The entire library of master Swedish filmmaker Ingmar Bergman plus dozens of other films were awarded to Isis Litigation LLC of Aspen Colorado in an unprecedented legal victory that started when Svensk Filmindustri allegedly refused to honor its guaranty of a lease of the Isis Theatre. A Colorado District Court appointed a transfer agent for the intellectual property held by Svensk.
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An Exclusive Conversation with Rob Kurrus Premiere Theatres Rob Kurrus is owner of Premiere Theatres Oaks 10 in Melbourne Florida. He has 20 years experience in the exhibition industry starting as an assistant manager two decades ago at the old Cobb Theatre which was located in the Oaks Plaza in Melbourne. Regal Cinemas bought out Cobb Theatres in 1997 and Kurrus continued his success with Regal being promoted to vice president of information technology.
Arts Alliance Media announced that it signed agreements for 43 million euros of funding from pan-European services company Econocom and various private investors together with a long-term strategic partnership agreement with Arqiva Satellite & Media for the satellite distribution of films and alternative content live events into European cinemas. Econocom Financial Services will provide financing of 20 million euros for the purchase of equipment to complete the Circuit George Raymond's digital cinema deployment in France.
Creative Director/Lead Effects Artist Kiki Chansamone and Executive Producer Jason Forest have opened Bully Bros. Post a new full-service post and visual effects facility in Santa Monica California. The facility located at Christopher Sliney’s Playground Media Group will specialize in HD finishing for spots compositing Red and P2 conversions 3D previz/storyboarding and on-set vfx supervision with emphasis on end-to-end workflow creation and full visual effects design and supervision for commercials. Chansamone comes to Bully Bros.
RealD Pro has introduced the first 3D stereoscopic converter PODs which present a conversion solution when upgrading to a new stereoscopic display monitor and enable development teams to more easily present their work improving collaboration and productivity reducing prototype expenses and accelerating time to market. The RealD converter POD provides a replacement option for CRT or LCD monitor users.
Panasonic Broadcast announced that it has developed a wide range of scene files for its line of P2 HD camcorders to expand users’ shooting capabilities. The scene files— a total of 118 are available—provide users with the tools to move quickly from one preferred look to another without having to make manual setting adjustments in the camera.
S3 Entertainment Group has announced the launch of Michigan Film Finance a company to collaborate with producers and out-of-state lenders in financing films maximizing the film production incentive tax credit and creating new jobs in Michigan. Currently Michigan Film Finance is the only Michigan-based company financing the state’s film incentive. Productions can receive up to a 42 percent rebate on interest and other financing costs paid to Michigan Film Finance. The company created a local investment fund to provide the financing to these films.
India is building a new cultural legacy—the movie business. Bollywood releases 1 000 films annually approximately 10 times what Hollywood produces each year. And like Hollywood more and more of Bollywood’s films are going digital. Despite its prolific output the film business in this movie-obsessed society of more than a billion people is just getting geared up.
The single most exciting moment in the development of digital cinema will take place next week when a group of school children gather at their local movie theatre for an experience that is quite literally out of this world. On Wednesday morning January 21st students from several nearby schools will take their seats at Galaxy Theatres in Gig Harbor Washington and participate in a live twenty-minute question-and-answer session with Expedition 18 astronauts Mike Fincke and Sandra Magnus from the International Space Station.
Faced with underwater and 3D scenes DP Glen MacPherson used Sony’s F23 camera to shoot Final Destination 4.
By Donald L. Vasicek In order to write sell and get your screenplays produced in Hollywood you need to write openings that Hollywood utilizes to attract audiences. When you watch movies produced by studios and mainstream production companies and producers what you usually see in the opening is movement. This could be movement across a body of water with the POV of the camera aimed at a skyline of a city or someone walking someone running a moving vehicle etc.
Digital Jungle Completes Horror Film Project Hollywood’s Digital Jungle recently completed an HD 1080P 23.98 project for War Wolves a Sci-Fi channel film due out later this year. Acting as the film’s post-production supervisor Digital Jungle helped manage the offline executed the online assembly provided color correction visual effects for hands to claws in addition to the growing and morphing of fangs/ mouth and all other various deliverables. Picked up by the Sci-Fi channel for an early ’09 airdate War Wolves is led by John Saxton who plays Jack Ford. Jack leads a special-f
Producers Use New Technology to Create a Series of Movies on a Tight Schedule Offhollywood a digital cinema company based in New York City recently completed production on a series of movies called Puppy Love that were sponsored by automaker Lexus and designed in part to raise funds for the American Society to Prevent Cruelty to Animals. Writer-producer Amy B. Harris and other Sex and the City writers created the program.
By Michael Karagosian One of the possible benefits of digital cinema is access for those with visual and auditory disabilities. Film technologies for access are proprietary and expensive. New technologies promise improved and lower cost methods for media access in public places. Digital cinema can provide the means to bring these new methods into the theatre environment and much effort is being directed towards making this happen.
Codex Digital Unveils Transfer Station Codex Digital has introduced the Codex Transfer Station which combines with the Codex Portable to deliver what the company calls “today’s most advanced tapeless workflow for digital cinema.” The Codex Portable now shipping enables tapeless workflow recording anything from SD video to 4K data. Designed for ‘run and gun’ production around a set or on location it can capture up to five continuous hours of 4:4:4 cinema footage or eight hours of HD plus audio and metadata.
The Maiden Heist was completed at Prime Focus Group Facilities Frantic Films VFX Post Logic Studios and Prime Focus London all Prime Focus Group companies completed visual effects the main title sequence and the digital intermediate for the forthcoming feature film The Maiden Heist from Yari Film Group Releasing. Together the facilities contributed 125 shots and the main title sequence for the Peter Hewitt-directed film written by Michael LeSieur which stars Morgan Freeman Christopher Walken William H. Macy and Marcia Gay Harden.
Denmark's Dansk Reklame Film Adopts Digital Cinema Advertising Danish cinema advertising company Dansk Reklame Film has adopted Scala to deliver digital movie theater advertising to cinemas throughout Denmark. DRF produces advertising videos and stills in approximate 90 percent of all Danish cinema theatres: 52 cinemas with 235 cinema theatres in total. Traditionally DRF employees literally cut and spliced advertising film rolls onto movie rolls so the advertisement could be displayed before the movie.
A new video from the Stereoscopic Displays and Applications conference has just been placed online. At the January 2007 Stereoscopic Displays and Applications conference Lenny Lipton and his guests discussed the topic of 3D in the home and how close we are to achieving this goal. Mark Fihn from the 3rd Dimension Newsletter Brett Bryars from the United States Display Consortium Art Berman from Insight Media and Steven Smith from VREX shared their views of how and when we will see 3D in the Home. Click here to view the video.
B&B Theatres in Liberty Missouri has begun construction on a new eight screen all digital cinema in Hannibal Missouri. This is the first all digital theatre project for B&B theatres the 22nd largest theatre chain in the United States. Sonic Equipment Company the exclusive systems supplier for B&B Theatres and many other independent theatres across the Midwest is using Barco’s newest DP-1200 projectors as part of the installation.
Hong Kong animation and visual effects studio Centro Digital Pictures has installed the Asia Pacific Region's first DVS ProntoXway. The post house is utilizing the multi-channel disk recorder for the implementation of 3D applications and high-resolution presentations. The DVS disk recorder enables the post house to create images using uncompressed data material. With ProntoXway the editors at Centro are now able to process image data in real time and prepare it for playback. With two video channels the playback of stereoscopic content is easily possible using only a single DVS system.