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Sensio and International Sign 3D Licensing Agreement

Thu, 07/31/2008 - 20:00 -- Nick Dager

Sensio has signed a licensing agreement with International Datacasting Corporation for the integration of the Sensio 3D cinema decoding technology into products for the digital cinema market. This agreement comes with the first sale of licenses for an initial deployment of 3D systems for 50 movie theatres to enable the broadcasting of live stereoscopic 3D events. “We are extremely pleased of this agreement with IDC and this initial order ” says Nicholas Routhier president and CEO of Sensio.

Real Digital Media Announces On-Demand Feature for Neocast

Thu, 07/31/2008 - 20:00 -- Nick Dager

Real Digital Media has announced a new on-demand feature for its Neocast digital signage platform. Using a simple remote control device with a tiny receiver connected via USB Neocast clients are now able to instantly suspend a running play list jump to a menu screen scroll up and down to select a desired menu item and have that selected item start playing instantaneously.

Preparing for the Journey

Mon, 07/28/2008 - 20:00 -- Nick Dager

NEC RealD Ballantyne Partner on 3D Release in U.S. Theatres NEC RealD 3D and Ballantyne joined forces to provide digital 3D projection capability to multiple U.S. theatres. This latest wave of upgrades was driven by the release of Journey to the Center of the Earth. Ballantyne of Omaha/Strong Cinema Products is an industry leader in projection systems and trusted partner of Great Escape Theatres says Chance Ragains chief operating officer Great Escape Theatres.

Saving 2009

Mon, 07/28/2008 - 20:00 -- Nick Dager

As exhibitors bask at least temporarily in the financial glow of The Dark Knight there is now reason to be cautiously optimistic about the box office outlook for 2009. It was widely announced in recent days that Twentieth Century Fox has reached an agreement with the Digital Cinema Implementation Partners.

Journey to the Center of the Earth

Sun, 07/27/2008 - 20:00 -- Nick Dager

Digital Intermediates Three-Dimensional Scratch Scratch Takes the Amazing Journey to the Center of the Earth in 3D For film studio Walden Media’s latest feature film with New Line Cinema Journey to the Center of the Earth Assimilate’s Scratch was the stereoscopic 3D workflow of choice for the film.

Carrying a Big Stick

Sun, 07/27/2008 - 20:00 -- Nick Dager

Christie Unveils Lightweight CP2000-M DLP Cinema Projector Christie introduced the new light and compact CP2000-M DLP Cinema projector at Cine Expo in Amsterdam.The latest addition to the company's CP 2000 series it weighs in at only 95 pounds yet delivers up to 12 000 ANSI Lumens of output power. Ideal for screens 35 feet wide Christie says the new projector opens up a whole new universe of digital cinema excitement for smaller theatres multiplexes and post-production facilities around the world.

The Visual Effects Society

Sun, 07/27/2008 - 20:00 -- Nick Dager

The State of Visual Effects in the Entertainment Industry The Visual Effects Society the entertainment industry's only official organization representing the extended community of visual effects professionals has published its first white paper entitled The State of Visual Effects in the Entertainment Industry.

Now Showing Down Under

Wed, 07/23/2008 - 20:00 -- Nick Dager

IMAX and Hoyts Cinemas to Install Theatres in Australia IMAX Corporation and Australian exhibitor Hoyts Cinemas have announced a joint venture agreement to put four IMAX theatres in the cities of Perth Melbourne and Sydney. The deal marks IMAX’s first international joint venture featuring the company's new IMAX digital system and doubles IMAX's footprint in Australia. To date IMAX has signed contracts for more than 180 IMAX digital theatre systems with approximately 50 scheduled to be installed by the end of 2008.

No Rest for the Weary

Wed, 07/23/2008 - 20:00 -- Nick Dager

Laid to Rest Director Shot Digitally to Facilitate a Tapeless Workflow It is a dark and claustrophobic night for the heroine of the upcoming horror movie Laid to Rest the terrifying story of a young girl who wakes up in a casket with a traumatic head injury and no memory of her identity. This is the second directorial effort from renowned special effects artist Robert Hall (Superbad Buffy the Vampire Slayer and the upcoming Pineapple Express).

Disney Hopes to Tap into Blu-ray’s Interactive Technology

Tue, 07/22/2008 - 20:00 -- Nick Dager

Disney Hopes to Tap into Blu-ray’s Interactive Technology And in other Disney-related news the company and the broader entertainment industry is hoping that Sleeping Beauty will help awaken interest in Blu-ray DVDs. According to an article in the New York Times in October Disney will release a 50th anniversary edition of the classic animated movie in the high-definition Blu-ray format. But Disney is not stopping there.

Dart Upgrades Digital Intermediates Capabilities

Tue, 07/22/2008 - 20:00 -- Nick Dager

Central American production company and post facility Dart has selected SpeedGrade XR to drive their digital intermediates finishing pipeline. We looked at several competing products says Vinicio Musmanni CEO of Dart. They could have done what SpeedGrade does but in each case they would have required more steps. SpeedGrade XR matches our workflow perfectly. This is also true for stereoscopic work. The facility recently shot stereo footage in Panama for an international production which will allow them to take advantage of the DualStream stereo technology included with SpeedGrade XR.

Okada Named to Third Term as ASC President

Tue, 07/22/2008 - 20:00 -- Nick Dager

Daryn Okada has been chosen by to serve a third one-year term as president of the American Society of Cinematographers. The other officers are vice presidents Michael Goi Owen Roizman and Richard Crudo; treasurer Victor J. Kemper; secretary Isidore Mankofsky; and sergeant at arms John Hora. The board members include Curtis Clark Caleb Deschanel John C. Flinn III William A. Fraker Stephen Lighthill Robert Primes Nancy Schreiber Dante Spinotti and Kees Van Oostrum.

Indigo Son Vital Distraction in production on Seven Masters

Tue, 07/22/2008 - 20:00 -- Nick Dager

Indigo Son Productions has started production on the full-length animated film Seven Masters. This film will be the first in a series Indigo Son will produce in a partnership with Vital Distraction provider of 3D graphics for film television and music videos. Distribution rights were secured by Universal /Vivendi and release is anticipated in Q2 2010.

Jock Animation Uses Sledgehammer on Animated Feature

Tue, 07/22/2008 - 20:00 -- Nick Dager

Johannesburg South Africa-based Jock Animation selected a Sledgehammer network attached storage system to support their work on a full-length animated feature film currently in production. While Jock Animation first began work on the animated feature using a makeshift NAS it quickly became apparent that the storage device was not up to the challenge of this demanding project because rendering jobs took an inordinate amount of time and brought network traffic between the NAS and render farm to a crawl.

DPI Continues Expansion with New Southern China Office

Tue, 07/22/2008 - 20:00 -- Nick Dager

Digital Projection International has expanded operations in China by opening a new office in the southern city of Guangzhou. Under the direction of Bruce Xiong manager of DP China Digital Projection now has widespread distribution throughout China by way of three regional offices: Beijing in the north Shanghai in the central region and Guangzhou in the south. The Guangzhou office headed by Leo Lee is the third DP office to open this year and plans for further expansion are well in place for the second half of 2008.

XDC Adds Sony Universal Digital Cinema Deployment List

Tue, 07/22/2008 - 20:00 -- Nick Dager

XDC has signed non-exclusive agreements with Sony Pictures and Universal and is now the first deploying entity to sign with six major U.S. distributors for the deployment of up to 8 000 DCI-compliant digital cinema installations across Europe. Sony Pictures Releasing International and Universal City Studios will support XDC acting as a deploying entity to roll out DCI-compliant digital cinema systems for theatrical presentations in several countries in Europe.

Making the Grade - TEST

Thu, 06/19/2008 - 20:00 -- Nick Dager

Business Making the Grade Barco Launches Global Digital Cinema Installation Certification Program Barco has launched its global digital cinema installation certification program. For the Americas a dedicated training facility has been specifically designed for the program in Rancho Cordova California. EMEA training sessions will be performed in Belgium and APAC trainings will be run in each territory where they will be adapted to each market’s specific language needs.

Bullet Films Sees the LITE - TEST

Wed, 06/18/2008 - 20:00 -- Nick Dager

Louisiana Production Company Uses High-Tech Lab for Science Fiction Shoot Bullet Films based in Lafayette Louisiana shot scenes for its science fiction film Judgement Day at the Louisiana Immersive Technologies Enterprise (LITE) facility. The movie scheduled for release in November spent a week at the high-performance computing and visualization facility in part to take advantage of the computing power LITE offers.

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