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New Legislation in US Congress Would Allow Orphan Works Use in Films

Mon, 05/12/2008 - 20:00 -- Nick Dager

The Orphan Works Act of 2008 under consideration in the US Congress would allow filmmakers and other creators to use orphan works that have been languishing because the copyright owner no longer exists or cannot be found. The bill is officially designated S. 2913 the Shawn Bentley Orphan Works Act of 2008 and H.R. 5889. The Independent Feature Project and the National Alliance for Media Arts and Culture are both supporting the measure.

SMPTE Announces Pre-Conference Symposium ”How Did They Do That?”

Mon, 05/12/2008 - 20:00 -- Nick Dager

The Society of Motion Picture and Television Engineers 2008 Pre-Conference Symposium How Did They Do That? Innovations in Filmmaking and Live Event Broadcast will be held October 27 at the Hollywood Renaissance Hotel in Hollywood. The Symposium will present interesting applications of new technology used to capture the dramatic images from two extremes of programming: live fast-action coverage of the Beijing 2008 Summer Olympics and the methodical production of the landmark nature footage in the BBC's award winning Planet Earth series.

Aria Full Circle Axis3D Collaborate on The Mortician 3D

Mon, 05/12/2008 - 20:00 -- Nick Dager

London-based production companies Aria Films and Full Circle Films are in the early discussions post-production facility Axis3D to produce what is expected to be one of the first UK feature films to be shot and posted using newly-available 3D technology. The Mortician is a redemption tale where kindness triumphs over cruelty and falls within the genres of urban noir contemporary fairytale and psychological thriller. The film is set in the nightmare ghetto of a decaying metropolis and is based around about one man's struggle through the violence and corruption of a dying city.

CinePostproduction Installs BrightDrive Recording System

Mon, 05/12/2008 - 20:00 -- Nick Dager

CinePostproduction has installed a BrightDrive Pro4 media recording system at its branch Bavaria Bild and Ton. The Pro4 provides media sharing functionality for the facility’s HD and DI creative media facilities based at the famous film studios in Geiselgasteig Munich Germany. By using BrightDrive as the infrastructure for all of their post-production workflows operators at CinePostproduction Bavaria Bild and Ton say they are able to work on the same media simultaneously in real-time sharing files between a da Vinci 2K and a Baselight 4.

Production Equipment Rental Association Names Johnston Executive Director

Mon, 05/12/2008 - 20:00 -- Nick Dager

The Production Equipment Rental Association has named John Johnston executive director.  PERA president Pat Patin co-owner and vice president of Texcam Inc. based in Houston Texas made the announcement. PERA was organized in 1993. The association has about 170 member companies in North America Europe and Asia. “John Johnston is a proven leader who brings an extraordinary range of experience and passion for the film and video production industries to this new role ” Patin says.

Pandora's Box

Tue, 04/29/2008 - 20:00 -- Nick Dager

In Greek mythology Pandora's Box contained all the evils of mankind – greed vanity slander envy to name a few – as well as all the hope. It was only after she opened the Box and released everything that Pandora realized she could never get things back into the Box again. There was no turning back. The question now which more than a few people raised last month during ShoWest is this: Is digital cinema in fact Hollywood’s own Pandora’s Box?

Cinea Upgrades Its RunningMarks Encryption Technology

Tue, 04/29/2008 - 20:00 -- Nick Dager

Cinea a subsidiary of Dolby Laboratories has announced that its Running Marks technology now enables traceable stream-specific forensic watermarking of encrypted content. The new approach allows Running Marks to embed a unique serial number into individual customer video streams without requiring providers or system operators to expose the high-value content in an unencrypted format.

Eight Dalsa Origin 4K Cameras Used on Quantum Solace

Tue, 04/29/2008 - 20:00 -- Nick Dager

The newest installment in the James Bond series Quantum of Solace starring Daniel Craig as James Bond will feature a complex visual effects shot captured with eight Dalsa 4K Origin cameras. As with most of James Bond’s missions the details surrounding the cameras’ use must be kept top secret for the time being. However the company revealed that the technically ambitious visual effects shot featured Craig and actress Olga Kurylenko and involved simultaneously shooting with eight shutter-synchronized Dalsa Origin 4K cameras.

Using a Camera to Create the Illusion of Changing Seasons

Tue, 04/29/2008 - 20:00 -- Nick Dager

Bottleworld is an ensemble piece that revolves around a liquor store of the same name. It begins as a new employee at Bottleworld (played by veteran actor Scott Wilson) enters this seemingly utopian environment and is welcomed by his co-workers especially the store’s manager Murray. When Murray’s daughter Chrissy visits for the holidays Wilson quickly falls in love with her. Wilson is very happy with his new life but when he overhears Carl an angry employee plan to terrorize the store on a holiday he becomes obsessed with the threat.

Arts Alliance Signs Deal with Pillar Group DigiScreen and Royal Opera House

Tue, 04/29/2008 - 20:00 -- Nick Dager

Arts Alliance Media has announced an exclusive digital distribution agreement with Montreal-based DigiScreen Corporation the Pillar Group and the Royal Opera House. Under the terms of the agreement Opus Arte the opera’s TV and DVD production company will to bring ballets operas and dance from the Royal Opera House and other international performing arts companies to cinema screens across Europe. The deal encompasses theatres in the UK and Ireland France Spain Portugal Italy Germany Austria Switzerland Benelux and the Nordic territories.

Putting the Vision in OperaVision

Tue, 04/29/2008 - 20:00 -- Nick Dager

With the debut of a new program offered by the San Francisco Opera called OperaVision tighter shots of the stage were necessary. OperaVision allows audience members seated in balcony seats an improved view of the stage through close-up and mid-range ensemble shots in high-definition video on two five-foot six-inch by nine-foot six-inch retractable screens hung from the ceiling.

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