Evans & Sutherland Computer Corporation will be the exclusive distributor of National Geographic’s award-winning giant screen film Sea Monsters: A Prehistoric Adventure for full dome and planetarium digital theatres. E&S vice president Kirk Johnson says “National Geographic has become synonymous with stunning beauty and scientific accuracy. We are honored to have been chosen as their exclusive partner to bring this captivating and award-winning giant screen film to the full dome and planetarium community.
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Kodak has announced that CinePostproduction Geyer Köln in Germany is the 50th lab to be certified in its global ImageCare quality program. According to program manager Diane Carroll-Yacoby We have kept the standards high and the qualification process rigorous. That's why participants take such pride when they qualify and their customers see the ImageCare Program symbol as a sign of quality. The effort began in Asia in 1996. We had just introduced the first generation of Kodak Vision motion picture film to the marketplace says Carroll-Yacoby.
The Entertainment Services and Technology Association and the Production Equipment Rental Association have announced an agreement to merge subject to final ratification. Under the agreement PERA will become the PERA Council within ESTA retaining its focus on the production of film television and commercials. The Council’s mission is to focus on development and implementation of programs and services for production rental businesses.
French digital post-production company Eclair Laboratoire has purchased and installed three MaxT Sledgehammer HD!O network attached storage systems at the heart of its film restoration facility. Installed in early April the three Sledgehammer systems have been dedicated to the restoration of many films from the Gaumont Film Company’s historical film archive including 35mm classics Un Taxi pour Tobrouk Les Yeux Sans Visage and Les Tontons Flingueurs. Founded in 1895 Paris-based Gaumont Film Company has amassed one of the world’s most impressive film archives and Éclair expects
NEHST Studios a film production financing and distribution company helmed by Larry Meistrich has acquired Sandrunner Entertainment’s feature film The Pale Horsemen. The film is based on an upcoming Darkstorm Studios graphic novel of the same name. Written and created by Underworld creator Kevin Grevioux The Pale Horsemen graphic novel is the story of a gang of mysterious hit men forced together to uncover who killed their assassin mentor. Grevioux will also write the screenplay and make his directorial debut with this supernatural crime thriller.
New York post house Offhollywood has purchased the DVS Clipster with Red workflow DCI mastering acceleration hardware which allows for a real-time Red 4K workflow. Offhollywood says it is the first facility on the East Coast to have the capability. A second Clipster system will be installed in the Offhollywood South/Digital FX facility in Baton Rouge Louisiana. The Clipster upgrade provides full-quality decoding and debayering of 4K Redcode material in real time.
UK satellite company Quantum Digital will broadcast live via satellite a special presentation in July from London featuring key industry professionals designed for cinema owners and distributors to understand how satellite technology is becoming increasingly adopted and how best to utilize it. The broadcast will be available to satellite-equipped UK cinemas free-to-air as an industry awareness initiative. Anyone who is on-screen with a movie during the broadcast can watch via a TV. A special DVD of the presentation will also be made available including an Information Pack.
Regal Entertainment Group has announced expansion and remodeling plans for Regal Seminole Square in Charlottesville Virginia. The new facility will be named Regal Seminole Trail Stadium 9 reflecting the addition of stadium seating in all auditoriums new high-back recliner seats new lobby new entrance new rest rooms and the expansion of five additional screens. Seminole Trail Stadium 9 will offer all of the latest state-of-the-art cinema amenities.
Reliance Globalcom has announced that Adlabs Films is using its global network to deliver Indian movies to U.S. audiences. Adlabs India’s largest entertainment conglomerate is leveraging Reliance Globalcom’s network to transfer digitized movies to screens in the U.S. “Reliance Globalcom’s global network acts as an international digital artery that allows Adlabs to offer content and media services globally ” says Anil Arjun CEO Adlabs Films.
Vilmos Zsigmond ASC has been named Kodak Cinematographer in Residence for the spring quarter at the University of California Los Angeles School of Theatre Film and Television. Professor William McDonald inaugurated the mentorship program with the support of Kodak in 2000. Vilmos Zsigmond overcame seemingly impossible odds to become one of the defining film artists of our times McDonald says. Leonard Maltin hit the nail on the head when he wrote 'Recognition for cinematographers in general is long overdue.
XpanD will offer limited-time special rates to exhibitors who purchase an XpanD 3D theatre system to add a second 3D auditorium regardless of the brand of 3D system initially installed in a multiplex. The offer runs through July 15th.
IndiePix has announced a production agreement with Lucky Hat Entertainment a Los Angeles-based production company. Lucky Hat will join IndiePix as executive producer on two films P-Star Rising and Entre Nos which premiered at this year’s Tribeca Film Festival. The parties plan to jointly develop and produce two more films per year through 2011. Lucky Hat Entertainment was co-founded by Stephen Bannatyne and Marcia Carver in 2007.
Mark Simpfendorfer Productions has announced that giant screen and digital theatre distribution rights to the documentary Red Crabs: Australia's Christmas Island have been granted to two distribution companies. Offset Films lead by Campbell Woskett and based in Australia will distribute the film in Australia Asia Europe Africa and the Middle East. Big & Digital lead by Tina Ratterman and based in Louisville Kentucky will distribute to theatres in the Americas. Evans and Sutherland have been given rights to the full dome market worldwide.
3D was the Big Buzz on the Show Floor Stereoscopic 3D dominated the conversation at this year’s National Association of Broadcasters convention held last month in Las Vegas so it’s fitting that three of our five Top Products of the show involve 3D. Attendance was down by about 20 percent largely due to the economy it would seem but all the exhibitors I spoke with said that just served to make the show a more serious event. “No tire kickers ” was how more than one exhibitor described it. The people there were professionals intent on adding new capabilities to their various businesses.
By Donald L. Vasicek You have your movie idea. You’ve played around with ways to begin writing it in screenplay form. About the time you come up with something that feels good you hit an obstacle or more in the next few pages. You bog down by page ten hit quit on your toolbar or break your pencil or throw your pen across the room. You wonder if you will ever be able to write this screenplay something your heart continually digs at you to do. What to do? What to do?
Entre Nos is among the Projects from Emerging Filmmakers at the Tribeca Film Festival Entre Nos (Between Us) a feature directed and written by Paola Mendoza and Glorio La Morte was chosen to screen in the Discovery section of the Tribeca Film Festival held in New York City from April 22nd to May 3rd.
United Entertainment Corporation will install GDC’s SA-2100A series servers into its cinemas. UEC is a privately held motion picture theatre circuit and entertainment company based in Minnesota operating over 100 cinema screens. “UEC is pleased to partner with GDC Technology in bringing Digital Cinema to our locations ” says Mike Daniels development manager United Entertainment Corp.
Dolby has launched Dolby Direct Distribution Services a pan-European satellite content delivery network for digital cinemas. The service is provided in association with leading digital network solutions provider Arqiva and uses their international satellite infrastructure to distribute feature movies trailers and advertising content direct to their participating exhibitors and cinemas throughout Europe. Dolby Direct Distribution Services will simplify the cinema distribution process eliminating physical delivery and manual upload of digital content onto individual cinema servers.
International Datacasting Corporation and Sensio Technologies have announced the beginning of their first operational roll out of live 3D in high definition for digital cinema in Europe. The announcement was made following the first 3D live broadcast via satellite of a complete basketball game in Europe to multi locations across Italy on April 19th.
Eastman Kodak Company has unveiled the latest product offering in its Vision3 technology platform: Kodak Vision3 250D color negative film 5207/7207 incorporates all of the advancements and imaging characteristics unique to the Vision3 family of films optimized for an exposure index of 250 in daylight.