The Entertainment Technology Center @ USC has announced a collaborative project between several movie studios to create a voluntary specification for Interoperable Master Format (IMF). The core contributors will be Disney Paramount Sony and Warner Bros. The project’s goal is to encourage the adoption of a uniform voluntary specification for data types and metadata which will facilitate efficient workflow processes within and between studios and production houses.
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West Post Digital has completed the finishing on a jointly produced film that turned 50 hours of DV and HDV footage captured by ski mountaineers over the last decade (1998—2008) into the full-length adventure feature Skiing Everest.
The World Copyright Summit: New Frontiers for Creators in the Marketplace will be held June 9-10 at the Ronald Reagan Center in Washington DC. The event will provide a series of keynotes Q&As role plays and discussions that are designed to show what’s in store for the future in terms of the digital evolution the new modus operandi between technology and content companies and rights owners the role of rights societies new means of distribution and new business scenarios.
XpanD has installed 3D systems in four Xtreme Cinema theaters in the Czech Republic. New X101 series 3D glasses and other system components were installed by Xtreme Cinema's technical support and service arm XCData in theaters in Prague Louny Sokolov and Dobrany. “We are extremely pleased to ally with Xtreme Cinemas in providing leading edge digital 3D cinema in the highest quality presentation format to moviegoers in Eastern Europe ” says XpanD CEO Maria Costeira.
The Chancellor of the Exchequer has presented the annual Daily Mail Newspaper Enterprising Young Brits - People’s Choice Award to Dean Rhodes-Brandon founder of Your Local Cinema .com a not-for-profit cinema listings and information service for people with hearing or sight problems. Thousands of people including readers of the Daily Mail newspaper voted for the twenty finalists. Winner Dean was a finalist in the teen category and his company Your Local Cinema .com received the most votes overall.
WebMovieNow.com an Osiris Entertainment company has formed an alliance with Nelson Madison Films that makes the studio’s catalog of more than 40 titles available for the newly launched online movie rental destination.
By Michael Karagosian With the March publication of the last in the suite of digital cinema packaging standards by the Society of Motion Picture and Television Engineers a major milestone was quietly reached. This is an effort that has taken more seven years to fulfill. Publication of the full suite of packaging standards paves the way for studios to distribute fully compliant SMPTE distributions eliminating the need for major equipment upgrades. Full implementation of the standards in digital cinema equipment could take place as early as 2010.
A Conversation with Louis Eales Louis Eales is the senior director of worldwide technical operations for products and services at Dolby Laboratories. He recently spoke via email with Digital Cinema Report about the challenges inherent in successfully bringing 3D movie content from the studio to the screen. Digital Cinema Report: Please give an update on Dolby’s involvement in digital 3D in exhibition.
Dutch Independent Cinemas Team with Christie to Prepare for Summer 3D Releases To prepare for the summer release of such 3D movies as Disney-Pixar's Toy Story 3D in an exclusive agreement between Christie Digital Systems the Amsterdam Booking Company a buying group representing Dutch independent cinemas and Arts Alliance Media Christie digital cinema projectors will be deployed in 68 screens within 20 cinemas across The Netherlands. The deal also covers the installation of a professional satellite network for the transmission of live events and encrypted content.
Exhibitor Joins UEC Studio Movie Grill and Rave on Pre-show Network Marcus Theatres the nation’s seventh largest exhibitor has joined Screenvision’s on-screen advertising network. Marcus Theatres which controls 675 screens owns or operates 55 locations with a major presence in two of the top DMAs – Chicago and Minneapolis. According to Screenvision it brings their network to more than 15 300. Under the terms of the deal Screenvision will have exclusive local regional and national selling rights to the entire on-screen pre-show.
The Digital Cinema Summit has become one of the highlights of the annual National Association of Broadcasters convention held each April in Las Vegas. This year’s Summit takes place April 18-19 and its theme is 3D Cinema & Beyond: Lens to Living Room. The conversation though will be an attempt once and for all to answer the question is digital stereoscopic 3D just a fad or is it in fact the future? I’m on record – and will repeat again here – as being in the camp that thinks stereoscopic 3D is most definitely the future.
Digital Jungle Enhances Unique Visuals For Berlin Film Festival Winner My Suicide a controversial new film and winner of the 2009 Berlin Film Festival's Crystal Bear Award stands out for its unusual technique of combining many varying film/video formats to provide a chaotic but lifelike feel as the main character self-documents his morbid journey to suicide. Hollywood post house Digital Jungle took on the demanding project incorporating film and multiple HD and SD video formats through the digital intermediates process.
Two Big Topics will be 3D and 4K but a Bigger Topic will be 401Ks Stated or unstated the number one topic at this year’s National Association of Broadcasters convention will be the weakened global economy. No company is completely unaffected and while 3D and 4K workflow will be hot topics and there will be the usual technology and business announcements the impact of limited available resources of both money and manpower will color everything. One example of the effects of the economy is that Red will not be at the show after several years as one of the top attractions.
By Donald L. Vasicek When you watch a movie what do you usually see in the first minute? A bunch of people jumping around? Or perhaps running? Or a headstone in a cemetery? A slinky woman’s naked cadaver silhouetted against a light? What about the one that skims you over a body of water with the skyline of a city ahead? Whatever you see has meaning at least in screenplays that get produced.
An Independent Filmmaker Prepares to Shoot an Extreme Snowboarding Feature in 3D By Jason Rejman Editor’s Note: In preparation to make a feature length movie about the new winter sport Extreme Carving independent filmmaker Jason Rejman did extensive 3D tests using the Red One camera to learn 3D shooting technologies and techniques. He also made the seven-minute movie Carved in an effort to raise funding for the longer project. He shares his experience here in his own words. I was born in Prague during the era of Communism. My parents emigrated to Germany when I was nine years old.
The 2009 NAB convention runs from April 18-23 and in our next Report we’ll conclude our preview of what to expect at the show.
Kino Teatras Saulė is the Country’s First Theatre with Digital 3D The Kino Teatras Saulė theatre in Šiauliai has become the first cinema in Lithuania to install a digital 3D system. Its first 3D presentation was Disney’s Bolt which screened in late February. The technology includes a Dolby 3D system that was installed along with a Kinoton DCP 70 L digital cinema projector by Muzikos Ekspresas Ltd. The theatre seats 722 and has a 25-by-10 meter screen – the biggest screen in Lithuania.
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.
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 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.