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Silence is Golden

Fri, 11/07/2008 - 19:00 -- Nick Dager

An Independent Feature Gets a Red Carpet Premiere Revscope Pictures is hosting a Hollywood style movie premiere for the release of Silent a gothic-comedy about an outlandish girl who is cursed with a 'real' voice in a silent-film world.  The screening will take place on November 16 at the renowned Bickford Theatre at the Morris Museum.

The Zen of Writing and Filmmaking

Fri, 11/07/2008 - 19:00 -- Nick Dager

An Ongoing Series of Articles on Screenwriting by an Award-Winning Filmmaker By Donald Vasicek Editor’s Note: We are pleased to welcome Don Vasicek as a regular contributor to Digital Cinema Report.  Don is an author and is the producer director and writer of the award-winning documentary The Sand Creek Massacre. His current project Ghosts of Sand Creek a two-hour six-episode documentary film about the descendants and ancestors of the Sand Creek Massacre which occurred on November 29 1864 in the southeastern Colorado Territory is in development.

Finding Added Value

Fri, 11/07/2008 - 19:00 -- Nick Dager

Digital Signage Market Growth Continues The penetration of digital signage applications in business-to-business settings continues to grow as the market consumed 1.1 million displays in 2008 according to MultiMedia Intelligence. This is an increase of display shipments of 34 percent over 2007. By 2012 the market will consume nearly 2.3 million displays the company estimates. Digital signage is the next evolution of multi-platform advertising says Frank Dickson chief research officer with MultiMedia Intelligence.

A Comeback for Drive-Ins?

Fri, 11/07/2008 - 19:00 -- Nick Dager

A New Generation of Moviegoers Discovers the Value of the Drive-in By Wendy Carlson When Thomas Intrier searched the Internet for an outdoor movie theatre he came across the Pleasant Valley Drive-In. Just a bend-in-the road in the state’s northwest corner it was a two-hour drive from his Greenwich Connecticut home. But for Intrier 49 the trek was worth it to share a slice of Americana with his children. Drive-ins a roadside icon that turned 75 this year are fewer and farther between these days.

Fighting Fire and Marital Demons

Fri, 11/07/2008 - 19:00 -- Nick Dager

New Independent Film Finds Success in Non-Traditional Distribution Fireproof an action and love story about fighting fires and marital demons from Sherwood Pictures in Albany Georgia opened recently with little advance marketing and has gone on to earn $6.8 million and the number four slot at the box office.

Exploring New Frontiers

Fri, 11/07/2008 - 19:00 -- Nick Dager

AVIE in 3D at Shanghai’s eArts Festival Last month’s eArts Festival in Shanghai offered a three-week program of events performances and 3D installations uniting artists from all over the world and creating a fusion of art and new technology. The activities took place across a range of venues each with its own theme. At the Shanghai Science & Technology Museum the theme was eLandscapes where the Advanced Visualization and Interaction Environment was displayed.

When in Rome

Fri, 11/07/2008 - 19:00 -- Nick Dager

Lowry Digital Restores The Robe The Oscar-winning classic motion picture The Robe has been digitally restored by Lowry Digital utilizing the company's proprietary Lowry Process to create pristine new picture elements that maintain the visual intentions of the original masterpiece produced in 1953. The restored film premiered at the Rome International Film Festival on October 30 as part of the festival's ongoing partnership with The Film Foundation. The restoration was a collaboration between the Academy Film Archive and 20th Century Fox with funding from The Film Foundation.

The Vision Thing

Fri, 11/07/2008 - 19:00 -- Nick Dager

New v3 MOE Lenses at Clairmont Camera The v3 MOE (Moving Optical Element) lenses add realism depth and shape to scenes or products and provide a vivid improvement over conventional film and telecast imagery. Unique to the industry they capture different points of view relative to the plane of focus causing the viewer to interpret depth in such a manner that it enhances the realism of the shot and make it more life-like. “In addition to the content the ‘look’ of a film is the core of any production ” says Chris Mayhew president Vision III Imaging.

DeckLink Cards Capture from Two Video Sources on Single MacPro

Fri, 11/07/2008 - 19:00 -- Nick Dager

Blackmagic Design says its range of DeckLink cards are the only video-capture cards available to enable two Softron MovieRecorder applications running on a single MacPro workstation to simultaneously capture video from two different sources. Using a MacPro coupled with two DeckLink cards and two applications of Softron MovieRecorder enhances facilities’ ingest capabilities.

DVS Arri Certify SpycerBox for ArriScan

Fri, 11/07/2008 - 19:00 -- Nick Dager

DVS and Arri have announced the certification of SpycerBox as a high-performance storage solution for ArriScan speeding up post-production workflows through the interaction between the two systems. Scanned footage can be transferred directly from ArriScan to the SpycerBox via InfiniBand making it immediately available for further processing. Footage is scanned in and provided directly to the digital workflow. ArriScan handles scanning processes at high speed. The SpycerBox connected via InfiniBand stores the high-quality footage data.

IDC OpenSky Announce Deal for Digital Cinema Satellite Delivery in Europe

Fri, 11/07/2008 - 19:00 -- Nick Dager

International Datacasting Corporation has announced that it has signed a memorandum of understanding with OpenSky based in Italy for the provision of IDC's broadband satellite technology for the rollout of a new digital cinema distribution network in Europe. The MOU has been consummated with an initial order of uplink broadcast equipment and an initial deployment of IDC's satellite receivers to multiple theatres across Italy. Financial details of the MOU were not disclosed for competitive reasons. OpenSky is a European satellite service provider with headquarters in Italy.

Petrol Unveils Its Raincover Weather Protection Tool

Fri, 11/07/2008 - 19:00 -- Nick Dager

Petrol a Vitec Group brand has introduced the PRC-EX1 transparent Raincover a weather protection device for Sony PMW-EX1 and HVR-Z7 cameras. 

Petrol's one-piece design makes the Raincover easy to install even while shooting. Constructed largely of clear polyurethane for maximum visibility the PRC-EX1 offers quick access to all camera features and enables work with the flip out LCD screen fully open. A hot shoe connector in the cover's rigid front hood section anchors and stabilizes it on camera. At the rear durable waterproof rubber fabric surrounds and protects the viewfinder.

Side Effect Wins Pretty/Scary Prize at Shriekfest

Fri, 11/07/2008 - 19:00 -- Nick Dager

Side Effect recently screened at Raleigh Studios in Hollywood during the 8th Annual Shriekfest Film Festival.  After playing to a fervent crowd and receiving thunderous applause Side Effect was awarded with the Pretty/Scary Award for Excellence in Horror Filmmaking.  With a multitude of international film festival screenings on the calendar Side Effect has already garnered the Best Screenplay Award at the Chicago Horror Film Festival Best Short at Germany’s Oldendburg Film Festival and the coveted golden chainsaw statuette in the Cutting Edge Short Film Competition at the Dead by Dawn F

Doremi Licenses IDC Streaming Software for use with AccessIT’s CineLive 3D

Fri, 11/07/2008 - 19:00 -- Nick Dager

Doremi Cinema has announced a licensing agreement with International Datacasting Corporation for the integration of real-time streaming software into its line of SuperFlex Pro Cinema products. The pact also enables Doremi to embed Sensio Live 3D decoding technology into Doremi digital cinema servers for CineLive 3D AccessIT's newest solution for theatre owners. Doremi's software is integral to CineLive 3D. It will allow theatres to play live 3D alternative content to multiple screens simultaneously. Today's solutions require hardware for each screen that is to receive a broadcast event.

Ballantyne Sees Third Quarter Film-Based Revenue Decline Digital Revenue Increase

Fri, 11/07/2008 - 19:00 -- Nick Dager

Ballantyne of Omaha has reported financial results for the third quarter and nine months ended September 30th. Net third quarter revenues were $12.3 million a 2.4 percent decrease from net revenues of $12.6 million in Q3 2007 principally reflecting an expected decline in film-based products.

Share Your Sundance Stories to help Celebrate the 25th Anniversary

Fri, 11/07/2008 - 19:00 -- Nick Dager

Support for independent storytelling has always been the driving force of Sundance Institute. This year the Institute is celebrating the 25th anniversary of the Sundance Film Festival by collecting anecdotes and memories from the people who know the most about what the Festival means. Only those who have been to the Sundance Film Festival can truly convey the true spirit of Sundance which is why the Institute is asking those who have been there to share their Sundance stories.

Fly Me to the Moon 3D a Hit for Xpand in Europe

Fri, 11/07/2008 - 19:00 -- Nick Dager

Xpand has reported that the animated 3D release Fly Me to the Moon from nWave Pictures has achieved unprecedented success on Xpand’s screens throughout Europe capturing an audience of approximately 73 000 during the film’s first five days of release.  Sustaining the largest international market share of 3D screens spanning three continents Xpand predicts these numbers will grow substantially with Fly Me to the Moon’s current rating as the fourth most successful 3D film in 2008 based on audience numbers per screen.  A delightful animated feature for the entire family the film embark

Q-tec Completes First Installation of RealD’s 3D System in Japan

Fri, 11/07/2008 - 19:00 -- Nick Dager

Q-tec Inc. one of Japan's leading video post-production service providers announced that it has completed the first domestic installation of 3D cinema system developed by digital 3D delivery company RealD. Q-tec plans to begin the full-scale operation this month. The number of digital 3D cinema screens in Japan was around 30 at the end of 2007 but there are currently more than 50 screens available as the United States film Journey to the Center of the Earth 3D was released in October. The number is projected to rise with the expectation of 3D films produced and released in Japan.

Zacuto Announces Four New Camera Mounts

Fri, 11/07/2008 - 19:00 -- Nick Dager

Chicago-based production equipment maker Zacuto has announced four new mounts including the Zephyr Zacuto's 15mm lightweight support plate; the ZRed an EVF Red One Mount; the Zandy a19mm to 15mm rod mount; and the Zgrip Zandy an articulating handgrip. Zephyr Replacing the Sony and Panasonic ENG style cameras’ V-Wedge plate the Zephyr allows a quick-release from the tripod plate.

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