Leading digital cinema company Offhollywood announced today that it has officially launched Offhollywood South in Baton Rouge Louisiana. The company will offer advanced end-to-end motion picture production and post-production services backed by expertise in the latest digital technology offerings. Offhollywood also plans to introduce services in London later on in 2009. Louisiana has a history of artistic creativity and offers a 25 percent tax credit on in-state motion picture production expenditures exceeding $300 000.
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The second annual Phuket Film Festival is set for June 4-11 with a line-up of international films and activities that organizers expect to cause an up-tick in tourism numbers arriving on the island in June. Late last year Tourism Council of Thailand president Kongkrit Hiranyakit was quoted as saying The tourism industry is being affected by many negative issues.
The British cinema chain Cineworld Group has chosen Doremi Cinema to supply equipment for the expansion of its Digital Cinema rollout which will double the number of digital screens in its chain the majority of which will be 3D enabled. Doremi is supplying its DCP-2000 digital cinema servers that include 3D playback. These will support the RealD 3D viewing technology to be used in Cineworld cinemas. Doremi recently announced that the Real D 3D EQ ghost busting technology that significantly enhances the 3D viewing experience will be available in Doremi servers early this year.
Rumblefish has announced that it is handling post-production for Vivaldi the Red Priest a Liana Marabini film. Rumblefish managing director Massimo Germoglio edited the film which presents a rich new portrait of the famous and prolific Baroque composer from Venice. Vivaldi was a true star of the Baroque era and the details that Marabini brings to life in her new film illustrate his genius and charisma and his suffering says Germoglio.
The New York based professional equipment company Technological Cinevideo Services has taken delivery of the new Sony F35 camera. The camera is already hard at work. “We chose the F35 because it allows cinematographers to use all the 35mm glass they have grown to know and love ” says Erik Schietinger of TCS. “Sony provides a well thought out product and a proven workflow in HDCAM SR that our customers can rely on.
National Geographic has announced that U2 3D has received a nomination for Outstanding Visual Effects in a Special Venue Project from the Visual Effects Society of America's 7th Annual VES Awards. In 2008 National Geographic received the award in this same category for its production Sea Monsters: A Prehistoric Adventure. U2 3D which was produced by 3ality Digital and distributed by National Geographic Entertainment premiered in January 2008 as the first-ever live-action digital 3D film.
Cineplex Entertainment is adding 22 new digital projection systems enhanced with Real D 3D technology to 22 theatres located in 21 cities across Canada over the next few weeks. The first 3D movie to premiere using the new digital system will be Walt Disney Studios’ Jonas Brothers: The 3D Concert Experience As of February 27th Regina and Sault Ste. Marie residents will be able to experience the best in digital cinema including 3D movies with the installation of a digital projection system located at Galaxy Cinemas.
Panasonic has announced that Apple’s new Final Cut Pro version 6.0.5 software now incorporates support for the professional PH recording mode offered in its AG-HMC150 handheld AVCCam camcorder. The enhanced PH recording mode is exclusive to the AVCCam HMC150 and provides high quality 1080 and 720 recording in an AVCHD format at bit rates up to 24Mbps. “We are pleased that Apple now supports the additional capabilities that the PH recording mode provides ” says Michael Bergeron strategic technology liaison Panasonic Broadcast.
The full list of nominations in this year’s RAAM Awards to UK and Irish and Exhibition and Film Distribution were announced today. Universal Pictures Warner Bros Paramount Sony Entertainment Optimum E1 Films Artificial Eye Yash Raj and Studio 18 head the line up in film distribution nominations with Cineworld Odeon Vue Ambassador Woking Curzon Soho Plaza Truro Gaiety Cinema Group [email protected] SGC Cinemas leading the way in exhibition. RAAM gets its name from the initials of the founding directors Rob Arthur and Anthony Meehan.
Will Arnot (Milk) Stephen Campanelli (The Changeling) Robert Gorelick (The Dark Knight) Kim Marks (The Curious Case of Benjamin Button) and Martin Schaer (Eagle Eye) are the finalists in the feature film category of the Annual Society of Camera Operators Lifetime Achievement Awards Camera Operator of the Year competition. The recipient will be named during the awards celebration at the Leonard Goldenson Theater of the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences on February 21st.
With its major 3D release Monsters & Aliens due out in less than three months Paramount Pictures has announced it has become the first studio to offer digital cinema support directly to exhibitors across the United States and Canada. The move is expected to accelerate the rollout of digital and 3D projection systems in theatres. Jim Tharp president of domestic theatrical distribution made the announcement.
Winner of the American Society of Cinematographers Board of Governors Award Award-winning writer-producer-director Christopher Nolan whose most recent film was The Dark Knight will receive the American Society of Cinematographers Board of Governors Award which is presented annually to an individual who has made significant contributions to advancing the art of filmmaking. Nolan will be feted during the 23rd Annual ASC Outstanding Achievement Awards celebration on February 15 at the Century Plaza Hotel in Los Angeles.
In a month during which the United States saw more than its fair share of historic firsts the digital cinema world saw one of its own: My Bloody Valentine 3D was the first horror movie released in digital 3D and it was also the first to run on more than a thousand 3D screens. Across the country consumers and critics alike have praised the movie. With critical acclaim and a box office take of more than $24 million in its first five days Lionsgate has a hit on its hands.
Warner Brothers Campaigns Against Piracy of Upcoming Films Warner Bros. Worldwide Anti-Piracy Group has announced that it will mount a targeted campaign to protect the worldwide release of the upcoming film Chandni Chowk to China which opened last month simultaneously in select theatres in more than 35 markets. These countries include the United States the United Kingdom Canada India Hong Kong Australia Germany and Malaysia. The announcement was made by Lucia Rangel vice president Latin America and Asia Pacific Worldwide Anti-Piracy Operations Warner Bros.
British cinema admissions totaled 164.2 million last year an increase of 1.1 percent according to figures from the Cinema Advertising Association. The 2008 summer period marked the highest number of cinema admissions for 40 years with UK venues attracting more than 50 million visitors (53 642 237) between June and August an increase of 5.6 percent year on year. It was the most successful period since 1969 with July the best single month for visits. Mamma Mia!
The new low-budget Norwegian film involved transforming modern-day Oslo into a 1940's version of itself.
Dalsa Corporation is shuttering its digital cinema operations after an unsuccessful attempt to sell some of the unit's assets to German company Arris the Canadian Press has reported. A Dalsa spokesman told the Press that it has closed its cinema equipment rental facility in Woodland Hills California and terminated or redeployed the division's staff. The company has failed to reach agreement with ARRI as to acceptable terms on a definitive agreement Dalsa said in a statement.
Doremi Cinema was selected by Odeon/UCI Europe’s largest cinema operator to supply the next phase of its digital cinema expansion with DCP-2000 servers enabling 3D playback. Exhibitors have freedom of choice with the Doremi digital cinema server line which works with every type of projector and 3D technology.
Imax Theatre to be installed in Moscow Multiplex Imax and Rising Star Media a joint venture between National Amusements and Soquel Ventures have announced an agreement to install an Imax theatre at Rising Star's KinoStar City multiplex at Mega Belyadacha regional mall in Moscow Russia. Scheduled to be installed in Moscow shortly the new theatre will utilize Imax 's new digital projection system. National Amusements currently operates seven Imax theatres in the United States one in Argentina and one in St. Petersburg Russia.
Gamma & Density has announced that it has created a new 3cP-Red workflow designed to increase the technical efficiency and creativity of all aspects of a cinematographer's work.