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XDC Moves Forward in Digital Cinema

Wed, 01/13/2010 - 19:00 -- Nick Dager

XDC says it has taken a major step forward by reaching virtual print fee digital cinema deployment agreements with all six major US film studios for a total of 8 000 digital screens in 22 European countries. As only five percent of the European movie screens have already been digitalized digital cinema is expected to grow tremendously in the coming years thanks to the VPF system and a strong market demand for 3D movies and alternative content. XDC intends to deploy its 8 000 screens by 2015.

NEC Extends Financing Incentives for Digital Cinema through March

Wed, 01/13/2010 - 19:00 -- Nick Dager

NEC has extended till March 31 the availability of financing incentives for theater owners looking to upgrade cinema projector capabilities to digital. With the increased number of 3D movies scheduled to be released over the next few months now’s the time for theater owners to improve their technology and benefit from the increased box office revenue associated with 3D movies says Jim Reisteter general manager digital cinema division NEC Display Solutions.

Misery Signals

Tue, 01/12/2010 - 19:00 -- Nick Dager

Filmmaker Marcus De Leon recently shot a 90-minute documentary about heavy metal band Misery Signals and its 2009 worldwide concert tour Ebb and Flow.

Nowhere Fast


Tue, 01/12/2010 - 19:00 -- Nick Dager

Guitar virtuoso and composer Vince Lauria recently mixed and mastered the music for the new independent feature film Nowhere Fast: The Forgotten Story of Approach Control.

 He purchased JBL LSR4328P monitors for the effort. Many of Lauria’s projects are finalized at The Tone Factory Vinny Castaldo’s Las Vegas recording studio. “Vinny’s studio has very high-end expensive studio monitors and when I used to bring my mixes there they would not sound right ” Lauria says. “But it’s such a huge difference now with the LSR’s.

Beacon Cinema Returns

Tue, 01/12/2010 - 19:00 -- Nick Dager

Opening night of the all-digital Beacon Cinema complex in downtown Pittsfield Massachusetts was one of the most highly anticipated events in the community in recent memory. The new $23 million complex whose six screens are powered exclusively by Christie CP2000-ZX DLP Cinema projectors is helping to revive the city’s core.  Built within a restored century-old historic building The Beacon Cinema brought the excitement of the movies back to the downtown area after a 15-year absence.

Ballantyne Strong to Open Digital Cinema Office in Taiwan

Tue, 01/12/2010 - 19:00 -- Nick Dager

In an effort to expand its Asian distribution rights into Taiwan for the NEC line of digital cinema projectors Ballantyne Strong plans to open an office in Taiwan in the first half of 2010. The new office will provide sales training service and support for all digital cinema products sold in the territory. Ballantyne’s Asian distribution territory now includes Indonesia Hong Kong Malaysia The People’s Republic of China Singapore and Taiwan. Ballantyne president and CEO John P.

Sol Negrin to Receive ASC Presidents Award

Tue, 01/12/2010 - 19:00 -- Nick Dager

Sol Negrin will receive the Presidents Award from the American Society of Cinematographers during the 24th Annual ASC Outstanding Achievement Awards. The celebration will be held at the Hyatt Regency Century Plaza Hotel on February 27th.   Sol Negrin has not only made an impact with his six-decade career as a cinematographer says ASC president Michael Goi but his constant efforts to organize industry events and teach the next generation of image makers their craft is selfless and without compare.

Band Pro Introduces “Mystery Prime” Lenses

Tue, 01/12/2010 - 19:00 -- Nick Dager

At the One World on HD event Band Pro Film and Digital introduced a new brand of ultra-high performance PL mount prime lenses designed to deliver optical performance for true 4K imaging and beyond. After three years of design and prototyping the new T1.4 lenses still code named “Mystery Primes” within Band Pro are fully developed and three focal lengths were demonstrated on the F35 camera at the event last month. The series of prime lenses available exclusively worldwide from Band Pro will eventually total 15 different focal lengths ranging from 12mm to 150mm.

Blue Ocean Film Festival moves to the Monterey Peninsula

Tue, 01/12/2010 - 19:00 -- Nick Dager

The Blue Ocean Film Festival & Conservation Summit will relocate its global ocean-focused event to the Monterey Peninsula beginning in 2010. The initial Monterey festival – with the aquarium as the presenting sponsor – is planned for August 25-29. Blue’s international film competition call for submissions will open in mid-January and film festival passes for the inaugural Monterey event will go on sale in late February.

CBG Member R/C Theatres Signs up for Cinedigm’s Phase 2 Program

Tue, 01/12/2010 - 19:00 -- Nick Dager

The Maryland-based cinema chain R/C Theatres has signed an agreement to participate in Cinedigm’s Phase 2 digital cinema deployment program.  R/C Theatres is the first National Association of Theatre Owners Cinema Buying Group member to commit to the program.   The CBG represents more than 600 members that collectively have over 6 000 screens.

Geoff Boyle Chooses Mantis for Wallander

Tue, 01/12/2010 - 19:00 -- Nick Dager

Cinematographer Geoffrey Boyle recently finished another installment in the Swedish-language film series based on Swedish crime writer Henning Mankell’s fictional character Kurt Wallander. The ongoing series Wallander airs on Swedish and Nordic television channels then moves to the BBC and is released on DVD.  Boyle credits Element Technica’s Mantis camera support for expediting shooting of the last two episodes. “We did the first 10 days handheld with the Red and I was in pain every night ” says Boyle. “Once I got the Mantis everything changed.

A Prairie Home Companion Moves to the Big Screen

Tue, 01/12/2010 - 19:00 -- Nick Dager

Garrison Keillor host of A Prairie Home Companion brings the beloved radio show to select movie theatres in communities nationwide with a special live performance on Thursday February 4th. The event will originate from the famed Fitzgerald Theater in St. Paul Minnesota where the show has been performed since 1978. An encore presentation will be shown in select movie theatres on Tuesday February 9th. Presented by NCM Fathom Prairie Home Productions American Public Media and BY Experience A Prairie Home Companion with Garrison Keillor – Live in HD!

Filament Wraps the Music Voyager

Tue, 01/12/2010 - 19:00 -- Nick Dager

Denver-based Filament Productions recently wrapped production on the upcoming television series The Music Voyager a travel and adventure-based music show that explores the roots of popular music originating in countries around the world. 
 
 Set to debut in the U.S. this year The Music Voyager takes viewers on a journey to unique destinations around the world to discover the culture uncover popular local music and understand its contemporary significance all while showing adventures the location has to offer.

SMPTE DCP Compliance is On the Way

Mon, 12/14/2009 - 19:00 -- Nick Dager

By Michael Karagosian Since the release of the DCI specification in 2005 there has been no shortage of talk about compliance to the spec.  While deployment agreements demand it and manufacturers strive to achieve it not a single manufacturer at the end of 2009 has yet to announce one compliant product.  The reasons for this are many not the least of which are the 256 errata released for the DCI spec since first published with more on the way.

Avatar World Premiere held at London’s Empire Leicester Square Theatre

Thu, 12/10/2009 - 19:00 -- Nick Dager

London’s Empire Leicester Square held the world premiere of the James Cameron movie Avatar on Thursday December 10 using Dolby’s 3D system and Barco projector. An invited audience of more than 1 300 guests filled the Empire Leicester Square which will act as the lead theatre for this much-anticipated premiere. 

 “Empire Leicester Square boasts one of the largest screens in the UK which is why it regularly plays host to world premieres ” says Julian Pinn business development manager production services group Dolby Laboratories.

Pacific ArcLight Installs 17 NEC Projectors in Time for Avatar Premiere

Thu, 12/10/2009 - 19:00 -- Nick Dager

Pacific ArcLight in Los Angeles has installed 17 NEC 3D digital cinema projectors in preparation for the premiere of Avatar December 18th. 

“We found the NEC NC2500S-A projectors to be a great fit for us especially with the new higher light output for amazing picture quality ” says Joe Miraglia Pacific’s director of design construction and facilities.

Your Choices

Wed, 12/09/2009 - 19:00 -- Nick Dager

By George Eyles Head of Sales Digital Media Networks Arqiva Satellite & Media Where we are today? It’s instructive to look at how and why live events are distributed as they are today. Live events screening is still a relatively new activity for most cinemas. However it’s one with great promise.   When live event screening was pioneered cinema owners rightly saw it is an experiment. It would be great news if it worked financially but if it didn’t the exhibitors needed to limit the costs of these screenings.

Mountaintop Shot

Wed, 12/09/2009 - 19:00 -- Nick Dager

Pictorvision's new helicopter camera mount system helped DP Peter Menzies Jr. capture action scenes for Warner Bros. upcoming feature Clash of the Titans.

A 3D First

Wed, 12/09/2009 - 19:00 -- Nick Dager

Disney's adaptation of Charles Dickens' classic A Christmas Carol. which was released last month in the UK became the first 3D movie that is accessible to people with hearing or sight loss. Disney Studio's technical executive director Saul Mahoney says Dickens' story was an innovative socially responsible tale – celebration of traditional Christmas-time values – family sharing and charity.

Shooting Avatar

Wed, 12/09/2009 - 19:00 -- Nick Dager

For Vince Pace the CEO of his own eponymous production company Avatar began with a six-page email from James Cameron describing the kinds of 3D shots the famously precise and demanding director was imagining for the film. Pace who has worked with Cameron since The Abyss in 1989 was not surprised by such detailed instructions from the director. And he also knew that the technology needed to execute some of those shots simply didn’t exist.

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