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Shooting The Deuce

Mon, 09/11/2017 - 12:31 -- Nick Dager

HBO’s drama series The Deuce, set and around New York’s Times Square in the 1970s, tells the story of the legalization and growth of the porn industry, as well as the rise of HIV and the drug epidemic. The series stars James Franco, playing twin brothers Vincent and Frankie Martino, who become fronts for the Mob. Maggie Gyllenhaal also stars as Eileen “Candy” Merrell, a sex worker who is drawn into the porn industry. Created and written by David Simon (The Wire, Treme) and crime fiction author George Pelecanos, The Deuce was shot by cinematographer Vanja Cernjul, ASC (Orange Is the New Black, Nurse Jackie).

SMPTE Symposium to Explore Artificial Intelligence, Machine Learning

Mon, 09/11/2017 - 11:58 -- Nick Dager

The Society of Motion Picture & Television Engineers has announced the program for its 2017 Symposium: Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning in Digital Media Creation: The Promise, the Reality, and the (Scary?) Future. The October 23 event, which will take place at the Hollywood & Highland Center in Hollywood, California, immediately precedes the SMPTE 2017 Annual Technical Conference & Exhibition.

4DX Reaches 400 Screen Milestone

Fri, 09/08/2017 - 12:27 -- Nick Dager

CJ 4DPlex today announced that its 4DX technology is now available in 400 theatres around the world. The opening of its 400th location makes 4DX the fastest-growing premium cinema format, having reached this milestone in seven-and-a-half years following its debut in 2009. The 400th 4DX location is officially launching today at Wanda Cinemas in Tiantongyuan, Beijing, China, with the screening of Spider-Man: Homecoming – an ideal showcase for an innovative film technology that features motion seats and environmental effects such as rain, fog and various scents.

MPSE to Sponsor Sound for Picture Event

Fri, 09/08/2017 - 10:30 -- Nick Dager

For the fourth straight year, the Motion Picture Sound Editors will serve as event sponsor for Mix Presents Sound for Film and TV, an all-day exhibition and conference spotlighting the technologies and techniques behind sound for picture, from production to playback. The event is scheduled for September 16 at Sony Pictures Studios, the event host sponsor.

Creating a Naturalistic Look

Thu, 09/07/2017 - 10:55 -- Nick Dager

Writer/director Paul Shoulberg’s vision for his feature The Good Catholic was to have it not look like a typical romantic comedy, but to take on a more naturalistic look and feel. To help achieve that vision, cinematographer Justin Montgomery, who worked with Shoulberg on a previous short project, selected Cooke’s S4/i prime lenses to take advantage of their warmth and bokeh, giving images a creamy quality with sharpness.

Sony Unveils Venice

Wed, 09/06/2017 - 15:09 -- Nick Dager

Sony Electronics is unveiling Venice – its first full-frame digital motion picture camera system. Venice is the next generation of Sony’s CineAlta camera systems, designed to expand the filmmaker’s creative freedom through immersive, large-format, Full Frame capture of filmic imagery producing natural skin tones, elegant highlight handling and wide dynamic range. Venice was designed through close collaboration with the creative community, fulfilling the requirements from filmmakers and production professionals.

Showbiz Chooses Christie Laser

Fri, 09/01/2017 - 12:18 -- Nick Dager

Australia’s Showbiz Cinemas has chosen the Christie CP2208-LP 3DLP laser phosphor cinema projectors to be deployed in all auditoriums. Located in the new Delacombe Town Centre complex in Ballarat, Victoria, the contemporary 530-seat cinema complex comprises six screens and features luxury seats, surround sound and wall-to-wall screens, with the largest screen in Cinema 1 hall measuring 10 meters wide. The cinema opened August 31.

Volfoni Launches Landmark Upgrade Program

Fri, 09/01/2017 - 12:09 -- Nick Dager

Volfoni Limited launched an upgrade program designed to provide a path from legacy 3D cinema hardware systems from other manufacturers to the latest-generation 3D cinema hardware systems from Volfoni. The manufacturers included in the program are MasterImage, Dolby and XpanD. The program recognizes the past investments that customers have made, and provides incentives to let them easily and affordably replace outdated 3D systems.

The Color of Tulip Fever

Thu, 08/31/2017 - 11:44 -- Nick Dager

Technicolor in London has completed post on Tulip Fever, a romantic period drama from The Weinstein Company and directed by Justin Chadwick. As well as performing the grade, conform and deliverables, Jean-Clément Soret, MPC’s global creative director of color grading, was also responsible for completing the trailers, allowing the audience to be immersed in the look and feel of the movie from the preview onwards.

Christie Again TIFF Projection Partner

Thu, 08/31/2017 - 11:31 -- Nick Dager

Christie is the official digital projection partner for the 17th consecutive year of the 42nd Toronto International Film Festival, the world’s largest public film festival. Taking place from September 7-17, the TIFF garners global attention annually, screening almost 340 feature films and shorts, hosting 20 galas and attracting a long list of international movie luminaries.

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