When Chicago-based Periscope Post & Audio launched its Hollywood facility last year, it was targeting Southern California’s boom in film and television production. But the building that houses Periscope, previously occupied by another full service post house, needed a serious upgrade. Enter sound studio specialist Kaiser Comm Construction. Today the 22,000-square-foot facility offers complete sound and picture finishing resources tailored to meet today’s highest standards, especially among streaming services like Netflix and Amazon, which often require shows delivered in high dynamic range with immersive Dolby Atmos soundtracks.
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Cédric Lejeune is vice president of technology for ÉclairColor, part of the Ymagis Group. He is also the founder of Workflowers, a recently formed consulting company that offers training services to media companies including quality management, color management, human resources and environmental topics. I wanted to learn about his new dual role and, in particular, hear his thoughts on how the motion picture industry can be more environmentally responsible.
Short-form streaming-video platform Quibi provides premium content specifically designed for consumption on a mobile device. This presented the production of its first scripted show, Dummy, with a unique set of creative and workflow issues. In addition to the standard 16:9 aspect ratio, director of photography Catherine Goldschmidt had to create visuals for a vertically oriented 9:16 presentation.
Dolby Laboratories congratulates this year’s Academy Award nominees who have used Dolby Vision and Dolby Atmos to bring their films to life. With the help of Dolby technologies these artists delivered spectacular experiences to audiences globally. The Academy Awards will be broadcast live from the iconic Dolby Theatre in Hollywood, on Sunday, February 9.
Santa Clarita, California post-production facility Elite Media Technologies has added two Sony BVM-HX310 31-inch 4K high dynamic range master monitors to complement several BVM-X300, 30-inch 4K/HDR OLED reference monitors. The new HX310s work in conjunction with the X300s in critical monitoring situations, mastering and quality control environments and advance Elite’s HDR capabilities by offering support for wider color gamuts and providing up to 1,000 nits of full-screen brightness with a 1,000,000:1 contrast ratio. In addition, the HX310s can be color-matched to the incumbent X300 monitors for accurate color reproduction throughout the facility.
Muvi Cinemas in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia has installed the first Samsung Onyx Cinema LED screen in the kingdom. “Muvi Cinemas is proud to partner with Samsung Electronics to launch the new Onyx Cinema LED screen, bringing the latest innovation in cinemas to our upcoming developments at U-Walk Riyadh, Nakheel Mall Riyadh and Mall of Dhahran,” said Adon Quinn, general manager Muvi Cinemas.
Visual Data Media Services, which provides digital supply chain services to global content owners and distributors, has acquired London-based MX1 UK Limited, which offers content preparation services to leading broadcasters and content owners as a part of SES, the world’s leading satellite operator and managed service provider.
Three-time Academy Award-winning filmmaker Ang Lee’s much anticipated new film, Paramount Pictures’ Gemini Man, premieres October 6 at the TCL Chinese Theatre in Los Angeles. As has been the case with Lee’s most recent work, the film stretches technological boundaries by being produced in 4K resolution, stereoscopic 3D, and shot at 120 frames per second. The premiere will use Cinity, the new HFR cinema projection system developed by Christie for Huaxia Film Distribution. Christie’s strategic partnership with Huaxia Film Distribution and GDC Technology Limited resulted in the development of the Cinity Cinema System based on two Christie CP4450-RGB HFR projectors.
Alamo Drafthouse’s newest location – its 39th – in Westminster, Colorado continues the cinema-eatery’s tradition of implementing Sony’s 4K laser digital cinema projection technology. The nine-screen, all-laser complex features Sony’s SRX-R815P and 815DS 4K laser projectors in auditoriums ranging in size from 78 Seats to 245 Seats. The projectors deliver a high contrast ratio of 10,000:1 and are high dynamic range and high frame rate capable.
United Cinema Chain Kino Okko will be the first company to introduce the Dolby Cinema experience to the Russian market at its Cinema Park Metropolis in Moscow. Dolby Atmos immersive audio technology has been successfully deployed at several Russian movie theatres in recent years.