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IndiePix Sees a Nearly Six-Fold Increase in Independent Film Web Sales

Mon, 01/26/2009 - 19:00 -- Nick Dager

IndiePix has announced an almost six-fold increase in unit sales for the full year 2008 compared to 2007. The sale of fiction and non-fiction independent films significantly rose towards the end of 2008 with Q4 sales figures jumping 12 times that of the same period in 2007. During 2008 IndiePix transformed its Internet platform by enabling film fans to choose whether they want to download stream or rent a title straight to their PC or iPod a net distribution technique that is attributed to IndiePix’s strong sales growth.

State Court Awards Aspen Theatre Rights to Ingmar Bergman Films

Mon, 01/26/2009 - 19:00 -- Nick Dager

The entire library of master Swedish filmmaker Ingmar Bergman plus dozens of other films were awarded to Isis Litigation LLC of Aspen Colorado in an unprecedented legal victory that started when Svensk Filmindustri allegedly refused to honor its guaranty of a lease of the Isis Theatre.
 A Colorado District Court appointed a transfer agent for the intellectual property held by Svensk.

Special Report: Comparing 3D Systems

Mon, 01/12/2009 - 19:00 -- Nick Dager

An Exclusive Conversation with Rob Kurrus Premiere Theatres Rob Kurrus is owner of Premiere Theatres Oaks 10 in Melbourne Florida. He has 20 years experience in the exhibition industry starting as an assistant manager two decades ago at the old Cobb Theatre which was located in the Oaks Plaza in Melbourne. Regal Cinemas bought out Cobb Theatres in 1997 and Kurrus continued his success with Regal being promoted to vice president of information technology.

AAM Secures Funding for European Satellite Distribution

Sun, 01/11/2009 - 19:00 -- Nick Dager

Arts Alliance Media announced that it signed agreements for 43 million euros of funding from pan-European services company Econocom and various private investors together with a long-term strategic partnership agreement with Arqiva Satellite & Media for the satellite distribution of films and alternative content live events into European cinemas. Econocom Financial Services will provide financing of 20 million euros for the purchase of equipment to complete the Circuit George Raymond's digital cinema deployment in France.

Kiki Chansamone and Jason Forest Create Finishing House Bully Bros. Post

Sun, 01/11/2009 - 19:00 -- Nick Dager

Creative Director/Lead Effects Artist Kiki Chansamone and Executive Producer Jason Forest have opened Bully Bros. Post a new full-service post and visual effects facility in Santa Monica California. The facility located at Christopher Sliney’s Playground Media Group will specialize in HD finishing for spots compositing Red and P2 conversions 3D previz/storyboarding and on-set vfx supervision with emphasis on end-to-end workflow creation and full visual effects design and supervision for commercials. Chansamone comes to Bully Bros.

RealD Launches First 3D Stereoscopic Converter PODs

Sun, 01/11/2009 - 19:00 -- Nick Dager

RealD Pro has introduced the first 3D stereoscopic converter PODs which present a conversion solution when upgrading to a new stereoscopic display monitor and enable development teams to more easily present their work improving collaboration and productivity reducing prototype expenses and accelerating time to market. The RealD converter POD provides a replacement option for CRT or LCD monitor users.

Panasonic Broadcast Unveils New Scene Files for P2 HD

Sun, 01/11/2009 - 19:00 -- Nick Dager

Panasonic Broadcast announced that it has developed a wide range of scene files for its line of P2 HD camcorders to expand users’ shooting capabilities. The scene files— a total of 118 are available—provide users with the tools to move quickly from one preferred look to another without having to make manual setting adjustments in the camera.

S3 Entertainment Group Launches Michigan Film Finance

Sun, 01/11/2009 - 19:00 -- Nick Dager

S3 Entertainment Group has announced the launch of Michigan Film Finance a company to collaborate with producers and out-of-state lenders in financing films maximizing the film production incentive tax credit and creating new jobs in Michigan. Currently Michigan Film Finance is the only Michigan-based company financing the state’s film incentive. Productions can receive up to a 42 percent rebate on interest and other financing costs paid to Michigan Film Finance. The company created a local investment fund to provide the financing to these films.

Bollywood Meets Hollywood in Digital Production Era



Sun, 01/11/2009 - 19:00 -- Nick Dager

India is building a new cultural legacy—the movie business. Bollywood releases 1 000 films annually approximately 10 times what Hollywood produces each year. And like Hollywood more and more of Bollywood’s films are going digital.

Despite its prolific output the film business in this movie-obsessed society of more than a billion people is just getting geared up.

Prime Time

Fri, 01/09/2009 - 19:00 -- Nick Dager

The Maiden Heist was completed at Prime Focus Group Facilities Frantic Films VFX Post Logic Studios and Prime Focus London all Prime Focus Group companies completed visual effects the main title sequence and the digital intermediate for the forthcoming feature film The Maiden Heist from Yari Film Group Releasing. Together the facilities contributed 125 shots and the main title sequence for the Peter Hewitt-directed film written by Michael LeSieur which stars Morgan Freeman Christopher Walken William H. Macy and Marcia Gay Harden.

No More Cut and Splice

Fri, 01/09/2009 - 19:00 -- Nick Dager

Denmark's Dansk Reklame Film Adopts Digital Cinema Advertising Danish cinema advertising company Dansk Reklame Film has adopted Scala to deliver digital movie theater advertising to cinemas throughout Denmark. DRF produces advertising videos and stills in approximate 90 percent of all Danish cinema theatres: 52 cinemas with 235 cinema theatres in total. Traditionally DRF employees literally cut and spliced advertising film rolls onto movie rolls so the advertisement could be displayed before the movie.

3D in the Home - How Close Are We?

Fri, 01/09/2009 - 19:00 -- Nick Dager

A new video from the Stereoscopic Displays and Applications conference has just been placed online.  At the January 2007 Stereoscopic Displays and Applications conference Lenny Lipton and his guests discussed the topic of 3D in the home and how close we are to achieving this goal.  Mark Fihn from the 3rd Dimension Newsletter Brett Bryars from the United States Display Consortium Art Berman from Insight Media and Steven Smith from VREX shared their views of how and when we will see 3D in the Home. Click here to view the video.

Barco Sonic Equipment to Bring Digital Cinema to B&B Theatres

Fri, 01/09/2009 - 19:00 -- Nick Dager

B&B Theatres in Liberty Missouri has begun construction on a new eight screen all digital cinema in Hannibal Missouri. This is the first all digital theatre project for B&B theatres the 22nd largest theatre chain in the United States.  Sonic Equipment Company the exclusive systems supplier for B&B Theatres and many other independent theatres across the Midwest is using Barco’s newest DP-1200 projectors as part of the installation.

Centro to use Asia’s First DVS ProntoXway for 3D Projects

Fri, 01/09/2009 - 19:00 -- Nick Dager

Hong Kong animation and visual effects studio Centro Digital Pictures has installed the Asia Pacific Region's first DVS ProntoXway. The post house is utilizing the multi-channel disk recorder for the implementation of 3D applications and high-resolution presentations. The DVS disk recorder enables the post house to create images using uncompressed data material. With ProntoXway the editors at Centro are now able to process image data in real time and prepare it for playback. With two video channels the playback of stereoscopic content is easily possible using only a single DVS system.

Dadi First in China to Use Barco’s DP-1200 Projector

Fri, 01/09/2009 - 19:00 -- Nick Dager

Dadi Digital Cinema Development will be the first to deploy Barco’s DP-1200 digital cinema projector in China. The DP-1200 is designed for small screen environments. Dadi Cinema Development is a subsidiary of Dadi Culture & Media Group which is composed of a corporate group of media and technology companies. The group’s businesses focus on motion pictures releases the digital cinema construction and the development of new media.

Doremi to Integrate RealD 3D EQ in Digital Cinema Servers

Fri, 01/09/2009 - 19:00 -- Nick Dager

RealD and Doremi have reached an agreement to integrate RealD’s proprietary 3D EQ technology in Doremi’s digital cinema servers. This new feature will be available on all new Doremi servers beginning in March; existing Doremi servers will be updated in all RealD installations at that time.
  “RealD’s 3D EQ technology significantly improves the viewing of 3D cinema features ” says Joshua Greer president and cofounder of RealD. “Traditionally this process is incorporated into the master by our studio partners.

IndiePix Announces Partnerships with iTunes Film Distributor Dogwoof

Fri, 01/09/2009 - 19:00 -- Nick Dager

IndiePix has announced an exclusive partnership with Apple iTunes. At the same time IndiePix also announced a strategic partnership with Dogwoof the UK film distributor specializing in independent films and world cinema. The iTunes agreement which was brokered through New Video an independent film and collectible television series distributor will enable film lovers to download independent movies straight to their iPods or iPhones. The alliance with Dogwoof will enable IndiePix to extend its film distribution across the UK and enable Dogwoof to distribute its titles into America.

48HFP Tour to Begin at April’s NAB Show

Fri, 01/09/2009 - 19:00 -- Nick Dager

NAB Show organizers and the 48 Hour Film Project announced that the 2009 48HFP tour will begin at the NAB Show in Las Vegas in April. The 48HFP competition established in 2001 promotes filmmaking creativity and teamwork by providing participants with a compelling topic and prop and giving them two days to write shoot and edit their film. More than 35 000 filmmakers from 75 cities will participate in the 2009 48HFP competition. The tour will officially begin with the Las Vegas city competition which kicks off at 7 p.m. on Friday April 17.

NBA All-Star Event to be Shown Live in 3D on 160 US Movie Screens

Fri, 01/09/2009 - 19:00 -- Nick Dager

Turner Sports The National Basketball Association and Cinedigm Digital Cinema have announced that they will team up to broadcast TNT's coverage of NBA All-Star Saturday Night February 14th in live 3D to 80 digitally-equipped theaters across the United States. The companies say the announcement represents the first-ever fully marketed deal to deliver an NBA sporting event to the public in live 3D. The live 3D HD event will be shown on a nationwide basis and continues to expand the league's groundbreaking efforts in 3D HD.

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