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GDC Signs VPF Deal with Three Studios for Exhibitors in Asia

Mon, 12/08/2008 - 19:00 -- Nick Dager

In a move designed to accelerate the conversion of cinemas in Asia to digital technology GDC has reached separate non-exclusive agreements with three Hollywood Studios for digital cinema deployment across Asia. Under these agreements 20th Century Fox Paramount Pictures International and Universal Pictures International will be committed to supply Asian exhibitors with feature film content digitally as well as to make financial contributions towards the hardware cost of DCI-compliant digital cinema equipment deployed by GDC.

K-Tek Introduces the Klassic Traveler Kit

Mon, 12/08/2008 - 19:00 -- Nick Dager

K-Tek has introduced the Klassic Traveler Kit. Created to meet the needs of the busy boom pole operator on the go the new kit offers the K-Tek Klassic 6-Section graphite boom pole (K-87CC) K-Mount microphone suspension (K-MT) and a slip-on Fuzzy windscreen (Z-FSO) in a single cost-effective package. K-Tek’s new Klassic graphite pole is engineered for quick storage and easy transportation. The six-section design allows the pole to collapse to a shorter minimum length with no sacrifice to maximum reach.

Mark II First in Central Asia to offer All Uncompressed Digital Film Capture Workflow

Mon, 12/08/2008 - 19:00 -- Nick Dager

Mark II Productions of Almaty Kazakhstan has purchased an S.two production and post system to support their new Arri D-21 camera making them the first such company in the country to offer digital uncompressed field acquisition and associated workflow options. 
 
 “This is a fantastic system ” says Alex Berkovitch of Mark II.  “We were very impressed with S.two and their proven track record in the field of uncompressed digital feature projects.

The Foundry Ships Ocula Stereoscopic Tool for Post-Production

Mon, 12/08/2008 - 19:00 -- Nick Dager

The Foundry is now shipping Ocula – a collection of plug-in tools designed to solve common problems with stereoscopic imagery boost productivity in post-production and ultimately help to deliver a more rewarding stereoscopic viewing experience.

 Ocula plug-ins are designed to automatically replicate key processes on left and right channels and help artists polish and refine stereoscopic material literally removing headaches from the final viewing experience.

 “Since we announced Ocula at NAB 2008 this year the entire toolset has been through extensive beta-testing and further rou

Panasonic New 64GB P2 Solid-State Memory Card

Mon, 12/08/2008 - 19:00 -- Nick Dager

Panasonic has announced the immediate availability of its new 64GB P2 solid-state memory card providing expanded recording capacity for its line of P2 and P2 HD camcorders and workflow products. Ideal for long-form production the high-capacity 64GB P2 (model AJ-P2C064)card allows professionals to record for hours offering double the record times of the 32GB P2 card and increased storage capacity for larger high-definition data files. The new P2 card also features an improved transfer rate of up to 800 Mb/s for faster transfer and offload of P2 content.

New Projectors Claim to Show All Aspect Ratios

Mon, 12/08/2008 - 19:00 -- Nick Dager

ISCO has entered into an original equipment manufacturer partnership with Wolf Cinema. Their joint equipment design combined products and technologies have led to what the companies are calling an exclusive industry first: the ability of Wolf Cinema projectors to show every single movie in its original aspect ratio from 1.33:1 to 2.67:1. It is unclear when the new projectors might come to market.

Is 3D Here to Stay?

Thu, 11/20/2008 - 19:00 -- Nick Dager

By Michael Karagosian Is 3D here to stay? By now that should be a dated question. There are a lot of reasons why 3D has gained momentum in cinema and not all of them have to do with motion pictures. Stereoscopic viewing dates back nearly 200 years and has a history with film nearly as old as the motion picture itself. Plenty has been written about the several fashionable periods for 3D movies.  And plenty more has been said that either elevates the technology as new art for story-telling or simply rules it out as nothing more than fuel for fads.

The Legend Lives

Wed, 11/19/2008 - 19:00 -- Nick Dager

The Who: Live at Kilburn:1977 Plays at Theatres Across the U.S. Last month the legendary rock concert movie The Who: Live At Kilburn: 1977 played in more than 75 select theatres across the U.S. including New York Chicago Las Vegas and Houston among others. Lead-singer and co-founder Roger Daltrey of The Who appeared at the Los Angeles theatrical premiere on November 10th and participated in a question and answer session with Spitfire Pictures’ Nigel Sinclair at the much-anticipated event. The concert was presented by D&E Entertainment.

Promoting 3D

Wed, 11/19/2008 - 19:00 -- Nick Dager

As I’ve written here many times I‘m a strong believer in the idea that digital stereoscopic 3D is going to have a profound and positive impact on motion picture production and exhibition. But even I concede that the major reason that some recent 3D movies have flourished has a lot to do with the novelty factor. How else to explain the fact that both Meet the Robinsons and Journey to the Center of the Earth were box office bonanzas?

The Logline

Wed, 11/19/2008 - 19:00 -- Nick Dager

An Ongoing Series of Articles on Screenwriting by an Award-Winning Filmmaker By Donald Vasicek The logline must show what your movie is about. You have about a minimum of five or six words and a maximum of three five to six word sentences to show it in the logline. The shorter the better. If you are serious about writing selling and getting your screenplays produced then you must think in terms of writing lean and mean. Lean and mean is the same thing as the shorter the better. This attitude will help you write to industry standards and help you hone your craft as a screenwriter.

Not a Bad Start

Wed, 11/19/2008 - 19:00 -- Nick Dager

Ascent 142’s First DI Project is Quantum of Solace Quantum of Solace the latest James Bond movie which was released in U.S. theaters last month was the first digital intermediates project for London-based Ascent 142. Stephen Nakamura vice president of features for Company 3 an Ascent Media business graded the film at Ascent 142 on a da Vinci Resolve R-350. Ascent 142 is the result of the merger between Ascent Media's One Post St. Anne's Post Stream and Wardour Street's Media Management services facilities.

Think Small

Wed, 11/19/2008 - 19:00 -- Nick Dager

QSC Introduces Two New Cinema Loudspeaker Systems Built expressly to meet the needs of professional motion picture playback in smaller theatres QSC’s new SC-2150 loudspeaker is one of two new members of the DCS (Digital Cinema Speaker) series. Offering high-power handling excellent sensitivity and extended bass response in a very compact enclosure the SC-2150 is a three-way full-range or bi-amplified screen channel loudspeaker comprised of two main units: A mid-high frequency system and a low frequency enclosure.

Shooting Sandhogs

Wed, 11/19/2008 - 19:00 -- Nick Dager

New Documentary Chronicles the Largest Public Works project in the Western Hemisphere Manhattan-based filmmaker Eddie Rosenstein a founder of Eyepop Productions is the creator director and co-director of photography of The Greatest Tunnel Ever Built profiling New York City’s legendary urban tunnel workers known as Sandhogs. Currently the Sandhogs are building the city’s third water tunnel scheduled to go online in 2013 to help alleviate New York City’s serious long-term water problem.

A Conversation with Don McAlpine

Wed, 11/19/2008 - 19:00 -- Nick Dager

Winner of the American Society of Cinematographers International Achievement Award Donald McAlpine will receive the 2009 American Society of Cinematographers International Achievement Award. The tribute is presented annually to a cinematographer who has made significant and enduring contributions to the global art of filmmaking. He will be feted during the 23rd Annual ASC Outstanding Achievement Awards in Los Angeles on February 15 at the Century Plaza Hotel.

Making a Splash

Wed, 11/19/2008 - 19:00 -- Nick Dager

Sea Monsters: A Prehistoric Adventure Hits $30 Million at Breakneck Speed Sea Monsters: A Prehistoric Adventure has become one of the fastest giant-screen films to hit the $30 million mark since its release on October 5 2007 and is one of the highest grossing original giant-screen films of 2008. The announcement was made by Mark Katz president Giant Screen Film and Distribution for National Geographic Cinema Ventures. “We’re thrilled with the enthusiastic response Sea Monsters: A Prehistoric Adventure has received from audiences around the world ” says Katz.

Saving Every Minute

Wed, 11/19/2008 - 19:00 -- Nick Dager

Sony Unveils High-Def Camera and Recording System for Professional Video Applications 
 
 In an effort to help filmmakers save money per recording minute Sony plans to make available in February a new full high-definition compact point-of-view camera and solid-state recorder combination the HXR-MC1. Its video compression will afford its users longer recording time per GB as well as a low cost of media per minute.

ZON Lusomundo and XDC to Deploy 180 Digital Screens in Portugal

Wed, 11/19/2008 - 19:00 -- Nick Dager

Digital cinema service company XDC and ZON Lusomundo the largest cinema chain in Portugal have signed an exclusive agreement for the deployment of digital cinema systems in 180 of ZON Lusomundo's cinema screens in Portugal. The agreement includes the roll out of DCI-compliant projection systems co-financed by the Virtual Print Fee model. The rollout is scheduled to begin in January with an initial commitment of 100 screens throughout the rest of the year.

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