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Writing an Irresistible Query Letter

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

By Donald L. Vasicek The query letter is a marketing tool that can get your script read and you recognized in the highly competitive world of Hollywood. Condensing your 100-plus page script down to a one-page letter exhibits your ability about how good of a writer you are. To have the skill to write a compelling query letter defines who you are as a writer. It must be written just as creatively and professionally as you write your script. If you are unable to attract readers to your script through your query letter it is unlikely you will be able to attract anyone to your script.

At the C.O.R.E.

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

Da Vinci Systems believes it has the Resolve to Edit 3D To date according to Da Vinci Systems its 2K color corrector has been the most relied-upon tool for 3D projects. But the future promises an exponentially increasing number of stereoscopic projects and so the Da Vinci team — in collaboration with leading post-production studios — has developed the Resolve R-3D specifically to meet the challenges of nonlinear grading in 3D. The R-3D which is based on the company’s C.O.R.E.

The Games We Play

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

By Michael Karagosian In the last issue I reported on the wave of investment on-going in the 3D space.  Fascinating developments will be appearing for some time.  So will the inevitable conferences.  I attended the recent 3D Entertainment Summit in Los Angles which had such a list of speakers and panelists that it made one wonder who was left to be in the audience.  What caught my eye however was an interesting announcement from Trioviz and Darkworks that was timed for the event.

A Sense of Urgency

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

Music Video Shoots with Three HD Cameras to Finish in a Day Rockstar Media Group a Los Angeles-based boutique media and content production company recently shot a complex music video launching new Island Def Jam Music Group rock artists The Urgency. Three HD cameras were used to shoot the more than three-minute piece entitled Fingertips.
 
 The video was conceived and directed by Rockstar Media Group director Ryan Bosworth with fellow director Jim Matlosz serving as Director of Photography. Fingertips is currently in rotation at mtvU on air and online.

AccessIT Becomes Cinedigm

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

Access Integrated Technologies has announced that it will be changing its name to Cinedigm Digital Cinema. This conversion allows for significantly expanded possibilities for big-screen theatre-based entertainment including live performances and events in 3D according to the company adding that the new name and identity are designed to better represent the company's position in the new paradigm in cinema entertainment made possible by its technology and services.

Ballantyne Installs 3D Systems for Regal and National Amusements

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

Ballantyne of Omaha has announced that its Strong Digital Systems division provided 35 NEC Starus Digital Cinema projectors with RealD 3D technology to theatre chains including Regal Entertainment Group and National Amusements. The projectors shipments and installations were completed in time for the November release of Walt Disney Pictures' animated feature film Bolt. Strong Technical Services subsidiary is performing a majority of the installations and a majority of the specialty silver screens are being procured from the Company's Strong Screen Systems business.

Cinedigm Gets Eight-Year $8.9 Million Credit Facility for Phase 2 Digital Cinema Conversions

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

Cinedigm Digital Cinema formerly AccessIT has signed its Phase 2 Entity on an $8.9 million credit facility. The facility will fund the launch of Cinedigm's first 137 Phase 2 conversions of Premiere Cinemas' theatres to the Company's digital cinema platform in what is expected to ultimately be a 10 000-screen digital cinema deployment plan. The first 35 systems are expected to be operational in December bringing the total for Phase 2 to 55 by the end of the year. To date Cinedigm has signed almost 500 screens to its Phase 2 plan and anticipates thousands more in the months ahead.

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.

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.

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