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The Challenges of Production Sound

Mon, 09/14/2020 - 10:00 -- Nick Dager

Like many of his colleagues in the sound production industry, Scott Harber began his audio career as a musician, more specifically as a member of a San Diego punk rock band. Over the course of his nearly 30-year career, Harber has worked on leading TV and film productions, including Borat, Noctunal Animals, Get Smart, Hell’s Kitchen, Gangster Squad, Wilfred and Castle, to name a few. He also owns Dang Me Sound, a production sound company based in Los Angeles. I recently spoke with Harber about some of the highlights his long career and the challenges of production sound.

Shooting Film for a Period Look

Mon, 09/14/2020 - 09:52 -- Nick Dager

Set from 1913 to the early 1990s, HBO’s six-episode limited series I Know This Much is True required director Derek Cianfrance and cinematographer Jody Lee Lipes to make a choice: What would the show look like? They agreed that a cohesive, period look for the project would be the correct choice — as opposed to a contemporary look.

Bulletproof Sound

Mon, 09/14/2020 - 09:46 -- Nick Dager

Simon Hill, senior dubbing mixer at Halo Post in London, has worked on some of the biggest dramas for television and streaming outlets. Included among these is Bulletproof, which airs on Sky One in the UK and CW in the U.S., as well as the British film, Ghost Stories. With audiences craving more and more content, post houses must turn out projects at increasing speeds.

ILM Announces Expansion Plans

Mon, 09/14/2020 - 09:41 -- Nick Dager

Industrial Light & Magic has announced the next phase of its global expansion plan for the company’s virtual production and StageCraft LED volume services. This expansion of services is tied to a proactive initiative for increasing diversity in the industry by combining ILM’s growth in this innovative methodology with a global trainee program geared for underrepresented VFX talent.

Maccs Introduces Mica Distribution System for Independent Distributors

Mon, 09/14/2020 - 09:31 -- Nick Dager

Distribution software developer Maccs has announced the launch of Mica, a new system for independent distributors at a crucial time in the global cinema environment. According to the company, Mica enables distributors to easily create and manage bookings and terms, automatically generate shipment orders for content and keys, automatically collect box office returns and inform release strategies through comprehensive data analytics

Cinionic Offers Support to Exhibitors

Mon, 09/14/2020 - 09:27 -- Nick Dager

For the past few months, movie theatres around the world have been working hard to prepare to welcome audiences back safely. In response, Cinionic, the Barco, ALPD, and CGS cinema joint venture, launched the #CinemaReady campaign. The initiative celebrates the shared love for the big screen experience and provides resources on what to expect during your next trip to the movies.

Christie Celebrates 20th Year as TIFF Official Digital Projection Partner

Fri, 09/11/2020 - 09:31 -- Nick Dager

Christie is celebrating its 20th year as the Official Digital Projection Partner of the Toronto International Film Festival, which runs through September 19. The 45th annual festival will screen 50 new films across venues adapted to the global pandemic, including a drive-in theater, an open-air cinema, and indoor venues tailored for public safety.

Wanying to Open Ten New Dolby Cinemas

Tue, 09/01/2020 - 12:10 -- Nick Dager

Dolby Laboratories and China’s Wanying Cinema Line today announced that the two companies have strengthened cooperation to further extend the Dolby Cinema experience to more moviegoers with a plan to add more than ten additional Dolby Cinema locations across China. Wanying Cinema Line is wholly owned by China Resources Land, a leading commercial real estate company in China.

Marcus Theatres Signs Service Agreement with Strong Technical Services

Tue, 09/01/2020 - 10:34 -- Nick Dager

Strong Technical Services, a wholly owned subsidiary of Ballantyne Strong, has signed a multi-year nationwide managed service agreement with Marcus Theatres. Effective today Strong will become the exclusive provider of managed services for all of Marcus Theatres’ cinema locations nationwide. These managed services will include around the clock monitoring, technical support, and maintenance on all projection and audio equipment across more than 1,100 screens.

Empire Cinemas to Install CinemaNext’s Sphera Premium System

Tue, 09/01/2020 - 09:16 -- Nick Dager

CinemaNext and Lebanese cinema chain Empire Cinemas today announced an agreement for the deployment of CinemaNext’s Sphera premium cinema concept at the Al Andalus Mall in Jeddah, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. Located on the Red Sea coast, Empire Cinemas’ new 18-screen, 1,176-seat complex featuring Sphera as its centrepiece is scheduled to open in the fourth quarter of 2020.

The Effects of The Eight Hundred

Mon, 08/31/2020 - 08:44 -- Nick Dager

Rising Sun Pictures served as a principal visual effects provider for The Eight Hundred, the epic war film from director Guan Hu and Huayi Brothers Media and Haining Seventh Image Movie & Media Company. To date, the film has already earned more than $200 million in Chinese theatres alone. The film centers on the true story of the 1937 Battle of Shanghai where a Chinese battalion mounted a determined defense of the Sihang Warehouse from the invasion of the Japanese army. Working in collaboration with BangBang Pictures, Beijing, and overall VFX supervisor RSP’s Tim Crosbie, RSP contributed scores of richly detailed, seamless visual effects to support the film’s riveting combat scenes, all set around a massive warehouse complex near the city center.

Ōma Rethinks Cinema Design

Mon, 08/31/2020 - 08:31 -- Nick Dager

At a time when the COVID-19 pandemic has disrupted movie releases, put an end to red carpet premieres, closed cinemas and forced those that have managed to reopen to block out seats to create social distancing, the Paris based design firm Ōma is proposing something revolutionary.

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Mixing Sound for Multiple Platforms

Mon, 08/31/2020 - 08:27 -- Nick Dager

For more than three decades, Warner Bros. re-recording mixer Jonathan Wales has created audio magic for numerous feature films, documentaries and television shows. Two recent projects were the Warner Bros. movie Doctor Sleep and the Netflix series 13 Reasons Why. As content creation and technical specifications change, Wales finds himself having to adapt to newer audio compliance standards across a variety of platforms.

DejaSoft Releases DejaEdit Version 3.2 with Microsoft Azure Integration

Mon, 08/31/2020 - 08:20 -- Nick Dager

DejaSoft has released version 3.2 of DejaEdit to further expand its Avid remote file sharing software and to support Microsoft Azure secure storage. Another major highlight includes the safeguarding of project files with robust prior encryption before they are directed to an assigned media server chosen by the customer.

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