Crazy Rich Asians is one of the summer’s biggest success stories. Shot by cinematographer Vanja Černjul, ASC, HFC (The Perfection, The Deuce, Marco Polo) with VariCam Pure cinema cameras, the film is based on the best-selling novel by Kevin Kwan, and tells the story of an Asian American woman who meets her boyfriend's family, only to find out they are one of the richest families in Singapore. The Warner Bros film was directed by Jon M. Chu (Now You See Me 2, G.I. Joe: Retaliation) and features an all-Asian cast, including Constance Wu, Henry Golding, Ken Jeong, Michelle Yeoh, and many others. It is the first Hollywood studio film to feature Asians in leading roles since director Wayne Wang’s 1993 film, The Joy Luck Club.
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Filmmaker Megan Griffiths has announced that she and producers Lacey Leavitt and Jennessa West will independently release her acclaimed drama Sadie. Working with creative distribution strategist Mia Bruno, the film will begin its roll out in New York and Los Angeles on October 12.
CJ 4DPlex received the Innovative Technology of the Year award at Big Cine Expo 2018 for its immersive cinema technology, 4DX.
The Hollywood Section of the Society of Motion Picture and Television Engineers will review emerging storage and workflow systems for 4K post-production at its monthly meeting September 19 in Hollywood.
The American Society of Cinematographers has broken ground on the construction of the new ASC Arri Educational Center. The contemporary building, located behind the historic ASC Clubhouse in Hollywood, will serve as a hub for the organization’s ongoing efforts to educate the next generation of filmmakers on the art and craft of cinematography. The structure also will be home to all print and digital publications staff. The ASC Arri Educational Center offers a modern, inspired space with offices and meeting rooms, and is slated for completion by 2019.
The International Broadcasting Convention today announced the convention keynote session for IBC2018. This keynote completes the extensive line-up of industry talent and global media companies already confirmed to deliver talks at IBC2018. On September 14, film producer, co-founder and president of entertainment of SingularDTV, a blockchain entertainment studio, Kim Jackson, will take to the stage to deliver the convention keynote Blockchain: Empowering Content Creators.
The rustle of a newspaper, the sounds of the bus engine far away, the steps of the stalker in the pitch-black night. Writer/director Roxanne Benjamin used only the soundscape to make her short film Final Stop and to create an astonishingly realistic and thrilling cinematic atmosphere. Benjamin made Final Stop for Sennheiser to showcase some of the company’s latest audio technology. It was recorded in immersive 3D audio, using just a Smartphone and recording most of the audio with Sennheiser’s Ambeo Smart Headset, which was developed with A/D conversion specialist Apogee.
European 3D manufacturer Volfoni today announced that industry veteran Thierry Ollivier has joined the Volfoni Group as vice president of sales to develop the professional business, which includes all non-cinema professional markets. The move is the latest step in the company’s continuing effort to strengthen its leadership team as it capitalizes on the growing demand for active and passive 3D systems in the professional market
When it came time earlier this year for the owners of the Moviehouse & Eatery theatre chain to open their fifth complex, they turned once again to systems integrators Entertainment Supply & Technologies. ES&T has been a supply partner for Moviehouse & Eatery since the chain launched in 2012. “We have enjoyed a very productive working relationship with this client in the past,” said Barney Bailey, president and CEO of ES&T, “but this was an even more exciting and challenging project because it is first time we installed a complete Christie digital projection and Vive sound system package for a customer.”
In collaboration with PVR Cinemas, Samsung today introduced its 4K Onyx Cinema LED display for large screens in India.
Pixelogic has opened new advanced and innovative post-production content review and audio mixing theatres within its facility in Burbank, California. The main theatre is equipped with a Dolby Vision projection system, and supports Dolby Atmos immersive audio.
MTI Film has completed the 4K restoration of Time Piece, a 1965 short film written, directed and starring the late Jim Henson. The story of a man’s desperate attempt to escape the passage of time, the short received an Academy Award nomination and is a testament to Henson’s under appreciated work as an experimental filmmaker.
Deluxe has launched the Content & Key Manager to replace their existing Cinema Portal platform. The Content & Key Manager has been integrated as a service within Deluxe One – the company's flagship cloud-based platform that unifies each stage of the content supply chain, creating an end-to-end ability to manage assets and requirements from creation to delivery.
When the decision was made – more than a decade ago – to convert all the movie theatres in to world to digital technology it unleashed a spirit of innovation that shows no signs of stopping. Certainly, challenges remain, but the savviest exhibitors have learned to embrace new ideas as the best way to stay ahead in an increasingly competitive business. One of the technology leaders in all of this has been Dolby Laboratories.
Éclair today announced the successful deployment of ÉclairBox content delivery in Denmark through Nordisk Film. The company credited Divo Post Production with supporting the delivery. Plans to further expand theatrical services across Scandinavia have been finalized. The announcement was made during the 2018 edition of the Norwegian International Film Festival Haugesund.
Cineplex, one of Canada’s largest entertainment and media companies, has announced that it will install Unique X theatre management system software across its enterprise. The agreement continues Unique X’s expansion into the North American cinema market.
Christie is currently featuring its proprietary RealLaser technology at the Beijing International Radio, TV & Film Exhibition, taking place at the China International Exhibition Center, now through August 25.
Dolby and the Wanying Cinema Line Company Limited have announced a partnership to extend the Dolby Cinema experience to more moviegoers in China. The exhibitor, which is wholly owned by China Resources Land Limited, operates movie theatres across China with the brand MixCine. The first location under the agreement is expected to be open at Wanying’s flagship site in Shenzhen with more locations to come in Southeast China in the following two years.
For William Wages, ASC, filmmaking is first and foremost about storytelling. He says his role, as a premier cinematographer is to capture the best performances with the least intrusion. “It’s less about the technology, and more about the story,” he says in a new video produced by Fujifilm. The winner of three ASC Awards, including ASC Career in Television honors in 2012, and two Emmy nominations, Wages is known for his sumptuous landscape and intimate photography in features such as Maya Angelou’s Down in the Delta, Roland Joffe’s The Forgiven, and Steven Spielberg’s TV mini-series Into the West, as well as his development of filmmaking tools that create more efficiency and transparency on set.
Screenvision Media, in association with Kaos Connect, have announced that tickets are on sale now for their next event cinema release, Haikyu!! The Movie: Battle of Concepts. Screenings will take place on September 19, 22 and 23, in select theatres nationwide.