John Lowry founder of TrioScopics says the company has developed stereoscopic imaging technology which consists of proprietary encoding combined with inexpensive glasses and does not require specialized projectors screens players or display equipment thus eliminating a major impediment to the distribution of 3D entertainment. TrioScopics has the potential to make high quality 3D ubiquitous in the marketplace immediately without any equipment investments or expensive upgrades says John D. Lowry founder of TrioScopics.
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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.
NEC Display Solutions of America has announced the availability of financing incentives for theatre owners looking to upgrade cinema projector capabilities to digital. Now through December 31 NEC is offering eligible organizations special financing packages with low introductory payments on eligible NEC 3D-enabled digital cinema projectors.
In the September 1st Report we featured a story about a big event to kick-off the release of a new DVD celebrating the 70th anniversary of The Wizard of Oz. On September 23rd National CineMedia’s Fathom division presented the movie in theatres across the country for one night only. It was the company said “the opportunity to experience this family classic for the first time in high definition on the big screen.” “See it like never before ” said the ads. Sadly that event was met with widespread criticism: more on that in a moment.
Is this the new model for releasing independent films? Cinedigm in association with Ullman Family Film Productions will release the Matthew Modine feature OPA! October 16th in approximately 300 theaters nationwide. To kick off the campaign Cinedigm offered a simulcast screening of the film coupled with a live question-and-answer session with the cast in 50 cities across the country on October 5th.
While the first season of Twentieth Century Fox Television’s hour-long thriller Dollhouse was shot on 35mm film Director of Photography Lisa Wiegand is currently shooting season two with the VariCam 3700 Panasonic’s solid-state P2 HD VariCam camcorder. “I own Panasonic HD and digital cameras (AG-HPX170 and AG-DVX100 camcorders) and thought I would like the HPX3700 for Dollhouse ” says Wiegand. “We do a lot of handheld work and the VariCam is more lightweight streamlined and faster than video cameras with heavy decks on-board.
Most of us tend to think of England’s King Henry VIII as a rotund monarch with a fondness for food and a habit of doing away with his wives. But in Dressed To Kill a remarkable new exhibition at The Tower of London the public is introduced to a virile young Henry who’s the action hero of his day. Part propaganda part fashion the exhibition conveys the power majesty wealth and psychology of the man the icon and the king – who always ensured he was Dressed to Kill.
IFP/Chicago held its third Annual Independent Film Gala September 25th at the WIT Hotel in Chicago. It was the most successful gala yet proving the third time is a charm. All proceeds will go to expand IFP/Chicago’s services and programs serving filmmakers and the filmmaking community throughout the Midwest including a mentorship program.
Independent Film & Television Alliance chairman Lloyd Kaufman president Troma Entertainment has been reelected to a second two-year term leading the 150-member organization. IFTA president and CEO Jean Prewitt made the announcement. An outspoken advocate of net neutrality Kaufman enters a second term just as the FCC is poised to consider expanded protection for new services and applications on the Internet. I am honored to have a second term as chairman of IFTA which has become the leading voice for independents worldwide says Kaufman.
National CineMedia has entered into a network affiliate advertising agreement with Starplex Cinemas ShowBiz Cinemas and Picture Show Theatres for the presentation of pre-show advertising. Under the terms of the new exclusive multi-year agreement the three exhibition circuits will exclusively present NCM’s pre-feature cinema advertising program. Details of the agreement were not disclosed.
Screenvision has announced a new long-term agreement with Malco Theatres. The partnership drives Screenvision’s overall screen count to 15 366 increasing its digital screen count to over 7 700. The companies did not disclose the details of the agreement. Screenvision and Malco’s partnership clearly shows that exhibitors continue to choose Screenvision for the strength and entertainment value that comes with our digital preshow ” says Darryl Schaffer executive vice president exhibitor relations Screenvision.
The keynote speaker for the 21st Stereoscopic Displays and Applications conference is Bob Whitehill stereoscopic supervisor at Pixar Animation Studios who will speak about Three-Dimensional Storytelling. Registration is now open SD&A runs January 18-20 2010 as part of the SPIE/IS&T Electronic Imaging Symposium in San Jose California. The conference program includes a range of exciting and useful special sessions as well as research-based oral and poster presentations.
Sony joined forces with movie theatres across the country to create a series of multi-player gaming tournaments that highlighted their potential as an additional revenue source for exhibitors during non-peak times. To support the October 13 release of the Playstation3 title Uncharted 2: Among Thieves Sony Computer Entertainment of America and Sony Digital Cinema Solutions and Services produced four exclusive sneak peek events. Attendees had the chance to play Uncharted 2 on the big screen with Sony 4K digital cinema technology.
Sony Corporation has announced the development of a single lens 3D camera technology that the company says is capable of recording natural and smooth 3D images of even fast-moving subject matter such as sports at 240fps. According to the company the technology combines a newly developed optical system for single lens 3D camera which captures the left and right images simultaneously together with existing high frame rate recording technology to realize 240fps 3D filming.
Digital Film Technology and Cinevation have announced that they have formed a strategic partnership. Initially the companies say this co-operation will focus on sales and marketing but may be further expanded to include other parts of the companies’ operations in the future. The partnership positions both companies to deliver complementary technology and products as well as end-to-end workflow solutions to the post-production marketplace. The combined solutions will enhance the quality of deliverables for post-production facilities worldwide.
Technicolor is now offering both of the Civolution digital cinema image detection watermarking solutions available on the market: Cinefence and Nexguard. “By providing our customers with the only two digital cinema watermarking detection services available on the market we enable them with full flexibility when it comes to protection and analysis of digital cinema pirated material ” says Curt Behlmer head of Technicolor’s digital cinema business. Digital watermarking solutions make video content easily and precisely identifiable by embedding specific data such as the rights hol
Embracing the wave of the growing popularity of DSLR cameras Zacuto has introduced the Z-Finder V2 an optical viewfinder that allows DSLR cameras to have the correct form factor for video. Additional features of the Z-Finder includes: 3x focusable magnification Schneider optics a 40mm diameter lens an adjustable (left or right) eye-cup preventing extraneous light leakage and most importantly a field of view perfectly matched to LCD screen sizes of many DSLR cameras such as: Canon 5DMKII Canon 7D Panasonic GH1 Nikon D300 Nikon D5000 and Pentex 7D. This Z-finder is awesome.
Theatre systems from D-Box Technologies are now compatible with the digital cinema servers manufactured by GDC Technology. According to the company this latest announcement provides D-Box an opportunity to further expand its business together with GDC Technology whose software-based digital cinema solution has garnered nearly 400 installations in North America and 2 000 internationally.
3D Entertainment is pleased to announce today that it has acquired the distribution rights for Air Racers 3D: Forces of Flight produced by Los Angeles-based Pretend Entertainment and Stereoscope. Through the eyes of first-time competitor and rookie pilot Steve Hinton Jr. son of champion air racer and acrobatic pilot Steve Hinton the film will chronicle the preparation for and competition in the world's fastest motor sport: the legendary Reno National Championship Air Races. The film will be in Imax 3D and 2D theatres in the US beginning in the fall.
Sachtler has introduced the artemis EFP HD SE camera stabilizing system designed to work with the Red One camera. The EFP HD SE was designed and engineered in Germany following the same philosophy as the entire artemis stabilizing line. Two key features of the system are the 15 Amp high capacity camera power supply and new Hot Swap technology. Because of these innovations the artemis EFP HD SE is well-suited for pairing with the Red One and other state-of-the-art HD cameras.