Despite the fact that the industry adopted an internationally ratified SMPTE DCP standard nearly a decade ago, there remains widespread confusion and disagreement about what constitutes a universally accepted digital cinema package. If that sentence makes no sense to you, you’re not alone. For months the European Digital Cinema Forum with sponsorship from the International Union of Cinemas has been developing a web portal to address this problem. Their mission statement is, “To act as an informational resource for the industry on the SMPTE DCP and its operational use, and to provide a point of reference of on-boarding for those individuals/organizations willing to aid in the transitional process on a territory by territory basis.”
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At CinemaCon earlier this year Samsung formally introduced its Onyx LED cinema screen and immediately questions were raised about sound. Many people questioned how good could the sound be without loudspeakers centered behind the screen?
Event cinema distributor Trafalgar Releasing announced plans today to provide immediate funding to U.S. cinema operators for the deployment of equipment that will significantly expand live event capabilities in domestic cinemas and offer open access to content owners with live event offerings.
Screenvision Media today announced that to date it has signed 28 exhibitor partnership contracts, representing 1,715 total screens across the nation. “At Screenvision Media, we take great pride in the strength of our relationships with our exhibitor partners,” said Darryl Schaffer, executive vice president of operations and exhibitor relations, Screenvision Media. “The renewal of existing partnerships and the addition of exciting new exhibitors to our roster both speak to the strength and stability of our core network and our ability to deliver real value to exhibitors nationwide.”
Cineplexx Kinobetriebe is installing the company’s first MediaMation MX4D Motion EFX Theatre, making it the first such installation in Austria. The 72-seat, 18-bench theatre is located in Graz, the country’s second largest city.
Samsung has announced a new CSI Leasing program to service existing and future Samsung customers. In separate news, Samsung has shared a list of certified resellers for the Samsung Onyx. The new leasing program will enable Samsung to provide customers with full-service lease solutions for its B2B display products, including but not limited to the revolutionary Samsung Onyx, industry leading Smart Signage solutions, hospitality displays and business monitors.
Fandango announced today it has signed multi-year deals with leading international exhibitors Cinemark, Cinepolis (in Brazil, Argentina, Peru, Chile and Colombia), National Amusements (Showcase Cinemas, UCI) and Cinemex, adding more than 5,000 new screens in more than 15 Latin American countries. The new deals will bring Fandango’s global screen count to more than 45,000 worldwide.
Nagra’s myCinema is releasing the film The Moomins and the Winter Wonderland in theatres across North America this holiday season. The film will begin screenings December 7.
A new study conducted as part of a School of Communication research course at Emerson College has found that film critics' moderate influence on movies can have a significant impact on box office revenue. While an earlier Emerson study found that film critics have a moderate influence on movie outcomes for wide releases, the revenue difference between movies with negative and positive reviews on opening weekend was an average of $23 million. The study also found a revenue difference of $83 million for total domestic gross revenue.
Fathom Events is sponsoring the second annual Animation is Film a major animation festival hosted at the historic Mann’s Chinese Theater in Hollywood (TCL Chinese 6 Theater) October 19-21. The festival will kick off with the U.S. premiere of Mirai, from director Mamoru Hosoda, ahead of its nationwide theatrical release from Fathom Events and GKids on November 29, December 5 and December 8.
In a reverse twist on the silent movies of old, The Companions: A Lost Screenplay is a film without moving images. Or, as described in accompanying notes from the de Young Museum in San Francisco, the sound installation becomes “a type of auditory cinema that explores the vital role sound plays in shaping narrative and affective space in film.” The 20-minute work, presented in the de Young’s iconic observation floor (one of the free spaces within the museum), couples sweeping 360-degree views of the city to a soundtrack of music and sound effects as reproduced through a 24-channel system of Meyer Sound loudspeakers.
The Assistant Editors’ Bootcamp founded by Noah Chamow (The Voice) and Conor Burke (America’s Got Talent) will offer two classes this weekend, October 20-21 in Los Angeles. Both classes will be available for students in person and online as a live webinar.
The Broadcast Film Critics Association and the Broadcast Television Journalists Association have announced the nominees for the third annual Critics’ Choice Documentary Awards. The winners will be presented their awards at a gala event November 10 at BRIC in Brooklyn, New York. The film Free Solo leads this year with six nominations and one honor, including Best Documentary, Jimmy Chin and Elizabeth Chai Vasarhelyi for Best Directors, Best Sports Documentary, Most Innovative Documentary, Best Cinematography, Best Editing and a Most Compelling Living Subject of a Documentary honor for Alex Honnold.
Award-winning Foley artist Leslie Bloome is performing his distinctive craft live as part of special Halloween screenings of The Unsilent Picture at Philipsburg Manor in Sleepy Hollow, New York. Bloome is using an assortment of props and tools to create live sound effects to accompany the spooky black and white film, based on a Washington Irving short story. Directed by Alex Harvey and starring Tony Award-winning actor Bill Irwin, The Unsilent Picture, which also features live musical accompaniment, screens through October 31.
Éclair has appointed Anno Storbeck as head of production for Éclair Studios, the new state-of-the-art dubbing and automatic dialogue replacement studios in Central Berlin. He will be responsible for the artistic and commercial production management of all dubbing and ADR productions for film distributors, producers, rights holders and content service crossover sales. Based in Berlin, Storbeck reports directly to Éclair country manager Michael Krauth.
Filmgoers experienced Christie RealLaser projection for the first time in the UK at The BFI Patron’s Gala showing of Colette last week at the 2018 BFI London Film Festival. Dominic Simmons, head of technical services at the BFI, was keen for the 2018 festival to embrace the technology trends currently transforming the cinema viewing experience.
Mag Cinema has introduced Direct AES and Network Amplifiers, designed for use with the Mag cinema speaker series to create a new versatile signal distribution and amplification platform for cinemas. Based on many years of experience in cinema installations, DANA features smart, efficient design while providing advanced possibilities for theaters.
Slice, currently in international release from A24, is a quirky comedy/horror tale centering on a neighborhood pizza parlor that doubles as “a gateway to hell.” For Steve Giammaria, of Sound Lounge’s Film + Television division, who acted as both supervising sound editor and re-recording mixer, Slice offered an opportunity to indulge both his sense of humor and taste for the macabre.
Screenvision Media has appointed broadcast and placed-based media veteran Gerald Griffin to the position of executive vice president of local and regional sales. With more than 30 years of experience in local sales and marketing, Griffin brings a comprehensive understanding of how to amplify traditional, digital and out of home platforms to support Screenvision Media’s advertising partners. This strategic appointment further underscores Screenvision Media’s ongoing commitment to small business owners and the crucial role they play in strengthening our communities.
The 10th annual DTLA Film Festival, October 17-21 at Regal L.A. Live and venues throughout downtown Los Angeles, announced today its short form content programming, consisting of 77 short films, TV pilots and web series episodes (in addition to the 30 feature films announced earlier).