Dolby Laboratories has announced that its newest cinema server the Dolby Screen Server DSS200 is available for orders. The DSS200 is an all-in-one platform to store decode and deliver pristine movies to the digital cinema projector. Based on Dolby’s existing FIPS-certified media block and DCI-compliant server the DSS200 offers improved storage serviceability and interoperability. A storage subsystem moves feature content around the network effortlessly.
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Film & Kino the Norwegian interest organization for cinemas has announced the world’s first non-commercial complete national digital roll out with agreements with Twentieth Century Fox United International Pictures (the local distributor for Paramount Pictures and Universal Pictures in Norway) Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures International and Warner Bros. Pictures International. According to Film & Kino this complete digital roll out will transform all of Norway’s cinemas big and small to modern DCI-compliant digital cinema houses.
The Downtown Film Festival-Los Angeles and Brookfield Properties are pleased to announce a Paul Newman Film Retrospective on the evening of August 13th starting at 6:00 pm at 7+FIG located in the heart of Downtown L.A. The tribute will include free-to-the-public screenings of two of Newman's most critically acclaimed films Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid and Hud as well as special events that will take place throughout the evening.
SmartJog has announced that French theatre chain Europalaces the owner of Gaumont and Pathe cinemas has signed an agreement for the purchase and deployment of its high capacity SmartJog Digital Cinema Central Library Servers. The first phase of deployment was recently completed to 33 sites in France with planned Phase 2 to start shortly. While SmartJog has been deploying its libraries since last year to theatres in France Europalaces is the largest chain to commit to a substantial rollout in Europe.
Michael Goi has been named president of the American Society of Cinematographers. The members of ASC are committed to the ideals of the great cinematographers who created images for the classic movies we love Goi says. I remember being enormously touched when I saw The Graduate when I was eight years old. I didn't recognize it then but years later I appreciated how the artful use of light shadows and composition by Robert Surtees served the story. When I became a member of ASC I was surprised by how open and friendly everyone was.
The National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences and the Sports Video Group have presented the Global Media Visionary Award to 3ality Digital for its live 3D production of the 2009 FedEx BCS Championship Game which took place last January in Miami Florida. 3ality Digital was presented with the honor alongside Sony Fox Sports and Cinedigm Digital Cinema all of whom were partners on the project.
According to new Cinema Advertising Council report total cinema advertising industry revenues of CAC members – which account for more than 82 percent of U.S. movie screens – grew by 5.8 percent to $571 421 000 in 2008 as compared to a total of $539 946 000 in 2007. The announcement of the report – which was independently tabulated by Miller Kaplan Arase & Company – was made today by Dave Kupiec president and chairman of the CAC. Cinema advertising grew despite a year that saw spending in other traditional media decrease significantly.
UK-based digital signage company Beaver Solutions has won the AV Award 2008 for Digital Signage Project of the Year. The award was given for the innovative deployment of digital signage throughout three multi-million pound Showcase Cinema De Lux venues. Showcase Cinemas approached Scala and Beaver Solutions to provide digital signage throughout their concept cinemas in Derby Bristol and Leicester with the aim to create a paperless cinema experience. The idea was to create a high quality immersive cinema experience with functional and efficient methods of running their signage.
Cinemeccanica and Barco have announced another digital cinema deployment deal in France. Both companies have signed a contract with Cinéville for the installation of thirty Barco 2K digital cinema projectors in five multiplexes. Located in the West of France Cinéville is a fully owned subsidiary of Soredic. For their digital conversion financed by Ymagis they turned to Barco Value Added Partner Cinemeccanica. This summer thirty Barco digital cinema projectors will be installed in Cinéville's theaters in Hénin-Beaumont Rennes Laval La Roche-sur-yon and Quimper.
Cinesite has been awarded a major visual effects contract for the Twentieth Century Fox production Marmaduke based on the 1954 newspaper comic strip created and illustrated by Brad Anderson. The film is scheduled for release in 2012. Cinesite is also expanding its production department capacity by approximately 25 percent particularly in the 3D and character animation areas. The company will add personnel and equipment as well as increase square footage.
Chicago-based Filmworkers Club has upgraded two of its facilities with three da Vinci Splice post-production systems which enable the facilities' existing da Vinci 2K Plus systems to be used for non-linear in-context color grading. Installing two Splices at our Chicago facility and one at our Dallas facility has allowed our colorists to grade commercials in-context and in real time while also extending the life of our 2K Plus investments says Reid Brody vice president of Filmworkers Club. We no longer need to change reels to get to the right shot.
The IVC Digital Film Center in Los Angeles has expanded its 2K / 4K film scanning remastering and archival services with the new Spirit 4K DataCine and Bones system from Digital Film Technology of Germany. IVC has digital intermediate digital cinema and HD mastering facilities and has been providing the mainstream and independent film and commercial industry with services for more than 20 years.
Imax Corporation and Big Cinemas a division of Adlabs Films a Reliance ADA Group company and India's largest entertainment conglomerate have announced an agreement to install Imax's new digital projection system in Big Cinemas' flagship Imax theatre in the heart of Mumbai. The installation is scheduled to be completed in July and will mark the first digital Imax location in India. The new Imax digital projection system will replace the Imax Dome system that is currently operating in the Big Cinemas location at Wadala Mumbai.
Palace Cinemas the leading exhibitor in the Czech Republic Slovakia and Hungary and XDC the leading Pan-European digital cinema service company have agreed on the deployment of digital cinema systems in 170 of Palace Cinemas' screens in Central Europe. The agreement between Palace Cinemas and XDC includes the roll out of DCI-compliant projection systems co-financed by the Virtual Print Fee model. Rollout is scheduled to begin in the second half of the year.
Panavision Remote Systems and Loumasystems have introduced the Louma 2 a new-generation camera movement system built on an open-architecture platform to the U.S. The new system expands Louma's telescopic crane technology with the introduction of an open-architecture programmable software platform ShotAssist that enables cinematographers to plan intricate multi-axis shots and execute them with less rehearsal and fewer takes than any other camera system.
Oklahoma Governor Brad Henry has signed into law a measure that increases the Oklahoma Film Enhancement Rebate up to 37 percent cash back on Oklahoma expenditures officials with the Oklahoma Film Music Office announced. Henry says “The movie and TV industry has changed dramatically over the last few years with many states having seen a tremendous increase in film revenues after the passage of similar film legislation. Oklahoma’s beautiful and varied terrain makes the state a perfect locale for film and television productions.
Pomfort SilverStack v1.5 has added support for the ArriRaw format from D-21 Arri digital film cameras to their production-proof application suite. SilverStack is one of the first applications to support a digital dailies workflow with QuickTime-support for the hi-end digital movie camera from Arri. In the new version SilverStack also got a polished user interface and the render queue Cinemator now has a command line render option for the individual render environments.
Independent rental house Rogue Element Films is to open a new digital cinematography facility at Elstree Studios on the outskirts of central London. Replacing the company’s previous facility at Pinewood the new Elstree operation will be set up to offer a full digital rental shooting and production workflow.
New Mexico Governor Bill Richardson has announced a new collaboration between Robert Redford and the State of New Mexico that is currently referred to as “Sundance in New Mexico.” The initiative will partner with the Department of Cultural Affairs and the New Mexico Film Office to create and expand upon training programs in film arts and the environment. These programs will be designed specifically for New Mexico’s Native American and Hispanic filmmakers. The Governor was joined by Redford at a recent news conference at the State Capitol in Santa Fe.
Xpand has announced their collaborative venture with Yelmo Cines one of Spain’s largest cinema chains and the country’s second largest programmer in conjunction with Suministros Kelonik Spain’s leading equipment installer. Yelmo Cines plans to add several 3D theatres in the coming year. Yelmo Cines which has 370 screens and growing a driving annual attendance over 12 million and a leading position will continue to help drive the digital expansion by installing 29 Xpand 3D screens in 2009 six which are already operating.