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Red Releases the R3D SDK for Real-Time 8K Playback

Wed, 04/24/2019 - 13:38 -- Nick Dager

Red Digital Cinema has released its Red R3D SDK and accompanying RedCine-X Pro software with accelerated decode and debayering on Nvidia CUDA platforms. By offloading the compute-intensive decoding and debayering of Red R3D files onto one or more Nvidia GPUs, the company says that real-time playback, edit and color grade of 8K footage is now possible.

Theatres Still Adding Screens for Avengers: Endgame

Wed, 04/24/2019 - 12:21 -- Nick Dager

With just a few days left before the year’s most anticipated film hits theatres, Fandango is reporting that more than 4,000 Avengers: Endgame showtimes have already sold out at theatres across the country – from big cities to small towns, from Hilo, Hawaii to Newington, New Hampshire. The nation’s theatre chains are constantly posting new showtimes and adding new screens for Endgame on Fandango to meet the fan demand.

Entertainment Industry Mentoring Group Formed

Wed, 04/24/2019 - 12:16 -- Nick Dager

A coalition of leading trade and professional groups has formed a non-profit organization to provide mentoring services to young people seeking behind-the-scenes careers in the media and entertainment industry. The Entertainment Industry Professionals Mentoring Alliance, or EIPMA, plans to nurture the industry’s next generation of talent by offering expert guidance to high school and college students, military veterans and others seeking to launch their careers, and by hosting job fairs, panel discussions and other public events.

B&B Opens Sixth MX4D Theatre

Tue, 04/23/2019 - 11:30 -- Nick Dager

B&B Theatres has opened another MX4D auditorium, bringing the theatre chain’s total to six. “Our continued partnership with MediaMation proves our belief in MX4D,” said Brock Bagby, executive vice president of B&B Theatres. Situated on the Kansas/Missouri state line, Overland Park is the second largest city in Kansas with nearly 200,000 residents. The theatre also has the ability to draw from the nearby Kansas City metropolitan area, which boasts almost 500,000 peoples.

Goldcrest Forms Partnership with Glue Edit

Mon, 04/22/2019 - 11:28 -- Nick Dager

Post facility Goldcrest Post is expanding its footprint in independent film and documentary finishing through key additions to its creative roster. The company has forged a partnership with Glue Edit, the finishing boutique led by colorist and Emmy award-winning editor Ken Sirulnick. Sirulnick, along with his long-time post-production coordinator Jordan Thompson-DeSon, will take up residence at Goldcrest. Additionally, Goldcrest has signed freelance colorist/editor Evan Anthony, whose credits include Sundance Grand Jury Prize nominee Moonlight Sonata, to a staff position.

Sony Adds Dolby Atmos to Three Mix Stages

Fri, 04/19/2019 - 12:01 -- Nick Dager

As part of the ongoing expansion of its sound resources, Sony Pictures Post Production Services has upgraded three mix stages on the Sony Pictures lot to support sound mixing for film and television in the immersive Dolby Atmos format. Among them is the 344-seat Cary Grant Theatre, the studio’s largest. Sony Pictures now has seven mix stages that support Dolby Atmos sound and plans to have nine within the next few years. The first project slated for an immersive mix in the upgraded theaters is Sony Pictures’ Spider-Man: Far from Home, which opens July 5.

Lumiere VOD Database Launched at Council of Europe

Thu, 04/18/2019 - 10:43 -- Nick Dager

Lumiere VOD was launched this week at the Council of Europe by Mariya Gabriel, the EU Commissioner for Digital Economy and Society and the Council’s Secretary General, Thorbjorn Jagland in the presence of Silvia Costa, Member of the European Parliament and Rapporteur for Creative Europe and president of the Association of Film Directors and Producers, filmmaker Radu Milaileanu. The database contains information on more than 35,000 European films offered 150,000 times on VOD. This data has been taken from 250 different VOD catalogues available in 28 European countries.

Thirteen Selected for Film Independent’s 2019 Documentary Lab

Thu, 04/18/2019 - 10:38 -- Nick Dager

Film Independent, the nonprofit arts organization that produces the Spirit Awards, announced the 13 filmmakers and eight projects selected for its 2019 Documentary Lab. The Lab is an intensive two-week program designed to help filmmakers who are currently in post-production on their feature-length documentary films.

CinemaCon 2019: The Catalyst Awards

Wed, 04/17/2019 - 11:47 -- Nick Dager

Each year, Digital Cinema Report presents a Catalyst Award to the best new technology introduced at CinemaCon, the annual convention of the National Association of Theatre Owners. At this year’s show, held April 1-4 at Caesar’s Palace in Las Vegas, motion picture professionals from around the world gathered to discuss the latest issues, trends and technologies in motion picture production, distribution and exhibition. But this CinemaCon was noteworthy as much for the technology that was not on display there as for what was.

Hollywood Esports Adding Dolby Atmos Sound in Their MX4D Theatres

Wed, 04/17/2019 - 11:27 -- Nick Dager

Hollywood Esports is adding Dolby Atmos sound in their proprietary MX4D Motion and Special Effects Esports Theatres.Based on MediaMation’s MX4D motion and special effects technology, the Hollywood Esports MX4D Theatres brings motion seats, wind, rain, fog, lightening and other special effects into the spectator experience.

HPA Awards Opens Call for Entries for Engineering Excellence Awards

Wed, 04/17/2019 - 11:24 -- Nick Dager

For the 14th year, The Hollywood Professional Association will honor the companies and individuals who draw upon technical and creative ingenuity to develop breakthrough technologies with the HPA Engineering Excellence Award. The call for entries for the Engineering Excellence submissions will close on May 24.

Marvel 22-Movie Marathon Redefines Event Cinema

Tue, 04/16/2019 - 12:10 -- Nick Dager

For fans that want to watch every Marvel movie in one sitting, Showcase Cinemas in Revere, Massachusetts has it covered. As the exclusive New England location to host the 22-movie Marvel marathon beginning Tuesday, April 23 and concluding Thursday April 25, Showcase Cinema de Lux Revere is doing its best to make the two-day sacrifice a little easier for Marvel fans. Participants will have access to shower stations to clean up, yoga breaks to stretch and relax in between movies. Portable cell phone charging lockers will also be available. In addition, food breaks are scheduled and concessions will be discounted by twenty-two percent.

GDC Selects Veritek to Provide NOC Services in Europe

Thu, 04/11/2019 - 12:26 -- Nick Dager

GDC Technology has signed a partnership agreement with Veritek Global to provide network operation center services. GDC customers in Europe can expect to be connected to Veritek’s GDC-qualified engineers to ensure equipment is operating without disruption or downtime. As part of the agreement, Veritek’s field engineering teams will be utilized not only for major deployments, but also for any on-site servicing needs across the UK, France, Germany, Belgium, Switzerland, The Netherlands, Spain, Portugal, Italy and beyond. This service enhancement across Europe compliments GDC’s industry leading products with an equally robust support solution.

CinemaCon 2019: Netflix and PLF Theatres

Wed, 04/10/2019 - 15:13 -- Nick Dager

From the earliest days of feature length films until the 1980s, the movie going experience typically happened in a very large theatre with a really big screen. Faced with rising costs and increasing competition from television, exhibitors of that sad era cut their buildings into multi-screen complexes to increase ticket sales and maximize profits on concessions. Today, faced with a different set of economic realities, exhibitors around the world are increasingly responding by creating movie palaces that rival all but the most spectacular theatres of the turn of the last century. One trend at this year’s CinemaCon, which wrapped up last week, was the continuing rise of premium large format theatres. Another trend was the almost comical trashing of Netflix. PLF theatres and Netflix are both here to stay; we’ve been here before

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