One of the most awaited drama series of 2019, His Dark Materials, produced by Bad Wolf for BBC and HBO, was finished at Technicolor in London. With a story set in a parallel universe that seems like the Britain of a century ago, and with fantastic elements such as giant armored polar bears and ever-present demons – animal representations of the human soul – the production is a tour de force of visual effects, and therefore somewhat demanding of the colorist, Jean-Clément Soret.
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CineLife Entertainment, the event cinema division of Spotlight Cinema Networks, and More2Screen announce the U.S. theatrical release of Gauguin from the National Gallery, London, in select theatres nationwide beginning January 21.
As Hawthorne College winds down for the Christmas holidays, a black-masked stalker begins killing sorority sisters one by one. Produced by Jason Blum (Halloween, Get Out) for Blumhouse Productions, Black Christmas is a re-imagining of the 1974 cult classic for the 21st century audience. The horror film was directed and co-written by Sophia Takal (Always Shine). Although Takal was a fan of the original film, she wanted to bring attention to contemporary women’s rights issues, in particular the Me-Too movement
Aiming to tap the current boom in film and television production, Signature Post, a fully immersive sound editorial and mixing facility, has launched in Burbank, California. Built by Kaiser Comm Construction, the all-new facility features three Dolby Atmos-certified mix stages and an automated dialogue replacement production stage and will cater to high-end feature and television projects.
The Motion Picture Sound Editors today announced the nominees for the 67th Annual MPSE Golden Reel Awards. Nominees represent the work of the world’s most talented sound artists and their contributions to the past year’s most outstanding feature film, television, animation, computer entertainment and student productions.
The riveting crime drama Godfather of Harlem has earned critical praise and popular success for its unflinching portrait of 1960s Harlem under the sway of competing criminal gangs. A big part of the show’s uncanny realism derives from its soundtrack, edited and mixed at Goldcrest Post, which blends the idiosyncratic dialogue of Italian and African-American mobsters with meticulously-detailed New York City soundscapes and an absorbing blend of period and contemporary music.
How do you make a full-length feature film, with flawless, cinematic values when your camera budget only stretches to the Sony FS7 cinema cameras already owned by the crew? School Fight is a low budget, independent feature film, but you’d be forgiven for assuming the investment in the on-screen image was far more high-end. This comes from the crew’s unwavering commitment to achieving the highest possible production values by squeezing everything they could out of the camera equipment they had available and a minimal budget.
Cinépolis Luxury Cinemas in San Mateo, California installed its first ScreenX format auditorium in time for the December 13 opening of Sony Pictures Entertainment's Jumanji: The Next Level. Auditorium One at Cinépolis Luxury Cinemas San Mateo seats 101.
Cineplex, Canada, today announced that it has entered into a definitive agreement to be acquired by the Cineworld Group. With more than 11,200 screens around the globe, the proposed transaction will create one of the world’s largest cinema companies, providing Cineplex with scale and all the benefits associated with a global enterprise, the company said.
Nugen Audio today announced that its brand has earned an official trademark in China, following a several months-long approvals process. The trademark was fully authorized by the China Trademark Office on October 7. Nugen registered for the trademark on recommendation from its Chinese distributor, Music Marketing, as a means of protecting the brand name and company IP within the Chinese market. This trademark gives the company total control over its brand for the next ten years.
Cineplex today announced that it had added new immersive theatre formats 4DX and ScreenX in locations across Canada. The multi-sensory 4DX experience is now open at three new locations: Cineplex Cinemas Winston Churchill in Oakville, Ontario; Cineplex Cinemas Hamilton Mountain in Stoney Creek, Ontario; and Scotiabank Theatre Edmonton in Edmonton, Alberta.
B&B Theatres has opened its eighth MX4D theatre system in Wylie, Texas, a growing Northeast suburb of Dallas. The first film to play there in MX4D is Sony's Jumanji the Next Level, followed by the imminent engagement of Disney's Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker.
CinemaNext, the European specialist in cinema exhibitor services, today announced the launch of its dedicated e-commerce platform, CinemaNext Shop, in France, Belgium and Luxembourg. The site will be rolled out to cinema exhibitors across Europe and internationally in early 2020.
Multi-award winning VFX and animation studio Jellyfish Pictures today announced that it has opened its newest facility in South London, Brixton. The new studio seats 200 artists and, in addition to its other four studios spread across South London and Sheffield, will be the company’s official headquarters.
Julien von Schultzendorff is a colorist at nhb studios in Germany, which has Baselight grading facilities in Hamburg, Berlin, Düsseldorf and Munich. He has now been with nhb for five years and is well established in the color-grading scene in Germany. At present most of his work is in high-end commercials, for clients like Mercedes, BMW, Volkswagen, Rimowa, Lufthansa and more. His long-term goal is to work on feature films. At the end of 2019 von Schultzendorff will move to Berlin, where nhb is currently building a new Baselight suite, to work alongside Pana Argueta. His father is cinematographer Wedigo von Schultzendorff and his mother a photographer, so he has virtually grown up on set being surrounded by cameras and film crew and equipment, and learning about the visual appeal of pictures. That experience played a big part in how von Schultzendorff chose a career in color grading. Digital Cinema Report recently spoke with von Schultzendorff and that’s where our conversation begins.
Southern Theatres has undertaken a complete renovation of the former Grand Theatre with the recently opened Amstar Cinemas 18 Four Seasons Station in Greensboro, North Carolina. With 18 screens, 12 of which were newly renovated, the complex features a Grand Premium Experience Auditorium offering the ultimate movie-watching experience. Opening to the public on December 12 in time for the premiere of Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker, the renovation includes luxury recliners, a full lobby bar, and made-to-order food with in-seat delivery.
At the Emerging Cinema Markets Conference, which was held in Istanbul November 19-21, RealD released statistics that show 3D in exhibition is increasingly popular in countries where movie theatres are beginning to gain a foothold.
Cinépolis Pejaten Village in southern Jakarta is installing Christie projectors. This is the exhibitor’s first multiplex in Indonesia to be fully equipped with Christie RGB pure laser projectors. It houses five auditoriums fitted with Christie CP2309-RGB and CP2320-RGB models.
JBL Professional today announced the DSi 2.0 Series cinema amplifiers, the first ever JBL branded cinema amplifiers. The DSi 2.0 Series builds on the legacy of Crown DSi Series amplifiers to combine the DSP of Crown’s CDi DriveCore Series amps with a new high-power design to deliver superior efficiency, reliability and audio fidelity. The DSi 2.0 Series includes three power configurations—350W, 700W and 1,200W—available in analog and analog-plus-digital versions with Dante/AES67 and SNMP connectivity.
Software as a service provider Signiant is revamping its sales organization to support the next phase of growth and an increasingly sophisticated customer engagement model.