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Shooting Halifax: Retribution Full Frame

Tue, 06/30/2020 - 10:15 -- Nick Dager

When cinematographer Geoffrey Hall, ACS (Chopper, Red Dog: Escape from Pretoria) was asked to shoot Halifax: Retribution, a reboot of the popular Australian TV crime drama series, Halifax f.p. that ran from 1994-2001 on Channel Nine, he saw it as a challenge. “The original series always had exceptionally high production values – it was a quality show that enjoyed a good budget and featured the best actors,” said Hall. “For the new show, I wanted to carry on that feeling of quality and give it a big, glossy look. I was after a look that would put the series in a class of its own.”

CEN Installing Ultraleap Touchless Signage in Ten Cinemas

Tue, 06/30/2020 - 10:07 -- Nick Dager

CEN Media Group and Ultraleap have signed a deal that will see touchless technology signage installed into as many as ten theatres as cinemas reopen and respond to life post-COVID-19. this technology will allow brands to continue to engage with consumers in a safe and responsible way. The companies did not disclose what theatres or locations are involved in the effort.

The White Wall Workflow

Mon, 06/29/2020 - 10:45 -- Nick Dager

The White Wall has been called one of the most exciting scripted television series to come out of Scandinavia in recent years with its unique storyline, high production value and superb cast. It was primarily shot in a remote village in northern Finland and set in the present time with science fiction elements. The story was based on an unusual white wall discovered deep underground at a mining site of one of the world’s largest nuclear waste depositories.

Tribeca, National Cinemedia Partner on HQ Movie Trivia Night

Thu, 06/25/2020 - 12:02 -- Nick Dager

Last night the popular app HQ Trivia unveiled HQ Movie Trivia Night, a game show for passionate film buffs and families bringing you questions on your favorite motion pictures. Presented by Tribeca in partnership with National CineMedia HQ Movie Trivia night will air live every Wednesday at 9:00 p.m. EDT. Players compete for a $5,000 prize.

Green is More Than a Color

Wed, 06/24/2020 - 10:56 -- Nick Dager

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.

The Luminaries Comes to the Screen

Wed, 06/24/2020 - 09:38 -- Nick Dager

When it came time start work on the long-anticipated TV adaptation of Eleanor Catton's Man Booker prize-winning novel, The Luminaries, the filmmakers knew that one of their biggest challenges was to recreate the universe portrayed in the book. Produced by the BBC, Working Title Television and Southern Light Films and adapted for the screen by Catton herself, the six-part mini-series tells an epic story of love, murder and revenge, as men and women travelled across the world to make their fortunes on New Zealand’s South Island in the boom years of the 1860s gold rush.

Fandango Launches Comprehensive Program to Reassure Returning Movie Patrons

Tue, 06/23/2020 - 12:54 -- Nick Dager

To support the reopening of movie theatres across the country, Fandango announced today the launch of a multi-dimensional program to help moviegoers go back to theatres with confidence and peace of mind. Starting today, Fandango.com and Fandango mobile apps will begin rolling out new resources and product functionality, including social distance seating maps, a one-stop guide to safety policies provided by more than one hundred theatre chains, a special search filter to find reopened theatres by location, instructional videos and more.

MTI Film Releases Cortex v5.3 Workflow Management Software

Tue, 06/23/2020 - 12:51 -- Nick Dager

MTI Film today announces the release of Cortex v5.3, the latest version of its family of products for managing workflows on set and in post. This latest release includes a host of new features that make managing and processing data during production and post-production easier and more efficient. It also adds support for the latest sound and picture formats and delivery requirements of leading distributors, including Netflix, HBO, Hulu and Quibi.

Kinepolis Accelerates Move to Laser Projection

Mon, 06/22/2020 - 12:04 -- Nick Dager

Global exhibitor Kinepolis Group, which operates more than a thousand screens across nine countries including the US, Belgium, Spain, France, the Netherlands and Canada, is accelerating its transition to laser projection. In 2018, Kinepolis announced an exclusive partnership with Cinionic to power 300 screens with new laser projectors.

SMPTE 2020 Goes Online; eSports and Gaming take Center Stage

Mon, 06/22/2020 - 12:00 -- Nick Dager

The Society of Motion Picture and Television Engineers, the organization that is defining the future of storytelling, will host its annual technical conference and exhibition on November 10-12 as an interactive and immersive remote experience with a rich array of learning and networking opportunities. Within this highly customizable online format, SMPTE 2020 will provide what it says will be unparalleled opportunities for attendees to explore the variety of new technologies and business models shaping the future of media and entertainment. The theme for this year's event is Game On, with one full day focused on the convergence of esports/gaming and media technology and the unique requirements of the thriving eSports industry.

Sohonet, Moxion Partner on Synchronous, Asynchronous Remote Review

Mon, 06/22/2020 - 07:59 -- Nick Dager

Sohonet has partnered with Moxion to broaden the range of remote collaboration solutions it can now offer the production, post and visual effects communities. The companies say the partnership will provide the production, post and visual effects communities with a distinct set of tools designed to enable both synchronous and asynchronous remote review to suit every use case.

Deluxe Launches One VZN Platform

Thu, 06/18/2020 - 09:52 -- Nick Dager

Deluxe Entertainment Services has launched One VZN (pronounced “vision”), a new cloud-based IP delivery option for distributing major studio and independent content to movie theatres and exhibitors worldwide quickly and securely. Developed in collaboration with Amazon Web Services, One VZN is an enhancement to the Deluxe One platform, the company’s flagship cloud-based solution that unifies the media supply chain. One VZN leverages Deluxe’s 100-plus years of experience providing high-quality, reliable theatrical services to the media and entertainment industry and represents a continued investment in theatrical content delivery and support for the resurgence of theatrical viewing by consumers.

UK Cinema Association Publishes Guidelines for Drive-Ins

Wed, 06/17/2020 - 09:54 -- Nick Dager

The UK Cinema Association has published safety guidelines for the re-opening of drive-in cinemas—the first step in the recovery of the U.K. cinema sector from the COVID-19 lockdown. Drive-in cinemas, which were allowed to open in England on June 15, have seen a resurgence in recent weeks, particularly in the United States and Germany.

Cinionic Expands Relationship with Saudi Arabia’s Muvi Cinemas

Tue, 06/16/2020 - 12:04 -- Nick Dager

Cinionic, the Barco, CGS, and ALPD cinema joint venture, has expanded its relationship with Muvi to extend laser-powered cinema to more audiences across Saudi Arabia. Muvi, the country’s first homegrown theater chain, launched in 2019 as part of the introduction of the cinema experience in the region. Cinionic, a partner since Muvi’s inception, and as part of the ongoing expansion of cinema in the Kingdom, will equip more than 400 new screens with technology from its award-winning laser portfolio, including Barco Smart Laser and Series 4 projectors.

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