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.
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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.
The new opened Labyrinth of Arts and Sciences Museum in the Mexican state of San Luis Potosi features a 3D theatre. The museum which features a 31 x 17 foot Harkness Spectral 240 3D screen and MF Wrap-round frame marked the opening with a movie that is part of its Dinosaurs: Giants of Patagonia exhibit. Papalote Children’s Museum in Mexico City was hired by the government of San Luis Potosi to develop the entire project and the exhibits for the new museum which would be based on the Arts and Sciences. The 165 000-square-foot indoor/outdoor museum sits on 16 acres of land.
Element Technica has expanded their Red One EVF line with a family of precision accessories that work together to support the camera’s electronic viewfinder. The EVF Deluxe Mounting System provides a secure interface capable of attaching to a variety of points on the Red One camera body or even to other accessories allowing four inches of vertical and six inches of telescoping adjustment along the viewfinder axis. The system’s rugged smooth-turning clutch lets the viewfinder be tilted to almost any angle.
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.
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.