installs India’s First Christie RGB Laser Projector

Thu, 11/29/2018 - 11:37 -- Nick Dager

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.

Volfoni's 3D Elliptical Polarization Gets US Patent

Wed, 11/28/2018 - 08:53 -- Nick Dager

Volfoni has been granted patent number 10,151,932 in the U.S. territory for its three dimensional elliptical polarization. Previous third-party cinema systems for 3D have required the use of passive 3D glasses based on either circular or linear polarization. Volfoni’s innovation instead uses passive 3D glasses based on elliptical polarization. According to the company, this not only improves the overall light efficiency and performance, but also avoids a host of other third-party choices, which specifically mandate the use of circular polarization.

Cinematic Media Opens in Mexico City

Tue, 11/27/2018 - 14:02 -- Nick Dager

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, Prasad Partner on Scanning and Restoration

Tue, 11/27/2018 - 11:23 -- Nick Dager

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.

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