No Digital Deal in the States but Significant Activity in Europe While the Hollywood studios continue to differ over how to move forward with DCIP in the United States four of them have combined for a major European deal. XDC has signed non-exclusive long-term agreements with four major distributors – Warners Paramount Disney and Twentieth Century Fox – to deploy 8 000 upcoming DCI-compliant digital cinema installations across Europe. Similar agreements with Universal Pictures and Sony Pictures are reportedly in a very advanced stage and are expected to close shortly.
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Russia’s Cinema Park gets World’s First Complete Digital B-Chain Audio Network The Harman Pro Cinema Group and Italian systems integrator Cinemeccanica have designed and installed the world’s first complete multiplex Digital B-Chain cinema audio network for Russian cinema exhibitor Cinema Park at Cinema Park’s new 10 screen multiplex in Novosibirsk Russia. The project is the first all Digital B-Chain installation with the entire multiplex utilizing DBC Systems in all 10 auditoriums.
A Conversation with Producer/Director James Chressanthis No Subtitles Necessary: Laszlo and Vilmos premiered as an official selection of Cannes Classics at the 61st Annual Cannes International Film Festival last month. The documentary tracks a 50-year journey with Laszlo Kovacs and Vilmos Zsigmond beginning with their arrival in the United States as political refugees from Hungary in February 1957. Person A with B and C at shoot for Great Movie There is poetic justice in this film premiering at Cannes says producer/director James Chressanthis.
Stereoscope Opens to meet Growing Demand for 3D Production Post-Production Responding to Hollywood's growing demand for 3D production and post-production Stereoscope has opened its doors to serve the creative community. Equipped with the new version of Quantel's Pablo 4K color grading system which can handle real-time stereoscopic post-production the studio has been designed from the ground up to provide a full range of stereo3D digital content services from development through distribution.
Reach for Me the first feature-length motion picture to be shot and produced entirely in 4K was screened last month at Landmark Theatre's flagship theatre The Landmark in Los Angeles' Westside Pavilion. Directed by Levar Burton and produced by AMediaVision Productions the movie was captured using Dalsa's Origin 4K cinematography camera with 4K image processing and digital intermediate managed by Post Logic. It was screened at The Landmark on Sony's 4K Sony's SRX-R220 digital cinema projection system.
A new report available now offers insights into the ways in which the Internet is changing the marketing and delivering of television and film content in Europe. This companion volume to Andrew Sparrows Music Distribution and the Internet: A Legal Guide for the Music Business focuses on the practical application of UK and EU law as it applies to the distribution of television and film through the Internet.
Band Pro Film & Digital has opened Band Pro East a new branch office dedicated to servicing the needs of production industry professionals in the Northeast Southeast and eastern states. Located at 645 W. 27th Street Band Pro East is headquartered in the heart of New York’s Chelsea district. The new location will include a spacious showroom.
Los Angeles-based Technicolor Creative Services has purchased four Digital Vision DVNR 2K image processing systems for use in high-definition DVD compression and authoring work. The systems equipped with AGR4 ME and ALS options enable Technicolor to manage film grain and video noise and correct for the artifacts that often occurs when encoding images for high-resolution formats such as Blu-Ray. The new systems are installed in Technicolor’s Burbank DVD facility.
Beaufort International Group has announced that it has acquired the business and assets of DTS Digital Cinema from DTS Inc. for an undisclosed sum. Beaufort made the acquisition through its US subsidiary Beaufort California. Chris Thomas Beaufort California’s CEO says “We are very pleased to have made this acquisition. DTS is an established brand in the cinema industry and provides a solid foundation for us to develop our plans in digital cinema.
Lionsgate has signed an agreement to provide its movies in the digital cinema equipped theatres in AccessIT’s Phase 1 digital cinema program. Under the terms of the deal Lionsgate will pay virtual print fees under a long-term agreement similar to those signed by all the other major studios. Lionsgate is already a long-time customer of AccessIT’s Software Division employing its industry-leading Theatrical Distribution System (TDS) which enables theatre bookings for screens in the U.S. and Canada. AccessIT and Lionsgate have begun negotiations on a Phase 2 agreement.
The National Association of Theatre Owners (NATO) has issued a revised Digital Cinema System Requirements document (version 2.0). The requirements are a product of a group of committed NATO member company volunteers working in conjunction with NATO's digital cinema consultant Michael Karagosian.
The 2008 National Association of Broadcasters convention was held in Las Vegas last month and hosted more than 100 000 attendees who saw an overwhelming assortment of technology. Here are the six products that we found the most interesting and noteworthy. Sony F35 Camera For quite some time now the Hollywood motion picture production community has been calling for a consistent 4K workflow from acquisition through post-production and exhibition. Cameras are a key part of that equation and Sony addressed the issue at this show.
De ja Vu in Las Vegas as 3D and 4K Dominate the Conversation For the second year in a row the National Association of Broadcasters convention held last month in Las Vegas was a relatively quiet affair. As evidence of this one of the big stories at the convention was the fact that two major companies – Avid and Apple – weren’t there. Despite their absence as exhibitors both companies had ample presence at the show in other booths and in a host of shared announcements with other companies.
Russian digital cinema has experienced a significant breakthrough with the presentation of the movie Scar 3D on 33 screens throughout the country. Shown for the first time during the Cannes Film Festival 2007 Scar is a first-of-its kind 3D movie. Moviegoers should brace themselves for an entirely new dimension in larger-than-life horror shot entirely with one vision: to create an amazing full 3D digital cinema experience.
The Society for Information Display has announced a 3D technology-focused addition to its program lineup for Display Week 2008 May 18-23 at the Convention Center in Los Angeles California. The Special Session on 3D in Cinema slated for May 21st will feature invited talks from leading experts in the field on topics spanning the full 3D movie process – from content creation (animation and live action) and editing to post-production and theatrical display.
When the Newseum – an interactive museum of news – celebrated the grand opening of its new location last month visitors were greeted by a 40-by-22-foot LED wall displaying crystal-clear video of breaking news historic news presentations and documentaries. Dubbed the ‘Electronic Window on the World ’ the giant display made by Barco is the central feature of the New York Times – Ochs-Sulzberger Family Great Hall of News and by far the largest electronic display in a museum filled with high-tech gear.
Avid Technology has announced the next-generation of its high-performance storage disk arrays: Avid VideoRAID ST and Avid VideoRAID SR. According to Avid the new disk arrays combine real-time performance cost-effective SATA (Serial Advanced Technology Attachment) drive technology and the security of fail-safe data protection in the event of a disk drive failure.
The Entertainment Technology Center at USC has announced that LG Electronics has joined ETC as an Anytime/Anywhere Content Lab sponsor. The AACL will showcase a wide spectrum of products services and technologies in action. The lab will use these tools to examine the technological and sociological implications of providing content to consumers who desire it at anytime on any device and anywhere they happen to be.
CinePostproduction has installed a BrightDrive Pro4 media recording system at its branch Bavaria Bild and Ton. The Pro4 provides media sharing functionality for the facility’s HD and DI creative media facilities based at the famous film studios in Geiselgasteig Munich Germany. By using BrightDrive as the infrastructure for all of their post-production workflows operators at CinePostproduction Bavaria Bild and Ton say they are able to work on the same media simultaneously in real-time sharing files between a da Vinci 2K and a Baselight 4.