When Ken Burns’s 11-hour documentary The Civil War first aired on PBS in 1990, it set new standards for television documentaries through its astonishingly detailed, sweeping and often heart-wrenching recount of the epic conflict between the North and South. Working under the direction of Burns and restoration producer Daniel J. White, Technicolor PostWorks New York participated in a meticulous 4K restoration that brings the classic documentary vividly back to life. The project was done in preparation for the 25th anniversary rebroadcast of The Civil War on PBS and its Blu-ray release this month, and also coincides with the 150th anniversary of Lincoln’s assassination and the end of the war.
This season’s acclaimed staging of The Beaux’ Stratagem, broadcast by National Theatre Live, promises a sumptuous spectacle for Vue cinema audiences across the UK. A special performance of the 18th century comedy is being captured by Sony PMW-F55 4K cameras. Vue cinemagoers attending exclusive encore screenings on September 17th will enjoy a performance reproduced faithfully by a fleet of Sony 4K projectors across Vue’s 84-site estate.
Pixel Underground, a Sim Group company, has completed a major facility expansion that includes the addition of a cinema-style 4K grading theatre. The new construction also includes a 4K online finishing suite.
With the increasing use of large-format single-sensor 4K cameras for field productions like sports and nature documentaries, Canon has introduced the new ultra-telephoto Cine-Servo 50-1000mm T5.0-8.9 Ultra-Telephoto Zoom lens.
Post-production work for The Equalizer the new thriller from director Antoine Fuqua and Columbia Pictures was completed on the Sony Pictures lot in Culver City, California.
A Codex 4K recording system has been launched into space for a forthcoming IMAX production, and will orbit the Earth for the next twelve months.
Sharp Electronics has integrated Verance Corporation’s Cinavia technology into the new Sharp Aquos TU-UD1000 4K set-top box, the first 4K-device that receives, records and plays back 4K broadcast content.
Grupo Secuoya, one of Spain's major production companies, has installed a Mistika DI 4K system with DCP creation capabilities from SGO, to enhance their post-production department. Grupo Secuoya provides communication services for production companies, TV channels and many other industries.
Pakistan post house Darkroom Asia has won a major contract with ARY Films as a strategic partner in providing post-production and VFX-related services. Darkroom Asia CEO Salman Hasan credits the company’s new SGO Mistika 4K system with sealing the deal. The first project was the feature film Main Hoon Shahid Afridi, which some say marks the rebirth of the Pakistan film industry.
Kicking off the 2014 season of Canada’s Triple Crown of Thoroughbred Racing, Toronto’s Woodbine Racetrack hosted The Queen’s Plate Stakes last month. The event is the longest continuously run stakes race in North America, and this year marked its 155th anniversary. To ensure not a moment of horseracing action was missed, the production of the event included use of For-A’s FT-One 4K variable frame rate camera, used in conjunction with For-A’s ZE-One 4K extraction system.