The State of Visual Effects in the Entertainment Industry The Visual Effects Society the entertainment industry's only official organization representing the extended community of visual effects professionals has published its first white paper entitled The State of Visual Effects in the Entertainment Industry.
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IMAX and Hoyts Cinemas to Install Theatres in Australia IMAX Corporation and Australian exhibitor Hoyts Cinemas have announced a joint venture agreement to put four IMAX theatres in the cities of Perth Melbourne and Sydney. The deal marks IMAX’s first international joint venture featuring the company's new IMAX digital system and doubles IMAX's footprint in Australia. To date IMAX has signed contracts for more than 180 IMAX digital theatre systems with approximately 50 scheduled to be installed by the end of 2008.
Laid to Rest Director Shot Digitally to Facilitate a Tapeless Workflow It is a dark and claustrophobic night for the heroine of the upcoming horror movie Laid to Rest the terrifying story of a young girl who wakes up in a casket with a traumatic head injury and no memory of her identity. This is the second directorial effort from renowned special effects artist Robert Hall (Superbad Buffy the Vampire Slayer and the upcoming Pineapple Express).
Starz Entertainment Releases Multiple Versions of Hannah Montana Concert Will audiences ever get their fill of “Hannah Montana” and star Miley Cyrus?
Disney Hopes to Tap into Blu-ray’s Interactive Technology And in other Disney-related news the company and the broader entertainment industry is hoping that Sleeping Beauty will help awaken interest in Blu-ray DVDs. According to an article in the New York Times in October Disney will release a 50th anniversary edition of the classic animated movie in the high-definition Blu-ray format. But Disney is not stopping there.
Central American production company and post facility Dart has selected SpeedGrade XR to drive their digital intermediates finishing pipeline. We looked at several competing products says Vinicio Musmanni CEO of Dart. They could have done what SpeedGrade does but in each case they would have required more steps. SpeedGrade XR matches our workflow perfectly. This is also true for stereoscopic work. The facility recently shot stereo footage in Panama for an international production which will allow them to take advantage of the DualStream stereo technology included with SpeedGrade XR.
Daryn Okada has been chosen by to serve a third one-year term as president of the American Society of Cinematographers. The other officers are vice presidents Michael Goi Owen Roizman and Richard Crudo; treasurer Victor J. Kemper; secretary Isidore Mankofsky; and sergeant at arms John Hora. The board members include Curtis Clark Caleb Deschanel John C. Flinn III William A. Fraker Stephen Lighthill Robert Primes Nancy Schreiber Dante Spinotti and Kees Van Oostrum.
Indigo Son Productions has started production on the full-length animated film Seven Masters. This film will be the first in a series Indigo Son will produce in a partnership with Vital Distraction provider of 3D graphics for film television and music videos. Distribution rights were secured by Universal /Vivendi and release is anticipated in Q2 2010.
Johannesburg South Africa-based Jock Animation selected a Sledgehammer network attached storage system to support their work on a full-length animated feature film currently in production. While Jock Animation first began work on the animated feature using a makeshift NAS it quickly became apparent that the storage device was not up to the challenge of this demanding project because rendering jobs took an inordinate amount of time and brought network traffic between the NAS and render farm to a crawl.
Digital Projection International has expanded operations in China by opening a new office in the southern city of Guangzhou. Under the direction of Bruce Xiong manager of DP China Digital Projection now has widespread distribution throughout China by way of three regional offices: Beijing in the north Shanghai in the central region and Guangzhou in the south. The Guangzhou office headed by Leo Lee is the third DP office to open this year and plans for further expansion are well in place for the second half of 2008.
XDC has signed non-exclusive agreements with Sony Pictures and Universal and is now the first deploying entity to sign with six major U.S. distributors for the deployment of up to 8 000 DCI-compliant digital cinema installations across Europe. Sony Pictures Releasing International and Universal City Studios will support XDC acting as a deploying entity to roll out DCI-compliant digital cinema systems for theatrical presentations in several countries in Europe.
Business Making the Grade Barco Launches Global Digital Cinema Installation Certification Program Barco has launched its global digital cinema installation certification program. For the Americas a dedicated training facility has been specifically designed for the program in Rancho Cordova California. EMEA training sessions will be performed in Belgium and APAC trainings will be run in each territory where they will be adapted to each market’s specific language needs.
Louisiana Production Company Uses High-Tech Lab for Science Fiction Shoot Bullet Films based in Lafayette Louisiana shot scenes for its science fiction film Judgement Day at the Louisiana Immersive Technologies Enterprise (LITE) facility. The movie scheduled for release in November spent a week at the high-performance computing and visualization facility in part to take advantage of the computing power LITE offers.
Reach for Me the first feature-length motion picture to be shot and produced entirely in 4K was screened last month at Landmark Theatre's flagship theatre The Landmark in Los Angeles' Westside Pavilion. Directed by Levar Burton and produced by AMediaVision Productions the movie was captured using Dalsa's Origin 4K cinematography camera with 4K image processing and digital intermediate managed by Post Logic. It was screened at The Landmark on Sony's 4K Sony's SRX-R220 digital cinema projection system.
A new report available now offers insights into the ways in which the Internet is changing the marketing and delivering of television and film content in Europe. This companion volume to Andrew Sparrows Music Distribution and the Internet: A Legal Guide for the Music Business focuses on the practical application of UK and EU law as it applies to the distribution of television and film through the Internet.
Band Pro Film & Digital has opened Band Pro East a new branch office dedicated to servicing the needs of production industry professionals in the Northeast Southeast and eastern states. Located at 645 W. 27th Street Band Pro East is headquartered in the heart of New York’s Chelsea district. The new location will include a spacious showroom.
Los Angeles-based Technicolor Creative Services has purchased four Digital Vision DVNR 2K image processing systems for use in high-definition DVD compression and authoring work. The systems equipped with AGR4 ME and ALS options enable Technicolor to manage film grain and video noise and correct for the artifacts that often occurs when encoding images for high-resolution formats such as Blu-Ray. The new systems are installed in Technicolor’s Burbank DVD facility.
Beaufort International Group has announced that it has acquired the business and assets of DTS Digital Cinema from DTS Inc. for an undisclosed sum. Beaufort made the acquisition through its US subsidiary Beaufort California. Chris Thomas Beaufort California’s CEO says “We are very pleased to have made this acquisition. DTS is an established brand in the cinema industry and provides a solid foundation for us to develop our plans in digital cinema.
Lionsgate has signed an agreement to provide its movies in the digital cinema equipped theatres in AccessIT’s Phase 1 digital cinema program. Under the terms of the deal Lionsgate will pay virtual print fees under a long-term agreement similar to those signed by all the other major studios. Lionsgate is already a long-time customer of AccessIT’s Software Division employing its industry-leading Theatrical Distribution System (TDS) which enables theatre bookings for screens in the U.S. and Canada. AccessIT and Lionsgate have begun negotiations on a Phase 2 agreement.
David Doerksen and Waterfront Pictures have started shooting Deep Cove which the filmmakers have described as a sexy teen thriller. Michael Storey is directing the movie. We’ll have that story in our next Report.