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Laika Begins Production on Wildwood

Mon, 09/20/2021 - 10:21 -- Nick Dager

Laika’s next animated feature film is Wildwood, based on the bestselling novel written by Colin Meloy, lead singer and songwriter for The Decemberists, and illustrated by artist Carson Ellis. The announcement was made by Travis Knight, president & CEO of the award-winning animation studio, who will direct the film. Wildwood is currently in production at Laika’s facility outside Portland, Oregon.

Trafalgar Presents The Doors: Live at The Bowl

Wed, 09/15/2021 - 09:56 -- Nick Dager

This November 4, in celebration of the 50th anniversary of The Doors final studio album L.A. Woman (1971), Trafalgar Releasing will transform movie theatres into concert venues as it presents The Doors: Live at The Bowl ’68 Special Edition, giving Doors fans around the world the closest experience to being there live. That July concert on the storied stage of the Hollywood Bowl was a now legendary performance that is widely considered to be the finest captured on film.

CMX Cinemas Miami Upgrades to Laser

Tue, 09/14/2021 - 12:06 -- Nick Dager

CMX Cinemas has selected Cinionic to upgrade its flagship Dolphin 19 location in Miami, Florida, with its laser light upgrade projection technology. CMX, a wholly owned subsidy of eighth largest global cinema circuit Cinemex, is a leading US exhibitor with more than 350 screens. As part of the CMX Dolphin 19 revitalization, Cinionic will outfit all the theatre’s legacy Barco digital projectors with Laser Light Upgrades. The laser presentation upgrades at CMX Dolphin 19 are expected to complete this month.

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Athena Cinema Embraces Accessibility

Mon, 09/13/2021 - 11:00 -- Nick Dager

The Athena Cinema in Athens, Ohio, has introduced a new film series focused on providing an accessible theatre experience for visitors that features screenings of contemporary independent films. Each Saturday in September, the theatre will feature a limited one-time-only screening of a contemporary art film. In addition to showcasing independent films, the Athena Cinema will create events that are inclusive for all, including for individuals who find traditional films screenings uncomfortable or inaccessible due to the atmosphere.

Arri Challenges US Lighting Effects Patents

Mon, 09/13/2021 - 10:56 -- Nick Dager

Arri has launched Inter Partes Reviews procedures with the US Patent Office challenging the legal validity of patents covering conventional lighting effect functionalities. Arri contends that the alleged inventions have long been well-known. Ivo Ivanovski, Arri’s general manager business unit lighting, issued a statement outlining his company’s position. Here is the statement in full:

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Dolby GFS Winning Filmmaker’s Named

Wed, 09/08/2021 - 12:55 -- Nick Dager

Dolby Laboratories and the award-winning nonprofit Ghetto Film School today announced the winners of the Dolby Institute x Ghetto Film School Filmmaker Challenge: Finish the Script 2021. The competition challenged GFS alumni ages 18-35 to create an original short film proposal in response to a creative prompt from award-winning filmmaker Carlos López Estrada (Blindspotting, Raya and the Last Dragon). This year’s winners include filmmakers representing four different projects Alejandra Araujo, Eleanor Cho, Christian Osagiede, and Antonio Salume and Amy B. Tiong.

The Cooke Look for Power Book

Wed, 09/08/2021 - 11:38 -- Nick Dager

In the 1990s, almost every cinematographer in New York was using Cooke Optics S4/i lenses for commercials, music videos, and independent features, this according to Aaron Medick, one of the cinematographers on Power Book III: Raising Kanan. He became lead DP in the second season for Power Book II: Ghost after starting as B camera/Steadicam operator and moving up to DP for Power, which launched the franchise for cable and streaming service Starz. And it should come as no surprise that many of the DPs on the franchise come from New York, including Power lead DP Tim Ives, ASC who also shot the pilot.

Box Office Recovery Continues

Tue, 09/07/2021 - 11:05 -- Nick Dager

August posted another pandemic-era high at the international box office and the second biggest month of global box office since the pandemic began, according to the latest report from Gower Street Analytics, London. The month delivered a $2 billion global box office, up on July’s $1.9 billion and only lagging February’s $2.3 billion, which was fueled by a record box office month in China. The international market (excluding China) contributed $1.11 billion to the August total, beating its previous pandemic-era high, recorded the prior month, of $960 million.

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