Digital FX Baton Rouge Louisiana has installed a BrightDrive media recording system to provide the infrastructure for its data-centric digital intermediates workflow. The system provides a collaborative environment that enables all operators to share data concurrently without the need for copying files between systems. “BrightDrive was a no-brainer for us ” says Greg Milneck president and founder of Digital FX. “We looked at all the options but BrightDrive simply gave us the best fastest and most reliable system within our budget.
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The Story of an Indie Feature in the Filmmaker’s Own Words By David Spaltro Writer Director … Around … Around is a film about “finding home” and a real love-letter to the city of New York. Doyle Simms grows up across the Hudson from New York City and flees his toxic family to attend a film program there. After a bumpy first year he returns more determined than ever to become a storyteller and figure out his place. Financial setbacks force Doyle to find creative “rent-controlled living” and begin a dual life living out of Penn Station while going to school.
Moving Image Technologies has partnered with All Media Capital to assist theatre owners in participating in the 3D and digital cinema rollout while at the same time providing the means for an exhibitor to maintain control of his own projection equipment. With the recent announcement from Paramount Pictures who has agreed to provide direct re-imbursement to exhibitors through VPFs (virtual print fees) it is an ideal time to install digital systems for the upcoming slate of 3D releases.
MTI Film offered a first-time technical demonstration of its new process for supporting digital acquisition through its award-winning dailies solution Control Dailies. Developed in conjunction with leading camera manufacturers Control Dailies DA supports media from many digital cinema cameras including Red Digital Cinema's Red One Panasonic’s P2 VariCam and Panavision's Genesis. MTI Film plans to release the new product at NAB.
Scala Fastsigns International and NEC Unified Solutions have partnered in a joint effort to make digital signage available to local businesses worldwide. Digital signs are becoming more popular because of their ability to engage audiences and deliver targeted messages but many small and mid-sized businesses haven’t adopted digital signage because they aren’t sure how to use the technology or where to find it.
The Society of Motion Picture and Television Engineers is seeking proposals for technical papers and tutorials for the 2009 SMPTE Technical Conference & Exhibition. Proposed papers must be informational in nature and must address technical theory application or practice associated with technologies relevant to the motion imaging industry.
LA Filmmakers Sam Wasserman’s Debut Feature Hits the Festival Circuit Los Angeles-based filmmaker Sam Wasserman’s first feature The Journal a semi-autobiographical short that recounts the story of a young man seeking the courage to read the diary of his long-deceased mother has been widely submitted on the festival circuit. Director of Photography Graham Futerfas shot the project. The Journal premiered at the BendFilm Festival in Bend Oregon and screened at the Hollywood Film Festival last fall.
SpectSoft has announced 3D Live a new standalone stereoscopic 3D system that offers the ability to take two individual SDI streams in mix them down and feed them out via DVI/HDMI or Display Port in real-time. The two SDI streams can be from any source and they represent the individual right and left eye files that can stream from servers decks or cameras. This adds value to the workflow by allowing facilities the ability to only have to work with two uncompressed DPX files right and left eye frames and not separate files to view the images in 3D.
Muvico Theatres Opens its Newest Movie Palace the Thousand Oaks 14 Muvico Theatres banking on the idea that exhibitors have to offer more to patrons than the competition has opened its latest complex the new Muvico Thousand Oaks 14 theatre in Thousand Oaks California.
GDC Technology has signed a major contract in China. Under the new agreement Dadi Digital Cinema Development Limited will deploy 100 units of GDC’s SA-2100 digital cinema server in China by the middle of 2009. A roll out target of 300 servers by 2010 has also been set. Dadi is a Guangdong based company focusing on the business of building digital cinema multiplexes in China. “GDC is the undisputed leader in China digital cinema industry in terms of both the number of projects deployed and also the number of servers installed ” says Liu Kaijun general manager of Dadi Cinema.
Bandito Films Converts to Solid State Production with the Documentary Series True Life New York City-based production company Bandito Films is currently shooting an hour-long episode of MTV’s long-running documentary series True Life with Panasonic’s AG-HPX500 2/3-inch P2 HD shoulder-mount camcorder.
IndiePix is returning as the presenting sponsor and production partner for this year's Cinema Eye Honors. IndiePix was the Founding Sponsor and partner in the successful inaugural non-fiction awards last year and is once again joining with AJ Schnack author and filmmaker of Kurt Cobain: About a Son and Thom Powers documentary programmer for the Toronto Film Festival for the 2009 event March 29th in New York City.
Maximum Throughput has announced that its MaXedit Server Edition which the company says is the first multi-user editing application is now shipping. With MaXedit post-production facilities and studios can rapidly and cost-effectively set up a multi-seat editing environment that's suited for digital dailies and offline editing among other applications. Multiple concurrent users can access MaXedit by launching it from a Web browser.
Ballantyne of Omaha has announced that it has reduced its overall staffing by 19 people or approximately 10 percent as part of the ongoing shift in its business from the manufacture of film projection equipment to the distribution of digital cinema projectors. Annualized cost savings related to these actions is estimated to amount to approximately $900 000. Ballantyne will record a first quarter severance charge of approximately $255 000 related to these actions.
Cinedigm Digital Cinema has reached announced an agreement with Sony Pictures Releasing Corporation supporting its Phase Two Digital Cinema Deployment Plan for up to 10 000 digital cinema projection systems over the next three years. SPRC will supply its upcoming pictures in a DCI-compliant format to Cinedigm installed theatres in the United States and Canada when booked and will make financial contributions for a limited time to promote DCI-compliant digital cinema technology.
Cinemarr Entertainment tapped the services of HD pioneer Randall Dark for Ripley’s Aquarium of the Smokies first high definition commercial.The 30 second spot a mixture of live action and animation was shot in 1080i with the Sony HDCam and Canon HD zoom lens and will be onlined and offlined at Cinemarr Entertainment in Sevierville Tennessee. TripAdvisor.com recently named Ripley’s Aquarium of the Smokies the number one aquarium in the United States. “Because of that ” says Cinemarr founder S. Shane Marr who also directed “there is nationwide focus on this aquarium.
The digital cinema roll out 3D and more will be discussed when exhibitors gather in Las Vegas later this month.
By Don Vasicek If you want to write screenplays that you can sell and get produced you might want to consider writing your ending first. What? Yeah well check movies out that get produced. You know those you pay $8 to $10 to see in the theatre depending upon where you live and what time of the day and week you go to see them and then read about the millions of dollars they made at the box office each weekend.
Doremi Digital Cinema has announced the availability of CineAsset software for digital cinema and presentation applications. CineAsset is media asset management software that converts common computer files such as QuickTime AVI JPEG and TIFF to JPEG2000 MFX wrapped files for playback on any digital cinema server including Doremi’s DCP-2000 and DCP-2K4.
National Geographic has announced that U2 3D has received a nomination for Outstanding Visual Effects in a Special Venue Project from the Visual Effects Society of America's 7th Annual VES Awards. In 2008 National Geographic received the award in this same category for its production Sea Monsters: A Prehistoric Adventure. U2 3D which was produced by 3ality Digital and distributed by National Geographic Entertainment premiered in January 2008 as the first-ever live-action digital 3D film.