Atlantik Film a Hamburg-based branch of CinePostproduction has migrated to a tapeless workflow. The core of the new tapeless workflow is a DVS-SAN for use as an online and near-line storage system complemented by a SpycerBox. Existing and new systems are integrated via switches and data connections. Atlantik Film's goal had been to increase the performance efficiency and throughput rate of its projects while simultaneously achieving a maximum level of data security.
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Band Pro has announced a special Lease-to-Own program for select Sony equipment and Zeiss DigiPrime and DigiZoom lenses purchased from Band Pro. This flexible program offers customized financing choices on approved credit including zero down and zero interest for 12-months zero down and 2.88 percent for 24 months or zero down and five percent interest for 36 months.
Schneider Optics has introduced a full array of professional Century HD lens accessories to complement Sony's HVR-Z7U and HVR-S270OU camcorders. These 72mm lightweight optical attachments provide high resolution image clarity while enabling the camera to go wider reach further and move in closer than the lens alone will allow. New Century accessories for the HVR-Z7U include the .6X HD Wide Angle Adapter (HD-06WA-Z7U) Fisheye HD Adapter MKII (HD-FEAD-Z7U) .3X HD Ultra Fisheye Adapter (HD-FE3X-Z7U) and 1.6X HD Tele-Converter (HD-16TC-Z7U).
New and emerging entertainment technologies of practical use to content creation management distribution and display professionals will be the focus of SMPTE 2008: Annual Tech Conference and Expo. The Society of Motion Picture and Television Engineers says early bird registration is now open for the international event.
Cine-tal Systems has acquired Rising Sun Research’s CineSpace color management technology and product line. By combining our display management software and display hardware products with the proven cineSpace color management software we are providing a comprehensive solution for color management and display management says Cine-tal Systems CEO Rob Carroll and we are committed to providing our customers with the very best technology for collaborating processing and displaying visual media. CineSpace is widely used for film and television production.
Those involved in both the creative and business aspects of 3D can look forward to two important events taking place this September and December. 3D Biz-Ex September 29-October 1 2008 Running September 29-October 1 2008 3D Biz-Ex is a big tent event that brings together developers providers and customers in all 3D market and application segments.
Barco was selected by XDC to be the exclusive projector supplier for last month’s 61st Locarno Film Festival. The highlights of the festival were the open-air screenings at Piazza Grande. Every August around 190 000 cinema-goers over 1 000 journalists and 3 200 professionals gather in the small Swiss-Italian town of Locarno for an eleven day film festival. The Locarno Film Festival presents 100 digital screenings in five different venues including the famous Piazza Grande.
Digital Vision has announced that all its software systems will now support footage captured with Red One cameras. With the release of Red’s SDK users of Digital Vision’s Film Master will be able to grade native Redcode RAW files improving the workflows of feature film broadcast programs and commercials shot on the Red One camera. Simon Cuff president and COO Digital Vision says “Digital Vision has always been committed to embracing the latest advances and with this announcement we’re again putting our customers ahead of the creative curve.
Recipients of the 2008 Eastman Scholarship and Kodak Faculty Scholars Programs were announced last month during the 62nd Annual University Film and Video Association Conference at Colorado College. The Gold Award for Excellence in the Craft of Filmmaking was presented to Marc D'Agostino from Temple University for his film Adam and Evan. D'Agostino received $5 000 plus an Eastman Product Grant valued at $5 000. The Silver Award went to Regent University's Mitchell Lusas for Order.
Realabilities: The First Annual NY Disabilities Film Festival debuts this fall simultaneously in 14 locations throughout the New York metropolitan area. From September 21-23 Realabilities will showcase feature documentary and short films by and about the lives of people with disabilities. Premiering the week before National Disability Awareness Month Realabilities aims to promote awareness and appreciation of the lives stories and artistic expressions of people with different disabilities.
The Big Sky Documentary Film Festival the premier venue for non-fiction film in the American West is seeking submissions for its sixth annual event to be held February 13-22. Final deadline for submissions is October 20. The festival will screen 100 films including world and U.S. premieres classics rare and experimental works on Montana's largest screen at the historic Wilma Theater in downtown Missoula Montana. In addition to 10 days of screenings the event will feature many public and VIP events including panel discussions galas receptions and networking round tables.
Digital Domain says it will integrate the Tactic digital asset management system from Southpaw Technology into its digital production workflow. The company plans to use it on upcoming feature film commercial and game projects. “Tactic promises to provide us with a solid infrastructure for managing the complex flow of digital assets through our pipeline ” says Phil Peterson Digital Domain’s senior technology officer.
Zacuto has opened a professional video sales showroom in River North Chicago. The company says it is now the only full service showroom in Chicago selling professional video camera setups. The focus of the new showroom is on the Zacuto USA brand of products all designed and manufactured in the USA. Zacuto also is a complete reseller of a large brand selection of production equipment cameras and accessories.
The decision by Warner Bros. not to release Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince this November but rather release it next July created something of a mini-storm in the mainstream consumer media. But does it mean anything significant to exhibitors? First a full disclosure: I am an avid Harry Potter fan and am personally upset that my Thanksgiving holiday will not include the latest movie installment. Truthfully though there will be football games and leftovers. I’ll survive.
The documentary Truth in Numbers?:The World According to Wikipedia is in production. Eric Koretz is the DP.
Tekken Wraps in Lousiana Crystal Sky Pictures has just completed shooting Tekken a feature film based on the hugely popular video game series. The film was shot in Shreveport Louisiana and will be released next year.
Shooting Tape and Data To capture the boy’s basketball season leading to a much anticipated final championship game between urban archrivals Boys and Girls High School and Abraham Lincoln High School in Brooklyn New York producer/director Jon Alpert and his co-director Matt O’Neill captured the event with the newly released Sony XDCam PMW-EX1 cameras. They also shot with tape cameras. The documentary will air this winter as an ESPN signature special.
Deluxe Installs New Digital Media Distribution System Deluxe has chosen a Signiant digital media distribution management system to automate accelerate and secure the distribution of post-production materials for motion pictures from major Hollywood studios and broadcast companies. Post-production and distribution of films has become more complex especially as releasing films simultaneously around the world has become more popular. Less than a decade ago dubbing films into different languages for international release was a tape-based process that took months.
Cineplex Entertainment RealD Sign Agreement for 175 3D Installations Cineplex Entertainment and RealD have signed a long-term agreement to install a minimum of 175 3D systems into Cineplex Entertainment theatres across the country by December 2009 bringing RealD’s committed screen count to well over 5 500.
Katzenberg to speak at IBC Via Satellite On September 14th more than 1000 delegates at this year’s IBC exhibition and conference in Amsterdam Holland are expected to witness an historic interview conducted in Los Angeles with DreamWorks Animation chief executive officer Jeffrey Katzenberg. Elizabeth Daley professor and dean of the USC School of Cinematic Arts will interview him. Thanks to 3Ality Digital a company based in Los Angeles the interview will be photographed on multi-camera stereoscopic equipment and packaged for delivery by satellite service company Arqiva to Amsterdam.