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The Field of Dreams

Fri, 09/11/2009 - 20:00 -- Nick Dager

Thanks to a donation from the international professional services company Ernst & Young Chicago’s Field Museum recently installed a theatre with Barco projection and Dolby 3D. Jeri Webb the Field Museum’s stores director manages the theatre. Webb’s first job in the non-profit world was in 1994 when she began work as the manager of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra Store.  She came to the Field Museum in 2003 where in addition to her directorial duties she is also the buyer for cultural gifts jewelry and Field Museum branded products.

Supporting the Antichrist Shoot

Fri, 09/11/2009 - 20:00 -- Nick Dager

When VFX artist and motion control supervisor Allan O. Lückow and Oscar winning DP Anthony Dod Mantle (Slumdog Millionaire) needed to create a handheld look while shooting Antichrist the new film by maverick director Lars von Trier they turned to OConnor’s new 120EXe encoding fluid head for visual effects. Lückow developed a three-axis live-action camera motion control shot to give the framing the handheld feel they wanted. The 120EXe was used for motion capture which was then replayed on the motion control system.

China’s Time Antaeus Partners with Christie on Digital Cinema Deployment

Fri, 09/11/2009 - 20:00 -- Nick Dager

Time Antaeus Media Group a Chinese digital cinema industry leader has selected Christie as its partner for its digital cinema deployment in China. This marks the country’s most extensive commercial effort and calls for the installation of 800 Christie CP2000 DLP Cinema projectors for select cinemas by the end of 2010. These projectors will be installed together with 800 Time Antaeus’ Montage CDCS2000 digital cinema servers. The collaboration between Christie and Time Antaeus began at the 2008 Beijing Summer Games’ ceremonies with the purchase of 120 Christie CP2000-ZX models.

Technicolor’s Over-Under Gamble

Fri, 09/11/2009 - 20:00 -- Nick Dager

The over-under is the name of a popular kind of bet in which people wager whether for example a particular team will have more or fewer than (over-under) a set number of wins in a given season. Over-under is also the name of a 3D projection process that splits the film frame in half horizontally and it is the basis of Technicolor’s current gamble as it searches for ways to maximize its film legacy and brand in this increasingly digital world.

The Haunted World of El Superbeasto

Thu, 09/10/2009 - 20:00 -- Nick Dager

Through their partnership with Starz and Spectacle Entertainment/Front Line Management D&E Entertainment distributed and marketed the theatrical premiere of writer/director Rob Zombie's animated classic The Haunted World of El Superbeasto. The film premiered in over 68 cinemas in the US on September 12. A bizarre comedy Zombie dubs Austin Powers meets The Munsters by way of Hard Days Night. The Haunted World of El Superbeasto is a wild ride that's a soon-to-be cult classic.

Barco Partners with Strong for Nationwide Digital Cinema Installation Services

Thu, 09/10/2009 - 20:00 -- Nick Dager

Barco has signed a one-year renewable non-exclusive agreement professional services agreement with Ballantyne Strong to provide Barco with digital cinema projection service and support including but not limited to on-site installation and service as well as ongoing maintenance services for Barco's U.S. customers.

Final Deadline to enter the 2010 Big Sky Documentary Film Festival

Thu, 09/10/2009 - 20:00 -- Nick Dager

October 20th is the final deadline for submitting entries to the 2010 Big Sky Documentary Film Festival which will be held February 12-21 2010. The festival is expected to screen more than one hundred films including world and U.S. premieres classics and rare and experimental works on Montana's largest screen at the historic Wilma Theater in downtown Missoula Montana.   In addition to ten days of screenings the event will feature many public and VIP events including panel discussions galas receptions and networking round-tables.

Blackmagic Design Acquires DaVinci Systems

Thu, 09/10/2009 - 20:00 -- Nick Dager

Blackmagic Design has announced the purchase of all assets of DaVinci Systems. This purchase means Blackmagic Design will now offer DaVinci Resolve DI color correction systems and DaVinci Revival film restoration products for sale worldwide. Blackmagic Design has also initiated a wide-ranging restructure of the DaVinci business. The new focus will now be on the DaVinci Resolve color correction and DaVinci Revival film restoration products.

Civolution Gets Contract to Track Venice Film Festival Video Packages


Thu, 09/10/2009 - 20:00 -- Nick Dager

Civolution has signed an agreement for Eurovision Production Coordination to use Civolution’s broadcast monitoring service Teletrax to track all video packages that were produced during the Venice International Film Festival earlier this month. The packages were distributed to Eurovision members for use in TV news and arts programming.
 
“We are delighted EBU chose to extend its relationship with Civolution ’’ says Civolution CEO Alex Terpstra.

Star East Takes Off

Thu, 09/10/2009 - 20:00 -- Nick Dager

CEO Yoon Kim and digital artist Kevin Kang of Star East Digital Labs in Seoul South Korea were looking for another grading system to integrate into their existing post-production workflows. After putting Scratch through its paces they determined it had the power real-time performance features and stability to deliver high quality results for their clients. One such project was Take Off this summer’s number one box office hit in Korea but there have been others. Yong Hwa Kim’s Take Off was the first Korean feature film shot using three Red One digital 4K cameras.

European Film Academy Opens Vote for People’s Choice Award 


Thu, 09/10/2009 - 20:00 -- Nick Dager

Voting has begun for the annual European Film Academy People’s Choice Award. The event allows film fans across Europe to elect their favorite film and win a trip to the European Film Awards Ceremony. Every year when the European Film Academy invites its members Europe’s greatest film stars directors producers cinematographers screenwriters designers but also industry representatives and the international media to attend the European Film Awards.

Hollywood Post Alliance Announces Engineering Excellence Award Winners

Thu, 09/10/2009 - 20:00 -- Nick Dager

The Hollywood Post Alliance has announced that three groundbreaking technologies have been honored to receive the organization’s respected Engineering Excellence Award.  The recipients were chosen following a lively and well-attended presentation and judging session late last month at LaserPacific Digital Theatre in Hollywood.

Making the Highwayman

Thu, 09/10/2009 - 20:00 -- Nick Dager

Production began this month on The Highwayman based on Alfred Noyes' well-known poem of the same name The Highwayman is set in 18th century England but is being filmed over 4 000 miles away (and over 5000 feet higher in elevation) in Colorado. Producer Darlene Cypser says The rolling plains and mesas east of the Front Range bear a remarkable resemblance to the downs of England. We are also fortunate that Victorian Coloradans were fond of revival architecture.

Offhollywood Bases Expansion on Red and Scratch Post 4K Workflows

Thu, 09/10/2009 - 20:00 -- Nick Dager

After relocating their operations to a new state-of-the-art studio in SoHo during summer 2008 Offhollywood is expanding again adding a full new floor as a totally dedicated Red camera rental and service facility – the first such Red-authorized facility in the United States. Offhollywood will soon boast a much larger studio to include even more state-of-the-art digital services. Their commitment to Red is as strong as ever.

Ominiplex Starts Construction on Dublin’s Swan Cinemas

Thu, 09/10/2009 - 20:00 -- Nick Dager

Omniplex Irelands largest cinema group has unveil plans for its new concept three-screen 571 seat Swan Cinemas which is located in the Swan Shopping Centre Rathmines Dublin. Construction has started on the project which is scheduled to open this November. Swan Cinemas is the first cinema in Dublin custom designed for digital cinema. Showcasing the very latest 3D technology will give patrons an unparalleled movie going experience; Swan Cinemas is at the very forefront of the digital cinema revolution.

Burning in the Sun to Screen for Free

Thu, 09/10/2009 - 20:00 -- Nick Dager

Rooftop Films Solar One The Green Edge Collaborative and IFP will present the World Premiere of Cambria Matlow and Morgan Robinson's feature documentary Burning in the Sun on Saturday September 19. There will be no charge for admission. Presented outdoors at a solar energy center this exciting documentary follows a young man’s quest to start a local business building solar panels in his homeland of Mali—the first of its kind in the sun drenched nation.  Burning in the Sun was a 2008 IFP Documentary Lab Selection and the screening will be part of the 31st Annual Independent Film Week.

Paul Haggar to Receive HPA Lifetime Achievement Award

Fri, 08/28/2009 - 20:00 -- Nick Dager

The Hollywood Post Alliance Awards Committee has announced that post-production icon Paul Haggar will receive the organization’s Lifetime Achievement Award during the HPA Awards in November. Haggar was one of the best-known names in the post-production community and retired from Paramount Pictures in 2005.  He had a notably long studio career heading theatrical post-production at the studio from the Seventies.  Haggar was a part of the Paramount family for over 54 years. Leon Silverman president of HPA says “For decades the name Paul Haggar was synonymous with post-production.

Premiere Cinemas Continues Rollout

Fri, 08/28/2009 - 20:00 -- Nick Dager

Barco has completed the first major rollout in Cinedigm Digital Cinema's Phase 2 with Texas-based Premiere Cinema. Premiere has been working exclusively with Barco since 2007 to provide digital cinema to their theatres with 138 screens deployed to date. The successful completion of Cinedigm's first large-scale Phase 2 deployment is another milestone for Barco and the digital cinema industry ” says Todd Hoddick vice president of digital cinema for Barco North America.

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