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Sony Digital Cinema Enters Uncharted Territory

Mon, 10/12/2009 - 20:00 -- Nick Dager

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 Introduces High Frame Rate Single Lens 3D Camera Technology

Mon, 10/12/2009 - 20:00 -- Nick Dager

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.

DFT and Cinevation Form Strategic Partnership

Mon, 10/12/2009 - 20:00 -- Nick Dager

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.

Dressed To Kill

Mon, 10/12/2009 - 20:00 -- Nick Dager

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 Offers Digital Cinema Image Detection Watermarking Solutions


Mon, 10/12/2009 - 20:00 -- Nick Dager

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

Zacuto USA Releases New Version of DSLR Optical Viewfinder

Mon, 10/12/2009 - 20:00 -- Nick Dager

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.

D-Box Systems Now Compatible with GDC Digital Cinema Servers

Mon, 10/12/2009 - 20:00 -- Nick Dager

Theatre systems from D-Box Technologies are now compatible with the digital cinema servers manufactured by GDC Technology. According to the company this latest announcement provides D-Box an opportunity to further expand its business together with GDC Technology whose software-based digital cinema solution has garnered nearly 400 installations in North America and 2 000 internationally.

3D Entertainment Acquires Air Racers 3D: Forces of Flight

Sun, 10/11/2009 - 20:00 -- Nick Dager

3D Entertainment is pleased to announce today that it has acquired the distribution rights for Air Racers 3D: Forces of Flight produced by Los Angeles-based Pretend Entertainment and Stereoscope. Through the eyes of first-time competitor and rookie pilot Steve Hinton Jr. son of champion air racer and acrobatic pilot Steve Hinton the film will chronicle the preparation for and competition in the world's fastest motor sport: the legendary Reno National Championship Air Races. The film will be in Imax 3D and 2D theatres in the US beginning in the fall.

Season Four

Sun, 10/11/2009 - 20:00 -- Nick Dager

The Metropolitan Opera’s Emmy and Peabody award-winning The Met: Live in HD series returned to movie theatres for a fourth season this fall featuring nine LIVE operas that began October 10th with a new production of Giacomo Puccini’s Tosca starring soprano Karita Mattila. The critically-acclaimed series is be transmitted live in high definition expanding by more than 50 new theatres to nearly 500 movie theatres and performing arts centers in the United States through a renewed agreement with National CineMedia. Each live performance takes place on Saturdays at 1:00 p.m.

Sachtler Introduces the Artemis EFP HD SE Camera Stabilizing System

Sun, 10/11/2009 - 20:00 -- Nick Dager

Sachtler has introduced the artemis EFP HD SE camera stabilizing system designed to work with the Red One camera. The EFP HD SE was designed and engineered in Germany following the same philosophy as the entire artemis stabilizing line. Two key features of the system are the 15 Amp high capacity camera power supply and new Hot Swap technology. Because of these innovations the artemis EFP HD SE is well-suited for pairing with the Red One and other state-of-the-art HD cameras.

ASC Dedicates 2010 Heritage Award to Memory of Richard Moore

Sun, 10/11/2009 - 20:00 -- Nick Dager

The American Society of Cinematographers has dedicated the 2010 Heritage Award for outstanding achievement in a student film to the memory of Richard Moore. The award is annually re-named in dedication of a person who made noteworthy contributions to advancing the art of cinematography. The Richard Moore ASC Heritage Award will be presented during the 24th Annual ASC Outstanding Achievement Awards celebration at the Hyatt Regency Century Plaza Hotel in Hollywood on February 27 2010. Submissions for the award are currently being accepted by the organization.

Cotterell Wins Conch

Sun, 10/11/2009 - 20:00 -- Nick Dager

Paul Cotterell dubbing mixer at London post facility LipSync has been honored by UK Screen Association’s Sound Awards –The Conch 2009. The annual award ceremony now entering its fifth year recognizes the British audio talent from the Film TV and Commercials industries.   Cotterell who’s been with LipSync since 2000 believes it was his work on The Red Riding Trilogy which showcased his abilities and highlighted his skills as Britain’s Best Dubbing Mixer to the panel of judges.

HPA to give Ben Burtt the Charles S. Swartz Award

Wed, 09/23/2009 - 20:00 -- Nick Dager

The Hollywood Post Alliance has announced that Ben Burtt will receive the organization’s Charles S. Swartz Award for Outstanding Contribution in the Field of Post Production recognizing his powerful artistic impact on the industry.  The award will be bestowed on November 12th during the Hollywood Post Alliance Awards gala at the Skirball Center in Los Angeles. Burtt’s credits and accomplishments are the stuff of legend; his contributions integrally woven into a number of iconic and Oscar winning films. Showing a rare fluency across many disciplines Mr.

Making the Gap Born to Fit

Wed, 09/23/2009 - 20:00 -- Nick Dager

Manhattan-based creative services company Late Night and Weekends has produced a wide-ranging advertising initiative for Gap 1969 premium jeans that features theatrical and web video elements. The Gap Born to Fit campaign viewable at www.borntofit.com and www.youtube.com/gap and in movie theatres across the country was directed by Late Night and Weekends’ Andrew Zuckerman who also photographed the print ads. Late Night’s Alex Vlack was executive producer with Eddie Marritz as Director of Photography.

Kodak Certifies Laboratorios Gama SAI in Santiago Chile

Wed, 09/23/2009 - 20:00 -- Nick Dager

Kodak has announced that Laboratorios Gama SAI in Santiago Chile has successfully completed all requirements for Kodak ImageCare Program certification. Now in its 40th year this small but highly successful laboratory joins a Kodak program active in 27 countries worldwide.   A major Hollywood production shooting in Chile wanted to work with us but decided to develop their film back in the United States because we were not a certified lab says Maria Mayor Gama's chief of laboratory operations.

NATO Restructures and Elects New Officers

Wed, 09/23/2009 - 20:00 -- Nick Dager

The National Association of Theatre Owners has announced the election of new officers – the first chosen by the executive board of directors under a recently enacted board restructuring at the association’s annual meeting at the Fairmont Hotel in Newport Beach California. Elected to two-year terms were – Tony Kerasotes chairman and CEO Kerasotes Showplace Theatres as chairman; Aubrey Stone president Georgia Theatre Company as vice-chairman; Amy Miles CEO of Regal Entertainment Group as treasurer; and re-elected as secretary Mark O’Meara president University Mall Theatres.

Christie Xpand Support 3D at Spain’s San Sebastián Film Festival

Wed, 09/23/2009 - 20:00 -- Nick Dager

Xpand and Christie teamed up to convert the Antonio Elorza Velodrome into a colossal 3D cinema during this year’s San Sebastián Film Festival which took place September 18-26 in one of Spain’s most beautiful countryside’s. Showcasing four major 3D films including the Spanish premiere of Battle for Terra and Oceanworld the festival also screened the 3D version of Toy Story and The Nightmare Before Christmas presented as the Velodrome 3D Movies.

Demonstrating 3D Sound

Wed, 09/23/2009 - 20:00 -- Nick Dager

Auditorium 6 of the Mann Chinese 6 Theatre in the Hollywood and Highland complex now has an upgraded sound system to better support 3D movies. The system is currently used exclusively for demonstration purposes testing and development and is designed to help Hollywood sound designers assess the system’s viability for premium theatres nationwide.   Electrosonic installed the 380-channel IOSONO audio system.

Projecting On-Set Dailies

Wed, 09/23/2009 - 20:00 -- Nick Dager

Award-winning Norwegian Director of Photography John Christian Rosenlund partly operates dFilm along with Storyline Studios whose work ranges from TV commercials to feature-length movies. In a novel application of DLP projection technology a projectiondesign cineo32 1080 projector is used in the dFilm digital film lab mobile vehicle for the on-set screening and review of daily rushes. Rosenlund says the move is a response to the move toward digital filmmaking. When shooting in digital the 'negative' is just a bunch of numbers Rosenlund says.

Christie Supports Toronto International Film Festival for Eighth Year

Wed, 09/23/2009 - 20:00 -- Nick Dager

Christie DLP Cinema projectors were featured at select theaters hosting the 34th Toronto International Film Festival which was held September 10-19.  It was Christie’s eighth year as projection sponsor of the Festival which is becoming one of the most prestigious international film festivals in the world. The Festival featured its first 3D movie premiere.

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