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AAM Supports Sundance for Fourth Consecutive Year

Wed, 01/22/2020 - 11:12 -- Nick Dager

Arts Alliance Media is providing its Screenwriter Theatre Management System and software support to the Sundance Film Festival for the fourth consecutive year. Sundance Institute will use AAM’s Screenwriter TMS at six 2020 Sundance Film Festival screening locations across Park City, Salt Lake City and the Sundance Mountain Resort in Utah, from January 23 to February 2.

Women Take Center Stage at Sundance

Wed, 01/22/2020 - 11:05 -- Nick Dager

In partnership with AMC Networks, Women in Film LA and ReFrame, New York Women in Film & Television will hold a panel discussion January 24th in Park City, Utah, during the Sundance Film Festival. The topic is Women on the Front Lines: Changing the Game. Sundance Institute reports that 46 percent of directors competing in this year’s festival are women, up six percent from 2019. While there’s still further to go, these statistics show that progress is possible when concerted efforts are made to address systemic biases.

Illumination Dynamics Moves Los Angeles Headquarters

Tue, 01/21/2020 - 12:28 -- Nick Dager

Illumination Dynamics has moved its Los Angeles headquarter from San Fernando to a new location in Santa Clarita. The new, 67,639 square-foot facility is located at 21335 Needham Ranch Parkway, within sight of the 14 Freeway and just a few miles from Interstates 5, 405, and 210. As such, it allows easier access to the thriving film industry in the Santa Clarita Valley, while still remaining just a short distance from Hollywood.

Real-Time Technology Focus of New York-Paris Conference

Mon, 01/20/2020 - 10:52 -- Nick Dager

With real-time technology growing at an unprecedented pace and shaping countless industries in its wake, the need for a unifying event to bring together the pioneers of today with the leaders of tomorrow has never been more important. The inaugural RealTime Conference will address that April 6-7 with simultaneous events taking place in both New York and Paris.

67th Annual MPSE Golden Reel Award Winners Announced

Mon, 01/20/2020 - 10:47 -- Nick Dager

The Motion Picture Sound Editors association presented the 67th MPSE Annual Golden Reel Awards at a black-tie ceremony Sunday, January 19 at the Bonaventure Hotel in Los Angeles. Golden Reel Awards recognizing outstanding achievement in sound editing were presented in 23 categories encompassing feature films, long-form and short-form television, animation, documentaries, games, special venue and other media.

Goldcrest Post Holding One-Night Workshop to Demystify Film Delivery

Thu, 01/16/2020 - 10:33 -- Nick Dager

In an intensive, one-night-only workshop, Goldcrest Post and CinePointe Advisors will teach filmmakers everything they need to know about delivering their projects for cinema, streaming and broadcast. The event will provide a complete overview of the film delivery process, encompassing evolving technical requirements, complex legal considerations and essential project management skills. Participants will learn how to save time and money, while ensuring their deliverables conform to the latest industry standards. Titled Demystifying Film Delivery: What Every Producer Should Know, this can’t miss workshop is scheduled for Wednesday, February 5th at Goldcrest Post in Manhattan.

4DX Format Broke Box Office Records in 2019

Wed, 01/15/2020 - 10:44 -- Nick Dager

CJ 4DPlex ended a successful 2019 with a record-breaking global box office for theatres with 4DX immersive seats, grossing more than $320 million, according to the company. With its best year yet at the global box office in 2019, ticket sales for movies shown in 4DX theatres increased 12 percent over 2018's record of $286 million. The seven highest grossing 4DX films of 2019 were:

Facing the Challenge of Giant Screen Close-Ups

Tue, 01/14/2020 - 10:53 -- Nick Dager

Cinematographer Peter Chang has completed his latest film, Cuba, which won the Best Documentary award at the 34th Annual Fort Lauderdale International Film Festival and has begun releasing to museums, educational institutions and other giant screen and IMAX venues. In a break from giant screen tradition, his film features close-ups. To accomplish that, he turned to Cooke lenses.

New Jumanji Raised the Stakes in Sound Production

Tue, 01/14/2020 - 10:29 -- Nick Dager

In Columbia Pictures’ Jumanji: The Next Level, the gang from the 2017 hit, Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle, is back but the game has changed. As they return to Jumanji to rescue one of their own, they discover that nothing is as they expect. The players will have to brave parts unknown and unexplored, from the arid deserts to the snowy mountains, in order to escape the world’s most dangerous game. The film, which made its way to North American theatres in December, has collected more than $600 million at the global box office. Also marking a return engagement is the team from Sony Pictures Post Production Services that created the earlier film’s soundtrack.

HPA Tech Retreat 2020 Main Program Lineup Announced

Tue, 01/14/2020 - 10:17 -- Nick Dager

The Hollywood Professional Association has announced additional details for its 2020 HPA Tech Retreat, which will take place February 17-20. The HPA Tech Retreat includes the main conference program, Supersession, TR-X and the Innovation Zone as well as extensive networking and meeting opportunities that are incorporated throughout the four day event. The 2020 HPA Tech Retreat will take place at the Westin Mission Hills Golf Resort & Spa in Rancho Mirage, California.

Dolby Salutes Oscar Nominees

Tue, 01/14/2020 - 10:12 -- Nick Dager

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.

Wanda Cinema Installs Christie Projection in its 600th Multiplex in China

Mon, 01/13/2020 - 11:11 -- Nick Dager

Wanda Cinema, China’s largest film distributor and cinema operator, has chosen Christie’s compact all-in-one, DCI-compliant RGB pure laser cinema projector, featuring RealLaser illumination technology, for its 600th multiplex in the country. Located in the southern port city of Guangzhou in Guangdong Province, Guangzhou Haizhu Wanda Cinema comprises nine auditoriums, including a branded Prime at Wanda premium auditorium equipped with power reclining seats, surround audio and the Christie CP4330RGB cinema projector.

Elite Media Adds Sony 4K HDR Mastering Monitors

Fri, 01/10/2020 - 10:10 -- Nick Dager

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.

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