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Making the VR Film Ajax All Powerful

Wed, 08/23/2023 - 10:49 -- Nick Dager

Written and directed by award-winning virtual reality filmmaker Ethan Shaftel and co-produced by easyAction, Veer, and Detona Cultura, the animated virtual reality short film Ajax All Powerful removes the barrier of the fourth wall to provide viewers with a uniquely immersive perspective in which they experience the events and emotions more acutely through the viewpoint of a protagonist.


Cinematographer Lawrence Sher Talks about Color

Mon, 08/07/2023 - 11:02 -- Nick Dager

Lawrence Sher, ASC, is an American cinematographer and film director best known for his work on Joker (2019), Godzilla: King of the Monsters (2019), War Dogs (2016), The Hangover (2009) and Garden State (2004). He has just completed filming Joker: Folie a deux – the follow up to the 2019 film which comes out in 2024. Last month he was appointed as the president of the 2023 FilmLight Color Awards jury. The winners of the award will be announced in November at EnergaCamerImage. Sher recently spoke with Digital Cinema Report via email about cinematography, about the role of color in the filmmaking process and about the color awards themselves. Here is that conversation.

Post Leader Calls for Strikes to End

Tue, 08/01/2023 - 13:18 -- Nick Dager

In an impassioned formal statement, Yana Collins Lehman, chair of the Post New York Alliance, called for a quick end to the actors’ and writers’ strikes. If the strikes continue for too long, she fears, there may be no post-production houses still in business to support film and television production. Here is her statement in its entirety:

States Weigh in on Barbenheimer

Thu, 07/20/2023 - 12:52 -- Nick Dager

Ever since the first trailer for Barbie dropped, anticipation for Greta Gerwig’s new movie starring Margot Robbie as the infamous Barbie has continued to grow. This is in part thanks to the creative and marketing team behind Barbie, as the Barbiecore aesthetic seems to be taking over the world and there’s pink everywhere. But in addition to all the pink and glamor of Barbie, another highly anticipated movie is coming to theaters the same weekend. Christopher Nolan’s latest movie, Oppenheimer, starring Cillian Murphy as J. Robert Oppenheimer is ready to make an impact.

Reel Luxury Cinemas Opens in Houston

Mon, 07/10/2023 - 11:18 -- Nick Dager

Houston-based Culinary Khancepts, known for brands that include Liberty Kitchen & Oysterette, State Fare Kitchen & Bar and Star Cinema Grill, will open its two newest concepts to the public on Wednesday, July 12. Reel Luxury Cinemas and The Audrey Restaurant & Bar are located in The Woodlands at the popular Market Street development. The venues will be sharing more than 20,000 square feet of second floor space with beautiful views of the green space.

Aronofsky Creating Documentary for Sphere

Wed, 06/28/2023 - 12:55 -- Nick Dager

Academy Award-nominee Darren Aronofsky is currently directing the feature-length documentary film Postcard from Earth, a first-of-its-kind production set to debut at Sphere in Las Vegas this October. Aronofsky is utilizing the Big Sky camera system to capture content for the immersive production, which will fully-maximize Sphere’s 22nd century technologies – including the world’s highest resolution LED screen, the world’s most advanced concert audio system, and atmospheric elements such as wind and scent – to transport audiences to places both real and imagined.

Volfoni: Creative 3D Technology

Tue, 06/13/2023 - 09:02 -- Nick Dager

Founded in 2007, Volfoni has grown to become one of the major companies in the stereoscopic 3D cinema market. Importantly, Volfoni is one of the only companies in the world to be endorsed by all the major Hollywood studios for the quality of both its active and passive 3D technologies. A French company with a global presence, Volfoni’s principal headquarters are in Paris, its research and development offices are in the south of France, and it has sale’s offices in countries around the world. Volfoni recently created a joint venture in China to more effectively penetrate the Chinese market.


Digital Cinema Pioneer AAM Turns Twenty

Mon, 06/12/2023 - 09:05 -- Nick Dager

On June 17, digital cinema pioneer Arts Alliance Media will celebrate its 20th anniversary. The company was founded in 2003 by Thomas Hoegh and Arts Alliance Ventures, and initiated the first global digital cinema rollout, replacing 35mm projectors with digital upgrades for the UK’s Digital Screen Network. A short time later, AAM became the founding investor of Lovefilm and Picturehouse Cinemas, which were eventually sold to Amazon and Cineworld respectively. In 2007, AAM negotiated financing agreements with the Hollywood studios and that same year launched its first theatre management system. In 2008 AAM completed the first virtual print fee deal in Europe with the French cinema chain CGR.


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