Mark II Productions of Almaty Kazakhstan has purchased an S.two production and post system to support their new Arri D-21 camera making them the first such company in the country to offer digital uncompressed field acquisition and associated workflow options. “This is a fantastic system ” says Alex Berkovitch of Mark II. “We were very impressed with S.two and their proven track record in the field of uncompressed digital feature projects.
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The Foundry is now shipping Ocula – a collection of plug-in tools designed to solve common problems with stereoscopic imagery boost productivity in post-production and ultimately help to deliver a more rewarding stereoscopic viewing experience. Ocula plug-ins are designed to automatically replicate key processes on left and right channels and help artists polish and refine stereoscopic material literally removing headaches from the final viewing experience. “Since we announced Ocula at NAB 2008 this year the entire toolset has been through extensive beta-testing and further rou
Panasonic has announced the immediate availability of its new 64GB P2 solid-state memory card providing expanded recording capacity for its line of P2 and P2 HD camcorders and workflow products. Ideal for long-form production the high-capacity 64GB P2 (model AJ-P2C064)card allows professionals to record for hours offering double the record times of the 32GB P2 card and increased storage capacity for larger high-definition data files. The new P2 card also features an improved transfer rate of up to 800 Mb/s for faster transfer and offload of P2 content.
Music Video Shoots with Three HD Cameras to Finish in a Day Rockstar Media Group a Los Angeles-based boutique media and content production company recently shot a complex music video launching new Island Def Jam Music Group rock artists The Urgency. Three HD cameras were used to shoot the more than three-minute piece entitled Fingertips. The video was conceived and directed by Rockstar Media Group director Ryan Bosworth with fellow director Jim Matlosz serving as Director of Photography. Fingertips is currently in rotation at mtvU on air and online.
ISCO has entered into an original equipment manufacturer partnership with Wolf Cinema. Their joint equipment design combined products and technologies have led to what the companies are calling an exclusive industry first: the ability of Wolf Cinema projectors to show every single movie in its original aspect ratio from 1.33:1 to 2.67:1. It is unclear when the new projectors might come to market.
By Michael Karagosian Is 3D here to stay? By now that should be a dated question. There are a lot of reasons why 3D has gained momentum in cinema and not all of them have to do with motion pictures. Stereoscopic viewing dates back nearly 200 years and has a history with film nearly as old as the motion picture itself. Plenty has been written about the several fashionable periods for 3D movies. And plenty more has been said that either elevates the technology as new art for story-telling or simply rules it out as nothing more than fuel for fads.
Ascent 142’s First DI Project is Quantum of Solace Quantum of Solace the latest James Bond movie which was released in U.S. theaters last month was the first digital intermediates project for London-based Ascent 142. Stephen Nakamura vice president of features for Company 3 an Ascent Media business graded the film at Ascent 142 on a da Vinci Resolve R-350. Ascent 142 is the result of the merger between Ascent Media's One Post St. Anne's Post Stream and Wardour Street's Media Management services facilities.
Doremi Cinema has announced that its DCP-2000 JPEG2000 Digital Cinema Server has been approved as a licensee of Dolby 3D Digital Cinema giving exhibitors even more options when screening 3D content. As an early pioneer in digital cinema Doremi has been very committed to developing flexible playback solutions for theatre owners says Michael Archer vice president of Doremi Digital Cinema. We are fortunate to partner with technology companies like Dolby whose 3D technology further propels the incredible popularity and growth of digital cinema.
QSC Introduces Two New Cinema Loudspeaker Systems Built expressly to meet the needs of professional motion picture playback in smaller theatres QSC’s new SC-2150 loudspeaker is one of two new members of the DCS (Digital Cinema Speaker) series. Offering high-power handling excellent sensitivity and extended bass response in a very compact enclosure the SC-2150 is a three-way full-range or bi-amplified screen channel loudspeaker comprised of two main units: A mid-high frequency system and a low frequency enclosure.
New Documentary Chronicles the Largest Public Works project in the Western Hemisphere Manhattan-based filmmaker Eddie Rosenstein a founder of Eyepop Productions is the creator director and co-director of photography of The Greatest Tunnel Ever Built profiling New York City’s legendary urban tunnel workers known as Sandhogs. Currently the Sandhogs are building the city’s third water tunnel scheduled to go online in 2013 to help alleviate New York City’s serious long-term water problem.
JVC has announced an agreement with Sensio Technologies to join forces and offer what the manufacturers are calling “the very first high-end 3D solution available on the consumer market.” The entirely new product is designed to allow consumers to watch 3D at home by combining two of JVC's D-ILA projectors and a media server integrating the Sensio 3D decoding technology.
Winner of the American Society of Cinematographers International Achievement Award Donald McAlpine will receive the 2009 American Society of Cinematographers International Achievement Award. The tribute is presented annually to a cinematographer who has made significant and enduring contributions to the global art of filmmaking. He will be feted during the 23rd Annual ASC Outstanding Achievement Awards in Los Angeles on February 15 at the Century Plaza Hotel.
Peace Arch Entertainment Group an integrated global entertainment company has announced that Telefilm Canada has made Peace Arch Releasing eligible for the Canadian Feature Film Marketing Fund. The federal culture agency’s official recognition of Peace Arch’s theatrical distribution arm will permit the company to seek financial support for the domestic release of Canadian-produced films.
S3 Entertainment Group of Ferndale Michigan has teamed up with Yessian Music/Dragon Licks Detroit to form Michigan Music Licensing. S3 managing partner Jeffrey Spilman and Yessian president Michael Yessian jointly made the announcement. Michigan Music Licensing will provide clients with a one-stop solution to license enhance edit mix or rearrange songs for feature film and television productions. The company will now offer productions the highest tax incentive in the country an average of 40 percent when utilizing their Michigan-based music and licensing.
Schneider Optics has introduced a line of Century HD lens add-ons for Sony's new PMW-EX3 camcorder. These attachments are designed to expand the capabilities of the Fujinon 14x lens supplied with the camera. Operators can increase the field of view with no loss of ability to zoom instantly shift the focal range to telephoto when needed or enjoy the ultra wide angle of view and remarkable barrel distortion of the widest fisheye.
Sea Monsters: A Prehistoric Adventure Hits $30 Million at Breakneck Speed Sea Monsters: A Prehistoric Adventure has become one of the fastest giant-screen films to hit the $30 million mark since its release on October 5 2007 and is one of the highest grossing original giant-screen films of 2008. The announcement was made by Mark Katz president Giant Screen Film and Distribution for National Geographic Cinema Ventures. “We’re thrilled with the enthusiastic response Sea Monsters: A Prehistoric Adventure has received from audiences around the world ” says Katz.
LaserPacific Media Corporation has announced the formation of a new team and business unit to focus on digital motion picture mastering and re-mastering. With this expanded capability LaserPacific CEO Brian Burr also announced the appointment of Ron Burdett as general manager of the mastering unit and Lou Levinson as the supervising colorist - mastering among others. Burr says the company has added some of the industry's most capable and accomplished operations and creative talent to its team.
Sony Unveils High-Def Camera and Recording System for Professional Video Applications In an effort to help filmmakers save money per recording minute Sony plans to make available in February a new full high-definition compact point-of-view camera and solid-state recorder combination the HXR-MC1. Its video compression will afford its users longer recording time per GB as well as a low cost of media per minute.
Digital cinema service company XDC and ZON Lusomundo the largest cinema chain in Portugal have signed an exclusive agreement for the deployment of digital cinema systems in 180 of ZON Lusomundo's cinema screens in Portugal. The agreement includes the roll out of DCI-compliant projection systems co-financed by the Virtual Print Fee model. The rollout is scheduled to begin in January with an initial commitment of 100 screens throughout the rest of the year.
With the release of the P2 HD Panasonic HPX170 HD camera package maker Zacuto announces nine kits that transform cameras into a camera package for use with the camera or in conjunction with a depth of field adapter. The new HPX170 will work with all existing Zacuto kits.