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EUE/Screen Gems Studios Dream Stage 10 On Schedule for May Opening

Sun, 03/22/2009 - 20:00 -- Nick Dager

EUE/Screen Gems Studios’ $15 million Dream Stage 10 which will be the third largest film and television production stage in the United States is on track for a May 22 opening in Wilmington North Carolina. According to the studio two large features are now considering filming there. 

 “We are thrilled but not surprised that two studio productions are already considering Dream Stage 10 as the location for their films ” says Chris Cooney COO of EUE/Screen Gems Studios.

Fortis Bank Funds European Digital Cinema Roll Out

Sun, 03/22/2009 - 20:00 -- Nick Dager

Fortis Bank has committed to funding the first tranche of 50 million Euros for the financing of XDC's roll out of digital cinema equipment across Europe pursuant to its mandate to arrange 100-million Euro financing.  The credit facility will be available for draw down upon fulfillment of certain conditions including satisfactory documentation. This financing will be upon closing expected by mid April the first major financing deal in the European digital cinema industry and will further enhance XDC's position as a major player in the European market.

GDC Adds Closed Captioning Capabilities to Server Line

Sun, 03/22/2009 - 20:00 -- Nick Dager

GDC Technology has announced that it has added Closed Captioning capabilities to its SA-2100 family of digital cinema servers. This will benefit cinema patrons who are hearing impaired as they can now read the captions individually (using specially designed equipment available on individual seats) while watching the movie at the same time.
  Unlike open captioning where text is permanently visible which can be intrusive to the viewing audience closed captioning allows individual caption reading. This means others seated alongside do not watch or even see the captions.

Hoyts Cinemas Works with IDC to Establish Network in Australia and New Zealand

Sun, 03/22/2009 - 20:00 -- Nick Dager

International Datacasting Corporation in partnership with its Australian-based distributor OmniCast has received an order from Global Vision Networks for the provision of a new digital cinema broadband distribution network for Hoyts Cinemas in Australia and New Zealand. Under the order IDC has supplied their SFX4104 multimedia satellite receivers to Global Vision for installation throughout their network for Hoyts digital satellite cinemas.

OConnor Updates the 2575 Fluid Head


Sun, 03/22/2009 - 20:00 -- Nick Dager

OConnor has upgraded its workhorse Ultimate 2575 Fluid Head with the new D model. Improvements include ergonomic changes to controls and more pan-bar mounting points. The 2575D retains the counterbalance specifications and other characteristics that contributed to the popularity of its predecessor.

 Camera operators will find that the relocation of all controls on the platform to the operator's side (left) provide easier adjustment.

Palace Cinema Adds Twelve 3D Screens

Sun, 03/22/2009 - 20:00 -- Nick Dager

Palace Cinemas has announced the addition of twelve 3D-capable digital screens at its sites in Central Europe in the Czech Republic Slovakia and Hungary. Three will be in Prague two in Brno two in Bratislava and five in Budapest in addition to the one in operation since December 2007. Eleven of the sites will use Masterimage 3D technology while Palace West End in Budapest will add an additional Real D system.  The Barco projectors and XDC servers were provided through XDC and installed by Film-Ton-Technik. Palace Cinemas’ first wide 3D premiere will be Monsters vs.

New Petrol Ditty Bag Holds Accessories



Sun, 03/22/2009 - 20:00 -- Nick Dager

Petrol has introduced the Ditty Bag a lightweight carrier designed to keep essential tools and accessories well organized and close at hand during production.
 Petrol's new Ditty Bag comes equipped with an internal removable divider to separate contents. Multiple loops and pockets of different sizes are designed to hold a wide variety of items. What's more a removable tool pouch can be easily hung from a standard belt for even greater convenience. The bag's cold-molded laminate bottom lifts and protects contents from damage from adverse elements such as dirt or water.

Colorfront Installs DVS Clipster for Digital Intermediates

Sun, 03/22/2009 - 20:00 -- Nick Dager

Hungarian post-production facility Colorfront has integrated DVS’s Clipster digital intermediates workstation into its workflow. Colorfront founded by the Jaszberenyi brothers Mark and Aron plays a key role in producing international film projects such as Karchi Perlmann’s The Dinner which was awarded at both the Venice and Cottbus Film Festival. Aron Jaszberenyi Colorfront CEO says “Colorfront has become one of Europe’s leading post houses the only one in Hungary offering complete DCI Mastering to its customers.

Sachtler Introduces FSB4 Fluid Head



Sun, 03/22/2009 - 20:00 -- Nick Dager

Sachtler has introduced the FSB4 fluid head. With a payload ranging from 0-8.8 lbs (0-4 kg) the FSB4 is ideal for users of HDV cameras. This professional head offers Sachtler's renowned features such as aluminum housing three-step damping and five-step counterbalance. In addition the FSB4 incorporates Sachtler's proven SpeedBalance technology enabling fast and precise balancing. 

The FSB4 is the newest head in the Sachtler range that includes the FSB 2 and FSB 6. The new head is specially designed for compact cameras fully equipped with professional accessories.

Theatres Converting to Digital 3D with Sonic and Christie

Sun, 03/22/2009 - 20:00 -- Nick Dager

The conversion to digital cinema by theatre operators throughout the United States continues and is gaining momentum as the 2009 schedule of 3D movies are released. Sonic Equipment Company an authorized Christie cinema reseller is equipping dozens of independent theatres across the U.S. Midwest with Christie DLP Cinema projectors with Brilliant3D technology. “Christie offers us the best choices in technology performance and reliability for our customers while also keeping prices affordable.

Vue Entertainment Adds 200 3D Screens

Sun, 03/22/2009 - 20:00 -- Nick Dager

Vue Entertainment has announced that it will add 200 RealD 3D screens to its circuit. The rollout of 3D-enabled screens has already begun with an installation at Vue's flagship location in Leicester Square. Additional RealD systems are ready for installation immediately as new screens are added monthly at Vue cinemas. Vue prides itself on providing the most compelling cinema experience available and RealD 3D will give our audience a new and exciting way to experience movies says Tim Richards CEO of Vue Entertainment.

Wild Bunch Acquires International Rights to 3D Entertainment's Oceans 3D

Sun, 03/22/2009 - 20:00 -- Nick Dager

3D Entertainment's filmmakers Jean-Jacques and Francois Mantello have sold all media international rights to their first feature length film. Oceans 3D - Into the Deep presented by Jean-Michel Cousteau a working title has been acquired by Wild Bunch a Paris-and London-based sales distribution and production outfit. The film is set to become the first ever documentary to be both filmed and released in digital 3D.

ShoWest 2009: The Preview

Sun, 03/08/2009 - 20:00 -- Nick Dager

Self-Financing 3D and Staying Ahead of the Curve This is certainly no time for the faint of heart in the exhibition business. On the one hand the overall economy is more problematic than it’s been in most anyone’s memory. On the other hand box office returns remain solid and the summer of 3D holds out the promise of even greater business. The challenge is to find the right way for your business to balance the two. Attendees at this year’s ShoWest convention which begins at the end of this month in Las Vegas will be looking for information on how best to meet that challenge.

Making the Red One Work

Sun, 03/08/2009 - 20:00 -- Nick Dager

A Veteran Cinematographer Talks about his Experiences By James Mathers President and Cofounder The Digital Cinema Society The number of digital cinema cameras in the marketplace has grown exponentially in the last year and half. It’s been adopted by such high profile directors as Peter Jackson Steven Soderbergh and Alex Proyas and has been used by such prominent ASC cinematographers as Vilmos Zsigmond Roberto Schaefer Don Burgess and M. David Mullen. The Red has also brought high-end digital cinema acquisition into a realm of affordability for many more Filmmakers.

Passing the Test

Sun, 03/08/2009 - 20:00 -- Nick Dager

Malco Theatres a Test Site for Dolby 3D Installs Two Harkness Perlux 220 Screens Malco Theatres is one of two test sites for Dolby Laboratories for Dolby 3D and the exhibitor recently installed two Harkness Perlux 220 screens.

U2 3D Opens in 40 Theatres in Japan

Sun, 03/08/2009 - 20:00 -- Nick Dager

U2 3D opened in more than 40 theaters in Japan on March 7. The film which premiered at last year’s Sundance Film Festival has grossed more than $20 million worldwide. The band’s long-awaited new studio album No Line on the Horizon — their first since 2004 — was released internationally just prior to the Japanese movie premiere. Mark Katz president of distribution National Geographic Cinema Ventures says “We’re delighted that U2 3D which continues to do well domestically and internationally will be released in Japan.

Olympus Makes Multi-Picture Deal with Cinedigm

Sun, 03/08/2009 - 20:00 -- Nick Dager

Cinedigm Digital Cinema has announced a first-of-its-kind multi-picture agreement with Olympus Pictures Distribution and Cinedigm’s Content and Entertainment subsidiary. As a part of the all-digital agreement which runs through 2015 and will include up to 15 pictures Olympus Pictures will theatrically distribute select movies through Cinedigm’s digital distribution network on a nationwide basis. Cinedigm will provide marketing promotion and other support for Olympus’ produced films.

SOC Names Robert Gorelick Camera Operator of the Year 


Sun, 03/08/2009 - 20:00 -- Nick Dager

The Society of Camera Operators has named Roberrt Gorelick (The Dark Knight) as Camera Operator of the Year. Upon receiving the award Gorelick said “This is the first award I've ever won except for a bowling trophy.” The Camera Operator of the Year award is nominated and voted on by the membership of the Society and the winner was announced at the February 21st awards event.

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