Cinemeccanica and Barco have announced what the companies are calling a milestone contract with French exhibitor Cap Cinéma. Under the terms of the agreement both companies will install eighty 2K DLP digital projectors in Cap Cinéma theaters across France. With more than 100 screens across the country Cap Cinéma is one of the most renowned exhibitors in France. A long-term customer of Barco’s value added partner Cinemeccanica Cap Cinéma selected Barco’s DP series of projectors for its digital conversion using financing from Ymagis.
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CVMP the European conference on visual media production has announced its call for submissions. The conference takes place November 12-13 at the BFI Southbank London.
The best movie previews of 2009 were crowned recently at the Directors Guild of America in Los Angeles when the 10th Annual Golden Trailer Awards were conferred before a live audience. In a show hosted by comedian writer and actor Dean Edwards with presenters culled from the ranks of today's top and up-and-coming comedians statuettes for 16 award categories were handed out. Additionally one of these winners was also named Best in Show.
Intensity3D which its creators call a radical new concept in multi-dimensional video projection was unveiled this week at the Euromax conference at the Tycho Brahe Planetarium in Copenhagen Denmark. Intensity3D combines digital cinema and curved screen technology and was designed to provide new levels of image quality on a curved screen.
Regal Entertainment Group the largest motion picture exhibitor in the world has announced an agreement to install Sony 4K digital projection systems across Regal’s entire circuit over the next three to five years which – when completed – would create the most extensive 4K deployment in the world. Like it or not this is one of the biggest developments to date in the short history of digital cinema. This announcement did not happen in a vacuum; there are underlying issues that helped drive this agreement among them the current state of the global economy.
Michael Mann and DP Dante Spinotti team up again for Public Enemies.
Katabatic Digital Expands and now Offers 4K Post to Clients in New York Katabatic Digital a new post-production facility has opened in New York City’s fashion district. One year ago founder Emery Wells opened the doors of Katabatic’s original one-room studio carrying out some of the first color grading in an all-4K digital workflow.
Ziegfeld Theatre Among First to Take Advantage of NEC Upgrade New York’s Ziegfeld Theatre has upgraded its 3D capabilities with the installation of the new NEC NC2500S-A digital cinema projector. As Hollywood studios begin requiring a higher level of brightness for 3D movie releases NEC says it is the only provider to offer all pre-existing customers this new feature in their current models with a simple upgrade. The upgrade was made in time for the opening of Disney’s latest 3D release Up.
Around the world 3D movie production is intensifying and cinemas are investing in 3D technologies and feedback from audiences has been highly positive with encouraging ticket sales. Yet the ultimate goal is to bring 3D to the home and Futuresource Consulting’s newly-released Strategic Impact of 3’ report reveals studios consumer electronics companies broadcasters video game vendors and network operators are all poised to power 3D through the consumer diffusion curve.
Audinate has announced that its Dante audio networking solution was used during the world premiere of the new Star Trek movie at the Sydney Opera House. The 150 million dollar Paramount Pictures film debuted with the stars in attendance last month at the red carpet event. For the event Audinate collaborated with Dolby and D&B Audiotechnik. The Sydney Opera House was transformed using Dante to transport digital audio from the media servers to more than eighty speakers across the concert hall. More than 1500 people attended the event.
Texas-based Cinemark International has deployed Barco DP-2000 projectors into more than 25 Cinemark multiplexes throughout Mexico Central and South America including major cities in Argentina Chile Peru Guatemala Panama Colombia Ecuador and Brazil. This ongoing deployment encompasses both small and large exhibitors throughout Latin America. CineColombia the largest Colombia-based exhibitor is rolling out 3D screens throughout the country. With a plan to replace 100 percent of their projectors with digital they have already upgraded screens in Cali Bogota and Medellin.
Beloved Pictures has just entered into a six-figure deal with Cinco Paul (Horton Hears a Who College Road Trip Santa Clause 2) and Jon Hale to begin pre-production on their screenplay entitled Nora. The film set in New Haven Connecticut tells the story of a family's loss grief and redemption. By turns poignant and hilarious this masterfully crafted story answers the question of how individuals move on after losing those they love the most.
Christie the technical digital cinema partner to the Cannes Film Festival screened 50 films in the digital format out of the 53 movies that were screened. Bt comparison last year 37 movies were screened digitally and in 2007 the number was 20. Christie Digital Systems USA president and COO Jack Kline says “We are pleased to see the progress of digital cinema in the motion picture industry as shown by the digital movies which are part of the Official Selection.
Cinecittà Digital Factory of Rome worked with Hanover-based DVS when it recently reorganized its facility and upgraded its post-production workflow. The new storage infrastructure consists of a 48 TB online DVS-SAN complemented by three SpycerBoxes with 72 TB near-line capacities. As one of the leading European film studios Cinecittà has to rely on a high-availability storage infrastructure offering openness flexibility and security. Several Arri film scanners simultaneously ingest 2K-film material on three SpycerBox systems for further processing.
Cineped will unveil the final version of its panoramic 360-degree camera support system at this year’s Cine Gear Expo June 6 at Paramount Pictures Studios in Hollywood.
Honda has started its campaign for its Insight hybrid model to the UK with cinema advertising alongside films such as Angels & Demons. The campaign is part of a £1.3 million deal with cinema sales company Digital Cinema Media. The campaign for the environmentally friendly Insight began in Continental Europe last month and was created by Wieden & Kennedy. Digital Cinema Media signed Honda to a package that sees the 60-second ad shown across 2 500 screens and also in art house cinemas. The UK version of the ad was set to the song This Little Light of Mine by Berend Dubbe.
Industrial Color of Culver City California has launched IC Motion to provide HD RAW video capture and post-production services for professional photographers producers and filmmakers. With recent advances in RAW digital video capture systems from manufacturers like Red Digital Cinema and RAW video and color editing software from Apple the industry is experiencing a transformative opportunity for photographers to produce video content on still sets and beyond. From a workflow and cost perspective it makes sense to shoot video footage on a still photo set.
The Society of Motion Picture and Television Engineers is seeking proposals for technical papers and tutorials for the 2009 SMPTE Technical Conference and Exhibition. Proposed papers must be informational in nature and must address technical theory application or practice associated with technologies relevant to the motion imaging industry. This year student papers are strongly encouraged.
The research company Research and Markets has just released a new study about the U.S. movie theatre industry includes about 2 000 companies with combined annual revenue of $11 billion and around 5 000 indoor theatres and 300 drive-ins. Major companies include Regal Entertainment AMC Entertainment and Cinemark. The industry is highly concentrated: the 50 largest firms own half of the nation's theatres and earn around 85 percent of industry revenue.
The Sundance Kabuki Cinemas in San Francisco installed Dolby 3D Digital Cinema in its 160-seat auditorium four in time for Disney/Pixar’s Up which opened on May 29. “Sundance Kabuki Cinemas is a destination experience with reserved seating and exciting features including balcony bar seating the Sundance Kitchen restaurant and the Bar Bistro ” says Nancy Gribler executive vice president of marketing Sundance Cinemas.