The new Marcus Midtown Cinema at Midtown Crossing in Omaha Nebraska is installing Kodak Digital Cinema systems on all five screens of the four-level entertainment destination which is scheduled to open on November 6. Systems will include several models of NEC projectors supplied by Ballantyne Strong who will handle projector installation. We've decided to step carefully into the world of digital feature systems says Bruce J. Olson president of Marcus Theatres. We've been working with Kodak for some time and their depth of technology appeals to us.
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Recognizing the abilities of the talented men and women behind the scenes who play a vital part in the creation of motion pictures commercials and television nominations have been announced by the Hollywood Post Alliance for the Fourth Annual HPA Awards. Winners of the prestigious HPA Award will be announced during a gala evening ceremony on November 12th at the Skirball Cultural Center in Los Angeles California. The awards launched in 2006 acknowledge creative and technical excellence in the art science and craft of post-production in twelve categories.
Prime Focus has announced that it is using Aspera’s fasp transport technology for fast secure and reliable digital file sharing across three continents. A global visual entertainment company with 17 facilities in India the United Kingdom and North America Prime Focus relies on Aspera software to enable global production of rich media content for film broadcast online media and gaming industries.
National Geographic Entertainment has announced the acquisition of worldwide rights to the film Blue Man Group: Mind Blast for distribution to giant-screen digital and Imax 3D and 2D theaters. The 3D live-action comedy slated for release in Spring 2011 will feature an original screenplay and score and will star the group’s original cast members.
JVC Professional Products has announced a new feature of the GY-HM700 ProHD camcorder that the company says brings further benefits to customers in their choice of workflow. As with the smaller GY-HM100 camcorder .MP4 files can now be recorded onto the SDHC card along with .MOV files when the SxS adapter is not attached providing flexibility for shooting and offering a unique dual media concept. JVC says it has also added a more powerful built-in DNR to the GY-HM700 which produces higher picture quality.
John Lowry founder of TrioScopics says the company has developed stereoscopic imaging technology which consists of proprietary encoding combined with inexpensive glasses and does not require specialized projectors screens players or display equipment thus eliminating a major impediment to the distribution of 3D entertainment. TrioScopics has the potential to make high quality 3D ubiquitous in the marketplace immediately without any equipment investments or expensive upgrades says John D. Lowry founder of TrioScopics.
Technicolor Business Group has announced support from multiple major motion picture studios for the release of theatrical content presented in Technicolor 3D a high-quality 3D solution that works with existing 35mm projectors that was announced last month. DreamWorks Animation Lionsgate Paramount Overture Universal Pictures Warner Bros.
NEC Display Solutions of America has announced the availability of financing incentives for theatre owners looking to upgrade cinema projector capabilities to digital. Now through December 31 NEC is offering eligible organizations special financing packages with low introductory payments on eligible NEC 3D-enabled digital cinema projectors.
IFP/Chicago held its third Annual Independent Film Gala September 25th at the WIT Hotel in Chicago. It was the most successful gala yet proving the third time is a charm. All proceeds will go to expand IFP/Chicago’s services and programs serving filmmakers and the filmmaking community throughout the Midwest including a mentorship program.
Independent Film & Television Alliance chairman Lloyd Kaufman president Troma Entertainment has been reelected to a second two-year term leading the 150-member organization. IFTA president and CEO Jean Prewitt made the announcement. An outspoken advocate of net neutrality Kaufman enters a second term just as the FCC is poised to consider expanded protection for new services and applications on the Internet. I am honored to have a second term as chairman of IFTA which has become the leading voice for independents worldwide says Kaufman.
While the first season of Twentieth Century Fox Television’s hour-long thriller Dollhouse was shot on 35mm film Director of Photography Lisa Wiegand is currently shooting season two with the VariCam 3700 Panasonic’s solid-state P2 HD VariCam camcorder. “I own Panasonic HD and digital cameras (AG-HPX170 and AG-DVX100 camcorders) and thought I would like the HPX3700 for Dollhouse ” says Wiegand. “We do a lot of handheld work and the VariCam is more lightweight streamlined and faster than video cameras with heavy decks on-board.
National CineMedia has entered into a network affiliate advertising agreement with Starplex Cinemas ShowBiz Cinemas and Picture Show Theatres for the presentation of pre-show advertising. Under the terms of the new exclusive multi-year agreement the three exhibition circuits will exclusively present NCM’s pre-feature cinema advertising program. Details of the agreement were not disclosed.
Screenvision has announced a new long-term agreement with Malco Theatres. The partnership drives Screenvision’s overall screen count to 15 366 increasing its digital screen count to over 7 700. The companies did not disclose the details of the agreement. Screenvision and Malco’s partnership clearly shows that exhibitors continue to choose Screenvision for the strength and entertainment value that comes with our digital preshow ” says Darryl Schaffer executive vice president exhibitor relations Screenvision.
The keynote speaker for the 21st Stereoscopic Displays and Applications conference is Bob Whitehill stereoscopic supervisor at Pixar Animation Studios who will speak about Three-Dimensional Storytelling. Registration is now open SD&A runs January 18-20 2010 as part of the SPIE/IS&T Electronic Imaging Symposium in San Jose California. The conference program includes a range of exciting and useful special sessions as well as research-based oral and poster presentations.
Sony joined forces with movie theatres across the country to create a series of multi-player gaming tournaments that highlighted their potential as an additional revenue source for exhibitors during non-peak times. To support the October 13 release of the Playstation3 title Uncharted 2: Among Thieves Sony Computer Entertainment of America and Sony Digital Cinema Solutions and Services produced four exclusive sneak peek events. Attendees had the chance to play Uncharted 2 on the big screen with Sony 4K digital cinema technology.
Sony Corporation has announced the development of a single lens 3D camera technology that the company says is capable of recording natural and smooth 3D images of even fast-moving subject matter such as sports at 240fps. According to the company the technology combines a newly developed optical system for single lens 3D camera which captures the left and right images simultaneously together with existing high frame rate recording technology to realize 240fps 3D filming.
Digital Film Technology and Cinevation have announced that they have formed a strategic partnership. Initially the companies say this co-operation will focus on sales and marketing but may be further expanded to include other parts of the companies’ operations in the future. The partnership positions both companies to deliver complementary technology and products as well as end-to-end workflow solutions to the post-production marketplace. The combined solutions will enhance the quality of deliverables for post-production facilities worldwide.
Most of us tend to think of England’s King Henry VIII as a rotund monarch with a fondness for food and a habit of doing away with his wives. But in Dressed To Kill a remarkable new exhibition at The Tower of London the public is introduced to a virile young Henry who’s the action hero of his day. Part propaganda part fashion the exhibition conveys the power majesty wealth and psychology of the man the icon and the king – who always ensured he was Dressed to Kill.
Technicolor is now offering both of the Civolution digital cinema image detection watermarking solutions available on the market: Cinefence and Nexguard. “By providing our customers with the only two digital cinema watermarking detection services available on the market we enable them with full flexibility when it comes to protection and analysis of digital cinema pirated material ” says Curt Behlmer head of Technicolor’s digital cinema business. Digital watermarking solutions make video content easily and precisely identifiable by embedding specific data such as the rights hol
Embracing the wave of the growing popularity of DSLR cameras Zacuto has introduced the Z-Finder V2 an optical viewfinder that allows DSLR cameras to have the correct form factor for video. Additional features of the Z-Finder includes: 3x focusable magnification Schneider optics a 40mm diameter lens an adjustable (left or right) eye-cup preventing extraneous light leakage and most importantly a field of view perfectly matched to LCD screen sizes of many DSLR cameras such as: Canon 5DMKII Canon 7D Panasonic GH1 Nikon D300 Nikon D5000 and Pentex 7D. This Z-finder is awesome.