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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.

ShowEast: Money Talks

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

There were three main topics of conversation at ShowEast 2009 which was held last month in Orlando Florida: the first two were 2K versus 4K technology and money both how to raise it and how to make it. As in recent exhibition shows the money talks centered on financial business models and new ideas in alternative content. But in truth most everything really focused on the third topic – 3D – that of course encompasses the other two topics as well. And looming over all of this was the widely anticipated impending release of Twentieth Century Fox’s Avatar from director James Cameron.

Advanced Digital Services Upgrades its 4K Capabilities

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

Advanced Digital Services has upgraded its digital intermediate capabilities to diversify the post-production services currently offered by the company. The upgrade includes a Clipster from Digital Video Services which will enable the post house to complete a variety of DI tasks including capturing DCI mastering and the ability to edit uncompressed 4K data. We've used DVS' systems at ADS for the last five years for services like restoration editorial and graphics says ADS' technical operations manager Tom Sehenuk.

OConnor Supports To The Arctic 3D for MacGillivray Freeman Films

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

MacGillivray Freeman Films Educational Foundation Campion Foundation the Canadian Museum of Civilization and Oceana have joined forces to document the changes occurring in the Arctic. To the Arctic is the seventh project in the MacGillivray Freeman Films ocean-and-water-themed films that promote conservation of the natural world.

Caleb Deschanel to Receive ASC Lifetime Achievement Award

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

Caleb Deschanel will receive the American Society of Cinematographers Lifetime Achievement Award. He will be feted by his peers at the 24th Annual ASC Outstanding Achievement Awards celebration in Hollywood on February 27 at the Hyatt Regency Century Plaza Hotel.   Caleb Deschanel is an extraordinarily talented cinematographer who has played an influential role in cinema history and driven artistic excellence in contemporary filmmaking says ASC president Michael Goi.

Cine Colombia to Install Barco Projection Systems in 20 Theatres

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

Cine Colombia will supply 20 Barco DP-1500 digital projection systems to multiple theatre sites throughout Colombia. Each projector will be 2D/3D capable and each will be configured with Barco's ACS-2048 alternate content switcher. An exhibitor with more than 200 screens in operation across Colombia Cine Colombia is not new to the digital cinema domain — nor are they new to Barco. Throughout the remainder of 2009 the first new Barco deployments will be placed in Cine Colombia sites in the major population centers of Bogota Cali and Medellin.

Carmike Opens Industry’s First Green Theatre

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

Carmike Cinemas has opened its new all-digital movie theatre featuring DLP digital projection and QSC prime digital sound plus wall-to-wall screens including three auditoriums equipped with 3D capabilities. The unique facility is also registered with the U.S. Green Building Council and expects to be certified as the nation’s first stand-alone LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) theatre. The new entertainment complex located in Chattanooga Tennessee is equipped with stadium-style rocking chair seats with retractable cup holder armrests in 11 of its 12 auditoriums.

Deluxe Upgrades Intellectual Property Security Services

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

Deluxe is now offering intellectual property security services powered by Vantos' Investigation Lifecycle Management system to media entertainment and gaming organizations worldwide. In today's digital world all it may take is one breach of security resulting in the loss of intellectual property which could cause catastrophic financial loss says Frank Artes vice president security Deluxe. Deluxe is addressing this issue head-on with our new security solution powered by Vantos V-Flex.

Epic Pictures Group Acquires Junkyard Dog and Kill Speed

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

Epic Pictures Group has acquired Junkyard Dog a psychological thriller from writer/director Kim Bass starring Vivica A. Fox and Brad Dourif and action film Kill Speed starring Andrew Keegan Nick Carter and Tom Arnold. Epic has also picked up the domestic distribution rights for Kill Speed. We have found a great partner for these films on the international stage says Bass.  We're very excited to be working with Epic Pictures Group and look forward to making a big splash at AFM.

iO Film Upgrades Color Management Services for Astro Boy

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

iO Film completed a wide range of services and deliveries for the Summit Entertainment release of Imagi Studios’ Astro Boy. The look that Astro Boy’s producers desired necessitated a profound change to the current color management process.  iO relied upon Digital Vision’s Film Master and their own in-house custom system to solve the problem.

Mersive is Chosen for Swedish Planetarium

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

Sweden’s University of Umeå has installed Mersive SOL software in its Umevatoriet Center planetarium to accomplish the edge-blending image warping and auto alignment of multiple projectors on the dome screen to provide a crisp and compelling immersive visual experience. “Mersive SOL software enables automatic alignment of projectors which significantly reduces installation time and increases the stability of the display ” says Randall Stevens CEO at Mersive.

Independent Movie Splinterheads Released

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

The independent feature film Splinterheads produced by Atlantic Pictures in association with Offhollywood Pictures played in a New York theatre earlier this month and will be distributed by Paladin and Atlantic. Written and directed by Brant Sersen Splinterheads is a coming-of-age comedy starring newcomer Thomas Middleditch and Rachael Taylor (Transformers) as well as Lea Thompson (Back to the Future) and Christopher McDonald (Happy Gilmore).

Prime Focus Launches 2D-to-3D Conversion Process View-D

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

Prime Focus has introduced View-D which it says is a proprietary 2D-to-3D conversion process that allows filmmakers to create stereoscopic 3D movies from source material shot on virtually any medium. 3D moviemaking has proven to be more than a passing trend – it's rejuvenating international box offices and giving filmmakers a new storytelling technique that enriches the movie-going experience says Michael Fink CEO Prime Focus VFX.

Projectiondesign Changes Ownership

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

Norwegian high performance projector manufacturer projectiondesign is capitalizing on the growing global demand for high-quality products as well as partner support with the announcement of a change in ownership to include Norwegian private equity firm Herkules Capital AS. The move follows the purchase of a 54 percent share in projectiondesign from previous main shareholder Eker Group AS headed by top Norwegian Industrial Designer Bård Eker.

QSC Audio Introduces Speaker System for Dome and Large Format Cinemas

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

QSC Audio has announced the purpose-designed DCS SC-424-8F flyable four-way tri-amplified speaker system for Dome and Large Format cinemas that require suspended mounting of screen channels or point source surround channels.   Both the Mid/High and LF enclosures are built with common dimensions to facilitate easy installation in vertical or horizontal arrays and are constructed of heavily braced 15mm concert tour-grade plywood.  In addition 16 M10 attachment points-per-enclosure are provided for safe and easy suspension.

Raleigh Studios Budapest Scheduled to Open in April 2010

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

Raleigh Studios has broken ground on a new state of the art studio facility in Budapest. Raleigh Studios Budapest is well under construction and will open its doors in April 2010. The facility is less than 20 minutes from all major hotels and downtown Budapest making it the closest studio facility to the heart of Hungary. The studio boasts nine sound stages including a 45 000 square foot super stage that is 65 feet to the grid.

B-Side Acquires the Documentary Still Bill

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

B-Side has acquired Still Bill a recent best documentary winner and audience favorite at one of B-Side’s festival partners the Urbanworld Film Festival. Still Bill is an intimate portrait of soul legend Bill Withers best known for his classics Ain't No Sunshine Lean On Me Lovely Day Grandma's Hands and Just the Two of Us among many more. Filmmakers Damani Baker and Alex Vlack follow Withers and offer a unique and rare look inside the world of this fascinating man who has written some of the most beloved songs in our time.

Technicolor says Studios will Support its Film-based 3D System

Wed, 10/21/2009 - 20:00 -- Nick Dager

Technicolor Business Group has announced support from multiple major motion picture studios for the release of theatrical content presented in Technicolor 3D a high-quality 3D solution that works with existing 35mm projectors that was announced last month.  DreamWorks Animation Lionsgate Paramount Overture Universal Pictures Warner Bros.

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