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Charm City Effects

Mon, 10/12/2020 - 08:50 -- Nick Dager

Director Angel Manuel Soto's powerful award-winning coming of age drama, Charm City Kings won the U.S. Dramatic Special Jury Prize for Ensemble Acting at this year's Sundance Film Festival. Inspired by the dirt-bike culture revealed in the documentary 12 O'Clock Boys, the film is the story of Mouse (Jahi Di'Allo Winston), a boy who desperately wants to join an infamous clique of bikers that rules the inner-city streets of West Baltimore. It centers on the 14-year old's emotional struggle between a strait and narrow path and the thrill and fast money of a biker's world filled with violence.

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SMPTE 2020: Game On Program Unveiled

Mon, 10/12/2020 - 08:34 -- Nick Dager

The Society for Motion Picture and Television Engineers has unveiled the program for its annual fall conference SMPTE 2020: Game On, an interactive and immersive remote technical conference experience running November 10-12. Throughout the three-day conference experience, attendees can join live technical presentations, practical hands-on training, keynote presentations, partner programming, product and technology demonstrations, moderated roundtable discussions, and virtual panels, with continual access to a host of on-demand content. This year's event also will feature one full day focused on the convergence of eSports/gaming and media technology and the unique requirements of the thriving eSports industry.

A Biting Score

Thu, 10/08/2020 - 09:26 -- Nick Dager

Set in modern-day Brisbane, Australia, Bite Club follows a young werewolf, Adron, on his search for his missing brother in a world where supernatural beings hide in the shadows. Tapped as composer, producer and sound designer for the film, Dana James Presson knew he wanted to create an explosive theatrical presentation.

The Science of Color

Wed, 10/07/2020 - 12:23 -- Nick Dager

Catherine Meininger is a color scientist at Portrait Displays in Edmonds, Washington. She graduated from the Rochester Institute of Technology in 2018 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Motion Picture Science. “I’ve always had an interest in audio and video post-production and thought for the longest time that my career was going to be video editing,” she told me in a conversation via email. “However, while attending college, I discovered an industry where I could use my skills in math and science alongside my creative interests, and ended up finding a career that pleased both the left and right sides of my brain. I still practice audio and video editing on the side, but my main passions now lie in color science and psychophysics.” She is also already a longtime member of the Society of Motion Picture and Television Engineers and is a SMPTE volunteer and two-time presenter at the associations' annual Fall conference.

Creating Utopia’s Distinctive Style

Wed, 10/07/2020 - 12:02 -- Nick Dager

The comic book Dystopia tells the story of Jessica Hyde, a young girl on the run from the evil Mr. Rabbit, who holds Jessica’s scientist father captive and forces him to create unthinkable biological horrors. Written and illustrated by an anonymous artist, Dystopia has earned legions of fans, some of whom have found far deeper meaning in its pages and believe clues to real-world viruses and pandemics are layered into its artwork. One such group of obsessives, who have only known each other through their online interactions, come together and finally meet in person for Fringe Con, where an unwitting couple has plans to auction the recently discovered original artwork for Utopia, Dystopia’s unpublished and never-before-seen sequel.

Cinema at a Crossroads

Mon, 10/05/2020 - 10:41 -- Mary Ellen Holden

The COVID-19 pandemic, coupled with the social justice movement and a pause in filmmaking, has provided the movie industry and audiences alike with the rare opportunity to catch up to the evolution of the moviegoing experience. The industry is at a crossroads, and what is relevant to audiences has changed dramatically over the past several years; this shifting reality accelerated in 2020 and will undoubtedly influence moviegoer behavior and future storytelling. With the abrupt halt to movie production and the extended closure of cinemas, content creators and studios have been gifted the time and opportunity to pivot and ensure what is shown onscreen is reflective of society.

Drive-Ins Past and Present

Wed, 09/30/2020 - 09:23 -- Bill Beck

The International Cinema Technology Association, in conjunction Box Office Pro magazine, recently presented a webinar entitled Back to the Future – How Drive-Ins and Pop-Up Cinema Complements the Movie Going Experience in the COVID-19 Aftermath. Moderated by ICTA vice president Frank Tees, the group presented five interviews describing innovative approaches to exhibiting movies outdoors.

Creating a Blockbuster Look

Tue, 09/29/2020 - 10:14 -- Nick Dager

Writer/director Adrian Bol’s Legacy of Lies, starring Scott Adkins, is a spy action/thriller/drama about an ex-MI6 agent who is thrown back into the world of espionage and high stakes uncovering the shocking truth about operations conducted by unknown secret services. With a budget of $4.5 million, the goal was for Legacy of Lies to have a big blockbuster look and feel.

Dolby and Megabox Announce Five-Year Deal

Fri, 09/25/2020 - 09:10 -- Nick Dager

Dolby Laboratories and MegaboxJoongAng (Megabox) today announced a five-year agreement to equip Megabox theaters in Korea with Dolby technologies. With this deal, Megabox will deploy Dolby’s Auditorium Packages, including servers, processors, speakers, and amplifiers, to Megabox Anseong Starfield and Namyangju Hyundai Premium Outlets Space One, making it the first case of Dolby’s Auditorium Packages being installed in all 5.1/7.1 channel screens within a single multiplex.

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