Award-winning VFX and animation studio Jellyfish Pictures has appointed Matthew Bristowe director of operations. Benefiting from both a creative and commercial background in some of the biggest VFX studios in the world, Bristowe’s hire solidifies Jellyfish Pictures’ continued expansion.
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Award-winning sound pros Rick Ash and Ron Eng have joined the sound team at Periscope Post & Audio, Hollywood. Ash and Eng will be the lead sound talent at Periscope Post & Audio’s Hollywood facility, which launched last month. The sound department features a theatrical mix stage with an Avid S6 digital console, Pro Tools and Dolby Atmos capability, as well as three additional mix stages also featuring Avid S6 consoles, Pro Tools and Dolby Atmos.
Now preparing for its 11th edition, the DTLA Film Festival, downtown Los Angeles’ largest film-TV event, has announced a call for entries for 360º/VR/MR films for a new sidebar of immersive content, running concurrent with the rest of the festival, October 23-27. Submissions for all genres of immersive films are now open through August 16 and are free to all filmmakers. Films can be submitted through the festival's Film Freeway account.
Yesterday, the new British musical comedy directed by Danny Boyle, which was released last month following its debut at the Tribeca Film Festival, used as many as twelve cameras for some scenes. This presented some serious workflow challenges. To address them, cinematographer Christopher Ross BSC, who had previously worked with Boyle on the TV series Trust was joined by Mission digital imaging technician Thomas Patrick who had worked with him for the first time on Trust in 2017.
Jordan Levy, veteran commercial director of photography, shot FCA U.S.’s new The Summer of Jeep campaign starring Jeremy Renner, with Cooke Anamorphic/i lenses. The campaign was directed by Levy’s friend and long-time collaborator Jeff Tomsic, with whom he has worked for a decade. It began airing in the States on July 10.
Grand Cinema Sunshine is the first cinema owned by Sasaki Kogyo to deploy GDC’s Cinema Automation 2.0 and SR-1000 Standalone Integrated Media Block with CineCache. The system is designed to fully automate workflow in a cinema multiplex while offering movie-goers much more content with an advanced central media server capable of storing, managing and streaming thousands of movies.
Fifty years later, the groundbreaking film that captured the original Woodstock music festival has become one of the most acclaimed documentaries ever produced – and Fathom Events is partnering with Warner Bros. to bring it back to movie theaters for one night only. Woodstock: The Director’s Cut will play at 7:00 p.m. local time, August 15, in movie theaters nationwide.
Walt Disney's The Lion King leads Fandango’s weekend ticket sales with a chart-topping 99 out of 100 on the Fanticipation movie buzz index score. The Lion King adaptation now ranks as Fandango’s second best pre-seller of the year to date, surpassing Captain Marvel and following Avengers: Endgame in 2019’s advance tickets at the same point in the sales cycle, according to Fandango.
French multiplex company CGR Cinemas has announced that the first ICE Theatre in the United States will be debuting this fall at Regal L.A. Live: A Barco Innovation Center in downtown Los Angeles. The ICE (Immersive Cinema Experience) Theatre concept launched two-and-a-half years ago, combining state-of-the-art design and excellence in sound and image technologies with the revolutionary ICE sensorial experience.
MTI Film, maker of the Cortex family of set-to-screen workflow software, has just been awarded U.S. Patent 10,349,097 for its Graphical Editing Solution for High Dynamic Range Metadata. The software tool provides a simple way to ensure that HDR metadata is properly aligned with associated HDR video. It saves time and eliminates errors in preparing feature film and television content for delivery in formats including Dolby Vision HDR.
Los Angeles creative studio Powster has launched Trailered, a new web-app search tool for all films showing in theatres nationwide. With Trailered, moviegoers can instantly see trailers, showtimes and purchase tickets for films currently playing at nearby cinemas through one simple online access point.
CineLife Entertainment, the event cinema division of Spotlight Cinema Networks, has partnered with CBS Home Entertainment as the exclusive theatrical distributor throughout North America for two Peanuts features: A Boy Named Charlie Brown (1969) and Snoopy, Come Home (1972). This is the first time the digitally remastered films have been available for theatrical bookings since their original release dates.
The 4DX version of the Walt Disney Studios’ live action musical Aladdin has earned $17 million in the global box office. Japan and Korea were among the highest performing countries.
Well-known French digital imaging technician and film workflow specialist, Matthieu Straub, has joined FilmLight. Based in Paris, he will provide technical advice and practical assistance to FilmLight clients in France and Benelux, as well as acting as the company’s voice in local key trade groups and with training partners in the production and post marketplaces.
At the 2019 iResearch Awards Ceremony held last month in Beijing, CJ 4DPlex was honored in the Originative Cinema Technology category for its 4X with ScreenX technology.
Christie has appointed of Peter Chen executive director of sales, cinema, Greater China, at Christie Digital Systems (China) effective today. Chen was formerly the digital cinema sales director at Sony China.
DPA’s 6066 Subminiature Headset Microphone was a winner in the Product Design category at the Red Dot Awards, which were held this week at the Aalto-Theatre in Essen, Germany. DPA Microphones’ project lead Rune Møller and research and development manager Ole Moesmann accepted the award for the company.
The Hollywood Professional Association Awards Committee has announced the winners of the 2019 HPA Engineering Excellence Award. Honors will be bestowed on November 21 at the 14th annual HPA Awards gala at the Skirball Cultural Center in Los Angeles.
QSC has announced a plug-in for the Q-SYS Ecosystem that allows users to discover and control any JNIOR models 410, 412, or 414 automation controller, manufactured by the INTEG Process Group.
Alchemy Post Sound put on its tap shoes (and a whole lot more) to create the Foley sound for Fosse/Verdon, FX’s critically acclaimed limited series about choreographer Bob Fosse (Sam Rockwell) and his collaborator and wife, the singer/dancer Gwen Verdon (Michelle Williams). Working under the direction of supervising sound editors Daniel Timmons and Tony Volante, Foley artist Leslie Bloome and his team performed and recorded hundreds of custom sound effects to support the show’s sultry dance sequences and add realistic ambience to its historic settings.