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MoCap Makes Maz Kanata Go

Tue, 01/30/2018 - 12:44 -- Nick Dager

In a pivotal moment in Lucasfilm’s Star Wars: The Last Jedi, the CGI character Maz Kanata, played by Oscar-winner Lupita Nyong’o, shows up just in time to give the Rebels a vital piece of information. Although Maz’s appearance is brief, the complex shoot involved creating a temporary, studio-grade motion capture stage inside the famed Pinewood Studios. To complete this task, Lucasfilm turned to Audiomotion and its Vicon system.

Animating a Singular Kiss

Tue, 01/30/2018 - 12:26 -- Nick Dager

What began as an indie mobile game in 2014, Five Nights At Freddy’s has grown into a multimedia franchise with multiple games, novel adaptations and a feature film currently in progress. The series is produced by Kiev, Ukraine-based GoldenLane Studio. One particularly challenging scene for GoldenLane co-founder Roman Maltsev was playing two characters named Zoe and Ellis that kiss.


Alchimie, Unified Streaming Extend Partnership

Tue, 01/30/2018 - 12:19 -- Nick Dager

Digital distribution company Alchimie is extending its partnership with Unified Streaming. Alchimie, headquartered just outside Paris, advises rights owners who are dealing with companies such as Google, Amazon, Apple, Samsung, and Orange to name a few. Unified Streaming has worked with Alchimie since 2015. By installing their web-server plug-in Unified Origin, Alchimie says it has been able to offer stable, scalable live and on-demand streaming to all its partners, who, in turn, can unfailingly satisfy their customers as the final users

Modern Cinema Group Opens London Office

Thu, 01/25/2018 - 12:31 -- Nick Dager

The Modern Cinema Group has opened a London office for its new media exchange now named the MOCI Media Exchange. With the help of the finance team working for the Dubai-based Pride Group, London was selected as an ideal location for the new media exchange due to its favorable geographical location as well as its long history of hosting successful international exchanges.

Yashan International Resort Hotel Selects Christie for VIP Theatre

Wed, 01/24/2018 - 13:33 -- Nick Dager

The Yashan International Resort Hotel, a five-star resort in the picturesque district of Yashan in Ganzhou, Jiangxi Province, has installed a Christie CP2308 digital cinema projector and Christie Vive Audio system in its in-house VIP theatre. The theatre features an 11-meter wide screen and seats one hundred guests.

Kimbal Riley Named Vista Group CEO

Wed, 01/24/2018 - 13:18 -- Nick Dager

Vista Group International has announced that Kimbal Riley will take over as group CEO from Murray Holdaway. Holdaway will take up the position of chief product officer and will continue in his role as an executive director on the Vista Group board. This has taken place as part of a succession planning process. The transition takes effect April 3.

AES, SMPTE to Explore the Sound of Philip K. Dick’s Electric Dreams

Fri, 01/19/2018 - 11:31 -- Nick Dager

The Los Angeles Section of the Audio Engineering Society and the Hollywood Section of the Society of Motion Picture and Television Engineers will host a joint meeting this month exploring sound editorial for Amazon’s new sci-fi anthology series Philip K. Dick’s Electric Dreams. The meeting is slated for Tuesday, January 30 at Sony Pictures Studios in Culver City, California.

Alcons introduces CRMSC-SRHV Pro-Ribbon Reference Surround

Thu, 01/18/2018 - 11:26 -- Nick Dager

The CRMSC-SRHV reference surround is a two-way passive-filtered full range loudspeaker, designed to meet all requirements of current and future immersive surround sound formats for studios, screening rooms and high-end residential cinemas. Featuring the patented Alcons pro-ribbon driver technology, the CRMSC-SRHV surround combines an exceptional clarity and intelligibility with an unusually high dynamic range, offering the most realistic sound reproduction possible.

Screenvision Names Jurors for Cinema Advertising Award

Thu, 01/18/2018 - 11:24 -- Nick Dager

Screenvision Media today announced the seven jurors for the highly anticipated Hegarty ACE (advertising in cinema excellence) Awards. The awards celebrate the most creative campaigns running in cinema, and will consider advertisements or content that launched through Screenvision Media’s Front + Center cinema program. The panel will officially be introduced during the Adweek Brand Storytelling event, taking place this week at the 2018 Sundance Film Festival.

IRT IMF Analyzer 2018 Now Available

Wed, 01/17/2018 - 12:06 -- Nick Dager

The Institut fuer Rundfunktechnik’s IMF analyzer is now available. With the IMF Analyzer 2018, IRT presents the new version of its professional analyzer software for the Interoperable Master Format in the file-based production process. Initiated by the Hollywood film industry and video-on-demand platforms such as Netflix, the IMF standard of the Society of Motion Picture and Television Engineers is becoming increasingly important in the exchange of audiovisual content.

CJ CGV Installs Harman Sound in Multiple Theatres in Vietnam

Wed, 01/17/2018 - 12:02 -- Nick Dager

CJ CGV, the largest film distributor and cinema chain in Vietnam, has installed Harman audio systems in 24 theaters across seven CGV locations in the country. Goldenduck International, a Harman Professional distributor in Vietnam, supplied and integrated the installation, which included JBL cinema speaker systems and Crown power amplifiers.

Arri Rental Opens Brooklyn Haus

Wed, 01/17/2018 - 11:59 -- Nick Dager

Arri Rental Brooklyn Haus is now open in Greenpoint, Brooklyn. Situated in the heart of Brooklyn’s studio landscape, with locations such as Broadway Stages, Steiner Studios, Silvercup Studios and Kaufman Astoria Studios in immediate proximity, Brooklyn Haus functions as a traditional camera rental facility, as well as a gathering place for production and crews, with meeting rooms, entertaining spaces and a café.


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