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.
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IndiePix has announced an exclusive partnership with Apple iTunes. At the same time IndiePix also announced a strategic partnership with Dogwoof the UK film distributor specializing in independent films and world cinema. The iTunes agreement which was brokered through New Video an independent film and collectible television series distributor will enable film lovers to download independent movies straight to their iPods or iPhones. The alliance with Dogwoof will enable IndiePix to extend its film distribution across the UK and enable Dogwoof to distribute its titles into America.
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.
NAB Show organizers and the 48 Hour Film Project announced that the 2009 48HFP tour will begin at the NAB Show in Las Vegas in April. The 48HFP competition established in 2001 promotes filmmaking creativity and teamwork by providing participants with a compelling topic and prop and giving them two days to write shoot and edit their film. More than 35 000 filmmakers from 75 cities will participate in the 2009 48HFP competition. The tour will officially begin with the Las Vegas city competition which kicks off at 7 p.m. on Friday April 17.
Turner Sports The National Basketball Association and Cinedigm Digital Cinema have announced that they will team up to broadcast TNT's coverage of NBA All-Star Saturday Night February 14th in live 3D to 80 digitally-equipped theaters across the United States. The companies say the announcement represents the first-ever fully marketed deal to deliver an NBA sporting event to the public in live 3D. The live 3D HD event will be shown on a nationwide basis and continues to expand the league's groundbreaking efforts in 3D HD.
When DP Joe Stunzi came to Chicago to test all of the new HD cameras on the market against each other he initially had hopes of making a short video using the new Canon 5D Mark II. However Zacuto’s Steve Weiss Jens Bogehegn and Scott Lynch decided that another 5D MKII fluff piece is not what was needed. We needed to see the 5DMKII in relation to other cameras says Weiss. So the Great Camera Shootout of '08 was born. In this video you will hear the four men discuss what they liked and disliked about each of the HD cameras and DOF adapters.
RealD has opened the doors to its first European office located in London. Bob Mayson as the newly appointed managing director of RealD Europe will lead a European team to oversee sales customer service and operations. A native of Leeds England Mayson comes to RealD after many varied roles with Kodak. From consumer marketing in Europe to his most recent as general manager and vice president of digital motion imaging in this role he managed Kodak's global digital cinema and post-production business.
Malaysian post-production facility TigerTiger Post has purchased a BrightDrive media recording system for a new commercials workflow. The system will provide a digital media-sharing infrastructure for TigerTiger Post’s range of digital intermediate applications. BrightDrive will have 30 TB of storage and will be connected to a Lasergraphics Director film scanner a da Vinci Resolve R250 color corrector an Autodesk Flame 2009 and Final Cut Pro editing systems.
Meant to be Seen has announced the preliminary results of the U-Decide Initiative an ongoing study of what customers think of 3D entertainment technologies and why. Made possible with the assistance of AMD iZ3D Blitz Games Studios The Game Creators and Guild Software U-Decide has become a credible determination of what customers think of 3D entertainment with hopes of dispelling the leading myths and assumptions about the technology. While the study is skewed to the game community it does offer some interesting insights about 3D in general.
There is no area of business that is more dramatically affected by the explosion of web-based services delivered to computers PDAs and mobile phones than the film and television industries.
In a move designed to accelerate the conversion of cinemas in Asia to digital technology GDC has reached separate non-exclusive agreements with three Hollywood Studios for digital cinema deployment across Asia. Under these agreements 20th Century Fox Paramount Pictures International and Universal Pictures International will be committed to supply Asian exhibitors with feature film content digitally as well as to make financial contributions towards the hardware cost of DCI-compliant digital cinema equipment deployed by GDC.
By Michael Karagosian In the last issue I reported on the wave of investment on-going in the 3D space. Fascinating developments will be appearing for some time. So will the inevitable conferences. I attended the recent 3D Entertainment Summit in Los Angles which had such a list of speakers and panelists that it made one wonder who was left to be in the audience. What caught my eye however was an interesting announcement from Trioviz and Darkworks that was timed for the event.
K-Tek has introduced the Klassic Traveler Kit. Created to meet the needs of the busy boom pole operator on the go the new kit offers the K-Tek Klassic 6-Section graphite boom pole (K-87CC) K-Mount microphone suspension (K-MT) and a slip-on Fuzzy windscreen (Z-FSO) in a single cost-effective package. K-Tek’s new Klassic graphite pole is engineered for quick storage and easy transportation. The six-section design allows the pole to collapse to a shorter minimum length with no sacrifice to maximum reach.
Mark II Productions of Almaty Kazakhstan has purchased an S.two production and post system to support their new Arri D-21 camera making them the first such company in the country to offer digital uncompressed field acquisition and associated workflow options. “This is a fantastic system ” says Alex Berkovitch of Mark II. “We were very impressed with S.two and their proven track record in the field of uncompressed digital feature projects.
The Foundry is now shipping Ocula – a collection of plug-in tools designed to solve common problems with stereoscopic imagery boost productivity in post-production and ultimately help to deliver a more rewarding stereoscopic viewing experience. Ocula plug-ins are designed to automatically replicate key processes on left and right channels and help artists polish and refine stereoscopic material literally removing headaches from the final viewing experience. “Since we announced Ocula at NAB 2008 this year the entire toolset has been through extensive beta-testing and further rou
Panasonic has announced the immediate availability of its new 64GB P2 solid-state memory card providing expanded recording capacity for its line of P2 and P2 HD camcorders and workflow products. Ideal for long-form production the high-capacity 64GB P2 (model AJ-P2C064)card allows professionals to record for hours offering double the record times of the 32GB P2 card and increased storage capacity for larger high-definition data files. The new P2 card also features an improved transfer rate of up to 800 Mb/s for faster transfer and offload of P2 content.
Music Video Shoots with Three HD Cameras to Finish in a Day Rockstar Media Group a Los Angeles-based boutique media and content production company recently shot a complex music video launching new Island Def Jam Music Group rock artists The Urgency. Three HD cameras were used to shoot the more than three-minute piece entitled Fingertips. The video was conceived and directed by Rockstar Media Group director Ryan Bosworth with fellow director Jim Matlosz serving as Director of Photography. Fingertips is currently in rotation at mtvU on air and online.