HTV illuminate has purchased two Digital Vision Film Master color grading systems. The Film Masters will become an integral part of an expanded workflow and service offering at the Hollywood post-production facility well-known for digital cinema packaging digital intermediate mastering restoration and standards conversion for film and television. Ron Sabatino technical director of HTV illuminate says “We meticulously evaluated the solutions that we needed to introduce into our workflow as our offerings expand and the facility was upgraded.
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Digital Cinema solutions provider Access Integrated Technologies has announced that film distributor Overture Films will provide all of their movies to digital cinema equipped theatres in AccessIT's Phase 1 digital cinema plan and will pay virtual print fees (VPFs) under a 10 year agreement similar to those signed by all the other major studios. This agreement expands upon the strong relationship the companies have built since Overture's inception last year as Overture is already a customer of both AccessIT's distribution software and satellite delivery services.
India-based Adlabs Films part of Reliance ADA Group announced that it will premiere the 3D Hollywood movie Journey to the Center of the Earth in digital 3D for the first time at the Adlabs Cinema in Vashi in New Mumbai. In a press statement Patrick von Sychowski chief operating officer of Adlabs Digital Cinema says that the digital 3D technology was a new form of cinema entertainment where the audience can view the movie with enhanced clarity.
Internet-based distributor IndiePix announced its latest collection: a series of adaptations of famous plays and films with a Shakespearian theme. For the first time film lovers and educational bodies can access this new collection which includes such classics as Laurence Olivier's Shakespeare compilation including Henry V (1944) Hamlet (1948) and Richard III (1955). In addition many of the films provide a cultural twist to the story making it unique to the filmmaker's home country.
Vivitek Corporation formally announced its entry into the growing marketplace for high-quality signage visual display and professional presentation products. The company based in Southern California has already begun shipping its first line of DLP projectors and flat screen digital signage offerings. Vivitek has taken a unique industry position of offering only the best-of-breed technology in each category. Its projector line products are all equipped with Texas Instruments' exclusive DLP technology and its digital signage products will all display in LCD technology only.
The Visual Effects Society has named producers Kathleen Kennedy and Frank Marshall of The Kennedy/Marshall Company as the recipients of the VES Lifetime Achievement Award at the 7th Annual VES Awards which will be held at the Century Plaza Hotel in Beverly Hills California on February 21 2009. The VES Lifetime Achievement Award awarded by the VES board of directors recognizes outstanding contributions to the art and/or science of the visual effects industry.
Dolby announced today that it has reduced the price of its reusable 3D glasses. Starting today exhibitors can purchase new Dolby 3D glasses at a US list price of $27.50 reduced from $39. “The success of Dolby 3D around the world has enabled us to realize significant economies of scale. We are pleased to announce that our green reusable 3D glasses are now offered at a significantly reduced price ” says John Carey vice president of worldwide sales products and services Dolby Laboratories.
The Hollywood Post Alliance has announced that the dean of the University of Southern California School of Cinematic Arts Elizabeth M. Daley will receive the organization’s first Charles S. Swartz Award. The award will be bestowed during the HPA Awards gala on November 6th and honors a person group company or technology that has made a significant artistic technological business or educational impact on post-production. The mission of this award is to recognize broad and lasting contributions that have advanced and/or provided some unique purpose to the field of post-production.
Starting this month the Library of Congress will offer a picture-perfect dream for cinema buffs—classic movies shown three times a week in a new art deco theatre reminiscent of the movie palaces of the 1920s and 1930s. “Rarely today are so many classic American films shown in 35mm in a single location under such ideal new conditions ” says Mike Mashon head of the Moving Image section of the library’s Motion Picture Broadcasting and Recorded Sound division. The 200-seat theatre is located in the library’s state-of-the-art recently opened Packard Campus of the National Audio-Visual
Norwegian projector manufacturer projectiondesign previewed the first prototype of their cineo32 production specific projector to over 40 of London’s post-production and production community last month in Soho London. “In an effort to create a product that’s a perfect fit for the post-production environment we’ve worked very closely with the technical managers of leading post houses ” says Anders Løkke international marketing & communications manager at projectiondesign.
Litepanels has signed an agreement to be acquired by the Vitec Group supplier of products and services for the broadcast entertainment and photographic industries. Litepanels provides LED (light emitting diode) lighting systems for the television broadcast video and film industries. Its lighting products are a complementary addition to the Vitec Group Broadcast Systems Division which includes such brands as Sachtler Vinten Autoscript and Anton/Bauer.
The Film and Video Center of the Smithsonian National Museum of the American Indian requested that the award-winning The Sand Creek Massacre documentary film be entered in its 14th Native American Film + Video Festival to be held in New York City March 26 - 29 2009. The festival features films and video productions of all genres from North Central and South America and Hawaii.
Dolby provided technical services and digital cinema technology systems to the 2008 Toronto International Film Festival for the 15th year in a row. The 33rd TIFF was held September 4-13 at venues throughout Toronto. Digital technology is now prevalent throughout the entire ecosystem of moviemaking-from shooting and editing to postproduction making digital playback an ideal solution for festivals and theatres alike says Bill Allen senior director production services Dolby Laboratories.
IndiePix the Internet-based distributor of independent films has formed a partnership with American film distributor the Cinema Guild. The partnership enables The Cinema Guild to offer a number of its films through IndiePix’s patented Download-to-Own technology. This is the first time that The Cinema Guild has ever utilized the Internet as a model to electronically distribute its award-winning titles as part of a collection. The Cinema Guild has been distributing both documentary and fiction films for over 35 years – but never used the Internet as its distribution channel.
Bennett Fogel has joined National CineMedia as senior vice president of sales development and integrated marketing in New York. In his new position Fogel will be responsible for developing new business strategy and introducing new advertisers to the cinema medium.
Aardman Animations has taken delivery of its third Maximum Throughput Sledgehammer HD!O file server and real-time multi-format video device. XFTX a Maximum Throughput reseller based in London is providing sales and integration support for the project. Aardman Broadcast and Commercials a division of Aardman Animations will incorporate the new unit into its existing production workflow at its Gas Ferry Road facility where it will be exclusively used for the production of TV commercials.
Atlantik Film a Hamburg-based branch of CinePostproduction has migrated to a tapeless workflow. The core of the new tapeless workflow is a DVS-SAN for use as an online and near-line storage system complemented by a SpycerBox. Existing and new systems are integrated via switches and data connections. Atlantik Film's goal had been to increase the performance efficiency and throughput rate of its projects while simultaneously achieving a maximum level of data security.
Band Pro has announced a special Lease-to-Own program for select Sony equipment and Zeiss DigiPrime and DigiZoom lenses purchased from Band Pro. This flexible program offers customized financing choices on approved credit including zero down and zero interest for 12-months zero down and 2.88 percent for 24 months or zero down and five percent interest for 36 months.
Schneider Optics has introduced a full array of professional Century HD lens accessories to complement Sony's HVR-Z7U and HVR-S270OU camcorders. These 72mm lightweight optical attachments provide high resolution image clarity while enabling the camera to go wider reach further and move in closer than the lens alone will allow. New Century accessories for the HVR-Z7U include the .6X HD Wide Angle Adapter (HD-06WA-Z7U) Fisheye HD Adapter MKII (HD-FEAD-Z7U) .3X HD Ultra Fisheye Adapter (HD-FE3X-Z7U) and 1.6X HD Tele-Converter (HD-16TC-Z7U).
The decision by Warner Bros. not to release Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince this November but rather release it next July created something of a mini-storm in the mainstream consumer media. But does it mean anything significant to exhibitors? First a full disclosure: I am an avid Harry Potter fan and am personally upset that my Thanksgiving holiday will not include the latest movie installment. Truthfully though there will be football games and leftovers. I’ll survive.