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Films at 59 Installs PixStor 4K Storage Platform

Tue, 05/21/2019 - 12:10 -- Nick Dager

Films at 59, one of the UK’s leading post houses, has installed a Pixit Media PixStor scalable storage platform to support its 4K high-end grading and finishing work. Founded in 1990, Films at 59 is an award-winning pre- and post-production house, with sites in Bristol and Cardiff and collaborative working relationships worldwide. Delivering across all genres, the company is renowned for its achievements in high-end broadcast, particularly in factual entertainment and natural history.

Emerging Cinema Markets Conference Returns to Istanbul in November

Mon, 05/20/2019 - 11:14 -- Nick Dager

DCS Events has announced that the 2019 Emerging Cinema Markets conference will return to Istanbul this November. Special focus will be given this year to Turkey, Africa, the Balkans, Central Asia and other emerging countries. There will also be an update on the Gulf Cooperation Council cinema industry hosted by The Big Picture Cinema Consultants. Keynote speakers and the full schedule will be announced over the coming months.

Les Cinémas Pathé Gaumont Installs NEC Laser Projectors

Mon, 05/20/2019 - 11:09 -- Nick Dager

Les Cinémas Pathé Gaumont selected NEC to provide a total of 13 laser projectors in its new theatre in La Joliette, Marseille. French cinema system integrator ADDE installed three NC3541L 4K RB laser projectors, designed for premium and large format screens, three NC2041L RB laser projectors, and seven NC1700L RB laser projectors for mid-sized screens, along with a range of lens options.

Kinopolis Opens Germany’s First Dolby Cinema

Fri, 05/17/2019 - 11:12 -- Nick Dager

Kinopolis Gruppe today announced that it has opened Germany’s first Dolby Cinema at the renowned Mathäser Palast in Munich. In addition, the Dolby Cinema at Mathäser will have its own entrance as well as a lounge area for film fans to enjoy the refreshments and beverages that will be on offer in a VIP style lounge.

Cinematic Media Opening New Sound Division

Fri, 05/17/2019 - 11:07 -- Nick Dager

Cinematic Media, Mexico City’s largest, full-service post-production facility focused on television and cinema content, is teaming with two-time Academy Award-nominated supervising sound editor Martín Hernández to bring Hollywood-caliber sound services to Mexico. Hernández, sound supervisor for such films as The Revenant, Birdman and Pan’s Labyrinth, is overseeing construction of a new sound division at Cinematic Media. When complete, it will feature six sound editorial and mixing stages, each with Avid Pro Tools systems, and each certified for Dolby Atmos sound production. Construction will be finished in July.

CinemaNext Completes Pathé Spreitenbach Multiplex

Thu, 05/16/2019 - 12:32 -- Nick Dager

CinemaNext has completed the installation of Pathé Switzerland’s brand-new Pathé Spreitenbach multiplex, located near Zurich. Open to the public since May 9, the 10-screen cinema complex (1,322 seats) has been equipped by CinemaNext Switzerland with 4K laser phosphor projection, Dolby Surround 7.1 and three Dolby Atmos-enabled screens.

Domenic Rom Named Goldcrest Managing Director

Thu, 05/16/2019 - 11:55 -- Nick Dager

Domenic Rom, a longtime fixture of New York’s post-production industry, has joined Goldcrest Post as managing director. Rom will oversee operations, drive sales and pursue growth strategies for Goldcrest, one of the largest independent providers of post services for film and television on the East Coast. He previously served as president and general manager of Deluxe TV Post Production Services.

Screenvision Sells the Power of Movies

Wed, 05/15/2019 - 12:28 -- Nick Dager

In the wake of one of the movie industry’s most successful years, executives from Screenvision Media took the stage at New York’s historic Ziegfeld Theatre to extol the many virtues of cinema advertising to a roomful of ad professionals. The theme of this year’s Upfront event was Big Screens – Big Impact. During the event, Screenvision renewed its 10 Pack option for another year, unveiled a Smart Network that enables advertisers to better track the effectiveness of their campaigns, and announced programs advocating for more inclusion of women in the motion picture industry.

Mingalar Cinemas Installs JBL Sound System

Wed, 05/15/2019 - 12:15 -- Nick Dager

Mingalar Cinemas is Myanmar’s largest movie theatre chain with twenty-seven locations across eight cities. Mingalar also owns and operate the first high-definition Gold Class cinema in the country, which features three halls with luxurious, automatic reclining seats and cutting-edge visuals. In order to deliver premium sound in their Gold Class theaters, Mingalar entrusted Goldenduck Group, a leading supplier of professional cinema equipment, with installing a JBL Professional cinema audio system.

HPA Accepting Entries for Creativity Awards in Editing, Color Grading, Sound and Visual Effects

Tue, 05/14/2019 - 11:58 -- Nick Dager

The Hollywood Professional Association has opened its call for entries in creative categories for the HPA Awards. The Awards, now in their 14th year, are considered important recognition for groundbreaking work and artistic excellence, acknowledging creative artistry in color grading, editing, sound, and visual effects in feature film, episodic, and commercials. The 14th HPA Awards gala will be returning to the Skirball Cultural Center in Los Angeles, California on the evening of Thursday, November 21, 2019.

VFX Veteran Rebecca Manning Joins Alkemy X

Tue, 05/14/2019 - 11:53 -- Nick Dager

Alkemy X has hired Rebecca Manning as compositing supervisor for its visual effects division. Manning brings 16 years of experience and more than 40 major feature film and television credits, including Ghostbusters, The Jungle Book, X-Men: Days of Future Past and Avatar. Manning will be based out of Alkemy X’s New York studio and will lead its compositing team on projects including the television series The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel, Fear of the Walking Dead, Mr. Mercedes and Blindspot.

Ymagis Group Reports First-Quarter 2019 Revenue

Mon, 05/13/2019 - 13:08 -- Nick Dager

The Ymagis Group’s today reported an increase in revenue of 7.2 percent in the first quarter of 2019 following four consecutive quarters in decline. Thanks to robust equipment sales and its geographical expansion, CinemaNext recorded a 45 percent increase in revenue at €17.0 million, which more than offset the scheduled reduction in virtual print fee revenue.

Fighting RF Interference

Fri, 05/10/2019 - 11:27 -- Nick Dager

Production sound mixer Adam P. Lawrence has had a lifelong love for audio/visual storytelling. For the last decade, Lawrence has turned that passion into a career, mixing audio on countless film and television productions. As with any field production, radio frequency interruptions rank highly on the list of worst-case scenarios among audio professionals.

What is a Movie (Theatre)?

Thu, 05/09/2019 - 13:22 -- Nick Dager

Am I alone in thinking that filmmakers and exhibitors have embraced the digital cinema transition with more enthusiasm, creativity and intelligence than the Hollywood studios? Given that Hollywood started the drive to digital, that would be incredibly ironic. I ask this because, last week in Vanity Fair, Nicole Sperling wrote a fascinating article about the current debate apparently raging in Hollywood over the question: what is a movie? But the article raised a different question for me: in the second decade of the digital cinema era, what is a movie theatre?

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