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A Sense of Urgency

Mon, 12/08/2008 - 19:00 -- Nick Dager

Music Video Shoots with Three HD Cameras to Finish in a Day Rockstar Media Group a Los Angeles-based boutique media and content production company recently shot a complex music video launching new Island Def Jam Music Group rock artists The Urgency. Three HD cameras were used to shoot the more than three-minute piece entitled Fingertips.
 
 The video was conceived and directed by Rockstar Media Group director Ryan Bosworth with fellow director Jim Matlosz serving as Director of Photography. Fingertips is currently in rotation at mtvU on air and online.

New Projectors Claim to Show All Aspect Ratios

Mon, 12/08/2008 - 19:00 -- Nick Dager

ISCO has entered into an original equipment manufacturer partnership with Wolf Cinema. Their joint equipment design combined products and technologies have led to what the companies are calling an exclusive industry first: the ability of Wolf Cinema projectors to show every single movie in its original aspect ratio from 1.33:1 to 2.67:1. It is unclear when the new projectors might come to market.

Is 3D Here to Stay?

Thu, 11/20/2008 - 19:00 -- Nick Dager

By Michael Karagosian Is 3D here to stay? By now that should be a dated question. There are a lot of reasons why 3D has gained momentum in cinema and not all of them have to do with motion pictures. Stereoscopic viewing dates back nearly 200 years and has a history with film nearly as old as the motion picture itself. Plenty has been written about the several fashionable periods for 3D movies.  And plenty more has been said that either elevates the technology as new art for story-telling or simply rules it out as nothing more than fuel for fads.

Nearly 8 000 Attend 29th American Film Market

Wed, 11/19/2008 - 19:00 -- Nick Dager

Overall attendance for the 29th American Film Market was 7 903 announced Jonathan Wolf managing director of the AFM and executive vice president of the Independent Film & Television Alliance.
 
A total of 1 527 buyers representing 65 countries attended which was held last month in Santa Monica California. Buyers from the Middle East grew 25 percent from last year to 40 from 32. Notable year-to-year buyer attendance from other territories included Russia up 14 percent Germany up seven percent Hong Kong up 42 percent and Korea up 18 percent.

The Legend Lives

Wed, 11/19/2008 - 19:00 -- Nick Dager

The Who: Live at Kilburn:1977 Plays at Theatres Across the U.S. Last month the legendary rock concert movie The Who: Live At Kilburn: 1977 played in more than 75 select theatres across the U.S. including New York Chicago Las Vegas and Houston among others. Lead-singer and co-founder Roger Daltrey of The Who appeared at the Los Angeles theatrical premiere on November 10th and participated in a question and answer session with Spitfire Pictures’ Nigel Sinclair at the much-anticipated event. The concert was presented by D&E Entertainment.

Optimo Rouge has Alternative Rentals Customers Seeing Red

Wed, 11/19/2008 - 19:00 -- Nick Dager

Alternative Rentals of Los Angeles California has added the new PL-mount Optimo DP Rouge lenses models DP 30-80 and the DP 16-42 from Thales Angenieux. “We are excited about adding the Optimo DP Rouge line to our current inventory of Angenieux Optimo and other zoom lenses ” says Cory Williams president and CEO of Alternative Rentals. “The Optimo DP Rouge lenses have been optimized for the new generation of large format digital cinematography cameras.

Promoting 3D

Wed, 11/19/2008 - 19:00 -- Nick Dager

As I’ve written here many times I‘m a strong believer in the idea that digital stereoscopic 3D is going to have a profound and positive impact on motion picture production and exhibition. But even I concede that the major reason that some recent 3D movies have flourished has a lot to do with the novelty factor. How else to explain the fact that both Meet the Robinsons and Journey to the Center of the Earth were box office bonanzas?

Carmike Cinemas Says Third-Quarter Per/Patron Revenue Up Overall Admissions Down

Wed, 11/19/2008 - 19:00 -- Nick Dager

While the economic environment is very challenging Carmike made continued progress towards its operating strategies in the 2008 third quarter as reflected by increases in per patron revenue expense reductions lower interest expense a decline in bank debt and additional closures of under-performing theatres says Michael W. Patrick Carmike's chief executive officer. During the third quarter we again achieved an increase in average per patron revenue as both admission and concession/other sales per patron rose year-over-year based on price increases implemented earlier in 2008.

Munich’s Constantin Film Installs Digital Cinema Projection

Wed, 11/19/2008 - 19:00 -- Nick Dager

German film producer and distributor Constantin Film has installed Kinoton a digital cinema system installed at their screening room in Munich.   The DCP 30 S digital cinema projector features an integrated Dolby 3D system that enables it to present stereoscopic pictures in full 2K-resolution. This installation corresponds with Constantin Film’s plans to produce the first German 3D animation movie.

The Logline

Wed, 11/19/2008 - 19:00 -- Nick Dager

An Ongoing Series of Articles on Screenwriting by an Award-Winning Filmmaker By Donald Vasicek The logline must show what your movie is about. You have about a minimum of five or six words and a maximum of three five to six word sentences to show it in the logline. The shorter the better. If you are serious about writing selling and getting your screenplays produced then you must think in terms of writing lean and mean. Lean and mean is the same thing as the shorter the better. This attitude will help you write to industry standards and help you hone your craft as a screenwriter.

Not a Bad Start

Wed, 11/19/2008 - 19:00 -- Nick Dager

Ascent 142’s First DI Project is Quantum of Solace Quantum of Solace the latest James Bond movie which was released in U.S. theaters last month was the first digital intermediates project for London-based Ascent 142. Stephen Nakamura vice president of features for Company 3 an Ascent Media business graded the film at Ascent 142 on a da Vinci Resolve R-350. Ascent 142 is the result of the merger between Ascent Media's One Post St. Anne's Post Stream and Wardour Street's Media Management services facilities.

Dolby 3D Digital Cinema Licenses Doremi’s Digital Cinema Server

Wed, 11/19/2008 - 19:00 -- Nick Dager

Doremi Cinema has announced that its DCP-2000 JPEG2000 Digital Cinema Server has been approved as a licensee of Dolby 3D Digital Cinema giving exhibitors even more options when screening 3D content. As an early pioneer in digital cinema Doremi has been very committed to developing flexible playback solutions for theatre owners says Michael Archer vice president of Doremi Digital Cinema. We are fortunate to partner with technology companies like Dolby whose 3D technology further propels the incredible popularity and growth of digital cinema.

Think Small

Wed, 11/19/2008 - 19:00 -- Nick Dager

QSC Introduces Two New Cinema Loudspeaker Systems Built expressly to meet the needs of professional motion picture playback in smaller theatres QSC’s new SC-2150 loudspeaker is one of two new members of the DCS (Digital Cinema Speaker) series. Offering high-power handling excellent sensitivity and extended bass response in a very compact enclosure the SC-2150 is a three-way full-range or bi-amplified screen channel loudspeaker comprised of two main units: A mid-high frequency system and a low frequency enclosure.

Shooting Sandhogs

Wed, 11/19/2008 - 19:00 -- Nick Dager

New Documentary Chronicles the Largest Public Works project in the Western Hemisphere Manhattan-based filmmaker Eddie Rosenstein a founder of Eyepop Productions is the creator director and co-director of photography of The Greatest Tunnel Ever Built profiling New York City’s legendary urban tunnel workers known as Sandhogs. Currently the Sandhogs are building the city’s third water tunnel scheduled to go online in 2013 to help alleviate New York City’s serious long-term water problem.

JVC Sensio are Co-Developing 3D Technology for the Home

Wed, 11/19/2008 - 19:00 -- Nick Dager

JVC has announced an agreement with Sensio Technologies to join forces and offer what the manufacturers are calling “the very first high-end 3D solution available on the consumer market.” The entirely new product is designed to allow consumers to watch 3D at home by combining two of JVC's D-ILA projectors and a media server integrating the Sensio 3D decoding technology.

A Conversation with Don McAlpine

Wed, 11/19/2008 - 19:00 -- Nick Dager

Winner of the American Society of Cinematographers International Achievement Award Donald McAlpine will receive the 2009 American Society of Cinematographers International Achievement Award. The tribute is presented annually to a cinematographer who has made significant and enduring contributions to the global art of filmmaking. He will be feted during the 23rd Annual ASC Outstanding Achievement Awards in Los Angeles on February 15 at the Century Plaza Hotel.

Peace Arch Entertainment to Receive Government Funding

Wed, 11/19/2008 - 19:00 -- Nick Dager

Peace Arch Entertainment Group an integrated global entertainment company has announced that Telefilm Canada has made Peace Arch Releasing eligible for the Canadian Feature Film Marketing Fund. The federal culture agency’s official recognition of Peace Arch’s theatrical distribution arm will permit the company to seek financial support for the domestic release of Canadian-produced films.

S3 Entertainment Group Yessian Music/Dragon Licks Create Michigan Music Licensing


Wed, 11/19/2008 - 19:00 -- Nick Dager

S3 Entertainment Group of Ferndale Michigan has teamed up with Yessian Music/Dragon Licks Detroit to form Michigan Music Licensing. S3 managing partner Jeffrey Spilman and Yessian president Michael Yessian jointly made the announcement.

Michigan Music Licensing will provide clients with a one-stop solution to license enhance edit mix or rearrange songs for feature film and television productions. The company will now offer productions the highest tax incentive in the country an average of 40 percent when utilizing their Michigan-based music and licensing.

Schneider Introduces Century HD Lens Add-ons for Sony PMW-EX3


Wed, 11/19/2008 - 19:00 -- Nick Dager

Schneider Optics has introduced a line of Century HD lens add-ons for Sony's new PMW-EX3 camcorder. These attachments are designed to expand the capabilities of the Fujinon 14x lens supplied with the camera. Operators can increase the field of view with no loss of ability to zoom instantly shift the focal range to telephoto when needed or enjoy the ultra wide angle of view and remarkable barrel distortion of the widest fisheye.

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