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Cherokee Nation Announces Film Incentives

Tue, 01/25/2022 - 11:24 -- Nick Dager

The Cherokee Nation Film Office has announced it will soon offer a groundbreaking film incentive program, becoming the first tribal film office in the U.S. to do so. The Cherokee Nation Film Incentive will provide up to $1 million in annual funding for productions filmed within the Cherokee Nation’s 14-county reservation. “Since establishing our film office, we’ve worked diligently alongside our state and local partners to help grow the film and television industries in Oklahoma,” said Cherokee Nation Principal Chief Chuck Hoskin Jr.

Arcadia Installs First Meyer Sound Lina

Mon, 01/24/2022 - 10:08 -- Nick Dager

Two premium large format auditoriums at Italy’s new Arcadia Stezzano Cinemas are the first global deployments of Meyer Sound Lina line array loudspeakers as screen channels for the Dolby Atmos immersive audio format. The five screen channels each comprise six element Lina arrays which anchor sonic imagery across the front end. An additional 60 Meyer Sound self-powered loudspeakers envelop audiences in a powerful, dynamic, and richly detailed cinema sound experience.

Autodesk Acquires Maxion

Mon, 01/24/2022 - 10:01 -- Nick Dager

Autodesk has acquired Moxion, the New Zealand-based developer of a cloud-based platform for digital dailies used by leading filmmakers on some of the world’s most complex and challenging productions, including The Midnight Sky, The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel, and The Matrix Resurrections. The acquisition of Moxion’s talent and technology will expand Autodesk’s own cloud platform for media and entertainment upstream, moving beyond post-production into production, bringing new users to Autodesk while helping better integrate processes across the entire content production chain.

GDC Reimagines the Cinema Experience

Wed, 01/19/2022 - 12:13 -- Nick Dager

Founded in 1999 by Dr. Man-Nang Chong and headquartered in Hong Kong, GDC Technology Limited is a leading global digital cinema technology company with a long history of first to market innovations. GDC claims the largest installed base of media servers and theatre management systems in the Asia-Pacific region and the second largest globally. Twenty-five of the world’s top 30 exhibition companies depend on one or more GDC products to continually enhance the moviegoing experience, increase efficiency and reduce operational costs, the company says. GDC holds 34 patents globally, including in the USA and China.

The Effects of La Fortuna

Tue, 01/18/2022 - 11:30 -- Nick Dager

The Madrid-based digital post-production company Twin Pines was responsible for the visual effects in La Fortuna, the new Movistar+ series directed by Alejandro Amenábar. Overall, the series contains around one thousand digitally retouched shots which called for a year’s work to recreate underwater scenes, an epic naval battle, and a road journey in the United States, among many other sequences.

Macbeth, in Black and White

Mon, 01/17/2022 - 12:46 -- Nick Dager

The Tragedy of Macbeth—written four centuries ago for the stage—has been translated to the screen throughout cinema history. Replete with medieval atmosphere, witches, and murder, the iconic tale has now been retold by director Joel Coen. Working with director of photography Bruno Delbonnel ASC, AFC, Coen developed a visual approach to the bloody proceedings that emphasizes Shakespeare’s matchless language and the faces of the actors delivering it.

Cinema Faces Uncertain 2022

Wed, 01/12/2022 - 11:20 -- Nick Dager

While exhibitors witnessed a dramatic ending to a dramatic year at the global box office, the market is still dealing with uncertainly as the new year begins. Last year saw challenges and triumphs and ultimately delivered an estimated Global Box Office of $21.4 billion. This is in line with the estimate of $21.6 billion which the London analytics firm Gower Street released in October. The year end was marked by concerns about the new Omicron Covid variant and witnessed re-closures in many countries. These included complete lockdowns in Austria (now re-open), Netherlands, Denmark, and Belgium (briefly, with the government u-turning on a re-closure policy just two days after they came in and following many cinemas defying the initial directive).

Mixing Little Tornadoes

Tue, 01/11/2022 - 12:25 -- Nick Dager

As Dolby Atmos continues to become a dominant force in the audio industry, studios like Melbourne-based Red Road Immersive are pushing the boundaries with sound design, bringing unparalleled audio experiences to listeners. Red Road owner Angus Davidson has been in the music business for four decades. He recently handled the sound on Little Tornadoes, a feature film that premiered at the 2021 Melbourne International Film Festival.

Shooting The Matrix Resurrections

Wed, 01/05/2022 - 13:24 -- Nick Dager

In the two decades since we first entered The Matrix, there’s been a quantum leap in computing and filmmaking technology. Visionary filmmaker Lana Wachowski made sure she considered both those changes before going back down the rabbit hole. “There have been huge advances in computing that called for an updated visual representation of the virtual world of The Matrix,” explains Daniele Massaccesi, co-cinematographer with John Toll, ASC on The Matrix Resurrections. “Lana wanted to create a synthetic world that would be believable to humans in 2021. It is therefore photoreal and full of color.”

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