Shooting Tape and Data To capture the boy’s basketball season leading to a much anticipated final championship game between urban archrivals Boys and Girls High School and Abraham Lincoln High School in Brooklyn New York producer/director Jon Alpert and his co-director Matt O’Neill captured the event with the newly released Sony XDCam PMW-EX1 cameras. They also shot with tape cameras. The documentary will air this winter as an ESPN signature special.
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Deluxe Installs New Digital Media Distribution System Deluxe has chosen a Signiant digital media distribution management system to automate accelerate and secure the distribution of post-production materials for motion pictures from major Hollywood studios and broadcast companies. Post-production and distribution of films has become more complex especially as releasing films simultaneously around the world has become more popular. Less than a decade ago dubbing films into different languages for international release was a tape-based process that took months.
Cineplex Entertainment RealD Sign Agreement for 175 3D Installations Cineplex Entertainment and RealD have signed a long-term agreement to install a minimum of 175 3D systems into Cineplex Entertainment theatres across the country by December 2009 bringing RealD’s committed screen count to well over 5 500.
Katzenberg to speak at IBC Via Satellite On September 14th more than 1000 delegates at this year’s IBC exhibition and conference in Amsterdam Holland are expected to witness an historic interview conducted in Los Angeles with DreamWorks Animation chief executive officer Jeffrey Katzenberg. Elizabeth Daley professor and dean of the USC School of Cinematic Arts will interview him. Thanks to 3Ality Digital a company based in Los Angeles the interview will be photographed on multi-camera stereoscopic equipment and packaged for delivery by satellite service company Arqiva to Amsterdam.
New and emerging entertainment technologies of practical use to content creation management distribution and display professionals will be the focus of SMPTE 2008: Annual Tech Conference and Expo. The Society of Motion Picture and Television Engineers says early bird registration is now open for the international event.
Cine-tal Systems has acquired Rising Sun Research’s CineSpace color management technology and product line. By combining our display management software and display hardware products with the proven cineSpace color management software we are providing a comprehensive solution for color management and display management says Cine-tal Systems CEO Rob Carroll and we are committed to providing our customers with the very best technology for collaborating processing and displaying visual media. CineSpace is widely used for film and television production.
Those involved in both the creative and business aspects of 3D can look forward to two important events taking place this September and December. 3D Biz-Ex September 29-October 1 2008 Running September 29-October 1 2008 3D Biz-Ex is a big tent event that brings together developers providers and customers in all 3D market and application segments.
Barco was selected by XDC to be the exclusive projector supplier for last month’s 61st Locarno Film Festival. The highlights of the festival were the open-air screenings at Piazza Grande. Every August around 190 000 cinema-goers over 1 000 journalists and 3 200 professionals gather in the small Swiss-Italian town of Locarno for an eleven day film festival. The Locarno Film Festival presents 100 digital screenings in five different venues including the famous Piazza Grande.
Digital Vision has announced that all its software systems will now support footage captured with Red One cameras. With the release of Red’s SDK users of Digital Vision’s Film Master will be able to grade native Redcode RAW files improving the workflows of feature film broadcast programs and commercials shot on the Red One camera. Simon Cuff president and COO Digital Vision says “Digital Vision has always been committed to embracing the latest advances and with this announcement we’re again putting our customers ahead of the creative curve.
Recipients of the 2008 Eastman Scholarship and Kodak Faculty Scholars Programs were announced last month during the 62nd Annual University Film and Video Association Conference at Colorado College. The Gold Award for Excellence in the Craft of Filmmaking was presented to Marc D'Agostino from Temple University for his film Adam and Evan. D'Agostino received $5 000 plus an Eastman Product Grant valued at $5 000. The Silver Award went to Regent University's Mitchell Lusas for Order.
Realabilities: The First Annual NY Disabilities Film Festival debuts this fall simultaneously in 14 locations throughout the New York metropolitan area. From September 21-23 Realabilities will showcase feature documentary and short films by and about the lives of people with disabilities. Premiering the week before National Disability Awareness Month Realabilities aims to promote awareness and appreciation of the lives stories and artistic expressions of people with different disabilities.
The Big Sky Documentary Film Festival the premier venue for non-fiction film in the American West is seeking submissions for its sixth annual event to be held February 13-22. Final deadline for submissions is October 20. The festival will screen 100 films including world and U.S. premieres classics rare and experimental works on Montana's largest screen at the historic Wilma Theater in downtown Missoula Montana. In addition to 10 days of screenings the event will feature many public and VIP events including panel discussions galas receptions and networking round tables.
Digital Domain says it will integrate the Tactic digital asset management system from Southpaw Technology into its digital production workflow. The company plans to use it on upcoming feature film commercial and game projects. “Tactic promises to provide us with a solid infrastructure for managing the complex flow of digital assets through our pipeline ” says Phil Peterson Digital Domain’s senior technology officer.
Zacuto has opened a professional video sales showroom in River North Chicago. The company says it is now the only full service showroom in Chicago selling professional video camera setups. The focus of the new showroom is on the Zacuto USA brand of products all designed and manufactured in the USA. Zacuto also is a complete reseller of a large brand selection of production equipment cameras and accessories.
EUE Screen Gems Studios home of the largest studio lot east of California is building the largest film and television production stage on the east coast says Chris Cooney COO and president of EUE Screen Gems Ltd.
IndiePix the Internet-based distributor of independent films has announced a partnership with Nelson Madison Films’ distribution arm Indie Rights Inc. The partnership coincides with the launch of the new ‘Activist’ and ‘Educational’ Editions of Skid Row – a no-holds-barred documentary featuring Pras Michael from the Fugees as he takes to the streets of downtown Los Angeles for nine days with no money or food.
The Production Equipment Rental Association has opened a new national office in Manhattan at 101 West 31st Street. This location will now serve as a place for meetings and consolidated communications for members. PERA has been listening to members and the industry since our member meeting at the National Association of Broadcasters convention in April says executive director John Johnston. We are acting on recommendations to rebuild the organization focus on current issues address member needs and increase the value of membership in PERA. PERA has also launched a new Web site.
The Cinema Advertising Council has named the winners of its 2007 Creative Excellence Awards. The annual awards recognize high-quality entertaining advertising that has been showcased in movie theatres during the past year on a national regional and local basis. “With Madison Avenue's continued embrace of cinema advertising it comes as no surprise that advertisers and their agencies continue to raise the bar relative to their on-and off-screen creative ” says Stu Ballatt president and chairman of the CAC.
National CineMedia has promoted Pam Biederman Beth Hoff and Lauren Leff to the role of senior vice president. Biederman has been promoted from vice president to senior vice president central division in National CineMedia’s Chicago office where she will continue to lead the Midwest national sales team. Biederman joined Regal CineMedia (now National CineMedia) in 2002 as Midwest sales director and was elevated to vice president in 2003. Prior to joining the company Biederman opened and managed the Midwest sales offices for Screenvision in 2000.
Digital Cinema is more than just about a digital projector. The entire value chain is changing - everything from the excitement caused by a new company selling a camera called Red to new ways to make money with Blu-ray and everything in between. It is difficult to find an industry that is undergoing so much change. And where there is change there are opportunities for companies to find growth. It has been three years since the Digital Cinema Initiative published recommendations for how distributors and theatres should handle movies distributed and exhibited digitally.