There was a lot to see at this year’s ShoWest. Despite a low turnout there was lots of news and more than a few rumors. We’ll have an in-depth look at it all in our next Report.
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By Donald L. Vasicek You began your screenplay with a visual metaphor. You’ve introduced your main character the setting the time the theme and you’re introducing other major and periphery characters. You’re getting to like your story pretty well when all of sudden you hit a block. What is your story about? This question is asked many times over each day in the film business and you’d better be prepared for it. Your story is about a character that reacts to something that causes him to begin acting instead of reacting to what is going on around him.
Two Big Topics will be 3D and 4K but a Bigger Topic will be 401Ks Stated or unstated the number one topic at this year’s National Association of Broadcasters convention will be the weakened global economy. No company is completely unaffected and while 3D and 4K workflow will be hot topics and there will be the usual technology and business announcements the impact of limited available resources of both money and manpower will color everything. Here is the second part of our preview of technology highlights to expect at the show.
Sweden’s SF Bio Theatre Chain Wins Digital 2009 Apex Award The 2009 Apex Award for innovations in a digital signage hospitality installation has been awarded to Swedish movie theater chain SF Bio. SF the largest movie theatre chain in Sweden worked with Scala Partner Zone Systems to develop a digital signage network in eight movie theaters that consists of digital menu boards dynamic movie posters and screens for previewing film trailers. SF Bio uses the network to cut costs associated with creating printing and transporting menus and posters.
TDF Plans to Deliver Digital Cinema Services Across the Continent The TDF Group has unveiled its plans to deploy a pan-European delivery service for digital cinema. TDF will provide electronic delivery of digital copies to theatres in Europe leveraging on its established presence in 10 territories. TDF has already connected 60 theatres in six countries and plans to double the number of connected theatres in 2009 and 2010. The news was unveiled last month in Paris at TDF's First Digital Cinema Conference.
Searching for the Superpowers Inside By Stian Hafstad We made this short film Nemesis last fall. The film was made by a group of film students at the University of Bergen Norway as a part of a scriptwriting course. We are now on our final semester of a three-year degree. It was shot in five days on various locations in Bergen after about six weeks of planning. It was edited in about 15 days with an extra two weeks for effects and color correction. Basically we could make a movie about whatever we wanted so we decided to go with this script.
Tampa Bay History Center Gets an Upgrade Visitors to Tampa’s Channelside district are discovering the newest attraction in town the Tampa Bay History Center where multimedia theatres and interactive exhibits make some of the area’s best-kept secrets come to life. Electrosonic working with the museum division of Art Guild designed fabricated and installed the multimedia components of the new building which is on the City’s Riverwalk.
The Second Annual Cinema Eye Honors for nonfiction filmmaking were held last night at the Times Center in New York. Ari Folman’s Waltz With Bashir an animated documentary depicting the horrors of the 1982 Lebanon war was the big winner of the night beating off 20 other nominees to receive four out of the ten awards – Graphic Design and Animation Music Composition International Feature and Outstanding Direction.
Both the China Film Group Corporation and Lianzhong Circuit have selected Dolby Digital Cinema and Dolby 3D systems for multiple theatre locations throughout China. We are so excited to be able to bring 3D movies to our patrons in Dolby 3D says Chen Dunliang president of Wuhan Lianzhong Circuit. Both Dolby Digital Cinema and Dolby 3D are welcome additions to the Lianzhong Circuit and will wow our audiences with a pristine picture and a premium-quality 3D experience.
JVC has completed the consolidation of its U.S. operations under a newly formed American division JVC U.S.A. The consolidation combines JVC’s three U.S. sales divisions and its U.S. service company into a single U.S. organization. Plans to consolidate JVC’s U.S. operations were announced earlier this year. Hiro Ishizuka has been named president and chief executive officer of JVC U.S.A. He was previously president and CEO of JVC Company of America the organization formerly responsible for consumer products in the U.S. The four JVC companies consolidated to form JVC U.S.A.
Mytherapy D-Cinelab has opened a new facility in London's West End. Mytherapy D-Cinelab is able to handle the entire high-end digital post-production on a project or complement other post facilities by assisting in creating an efficient workflow from acquisition through post to deliverables of 2K and 4K content.
The National Film Board of Canada has announced that The Memories of Angels by Luc Bourdon is part of the official competition for the 2009 FOCAL International Awards. The winners of this year’s awards which are designed to promote the use of archive images in the creative media will be announced during a ceremony held in London England on May 5. As the National Film Board celebrates its 70th birthday Luc Bourdon’s feature film confirms the NFB’s role in conserving one of the world’s most remarkable audiovisual collections a priceless part of Canadian and global heritage.
Sachtler has introduced the Cine 7+7 HD fluid head a 100mm system that offers a host of cine-style features including a front pan bar. With a payload range of 4.4 to 48.5 pounds (2-22 kilograms) the new head aptly supports a variety of packages from HDV camcorders to full-sized cameras loaded with accessories. Yet at just 7.3 pounds (3.3 kilograms) the location-ready Cine 7+7 HD is one of the lightest weight heads in its class. The new Cine 7+7 HD fluid head is equipped with a convenient side load clamp for the camera plate.
Sony Electronics' systems integration division the Sony Digital Cinema Solutions and Services group has entered into a non-exclusive digital cinema deployment agreement with Walt Disney Studio Motion Pictures and Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures International. The companies will work together to provide operational and financial resources to exhibitors that encourage them to feature Sony's 4K SXRD projection technology in both 2D and 3D digital cinema-enabled screens across North America and Europe.
GDC Technology has partnered with Universal Cinema Services in order to extend its deployment reach in Guam and Arizona. GDC’s SA-2100 servers have been deployed in Tango Theatres Guam and Pavilions 12 in Tucson Arizona thanks to the support of UCS and its first sales of GDC products. “UCS is delighted to partner with pace-setting GDC Technology ” says UCS president and chief operating officer Stan Lamb.
The Entertainment Technology Center @ USC has announced a collaborative project between several movie studios to create a voluntary specification for Interoperable Master Format (IMF). The core contributors will be Disney Paramount Sony and Warner Bros. The project’s goal is to encourage the adoption of a uniform voluntary specification for data types and metadata which will facilitate efficient workflow processes within and between studios and production houses.
West Post Digital has completed the finishing on a jointly produced film that turned 50 hours of DV and HDV footage captured by ski mountaineers over the last decade (1998—2008) into the full-length adventure feature Skiing Everest.
The World Copyright Summit: New Frontiers for Creators in the Marketplace will be held June 9-10 at the Ronald Reagan Center in Washington DC. The event will provide a series of keynotes Q&As role plays and discussions that are designed to show what’s in store for the future in terms of the digital evolution the new modus operandi between technology and content companies and rights owners the role of rights societies new means of distribution and new business scenarios.
XpanD has installed 3D systems in four Xtreme Cinema theaters in the Czech Republic. New X101 series 3D glasses and other system components were installed by Xtreme Cinema's technical support and service arm XCData in theaters in Prague Louny Sokolov and Dobrany. “We are extremely pleased to ally with Xtreme Cinemas in providing leading edge digital 3D cinema in the highest quality presentation format to moviegoers in Eastern Europe ” says XpanD CEO Maria Costeira.
The Chancellor of the Exchequer has presented the annual Daily Mail Newspaper Enterprising Young Brits - People’s Choice Award to Dean Rhodes-Brandon founder of Your Local Cinema .com a not-for-profit cinema listings and information service for people with hearing or sight problems. Thousands of people including readers of the Daily Mail newspaper voted for the twenty finalists. Winner Dean was a finalist in the teen category and his company Your Local Cinema .com received the most votes overall.