The 11th annual Sidewalk Moving Picture Festival sponsored by the Alabama Moving Image Association is being held September 25-27 in downtown Birmingham. The festival will feature over 150 films at six locations throughout the historic theatre district. According to Chloe Collins AMIA’s new executive director the festival draws over 13 000 filmmakers and film lovers over the course of the weekend.
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The Society of Motion Picture and Television Engineers has launched a search for an executive director. SMPTE has appointed a search committee to identify potential candidates for the position. It expects to complete its search by the end of the year. Former SMPTE executive director Kimberly Maki concluded a three-year term of service with the standards organization to take a senior executive position with Bright House Networks. “Kimberly has been an advocate worldwide for the advancement of the engineering profession on a strategic leadership level.
Technomedia has launched TMS Digital Cinema and has acquired privately held VRT Enterprises of Miami Florida a provider of digital cinema engineering services and product development to the emerging digital cinema market for years. Ray Callahan founder of VRT will take the position of senior vice president of digital cinema operations and technologies under Joni Snyder vice president and CFO of Technomedia Solutions.
Digital Jungle is now offering enhanced 2K telecine transfer services. Dave Walker the facility’s new chief engineer enhanced the capabilities of the Cineglyph telecine specifically for Digital Jungle. He is also the creator of the system which is used worldwide in motion picture post-production. Digital Jungle's 2K Cineglyph is capable of scanning 2K at 15 fps for short turnaround which is faster than the usual 2 to 4 frames per second of most other scanners. Any film perforation format such as 2 3 4 perf can be accommodated as well.
The iconic music event Woodstock was relived on television last month in time for the festival’s 40th anniversary when both the VH1 and History networks aired the premiere of Woodstock: Now and Then a new documentary from Academy Award winning director/producer Barbara Kopple. The documentary merges film footage from the original Woodstock movie with new HD interview footage recorded on the Sony cameras. Kopple chose the Sony HVR-Z7U and S270U HDV camcorders for their high-quality imaging and versatility especially in changing shooting conditions from natural light to low light.
Thanks to the recent advanced screenings of some fifteen minutes of director James Cameron’s highly anticipated release of Avatar in stereoscopic 3D the movie world is buzzing in chat rooms all across the Internet about the event and about 3D in general. This makes a new report from the Gerson Lehrman Group all the more timely. Their report outlines the very real physiological challenges caused to the human eye and brain by stereoscopic 3D challenges that must be understood by manufacturers moviemakers exhibitors and movie viewers alike.
The 1939 Classic Movie Returns to the Big Screen for its 70th Anniversary You won’t believe your eyes and ears on this brand new magical journey down the yellow brick road with Dorothy her dog Toto The Scarecrow Tin Man and Cowardly Lion. On September 23rd NCM Fathom Warner Home Video and Turner Classic Movies will give theatergoers the opportunity to experience this family classic for the first time in high definition on the big screen. The special one-night only nationwide in-theater presentation will be held on Wednesday Sept. 23rd at 7:00 p.m. local time.
Reflections on the Fate of the Independent Exhibitor By G. Kendrick Macdowell Vice President General Counsel Director of Government Affairs National Association of Theatre Owners As the industry undergoes the most transformative revolution since the talkies film perforations give way to binary digits. A relatively simple and competent 100-year-old technology surrenders to expensive computerized projection. There are clear benefits to be sure but exhibitors have been conflicted.
Making it easier than ever to participate in one of the premier annual events in the media content and motion-imaging industries the Society of Motion Picture and Television Engineers has announced the official opening of attendee registration and the launch of a pre-event registration Web for its Annual Tech conference and expo. This year’s event takes place from October 27-29 at the Hollywood Renaissance Hotel in Hollywood California.
Scenewise has launched version 2.0 of its proprietary educationally enhanced Film format ee Film has officially launched version 2.0 which the company says enables documentary filmmakers to convert their passion into revenue. The educationally enhanced Film format involves the identification of films that have inherent educational value (teachable moments) and combines them with the integration of standards-aligned supplemental teaching materials – lesson plans classroom activities interactive learning tools etc. – into the film experience.
By Michael Karagosian The desire for tiers of digital cinema equipment has plenty of roots with film systems. Modern day film systems are the beneficiary of decades of improvements but not all film systems have all improvements. So while high-end film systems may be fairly uniform in quality there remain a sizable number of screens that evolved differently having varying degrees of lesser capabilities.
Shooting a 3D film for exhibition at the world’s tallest wheel.
Litepanels has teamed with Hollywood-based underwater motion picture specialist HydroFlex to develop a family of next generation underwater lighting fixtures the Litepanels SeaSun Underwater housing series. Many of the advantages that Litepanels LED lighting technology bring to above-water production crews provide similar advantages to those shooting beneath the waves including the light fixtures’ small form-factors panchromatic light output low power draw and low heat generation.
My Eye Media has chosen Sohonet as its dedicated ultra-high-speed global media network. The company went online with Sohonet in Los Angeles in June and will look to add further connections at future sites worldwide. The addition of Sohonet's services is a real game-changer for us Kadenacy says. Not only do we now have the ability to connect at full Gigabit speed with every postproduction house already on Sohonet's media network but we also have a full 100-Megabyte connection to the Internet which allows us to make high-speed connection to everyone else.
Offhollywood has opened the first authorized Red Digital Cinema camera rental and service facility on the East Coast. Occupying a full floor in Offhollywood's Soho building the exclusive facility gives filmmakers convenient access to the latest Red camera technologies and accessories complemented by full technical support and workflow consulting. Services include all East Coast camera repairs LCD and EVF repairs full factory calibration and R3D data recovery.
European post and distribution company Quinta Industries and StudioCanal a wholly-owned subsidiary of Canal+ have announced the launch of a system for secure transfer of film files using NexGuard Content Protection which was introduced by Thomson STS now part of Civolution. The system was introduced at the Cannes’ 2009 Film Market. Until now StudioCanal relied on DVDs to distribute its films to rights buyers at film markets. These screeners usually come with highly visible copyright displays and logos within the video.
The new opened Labyrinth of Arts and Sciences Museum in the Mexican state of San Luis Potosi features a 3D theatre. The museum which features a 31 x 17 foot Harkness Spectral 240 3D screen and MF Wrap-round frame marked the opening with a movie that is part of its Dinosaurs: Giants of Patagonia exhibit. Papalote Children’s Museum in Mexico City was hired by the government of San Luis Potosi to develop the entire project and the exhibits for the new museum which would be based on the Arts and Sciences. The 165 000-square-foot indoor/outdoor museum sits on 16 acres of land.
Element Technica has expanded their Red One EVF line with a family of precision accessories that work together to support the camera’s electronic viewfinder. The EVF Deluxe Mounting System provides a secure interface capable of attaching to a variety of points on the Red One camera body or even to other accessories allowing four inches of vertical and six inches of telescoping adjustment along the viewfinder axis. The system’s rugged smooth-turning clutch lets the viewfinder be tilted to almost any angle.
UFO Moviez has announced plans to convert 1000 screens to UFO's digital cinema platform in Andhra in the coming six months. The company recently digitized 55 theatres in Andhra Pradesh in a span of 10 days with the help of its franchisee Southern Digital Screenz India. This was a part of UFO's strategy to aggressively release the Telegu film Magadheera starring Ram Charan Tehja (son of Chiranjeevi) produced by Allu Arvind and directed by SS Raja Mouli.
UltraStar Cinemas has installed digital menu boards on concession counters and box offices. Corn Digital provided the systems. “Our new digital menu board system presents well designed content that the motions really attracting movie goers’ eye balls ” says Kevin Stengle an executive for UltraStar Cinemas.