IntoPix has opened a U.S. based subsidiary IntoPix America headquartered in Virginia. The move signals the company’s intent to grow its business and support in the North American markets. Jeff Segal former chief technology officer of Cinea has been tapped to run the new entity. The new subsidiary will focus on supporting existing customers and expanding IntoPix’s market presence in current and new market segments.
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Harbingers of Things to Come Attendance was noticeably and understandably down at ShoWest 2009 a direct result of the current economic situation. Universal Studios as one major example did not send a single representative. The company was reportedly following an edict from its corporate parent General Electric banning all business travel. Despite the low turnout the show was busy and there were a host of business announcements and several technology developments. The digital cinema rollout moves forward at its current slow but steady pace.
8mm Productions is a production and post-production company with its roots firmly grounded in the heart of Bollywood. Two years ago 8mm ventured into for it the then unknown world of digital 4K cinema. Today they have incorporated Assimilates Scratch digital system as the data pipeline that completes its 4K workflow. David Premier 8mm Productions says “Many of our clients – MTV Channel V Nirvana Films Black Magic Productions Fingerprint Productions to name a few – have all shot with our Red One 4K Cameras and are extremely pleased with the final output from Scratch.
AMC Entertainment has reached an agreement in principle with Sony Electronics to install 4K digital cinema projection systems across its theatre circuit. With 309 theatres and 4 628 screens AMC will be the largest entertainment company equipped with 4K digital technology in North America. The decision accelerates the momentum behind AMC's transition to digital projection technology. At AMC we deliver movies and other great entertainment presented in an immersive big-screen viewing environment says Gerry Lopez chief executive officer and president AMC Entertainment.
New York City-based All Mobile Video recently built a new multi-camera tapeless EX3 Carrypack portable production system around Sony PMW-EX3 camcorders and Fujinon lenses. Three Fujinon XS13x3.3 wide-angle lenses were purchased specifically for the multi-camera unit.
At the NAB convention in April in Las Vegas a few Hollywood studio executives graced the Digital Cinema Summit with their presence to push hard for stereoscopic 3D. And yet at the ShoWest convention same city earlier the same month there was a different kind of push as executives from Fox announced that they would no longer subsidize the cost of disposable 3D glasses. Confused? Don’t be. The Hollywood studios want what they want and they want it on their own terms. The rationale for all of this is of course money. And the ultimate battle could be over Avatar.
Made in China Named SWSX Grand Jury Award Winner Judi Krant's debut feature Made in China won the Grand Jury Award in the narrative feature competition at the South by Southwest Film Festival last month in Austin Texas. The movie was shot on location in Texas and Shanghai. Made in China which premiered at the festival follows a Texas novelty inventor Johnson who travels to Shanghai.
JVC has completed the consolidation of its U.S. operations under a newly formed American division JVC U.S.A. The consolidation combines JVC’s three U.S. sales divisions and its U.S. service company into a single U.S. organization. Plans to consolidate JVC’s U.S. operations were announced earlier this year. Hiro Ishizuka has been named president and chief executive officer of JVC U.S.A. He was previously president and CEO of JVC Company of America the organization formerly responsible for consumer products in the U.S. The four JVC companies consolidated to form JVC U.S.A.
Mytherapy D-Cinelab has opened a new facility in London's West End. Mytherapy D-Cinelab is able to handle the entire high-end digital post-production on a project or complement other post facilities by assisting in creating an efficient workflow from acquisition through post to deliverables of 2K and 4K content.
The National Film Board of Canada has announced that The Memories of Angels by Luc Bourdon is part of the official competition for the 2009 FOCAL International Awards. The winners of this year’s awards which are designed to promote the use of archive images in the creative media will be announced during a ceremony held in London England on May 5. As the National Film Board celebrates its 70th birthday Luc Bourdon’s feature film confirms the NFB’s role in conserving one of the world’s most remarkable audiovisual collections a priceless part of Canadian and global heritage.
Searching for the Superpowers Inside By Stian Hafstad We made this short film Nemesis last fall. The film was made by a group of film students at the University of Bergen Norway as a part of a scriptwriting course. We are now on our final semester of a three-year degree. It was shot in five days on various locations in Bergen after about six weeks of planning. It was edited in about 15 days with an extra two weeks for effects and color correction. Basically we could make a movie about whatever we wanted so we decided to go with this script.
Sachtler has introduced the Cine 7+7 HD fluid head a 100mm system that offers a host of cine-style features including a front pan bar. With a payload range of 4.4 to 48.5 pounds (2-22 kilograms) the new head aptly supports a variety of packages from HDV camcorders to full-sized cameras loaded with accessories. Yet at just 7.3 pounds (3.3 kilograms) the location-ready Cine 7+7 HD is one of the lightest weight heads in its class. The new Cine 7+7 HD fluid head is equipped with a convenient side load clamp for the camera plate.
Sony Electronics' systems integration division the Sony Digital Cinema Solutions and Services group has entered into a non-exclusive digital cinema deployment agreement with Walt Disney Studio Motion Pictures and Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures International. The companies will work together to provide operational and financial resources to exhibitors that encourage them to feature Sony's 4K SXRD projection technology in both 2D and 3D digital cinema-enabled screens across North America and Europe.
Tampa Bay History Center Gets an Upgrade Visitors to Tampa’s Channelside district are discovering the newest attraction in town the Tampa Bay History Center where multimedia theatres and interactive exhibits make some of the area’s best-kept secrets come to life. Electrosonic working with the museum division of Art Guild designed fabricated and installed the multimedia components of the new building which is on the City’s Riverwalk.
GDC Technology has partnered with Universal Cinema Services in order to extend its deployment reach in Guam and Arizona. GDC’s SA-2100 servers have been deployed in Tango Theatres Guam and Pavilions 12 in Tucson Arizona thanks to the support of UCS and its first sales of GDC products. “UCS is delighted to partner with pace-setting GDC Technology ” says UCS president and chief operating officer Stan Lamb.
The Entertainment Technology Center @ USC has announced a collaborative project between several movie studios to create a voluntary specification for Interoperable Master Format (IMF). The core contributors will be Disney Paramount Sony and Warner Bros. The project’s goal is to encourage the adoption of a uniform voluntary specification for data types and metadata which will facilitate efficient workflow processes within and between studios and production houses.
West Post Digital has completed the finishing on a jointly produced film that turned 50 hours of DV and HDV footage captured by ski mountaineers over the last decade (1998—2008) into the full-length adventure feature Skiing Everest.
The World Copyright Summit: New Frontiers for Creators in the Marketplace will be held June 9-10 at the Ronald Reagan Center in Washington DC. The event will provide a series of keynotes Q&As role plays and discussions that are designed to show what’s in store for the future in terms of the digital evolution the new modus operandi between technology and content companies and rights owners the role of rights societies new means of distribution and new business scenarios.
XpanD has installed 3D systems in four Xtreme Cinema theaters in the Czech Republic. New X101 series 3D glasses and other system components were installed by Xtreme Cinema's technical support and service arm XCData in theaters in Prague Louny Sokolov and Dobrany. “We are extremely pleased to ally with Xtreme Cinemas in providing leading edge digital 3D cinema in the highest quality presentation format to moviegoers in Eastern Europe ” says XpanD CEO Maria Costeira.
The Chancellor of the Exchequer has presented the annual Daily Mail Newspaper Enterprising Young Brits - People’s Choice Award to Dean Rhodes-Brandon founder of Your Local Cinema .com a not-for-profit cinema listings and information service for people with hearing or sight problems. Thousands of people including readers of the Daily Mail newspaper voted for the twenty finalists. Winner Dean was a finalist in the teen category and his company Your Local Cinema .com received the most votes overall.