In October 1948, Jesse Brown became the first African American to complete the U.S. Navy’s flight training program and received his Naval Aviator Badge. The feature Devotion, directed by J.D. Dillard and based on the bestselling book by Adam Makos, recounts the true story of Brown’s distinguished service, focusing on the year 1950, at the onset of the Korean War, when he and his fellow pilots in Fighter Squadron 32 deployed aboard the aircraft carrier USS Leyte, first to the Mediterranean Sea and then to the East Sea, off the coast of North Korea.
High Dynamic Range
SMPTE Hollywood will explore the evolution of high dynamic range cinema at its February meeting. The free event, hosted by Amazon Studios, will take place February 11 at The Culver Theatre in Culver City, the only theatre in the western United States equipped with Digital Cinema Initiative compliant, HDR direct view screening systems
Barco will be showcasing its high dynamic range Lightsteering projection technology at this year’s Asian World Film Festival being held November 9-18 in the Marina Del Rey section of Los Angeles.
Pixelworks, the developer of the award-winning TrueCut Motion platform, announced that it is working with James Cameron’s Lightstorm Entertainment on multiple motion picture titles, including Avatar and Titanic.
[Editor’s Note: Jeroen Hendriks served as digital imaging technician on the feature film Where the Crawdads Sing, which opened in theatres this past weekend. Here, in his own words, are his thoughts about the project.] After having positive experiences using Sony’s OLED monitors for years, I chose their PVM-X2400 24-inch 4K high dynamic range monitor for use on my latest project Where the Crawdads Sing, based on the best-selling novel.
Cinity was this year’s winner of the Technical Achievement Award at CineEurope 2022. This is the first time a premium high-tech film brand from China has won this prestigious award at a major trade exhibition, and it is a starting point for the global expansion of Cinity. Fu Ruoqing, vice-chairman and general manager of China Film Group accepted the award.
Cinionic and China Film Group teamed up to bring attendees at CineEurope 2022 a first look at 20th Century Studios’ Avatar: The Way of Water releasing later this year. The film was presented using China Film Group’s Cinity technology. James Cameron’s next high-end feature is coming to theatres in December 2022.
The Last Waltz (1978), Singin’ in the Rain (1952) and several other classics represented by Park Circus will feature as part of the Cinéma de la plage program, a series of free screenings at the Cannes Film Festival, taking place each evening in an open-air theatre on the Macé beach. The festival runs May 17-28.
The winning films in the Dolby Institute x Ghetto Film School Filmmaker Finish the Script Challenge were screened late last month in separate events in Los Angeles and New York. The winners are Alejandra Araujo of Jamaica, New York for Shipped Out; Eleanor Cho of Artesia, California for Dinner is Ready; Antonio Salume of Mexico City, Mexico, and Amy B. Tiong of Waterbury, Connecticut for Take Care Zora; and Christian Osagiede of Los Angeles, California for Hunted.
Netflix’s Sweet Magnolias is a dramatic romance tale set in the South about three lifelong friends navigating their personal and professional priorities and relationships alongside one another. Sweet Magnolias cinematographer Brian Johnson is a Gemini Award nominee, a two-time Golden Sheaf award winner and recipient of two Leos, whose resume includes The Killing, and You Me Her, to name a few. He was joined on the series by Tyler Blackwell, digital imaging technician, whose credits include One Night in Miami…, Ant-Man and the Wasp, and Women of the Movement, among others. Johnson shot with a Sony Venice full-frame digital cinema cameras. Blackwell follows the production on a combination of Sony PVM-X2400 and BVM-HX310 4K high dynamic range monitors.