For the second year, the Dolby Institute and the SoundWorks Collection have collaborated to produce a series of podcast conversations with the artists nominated for Academy Awards for Best Achievement in Sound Editing and Best Achievement in Sound Mixing.
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In ever increasing numbers, exhibitors around the world are making the transition to laser projection. In response to that, at CinemaCon 2017 Barco will unveil the DP4K-40LHC and 20LHC RGB Flagship, 6P 3D single chassis, integrated high contrast projectors to the American audience. But nowhere in the new projectors’ specs will you find the term high dynamic range, which, given their capabilities seems like an oversight. Barco has a specific explanation for this, namely that it believes the exhibition world needs an HDR standard.
Disney’s Newsies: The Broadway Musical, a special limited engagement cinematic event directed by Brett Sullivan for Disney Theatrical Productions and Fathom Events, debuts this month in theaters worldwide. Co-founders of Steam Motion and Sound, he and lighting director Clayton Jacobsen have a lot of experience in translating theatrical productions to the screen, including the musicals Billy Elliot, Miss Saigon, Les Misérables, The Phantom of the Opera, Jesus Christ Superstar and Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Love Never Dies.
Later this month, the Motion Picture Sound Editors will present Guillermo del Toro with its annual Filmmaker Award at the 64th Annual Golden Reel Awards ceremony. The Mexican-born filmmaker is being recognized for his “outstanding contributions to the art of cinema,” and joins such distinguished past honorees as Sam Raimi, Darren Aronofsky, George Lucas, Ang Lee, Michael Bay, Steven Spielberg, Clint Eastwood, Brian Grazer and Gale Anne Hurd.
Last week, Barco presented a strong set of results for 2016, with high single-digit sales growth and EBITDA margin accretion. At the same time, the company published its 2016 Annual Report online. Titled Focused to perform, the report summarizes the 2016 results and zooms in on Barco’s activities and its sustainability plan
MoviePass and Vista Group International are collaborating to allow theatre owners and chains nationwide that use VES ticketing to take advantage of full API integration with MoviePass’ growing subscription service. By integrating MoviePass directly into the VES ticketing software, participating theaters will be able to offer MoviePass members enhanced features and new capabilities on mobile devices. These features include:
Dolby Laboratories has announced 13 new titles, adding to the growing slate of movies to be shown at more than 75 Dolby Cinema locations around the globe, including Warner Bros. Pictures and Lego Systems The Lego Batman Movie.
Award-winning cinematographer Greig Fraser, ASC, ACS, relied on the Creamsource Sky, a water resistant five-color 1200W LED light system from Outsight for Lucasfilm’s Rogue One: A Star Wars Story. “Creamsource Sky is just so flexible and renders colors amazingly,” said Fraser. “I am obsessed with the technical, and Creamsource Sky produces really great skin tones. That can be a benefit and a curse when having to mix Sky with lights from other manufacturers, so I use a single brand of lighting for each source — one for skylight, one for a window, and another for facial lighting.”
Fathom Events received the top honor of Best U.S. Distributor at the 2017 Event Cinema Association Conference that took place in London last week. The ECA awards recognize the year’s best achievements in the field of event cinema. It was the second consecutive years that Fathom Events won the award.
Cooke Optics has confirmed that it is planning to open a second factory less than two miles from its current Leicester, England premises in order to keep up with growing demand for its award-winning lenses, as well as to facilitate the development and manufacture of new ranges. The new facility, scheduled to open in June, is expected to increase output by 25 percent.
Panasonic has announced a free firmware upgrade for the VariCam 35 and LT cinema cameras and VariCam HS high-speed 1080P camera that includes additional ProRes codecs and HD-SDI Monitor output improvements.
Post Time Studios, a full service film and video production company, announces the promotion of David Cottingham to chief operating officer effective immediately. Cottingham is a veteran film producer and editor and most recently senior vice president, operations at Post Time Studios.
The International Union of Cinemas has released its provisional update on admissions and box office revenues across Europe for 2016. While the increase was also the result of a wide range of highly successful local films across Europe, box office was again dominated by strong international titles, including, but not limited to, Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, Zootopia, Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, The Secret Life of Pets and Ice Age: Collision Course.
The thriller Fury of a Patient Man (Tarde Para La Ira) won a plethora of awards at Spain’s Goya Awards, including the award for Best Film. The film, directed by newcomer Raul Arevalo and starring Antonio de la Torre, Luis Callejo, Ruth Diaz and Raul Jimenez, was finished at Madrid post-production facility Free Your Mind, which carried out the conforming, color grading and finishing using an SGO Mistika.
Rodeo FX won three Visual Effects Society Awards for its work on Game of Thrones at the 15th VES Awards ceremony in Los Angeles. The awards honored the studio’s work on Battle of the Bastards, the ninth and most memorable episode of season six.
Content studio Malka Media of Hoboken, New Jersey is currently shooting a documentary series for release online about Jersey City, New Jersey’s St. Anthony High School and its legendary basketball coach, Bob Hurley with VariCam LT 4K cinema camcorders. Louis Krubich, Malka Media CEO and series director said that when longtime client Showtime approached him about the St. Anthony story, he and his staff directors of photography agreed that the VariCam LT would be a great choice for this sports documentary, largely because of its 4K acquisition and dual-native 800/5000s.
Montreal’s Rodeo FX completed 60 visual effects shots for Arrival, the alien visitation movie from acclaimed director Denis Villeneuve (Sicario, Prisoners, Enemy). Working once again with VFX supervisor Louis Morin, the studio helped create a gravity shift sequence, multiple aircrafts, digital doubles of actors and the scene when they entered the alien shift.
AlphaDogs Post Production has completed work on the AFI Film, Trouble Man, directed by Jackson Young. The story follows the life of a high school senior who after turning his life around falls into a downward spiral that may prevent him from reaching his dreams of getting into college.
Leading motion picture and television studios, independent producers, sound companies and technology developers are among the sponsors of the Motion Picture Sound Editors’ 64th Annual MPSE Golden Reel Awards ceremony, slated for February 19 at the Westin Bonaventure Hotel in Los Angeles.
Showtime Documentary Films has signed on as a premier sponsor of the 2017 Big Sky Documentary Film Festival, partnering with the festival to make possible a wide range of diverse and compelling content, events and film industry opportunities.