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Singapore’s MDA International Film Fund Appoints Distribution Workshop Sales Agent

Wed, 06/10/2009 - 20:00 -- Nick Dager

Following the launch of its new International Film Fund at the start of the Cannes Film Market Singapore's Media Development Authority has announced the appointment of Hong Kong's Distribution Workshop as the worldwide sales agent for the first batch of films produced under the IFF.

Creative Excellence Awards

Tue, 06/09/2009 - 20:00 -- Nick Dager

Cinema Advertising Council Names the Top Campaigns of 2008 The Cinema Advertising Council the trade association of cinema advertising companies that represent 82 percent of U.S. movie screens has named the winners of its 2008 CAC Creative Excellence Awards. The annual awards recognize high-quality entertaining advertising that has been showcased in movie theatres during the past year on a national regional and local basis.

Hollywood’s Corporate Delusion

Tue, 06/09/2009 - 20:00 -- Nick Dager

The first big summer of stereoscopic 3D movies is underway and so far the early box office and critical returns are overwhelmingly positive. Audiences have flocked in big numbers to both Monsters vs. Aliens and Up and critics have generally praised both movies. But 3D itself still has its detractors. One of the most prominent and most vocal of these is the venerable film critic Roger Ebert. In a recent lengthy blog entry he called the 2D version of Up “the true film” and he referred to the whole notion of stereoscopic 3D as “Hollywood’s mass corporate delusion.

Cinemaccanica Barco to Upgrade France’s Cap Cinema Theatres to Digital

Tue, 06/09/2009 - 20:00 -- Nick Dager

Cinemeccanica and Barco have announced what the companies are calling a milestone contract with French exhibitor Cap Cinéma. Under the terms of the agreement both companies will install eighty 2K DLP digital projectors in Cap Cinéma theaters across France. With more than 100 screens across the country Cap Cinéma is one of the most renowned exhibitors in France. A long-term customer of Barco’s value added partner Cinemeccanica Cap Cinéma selected Barco’s DP series of projectors for its digital conversion using financing from Ymagis.

Winners Announced for 10th Annual Golden Trailer Awards

Tue, 06/09/2009 - 20:00 -- Nick Dager

The best movie previews of 2009 were crowned recently at the Directors Guild of America in Los Angeles when the 10th Annual Golden Trailer Awards were conferred before a live audience. In a show hosted by comedian writer and actor Dean Edwards with presenters culled from the ranks of today's top and up-and-coming comedians statuettes for 16 award categories were handed out. Additionally one of these winners was also named Best in Show.

Raising the Stakes

Thu, 05/28/2009 - 20:00 -- Nick Dager

Regal Entertainment Group the largest motion picture exhibitor in the world has announced an agreement to install Sony 4K digital projection systems across Regal’s entire circuit over the next three to five years which – when completed – would create the most extensive 4K deployment in the world. Like it or not this is one of the biggest developments to date in the short history of digital cinema. This announcement did not happen in a vacuum; there are underlying issues that helped drive this agreement among them the current state of the global economy.

4K in NYC

Thu, 05/28/2009 - 20:00 -- Nick Dager

Katabatic Digital Expands and now Offers 4K Post to Clients in New York Katabatic Digital a new post-production facility has opened in New York City’s fashion district. One year ago founder Emery Wells opened the doors of Katabatic’s original one-room studio carrying out some of the first color grading in an all-4K digital workflow.

Audinate Supports Australian Premiere of Star Trek

Tue, 05/26/2009 - 20:00 -- Nick Dager

Audinate has announced that its Dante audio networking solution was used during the world premiere of the new Star Trek movie at the Sydney Opera House. The 150 million dollar Paramount Pictures film debuted with the stars in attendance last month at the red carpet event. For the event Audinate collaborated with Dolby and D&B Audiotechnik. The Sydney Opera House was transformed using Dante to transport digital audio from the media servers to more than eighty speakers across the concert hall. More than 1500 people attended the event.

Cinemark Barco Work to Expand Latin American Digital Cinema Market

Tue, 05/26/2009 - 20:00 -- Nick Dager

Texas-based Cinemark International has deployed Barco DP-2000 projectors into more than 25 Cinemark multiplexes throughout Mexico Central and South America including major cities in Argentina Chile Peru Guatemala Panama Colombia Ecuador and Brazil. 

This ongoing deployment encompasses both small and large exhibitors throughout Latin America. CineColombia the largest Colombia-based exhibitor is rolling out 3D screens throughout the country. With a plan to replace 100 percent of their projectors with digital they have already upgraded screens in Cali Bogota and Medellin.

Beloved Pictures to Produce Paul and Hale Script Nora

Tue, 05/26/2009 - 20:00 -- Nick Dager

Beloved Pictures has just entered into a six-figure deal with Cinco Paul (Horton Hears a Who College Road Trip Santa Clause 2) and Jon Hale to begin pre-production on their screenplay entitled Nora.   The film set in New Haven Connecticut tells the story of a family's loss grief and redemption. By turns poignant and hilarious this masterfully crafted story answers the question of how individuals move on after losing those they love the most.

Christie Digitally Screens 50 of the 53 Movies Screened at Cannes

Tue, 05/26/2009 - 20:00 -- Nick Dager

Christie the technical digital cinema partner to the Cannes Film Festival screened 50 films in the digital format out of the 53 movies that were screened. Bt comparison last year 37 movies were screened digitally and in 2007 the number was 20. Christie Digital Systems USA president and COO Jack Kline says “We are pleased to see the progress of digital cinema in the motion picture industry as shown by the digital movies which are part of the Official Selection.

Rome’s Cinecittà Digital Factory Upgrades Facility

Tue, 05/26/2009 - 20:00 -- Nick Dager

Cinecittà Digital Factory of Rome worked with Hanover-based 
DVS when it recently reorganized its facility and upgraded its post-production workflow. The new storage infrastructure consists of a 48 TB online DVS-SAN complemented by three SpycerBoxes with 72 TB near-line capacities. As one of the leading European film studios Cinecittà has to rely on a high-availability storage infrastructure offering openness flexibility and security. Several Arri film scanners simultaneously ingest 2K-film material on three SpycerBox systems for further processing.

Honda Launches Insight Campaign in UK Theatres

Tue, 05/26/2009 - 20:00 -- Nick Dager

Honda has started its campaign for its Insight hybrid model to the UK with cinema advertising alongside films such as Angels & Demons. The campaign is part of a £1.3 million deal with cinema sales company Digital Cinema Media. The campaign for the environmentally friendly Insight began in Continental Europe last month and was created by Wieden & Kennedy.  Digital Cinema Media signed Honda to a package that sees the 60-second ad shown across 2 500 screens and also in art house cinemas. The UK version of the ad was set to the song This Little Light of Mine by Berend Dubbe.

Industrial Color Launches IC Motion

Tue, 05/26/2009 - 20:00 -- Nick Dager

Industrial Color of Culver City California has launched IC Motion to provide HD RAW video capture and post-production services for professional photographers producers and filmmakers. With recent advances in RAW digital video capture systems from manufacturers like Red Digital Cinema and RAW video and color editing software from Apple the industry is experiencing a transformative opportunity for photographers to produce video content on still sets and beyond. From a workflow and cost perspective it makes sense to shoot video footage on a still photo set.

SMPTE Calls for Papers for its 2009 Tech Conference and Expo

Tue, 05/26/2009 - 20:00 -- Nick Dager

The Society of Motion Picture and Television Engineers is seeking proposals for technical papers and tutorials for the 2009 SMPTE Technical Conference and Exhibition. Proposed papers must be informational in nature and must address technical theory application or practice associated with technologies relevant to the motion imaging industry. This year student papers are strongly encouraged.

Research and Markets Releases U.S. Movie Theatres Report

Tue, 05/26/2009 - 20:00 -- Nick Dager

The research company Research and Markets has just released a new study about the U.S. movie theatre industry includes about 2 000 companies with combined annual revenue of $11 billion and around 5 000 indoor theatres and 300 drive-ins. Major companies include Regal Entertainment AMC Entertainment and Cinemark. The industry is highly concentrated: the 50 largest firms own half of the nation's theatres and earn around 85 percent of industry revenue.

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