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Dolby’s Behlmer to Receive 2017 Ken Mason Inter-Society Award

Tue, 03/07/2017 - 14:53 -- Nick Dager

Cinema-industry veteran Curt Behlmer, senior vice president, content solutions and industry relations, Dolby Laboratories, has been selected as the 2017 recipient of the Ken Mason Inter-Society Award. The award honors an individual who has made outstanding long-term contributions leading to the overall improvement of the motion picture experience. Behlmer will receive the award at a ceremony on March 28 at CinemaCon in Las Vegas.

Debbie Mann to Head Deluxe Technicolor Digital Cinema

Tue, 03/07/2017 - 14:46 -- Nick Dager

Long-time film industry executive Debbie Mann is returning to Deluxe Entertainment Services Group as senior vice president, operations and client relations, Deluxe Technicolor Digital Cinema. Mann will have a dual focus on distribution services and the customer experience as DTDC drives forward with new innovations and initiatives to expand its business globally.

CinemaCon 2017 Using Harkness Screens

Tue, 03/07/2017 - 14:42 -- Nick Dager

The Harkness Screens Clarus XC will be the screen of choice for theatrical presentations during Cinemacon 2017.The show’s auditorium in the Colosseum at Caesars Palace will feature a 71-foot by 30.25-foot Clarus XC 170 screen to showcase the latest laser projection technology and current generation xenon projection both in 2D and 3D.

The Artistry of Jungle Book: Part 5

Fri, 03/03/2017 - 11:28 -- Nick Dager

Director Jon Favreau’s The Jungle Book won this year’s Oscar for Best Visual Effects. A Walt Disney Picture, the movie is unique because the only live action character, the boy Mowgli, was shot on bluescreen while everything else was computer-generated. The visual effects team included key talent from Technicolor and its subsidiary, the Moving Picture Company. In the final part of our five-part series, Tim Sarnoff, president of production services and deputy CEO at Technicolor, explains how Technicolor tackled this unique project, and what it means for future of increasingly complex and immersive productions.

Reel Cinemas Installing Dolby Atmos

Thu, 03/02/2017 - 15:51 -- Nick Dager

Emaar Entertainment subsidiary Reel Cinemas is installing Dolby Atmos immersive audio across its entire theatre chain in the Middle East. Reel Cinemas will deploy Dolby’s latest SLS loudspeaker, including the new SLS 3-Axis Speaker MA390C, making it the first to install the system across an entire cinema circuit. The installation will be one of the largest rollouts of Dolby Atmos screens by any multiplex chain in the Middle East and will include featuring the Dolby Atmos experience at the outlet at The Dubai Mall.

The Artistry of Jungle Book: Part 4

Thu, 03/02/2017 - 11:08 -- Nick Dager

Director Jon Favreau’s The Jungle Book won this year’s Oscar for Best Visual Effects. A Walt Disney Picture, the movie is unique because the only live action character, the boy Mowgli, was shot on bluescreen while everything else was computer-generated. The visual effects team included key talent from Technicolor and its subsidiary, the Moving Picture Company. In part four of our five-part series, Steven J. Scott, Technicolor’s vice president of theatrical imaging and supervising and finishing artist in Los Angeles, talks about his experience working with Legato and other artists in the making of The Jungle Book.

The Artistry of Jungle Book: Part 3

Wed, 03/01/2017 - 13:22 -- Nick Dager

Director Jon Favreau’s The Jungle Book won this year’s Oscar for Best Visual Effects. A Walt Disney Picture, the movie is unique because the only live action character, the boy Mowgli, was shot on bluescreen while everything else was computer-generated. The visual effects team included key talent from Technicolor and its subsidiary, the Moving Picture Company. In part three of our five-part series, Rob Legato lead VFX supervisor, and second unit director on The Jungle Book explains how creating a movie that was totally dependent on VFX demanded a completely different approach to production, and opened the door to a greatly expanded role for VFX in real-world movie-making.

Production Increasing in Abu Dhabi

Wed, 03/01/2017 - 13:00 -- Nick Dager

Continuing its momentum of attracting regional and international productions, Abu Dhabi Film Commission has secured a new Indian production for which the capital will serve as the second filming location for two weeks. The upcoming Telgu feature film, Duvvada Jagannadham (also known as DJ), is written and directed by Harish Shankar and will shoot in various locations across the Emirate including the Abu Dhabi Global Market, Abu Dhabi National Exhibition Centre, Intercontinental Hotel, Yas Links Golf Club and Galleria Mall, with access to twofour54’s production services.

SMPTE Calls for Fall Show Papers

Wed, 03/01/2017 - 12:51 -- Nick Dager

The Society of Motion Picture and Television Engineers is seeking proposals for technical papers for the SMPTE 2017 Annual Technical Conference & Exhibition (SMPTE 2017), Oct. 23-26, 2017, in Hollywood, California. Proposed papers must be informational and address technical theory, research, innovations, applications, or practices specific to an evolving technology relevant to the media industry. Abstracts must be submitted online no later than May 15.

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Roundabout Entertainment Adds Craig Price to DI Team

Wed, 03/01/2017 - 12:39 -- Nick Dager

Veteran editor, visual effects artist and creative director Craig Price has joined Roundabout Entertainment. Price will serve as a finishing editor in the facility’s growing digital intermediate department. In his first project with Roundabout, Price performed final editing for director Tommy Bertelsen’s indie thriller Feed. He also designed and executed the film’s main title sequence. Upcoming work includes a project for director Terrence Mallick.

WCPMedia Services Upgrades Platform

Wed, 03/01/2017 - 12:31 -- Nick Dager

WCPMedia Services has announced improvements to its cloud-based media management platform to help television and motion picture producers better store, manage and share assets throughout the production cycle. New features and enhancements address core production activities including dailies management and transcoding, review and approval, and distribution to post-production partners and end-users.

The Artistry of Jungle Book: Part 2

Tue, 02/28/2017 - 11:38 -- Nick Dager

Director Jon Favreau’s The Jungle Book won this year’s Oscar for Best Visual Effects. A Walt Disney Picture, the movie is unique because the only live action character, the boy Mowgli, was shot on bluescreen while everything else was computer-generated. The visual effects team included key talent from Technicolor and its subsidiary, the Moving Picture Company. In part two of our five-part series, MPC chief technology officer Damien Fagnou describes some of challenges and complexities presented in producing this daunting artistic and technological undertaking.

MTI Film Expands to Support HDR

Tue, 02/28/2017 - 11:18 -- Nick Dager

MTI Film has completed a major expansion of its Hollywood facility designed to accommodate growing demand for post-production services and support for high dynamic range content. The expansion includes the addition of two new color-grading suites and an editorial finishing suite, all HDR capable.

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Making Mayhem

Tue, 02/28/2017 - 11:07 -- Nick Dager

Story’s John Komnenich recently directed Allstate chairman and CEO Tom Wilson and actor Dean Winters in a 30-second TV spot produced for Leo Burnett. In the ad, Wilson has trouble reading his lines due to a prankster holding his cue cards. He contorts his body to make out the words on the moving card. A cut to the camera crew reveals the culprit: Allstate’s malicious troublemaker Mayhem.

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Gunpowder & Sky Acquires Little Boxes

Tue, 02/28/2017 - 10:51 -- Nick Dager

Gunpowder & Sky Distribution has acquired Rob Meyer’s Little Boxes, with a theatrical release set for April 14th. Written by Annie J. Howell, Little Boxes stars Melanie Lynskey (Togetherness), Nelsan Ellis (Get On Up), Armani Jackson (The Last Witch Hunter), Oona Laurence (Broadway’s Matilda), and Janeane Garofalo. It's the summer before sixth grade, and Clark (Jackson) is the new biracial kid in a very white town.

The Artistry of Jungle Book: Part 1

Mon, 02/27/2017 - 13:33 -- Nick Dager

Director Jon Favreau’s The Jungle Book won this year’s Oscar for Best Visual Effects. A Walt Disney Picture, the movie is unique because the only live action character, the boy Mowgli, was shot on bluescreen while everything else was computer-generated. The visual effects team included key talent from Technicolor and its subsidiary, the Moving Picture Company. In part one of our five-part series, Adam Valdez, visual effects supervisor with MPC explains how teamwork, talent and a pursuit of excellence combined to create a movie that has been widely acclaimed for its artistic and technological accompaniments.

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