The Hollywood Post Alliance Awards Committee has announced that post-production icon Paul Haggar will receive the organization’s Lifetime Achievement Award during the HPA Awards in November. Haggar was one of the best-known names in the post-production community and retired from Paramount Pictures in 2005. He had a notably long studio career heading theatrical post-production at the studio from the Seventies. Haggar was a part of the Paramount family for over 54 years. Leon Silverman president of HPA says “For decades the name Paul Haggar was synonymous with post-production.
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Maya Entertainment a Los Angeles production and advisory company specializing in independent films recently joined forces with Blockbuster to present Latin cinema from acclaimed filmmakers and star talent in major U.S. markets through the Maya Independent Film Series. Visual Data provided the digital cinema packaging for the release. The series included an eight-city theatrical release of a curated slate of eight Latino-themed films reinforcing Maya Entertainment's mission to provide innovative platforms for the theatrical release and showcasing the films to a national audience.
Toronto post house Mr. X created visual effects for director Ang Lee’s Taking Woodstock which opened in theatres last month. Based on Elliot Tiber’s autobiographical book the film is a coming-of-age story set in the social upheaval of 1969. The narrative follows the progress of a young man returning home to help out at his parents’ motel in upstate New York. There he becomes involved in organizing the seminal Woodstock concert.
OConnor Engineering has introduced the 120EXe Encoded Heavy Duty Fluid Head designed to provide high-precision pan and tilt position information for cinema quality visual effects production on feature films and commercials. The new 120EXe is being premiered by Mo-Sys in conjunction with Mo-Sys’ latest camera motion capture system. The 120EXe provides absolute output pan and tilt position information via an external 19 pin Fischer connector.
Screenvision has announced a new long-term agreement with Bow Tie Cinemas owners and operators of deluxe first-run cinemas designed to bring style and elegance back to the movie going experience. The partnership drives Screenvision’s overall screen count to 15 332. “Screenvision and Bow Tie’s partnership clearly demonstrates exhibitor demand for our network including the strength and entertainment value that comes with our digital preshow ” says Darryl Schaffer executive vice president exhibitor relations Screenvision.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Xpand collaborated with ESPN and Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures at the premiere of X Games: The 3D Movie the first sports-themed 3D film. The event was held last month at the Nokia Theatre. “It was extremely exciting to have been chosen by ESPN and Disney for the Los Angeles premiere of X Games 3D the Movie ” says Xpand’s CEO Maria Costeira. “This is a triumph for 3D sports entertainment and it seems that X was the broader theme of the event.