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The Effects of The Eight Hundred

Mon, 08/31/2020 - 08:44 -- Nick Dager

Rising Sun Pictures served as a principal visual effects provider for The Eight Hundred, the epic war film from director Guan Hu and Huayi Brothers Media and Haining Seventh Image Movie & Media Company. To date, the film has already earned more than $200 million in Chinese theatres alone. The film centers on the true story of the 1937 Battle of Shanghai where a Chinese battalion mounted a determined defense of the Sihang Warehouse from the invasion of the Japanese army. Working in collaboration with BangBang Pictures, Beijing, and overall VFX supervisor RSP’s Tim Crosbie, RSP contributed scores of richly detailed, seamless visual effects to support the film’s riveting combat scenes, all set around a massive warehouse complex near the city center.

Ōma Rethinks Cinema Design

Mon, 08/31/2020 - 08:31 -- Nick Dager

At a time when the COVID-19 pandemic has disrupted movie releases, put an end to red carpet premieres, closed cinemas and forced those that have managed to reopen to block out seats to create social distancing, the Paris based design firm Ōma is proposing something revolutionary.

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Mixing Sound for Multiple Platforms

Mon, 08/31/2020 - 08:27 -- Nick Dager

For more than three decades, Warner Bros. re-recording mixer Jonathan Wales has created audio magic for numerous feature films, documentaries and television shows. Two recent projects were the Warner Bros. movie Doctor Sleep and the Netflix series 13 Reasons Why. As content creation and technical specifications change, Wales finds himself having to adapt to newer audio compliance standards across a variety of platforms.

Production Resumes in New York City

Thu, 08/27/2020 - 10:54 -- Nick Dager

When New York City began Phase 4 reopening of its economy, it paved the way for the resumption of film and television production under restrictions designed to forestall the spread of coronavirus. Productions must implement testing, apply rigorous cleaning measures and practice social distancing. But the good news is, the city is back in the business of making films and television shows.

Report: Movies Earn Billions after Day 17

Wed, 08/26/2020 - 10:28 -- Nick Dager

More than $2.6 billion in domestic box office might have been sacrificed in 2019 had a 17-day window been in place. A new report from the research firm Gower Street Analytics shows that 24 percent of total box office across the domestic market last year was taken beyond Day 17 of release. In the most dramatic example of this, Sam Mendes’ 1917 grossed $129 million at the domestic box office beyond Day 17 – an astonishing 81 percent of its lifetime gross.

Second Chances Rare in Documentary Sound

Tue, 08/25/2020 - 10:37 -- Nick Dager

Production sound mixer Ben Nimkin has worked on a long list of compelling documentaries including Fyre Fraud; Rest in Power: The Trayvon Martin Story; States of Undress; Gaycation and more. With a specialty for investigative documentaries, Nimkin is no stranger to capturing highly emotional conversations and working in extreme environments. Experience has taught him – sometimes the hard way – that in documentary work you usually have just one chance to get the sound right.

VFX Legion Opens British Columbia Facility

Mon, 08/24/2020 - 09:44 -- Nick Dager

VFX Legion, a remote boutique-style global company, has announced the opening of a full-scale division in British Columbia. An early proponent of the virtualization of visual effects, industry veteran James David Hattin launched the company in 2013, introducing a groundbreaking collaborative work-from-home business model almost a decade before COVID-19 made social distancing essential. Headquartered in Los Angeles, the company’s new Kelowna-based division takes its road-tested remote visual effect services to the next level.

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Screen Media, Fathom Releasing Blackbird

Mon, 08/24/2020 - 09:34 -- Nick Dager

Screen Media has announced that ahead of its limited theatrical and video-on-demand release of Roger Michell’s Blackbird on September 18, they have partnered with Fathom Events for an exclusive nationwide cinema premiere on September 14 and 15. Each screening will be accompanied by a special introduction from Michell and exclusive behind-the-scenes footage.

Abramorama Releasing Herb Alpert Documentary

Tue, 08/18/2020 - 09:37 -- Nick Dager

Theatrical distributor Abramorama will host the world premiere of the documentary Herb Alpert Is…. The global event will take place October 1 via Facebook Live and will feature a Q&A with Herb Alpert and director John Scheinfeld moderated by the Grammy Museum’s artistic director Scott Goldman immediately following. On October 2 the film will be available via a nationwide virtual cinema release and globally on demand through Amazon, iTunes and other video-on-demand providers. The film will also be available on Blu-Ray and DVD via Amazon.

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Star Cinema Grill Opens a Drive-In

Mon, 08/17/2020 - 09:14 -- Nick Dager

Last August, the Star Cinema Grill in Richmond, Texas, a Houston suburb, was having great success in its premium large format auditorium thanks to having installed the largest Samsung Onyx LED Cinema Screen in North America. It was just the second exhibitor in the country with an Onyx and audiences loved the experience; the theatre was sold out for almost every show. Cut to this August and times have changed dramatically. The United States in general and Texas in particular are still dealing with the worst of the COVID-19 pandemic and the handful of indoor theatres that are open are working under severe restrictions. In response to that, Star Cinema Grill is in the process of opening a drive-in theatre at its Cypress, Texas location

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