In the widest theatrical 3D film release to date Columbia Pictures’ and Sony Pictures Animation’s Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs earned an estimated $30.3 million in total box office and debuted at number one during its opening weekend. The box office generated in theatres with 3D screen accounted for more than half the revenue. “Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs is a terrific film with innovative and creative 3D techniques.
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Dolby Laboratories was the exclusive digital cinema server and 3D provider of the 2009 Toronto International Film Festival which was held September 10–19 at venues throughout Toronto Canada. For the first time the festival was outfitted with Dolby 3D when it presented the North American premiere of Joe Dante’s The Hole. Dolby’s production services team installed Dolby Digital Cinema and Dolby 3D and also calibrated the sound and image of all participating festival venues.
Element Technica announces the new Technica 3D Series which brings a new level of precision speed and simplification to stereoscopic 3D motion picture production. 3D production has long been plagued by heavy and complicated equipment that requires specialized tools and dedicated crew to assemble and adjust eating up precious production resources. That kept 3D practical for only an elite few.
UK producer Working Title has installed a GDC SA-2100A digital cinema server for its new screening room facility in London’s Marylebone theatre. The installation marks the completion of the 45-seat screening room which features both conventional 35mm and modern digital cinema. The theatre was designed and fitted out by London-based Future Projections who has produced similar rooms for Firmdale Hotels The Courthouse Curzon Empire Picture House cinemas and many others.
Filmmaker Marek Poray-Heywowski recently traveled to Switzerland to shoot The Interrogation of Harry Wind for Sunvision Filmatelier. The spy thriller recently wrapped principal photography and is scheduled for release in early 2010. The film from Swiss director Pascal Verdosci stars Sebastian Koch (The Lives of Others) and Klaus Maria Brandauer (Mephisto Out Of Africa).
The Hollywood Post Alliance has announced that Ben Burtt will receive the organization’s Charles S. Swartz Award for Outstanding Contribution in the Field of Post Production recognizing his powerful artistic impact on the industry. The award will be bestowed on November 12th during the Hollywood Post Alliance Awards gala at the Skirball Center in Los Angeles. Burtt’s credits and accomplishments are the stuff of legend; his contributions integrally woven into a number of iconic and Oscar winning films. Showing a rare fluency across many disciplines Mr.
Kodak has announced that Laboratorios Gama SAI in Santiago Chile has successfully completed all requirements for Kodak ImageCare Program certification. Now in its 40th year this small but highly successful laboratory joins a Kodak program active in 27 countries worldwide. A major Hollywood production shooting in Chile wanted to work with us but decided to develop their film back in the United States because we were not a certified lab says Maria Mayor Gama's chief of laboratory operations.
The National Association of Theatre Owners has announced the election of new officers – the first chosen by the executive board of directors under a recently enacted board restructuring at the association’s annual meeting at the Fairmont Hotel in Newport Beach California. Elected to two-year terms were – Tony Kerasotes chairman and CEO Kerasotes Showplace Theatres as chairman; Aubrey Stone president Georgia Theatre Company as vice-chairman; Amy Miles CEO of Regal Entertainment Group as treasurer; and re-elected as secretary Mark O’Meara president University Mall Theatres.
Xpand and Christie teamed up to convert the Antonio Elorza Velodrome into a colossal 3D cinema during this year’s San Sebastián Film Festival which took place September 18-26 in one of Spain’s most beautiful countryside’s. Showcasing four major 3D films including the Spanish premiere of Battle for Terra and Oceanworld the festival also screened the 3D version of Toy Story and The Nightmare Before Christmas presented as the Velodrome 3D Movies.
Christie DLP Cinema projectors were featured at select theaters hosting the 34th Toronto International Film Festival which was held September 10-19. It was Christie’s eighth year as projection sponsor of the Festival which is becoming one of the most prestigious international film festivals in the world. The Festival featured its first 3D movie premiere.
Hollywood’s Anschutz Film Group/Walden Media has taken delivery of Digital Vision’s Nucoda HD system. Digital Vision has worked closely with Walden to create a streamlined color pipeline from dailies to final delivery for their international productions. The two grading and one conform systems for Walden form the cornerstone of a production and post-production workflow on The Chronicles of Narnia: Voyage of the Dawn Treader which is one of the industry’s first 100-percent digitally acquired file-based feature projects.
Stereoscopic 3D is creating opportunities for filmmakers everywhere. To help them succeed IndieFilm3D a new website coming later this year from Digital Cinema Report will have all the information filmmakers need to learn about the business of 3D especially its tools and techniques. We’ll keep you posted on developments as the launch date nears.
By Michael Karagosian If you know anything about digital cinema then no doubt you’ve heard of the Digital Cinema Initiatives the joint venture of six major motion picture studios to establish a shared specification for digital cinema focusing on distribution and security. DCI has been an important player throughout much of the development of digital cinema.
Thanks to a donation from the international professional services company Ernst & Young Chicago’s Field Museum recently installed a theatre with Barco projection and Dolby 3D. Jeri Webb the Field Museum’s stores director manages the theatre. Webb’s first job in the non-profit world was in 1994 when she began work as the manager of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra Store. She came to the Field Museum in 2003 where in addition to her directorial duties she is also the buyer for cultural gifts jewelry and Field Museum branded products.
When VFX artist and motion control supervisor Allan O. Lückow and Oscar winning DP Anthony Dod Mantle (Slumdog Millionaire) needed to create a handheld look while shooting Antichrist the new film by maverick director Lars von Trier they turned to OConnor’s new 120EXe encoding fluid head for visual effects. Lückow developed a three-axis live-action camera motion control shot to give the framing the handheld feel they wanted. The 120EXe was used for motion capture which was then replayed on the motion control system.
The over-under is the name of a popular kind of bet in which people wager whether for example a particular team will have more or fewer than (over-under) a set number of wins in a given season. Over-under is also the name of a 3D projection process that splits the film frame in half horizontally and it is the basis of Technicolor’s current gamble as it searches for ways to maximize its film legacy and brand in this increasingly digital world.
The 3D Entertainment Summit in association with Variety co-produced by Bob Dowling and Unicomm and presented by The Entertainment Technology Center has announced the conference program and topics for the 2009 event which will be held at the Hilton Los Angeles in Universal City September 16-17. This year’s combination of featured keynotes dynamic panel discussions one-one-one interviews and exhibits will focus on a multitude of topics including the financial impact of 3D on the entertainment industry the status of the digital cinema roll-out and top trends in 3D gaming.
Time Antaeus Media Group a Chinese digital cinema industry leader has selected Christie as its partner for its digital cinema deployment in China. This marks the country’s most extensive commercial effort and calls for the installation of 800 Christie CP2000 DLP Cinema projectors for select cinemas by the end of 2010. These projectors will be installed together with 800 Time Antaeus’ Montage CDCS2000 digital cinema servers. The collaboration between Christie and Time Antaeus began at the 2008 Beijing Summer Games’ ceremonies with the purchase of 120 Christie CP2000-ZX models.
After relocating their operations to a new state-of-the-art studio in SoHo during summer 2008 Offhollywood is expanding again adding a full new floor as a totally dedicated Red camera rental and service facility – the first such Red-authorized facility in the United States. Offhollywood will soon boast a much larger studio to include even more state-of-the-art digital services. Their commitment to Red is as strong as ever.
Omniplex Irelands largest cinema group has unveil plans for its new concept three-screen 571 seat Swan Cinemas which is located in the Swan Shopping Centre Rathmines Dublin. Construction has started on the project which is scheduled to open this November. Swan Cinemas is the first cinema in Dublin custom designed for digital cinema. Showcasing the very latest 3D technology will give patrons an unparalleled movie going experience; Swan Cinemas is at the very forefront of the digital cinema revolution.