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NAB 2009: Preview – Part One

Sun, 03/22/2009 - 20:00 -- Nick Dager

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.

Anatomy of Page One of Screenplays That Get Produced

Sun, 03/22/2009 - 20:00 -- Nick Dager

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.

Carving out a Niche

Sun, 03/22/2009 - 20:00 -- Nick Dager

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.

A First in Lithuania

Sun, 03/22/2009 - 20:00 -- Nick Dager

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.

Band Pro Offers Financial Services to Customers



Sun, 03/22/2009 - 20:00 -- Nick Dager

Band Pro Film & Digital has announced a new customer-focused financing program. Now Band Pro can offer a number of customized financing options specifically designed for the needs of the broadcast and cinema production industries. Following the existing tradition of excellent service a team of finance professionals will be available to help secure flexible and competitive financing options for new and existing Band Pro customers.

 For 25 years Band Pro has been an industry leader in technology sales and training.

Doremi Cinema European Installations Exceed 1200 Screens

Sun, 03/22/2009 - 20:00 -- Nick Dager

Doremi Cinema’s European operations Doremi Technologies located in the South of France has surpassed the 1200 unit mark for digital cinema server installations across Europe. This news comes with the recent deal struck between Doremi and VUE Cinemas in the UK.  VUE has expanded its digital cinema deployment to 50 screens; all to be equipped with Doremi DCP-2000 cinema servers. Now the largest exhibitors in both the UK and France have selected Doremi’s cinema server technology to power their digital cinema deployments.

National CineMedia Announces 2008 Fiscal Results

Sun, 03/22/2009 - 20:00 -- Nick Dager

National CineMedia has announced consolidated results for the fiscal fourth quarter and fiscal year that ended January 1 2009.   Total revenue for the fourth quarter 2008 (14 weeks) grew 18.9 percent to $112.4 million from $94.5 million for the comparable quarter last year (13 weeks). Advertising revenue for the fourth quarter 2008 was $101.5 million an increase of 18.6 percent compared to $85.6 million for the comparable quarter last year.

EUE/Screen Gems Studios Dream Stage 10 On Schedule for May Opening

Sun, 03/22/2009 - 20:00 -- Nick Dager

EUE/Screen Gems Studios’ $15 million Dream Stage 10 which will be the third largest film and television production stage in the United States is on track for a May 22 opening in Wilmington North Carolina. According to the studio two large features are now considering filming there. 

 “We are thrilled but not surprised that two studio productions are already considering Dream Stage 10 as the location for their films ” says Chris Cooney COO of EUE/Screen Gems Studios.

Fortis Bank Funds European Digital Cinema Roll Out

Sun, 03/22/2009 - 20:00 -- Nick Dager

Fortis Bank has committed to funding the first tranche of 50 million Euros for the financing of XDC's roll out of digital cinema equipment across Europe pursuant to its mandate to arrange 100-million Euro financing.  The credit facility will be available for draw down upon fulfillment of certain conditions including satisfactory documentation. This financing will be upon closing expected by mid April the first major financing deal in the European digital cinema industry and will further enhance XDC's position as a major player in the European market.

GDC Adds Closed Captioning Capabilities to Server Line

Sun, 03/22/2009 - 20:00 -- Nick Dager

GDC Technology has announced that it has added Closed Captioning capabilities to its SA-2100 family of digital cinema servers. This will benefit cinema patrons who are hearing impaired as they can now read the captions individually (using specially designed equipment available on individual seats) while watching the movie at the same time.
  Unlike open captioning where text is permanently visible which can be intrusive to the viewing audience closed captioning allows individual caption reading. This means others seated alongside do not watch or even see the captions.

Hoyts Cinemas Works with IDC to Establish Network in Australia and New Zealand

Sun, 03/22/2009 - 20:00 -- Nick Dager

International Datacasting Corporation in partnership with its Australian-based distributor OmniCast has received an order from Global Vision Networks for the provision of a new digital cinema broadband distribution network for Hoyts Cinemas in Australia and New Zealand. Under the order IDC has supplied their SFX4104 multimedia satellite receivers to Global Vision for installation throughout their network for Hoyts digital satellite cinemas.

OConnor Updates the 2575 Fluid Head


Sun, 03/22/2009 - 20:00 -- Nick Dager

OConnor has upgraded its workhorse Ultimate 2575 Fluid Head with the new D model. Improvements include ergonomic changes to controls and more pan-bar mounting points. The 2575D retains the counterbalance specifications and other characteristics that contributed to the popularity of its predecessor.

 Camera operators will find that the relocation of all controls on the platform to the operator's side (left) provide easier adjustment.

Palace Cinema Adds Twelve 3D Screens

Sun, 03/22/2009 - 20:00 -- Nick Dager

Palace Cinemas has announced the addition of twelve 3D-capable digital screens at its sites in Central Europe in the Czech Republic Slovakia and Hungary. Three will be in Prague two in Brno two in Bratislava and five in Budapest in addition to the one in operation since December 2007. Eleven of the sites will use Masterimage 3D technology while Palace West End in Budapest will add an additional Real D system.  The Barco projectors and XDC servers were provided through XDC and installed by Film-Ton-Technik. Palace Cinemas’ first wide 3D premiere will be Monsters vs.

New Petrol Ditty Bag Holds Accessories



Sun, 03/22/2009 - 20:00 -- Nick Dager

Petrol has introduced the Ditty Bag a lightweight carrier designed to keep essential tools and accessories well organized and close at hand during production.
 Petrol's new Ditty Bag comes equipped with an internal removable divider to separate contents. Multiple loops and pockets of different sizes are designed to hold a wide variety of items. What's more a removable tool pouch can be easily hung from a standard belt for even greater convenience. The bag's cold-molded laminate bottom lifts and protects contents from damage from adverse elements such as dirt or water.

Colorfront Installs DVS Clipster for Digital Intermediates

Sun, 03/22/2009 - 20:00 -- Nick Dager

Hungarian post-production facility Colorfront has integrated DVS’s Clipster digital intermediates workstation into its workflow. Colorfront founded by the Jaszberenyi brothers Mark and Aron plays a key role in producing international film projects such as Karchi Perlmann’s The Dinner which was awarded at both the Venice and Cottbus Film Festival. Aron Jaszberenyi Colorfront CEO says “Colorfront has become one of Europe’s leading post houses the only one in Hungary offering complete DCI Mastering to its customers.

Sachtler Introduces FSB4 Fluid Head



Sun, 03/22/2009 - 20:00 -- Nick Dager

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.

Theatres Converting to Digital 3D with Sonic and Christie

Sun, 03/22/2009 - 20:00 -- Nick Dager

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 Adds 200 3D Screens

Sun, 03/22/2009 - 20:00 -- Nick Dager

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.

Wild Bunch Acquires International Rights to 3D Entertainment's Oceans 3D

Sun, 03/22/2009 - 20:00 -- Nick Dager

3D Entertainment's filmmakers Jean-Jacques and Francois Mantello have sold all media international rights to their first feature length film. Oceans 3D - Into the Deep presented by Jean-Michel Cousteau a working title has been acquired by Wild Bunch a Paris-and London-based sales distribution and production outfit. The film is set to become the first ever documentary to be both filmed and released in digital 3D.

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