3ality Digital has announced that it will introduce live-action 3D production services to Asia via an agreement with Imagica in Japan. The agreement is the first to bring 3ality Digital's state-of-the-art 3D camera rig and image processing technology to the continent. The first productions resulting from the collaboration are expected to be feature films concerts and cultural events. There is a great deal of interest in live-action 3D filmmaking in Japan says Sandy Climan CEO of 3ality Digital.
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The Seventh Annual Digital Cinema Forum organized by SMPTE in co-operation with the Fondazione La Biennale di Venezia on the occasion of the 66th Venice Film Festival will take place Tuesday September 8th in the Sala Volpi of the Palazzo del Cinema at the Lido di Venezia in Italy. The Forum intends to provide film professionals and decisions-makers with a wide basis for discussions on how to handle the transition from analog to digital technologies.
Barco was selected as the exclusive digital projector supplier for the 62nd Locarno Film Festival. Highlights of the festival are the open-air screenings in Locarno's historic Piazza Grande. Every year in August around 180 000 cinema goers 1 100 journalists and 3 400 professionals gather in the small Swiss-Italian town of Locarno for an unforgettable eleven day film festival. This year's festival being held from August 5-15 featured 100 digital screenings at five different venues.
D&E Entertainment in partnership with Universal Music Group-Nashville distributed and marketed the theatrical premiere of Grammy and Country Music Award winning band Sugarland's Live on the Inside concert film. The film premiered in over 35 cinemas in the US on August 6th. In a joint statement D&E Entertainment partners Evan Saxon and Doug Kluthe said We are ecstatic to oversee the theatrical distribution for this amazing film.
Cineworks Digital Studios in Miami Florida has become the first U.S. laboratory – and the 51st worldwide – to successfully complete Kodak ImageCare Program certification. Since the Kodak program began in 1996 it has now been adopted in 31 countries - from Argentina to Turkey and from the United Arab Emirates to the Russian Federation. Our goal is to be the highest quality front-end lab on the east coast says Vincent Hogan Jr. laboratory manager of Cineworks.
Litepanels has teamed with Hollywood-based underwater motion picture specialist HydroFlex to develop a family of next generation underwater lighting fixtures the Litepanels SeaSun Underwater housing series. Many of the advantages that Litepanels LED lighting technology bring to above-water production crews provide similar advantages to those shooting beneath the waves including the light fixtures’ small form-factors panchromatic light output low power draw and low heat generation.
My Eye Media has chosen Sohonet as its dedicated ultra-high-speed global media network. The company went online with Sohonet in Los Angeles in June and will look to add further connections at future sites worldwide. The addition of Sohonet's services is a real game-changer for us Kadenacy says. Not only do we now have the ability to connect at full Gigabit speed with every postproduction house already on Sohonet's media network but we also have a full 100-Megabyte connection to the Internet which allows us to make high-speed connection to everyone else.
Offhollywood has opened the first authorized Red Digital Cinema camera rental and service facility on the East Coast. Occupying a full floor in Offhollywood's Soho building the exclusive facility gives filmmakers convenient access to the latest Red camera technologies and accessories complemented by full technical support and workflow consulting. Services include all East Coast camera repairs LCD and EVF repairs full factory calibration and R3D data recovery.
European post and distribution company Quinta Industries and StudioCanal a wholly-owned subsidiary of Canal+ have announced the launch of a system for secure transfer of film files using NexGuard Content Protection which was introduced by Thomson STS now part of Civolution. The system was introduced at the Cannes’ 2009 Film Market. Until now StudioCanal relied on DVDs to distribute its films to rights buyers at film markets. These screeners usually come with highly visible copyright displays and logos within the video.
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.
Screenvision introduced new interactive lobby displays in hundreds of theatres last month. The displays feature a third party’s patented scanner technology that will enable marketers to offer theatre patrons rewards by engaging with the featured brand. Launching this new effort in the marketing arena was telecommunications giant Sprint. This partnership between Screenvision and Sprint also began last month.
Monday September 14th is officially D Cinema Day at IBC 09 and in the morning the focus will be firmly on stereoscopic 3D for the cinema. Chaired by 3D film producer and session architect Phil Streather CEO of pioneering giant-screen movie production company Principal Large Format the morning’s program will guide delegates through the complete process of 3D moviemaking from pre-visualization through stereo 3D acquisition and on to stereo 3D editing.
The National Film Board of Canada’s collection is now available to airlines around the world. Canada’s public film producer and distributor has signed an exclusive airline distribution agreement with Skeye Inflight Entertainment to offer its catalog to airlines worldwide operating outside of Canada. “We are thrilled to explore this new market ” says Johanne St-Arnauld the NFB’s director general of distribution. The NFB is seen on television in classrooms and on DVD in over 60 countries worldwide.
Band Pro has announced that renowned rental house Otto Nemenz International has taken delivery of ten new Sony F35 cameras. The F35 CineAlta camera system captures 10-bit and 4:4:4 images from a single Super 35 size sensor at variable frame rates from 1-50fps. The sensor size allows cinematographers to use familiar and comfortable 35mm PL mount optics. Now celebrating its 30th anniversary Otto Nemenz International is known throughout the industry for supplying the highest quality motion picture cameras and equipment available.
Post-production facility Post Logic Studios a division of Prime Focus Group is completing restoration of more than 80 scientific micro-cinematography short films developed by world-renowned academics and funded by the National Science Foundation. The films were commissioned beginning in 1967 through the mid-1970s using a $20 million grant from the NSF as part of a push to close a perceived scientific gap between the US and the former Soviet Union.
IndiePix has implemented watermarking technology to help reduce illegal DVD downloading copying and selling. All of IndiePix's films offered for download are now embedded with a watermark code that enables security experts and law enforcement officials to trace illegally copied DVDs back to the original disc and the initial download transaction. This technology will work to increase the trust that filmmakers have in the distribution process as well as deter and pursue individuals and groups that continue to break the law and damage the film industry.
RealD has announced RealD Live a new product that works with the company’s cinema systems enabling RealD equipped theatres to display live event broadcasts from anywhere in the world in 3D. “Films presented in RealD 3D are driving today’s box office showing moviegoers overwhelmingly prefer the true-to-life entertainment experience of RealD 3D ” says Joe Peixoto RealD president of worldwide cinema.
ZON Lusomundo the largest cinema chain in Portugal is in the process of installing 213 digital cinema systems and by the end of 2010 28 of the company’s cinema complexes will be equipped with Barco digital cinema projectors. XDC and ZON Lusomundo have signed an exclusive agreement for the deployment of full digital cinema systems in all of ZON Lusomundo's theatres in Portugal.