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Clear Blue Tuesday

Thu, 11/19/2009 - 19:00 -- Nick Dager

Clear Blue Tuesday a cinematic response to the events of September 11 2001 blends heightened narrative and original music to follow the lives of a group of New Yorkers over seven Septembers as they relearn their city and themselves. The full-length feature had its world premiere last month at the New York Musical Theatre Festival.

Run and Gun

Thu, 11/19/2009 - 19:00 -- Nick Dager

“We got last minute approval to shoot at Tanglewood ” says Jerry Simpson veteran director/cinematographer and the principal of production company Simpson Films of Long Island City New York. “I needed an ENG style run-and-gun style camcorder—it couldn’t be too heavy and we needed to be able to set-up fast.” Simpson recently shot a pilot for a documentary profiling drummer Steve Gadd. Gadd is an American session and studio drummer notable for his work with popular musicians from a wide range of genres.

Britain’s Channel 4 Holds a 3D Week of Programming

Thu, 11/19/2009 - 19:00 -- Nick Dager

A wide range of 3D content was available with stereoscopic depth in homes across Great Britain last month when Channel 4 held its first 3D Week. Steen Iversen CEO of Sirius 3D ApS whose glasses were used in the event said   “And if Flesh for Frankenstein’became too much for you in 3D you could simply take off the ColorCodeViewer 3D glasses and experience it in normal 2D.” According to Iversen even if spectators were not wearing the glasses they were still able to view a coherent watchable 2D image with minimal artefacts.

Cinedigm Presents Larger Than Life in 3D

Thu, 11/19/2009 - 19:00 -- Nick Dager

Cinedigm Digital Cinema will present the Dave Matthews Band Ben Harper and Relentless7 and Gogol Bordello Larger Than Life ... in 3D on screens nationwide. The 3D movie will run for one week only from December 11-17. Action 3D and AEG Network Live produced the movie. Digital technology has dramatically transformed the cinema experience says Bud Mayo chairman and CEO of Cinedigm. The ability to see Dave Matthews in 3D on a big screen at your local theatre for far less than the cost of a concert ticket is an exciting option for music fans.

Cooke Optics and /i Technology Work on System to Cut Production Time

Thu, 11/19/2009 - 19:00 -- Nick Dager

Cooke Optics is working with The Foundry to incorporate /i Technology into its compositing application Nuke. The goal is to save hours of time in post-production by eliminating the need to guess lens parameters and camera information. The Foundry recently carried out a test shoot at Blenheim Palace using the new Sony F35 camera which supports /i.

Hollywood Theatres to Install Sony 4K Digital Cinema Systems

Thu, 11/19/2009 - 19:00 -- Nick Dager

Hollywood Theaters is installing Sony Electronics' 4K digital cinema technology across its circuit. The Portland Oregon-based exhibitor will begin its digital conversion by equipping 13 of its U.S. locations (167 screens) with Sony projectors over the next few months. The 4K roll out will also include 53 screens outfitted for 3D digital projection combining Sony's single-projector 3D lens system with RealD 3D technology enabling the exhibitor to deliver the highest-quality 2D and 3D digital projection.

Kinepolis Group Choose SmartJog Servers

Thu, 11/19/2009 - 19:00 -- Nick Dager

European exhibitor Kinepolis Group has selected SmartJog’s Digital Cinema Central Library Servers to use in all of its 23 theaters.  Kinepolis will purchase and install the Digital Cinema Central Library Servers which are capable of storing large amount of content as well as receiving Digital Cinema Packages (DCPs) via satellite and fiber.

Petrol Introduces Rain Cover for the Red One

Thu, 11/19/2009 - 19:00 -- Nick Dager

Petrol has introduced the Petrol PRC-Red-1 rain cover especially designed to provide environmental protection for a fully equipped Red One camera. Made mainly of clear polyurethane for maximum visibility the new transparent rain cover offers quick and easy access to all camera features. What’s more the manufacturer says it is roomy enough to enable working with the camera’s high-resolution Red LCD monitor on board. Petrol’s one-piece design makes the PRC-Red-1 easy to install while shooting.

Screenvision Renews Agreement with Hogan Communications

Thu, 11/19/2009 - 19:00 -- Nick Dager

Screenvision has renewed its long-term agreement with Hogan Communications a media and marketing company targeting the college market. Under the agreement Screenvision will continue to represent national and regional cinema advertising sales for Hogan’s 397 college campus-based screens while Hogan will continue to produce and distribute its cinema preshow Preview Theater in which the Screenvision-sold ads will appear.

Hollywood Post Alliance Award Winners Announced

Thu, 11/19/2009 - 19:00 -- Nick Dager

During a gala evening at the Skirball Center in Los Angeles The Hollywood Post Alliance presented its Fourth Annual HPA Awards.  The HPA Awards honor top behind-the-scenes talent working in motion pictures television and commercials as well as handing out special awards for Engineering Excellence Lifetime Achievement and the Charles S. Swartz Award.  The special awards were announced earlier. The winners of the 2009 Hollywood Post Alliance Awards are: Outstanding Color Grading Feature Film in a DI Process Julie & Julia                                 Steven J.

Making Better Off Ted

Fri, 11/13/2009 - 19:00 -- Nick Dager

When cinematographer Brian Reynolds began prep for the Fox/ABC half-hour comedy series Better Off Ted his challenge was to trim the budget and keep the quality look as well as the 11-hour workday. “One of my first choices was to add Schneider’s Hollywood Black Magic filters to our lenses ” says Reynolds. “They are nothing short of amazing ” he says enthusiastically. “They combine the smaller lenslets of HD Classic Soft and added Black Frost. What this does to the skin is amazing. When you are shooting HD you are suddenly looking at an unfiltered image. Make-up freaks out.

Cinemark Imax Suing Each Other

Fri, 11/13/2009 - 19:00 -- Nick Dager

The trade publication LF Examiner has reported that Cinemark USA and the Imax Corporation have filed lawsuits against each other. The dispute centers on Cinemark's premium XD digital theatres. Cinemark the third largest theatre chain in the U.S. filed a suit on November 4th seeking to invalidate two patents Imax holds on the conversion of cinema theatre to a super cinema theatre.

Financing 101: Digital Cinema

Thu, 11/12/2009 - 19:00 -- Nick Dager

By Michael Karagosian Exhibitors today are faced with several options for acquiring digital cinema equipment.  If seeking a financing plan in which studios provide financial assistance through the virtual print fee mechanism it is worth taking time to understand the hurdles to financing such deals.

Rocky Mountain HD

Thu, 11/12/2009 - 19:00 -- Nick Dager

Tracker Productions a video production company in Banff Alberta Canada is using the JVC GY-HM100 ProHD camcorder to shoot 1080p footage of the Canadian Rockies for promotional corporate and travel videos. Cascading waterfalls snow-capped mountains serene lakes and animals in their natural habitats are among the majestic scenes being captured by cinematographer and Tracker Productions owner Les McDonald.
  “A bear might only give you 15 to 20 seconds to get that close-up so you had better be ready.

A Giant Heart

Thu, 11/12/2009 - 19:00 -- Nick Dager

Creative design house 7thSense has supplied four of its Delta media servers to the Museum of Science and Industry Chicago for the new Giant Heart within the You: The Experience exhibit which opened last month. A state-of-the-art AV installation using multiple projectors the project imposed a unique set of technological demands which obliged 7thSense to develop and customize Delta in very specific ways.

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