Last August, the Star Cinema Grill in Richmond, Texas, a Houston suburb, was having great success in its premium large format auditorium thanks to having installed the largest Samsung Onyx LED Cinema Screen in North America. It was just the second exhibitor in the country with an Onyx and audiences loved the experience; the theatre was sold out for almost every show. Cut to this August and times have changed dramatically. The United States in general and Texas in particular are still dealing with the worst of the COVID-19 pandemic and the handful of indoor theatres that are open are working under severe restrictions. In response to that, Star Cinema Grill is in the process of opening a drive-in theatre at its Cypress, Texas location
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The Hip Hop Film Festival kicked off its fifth season August 6-9 with four days of film screenings, Master Cyphers, the Boss Pitch competition, and more. Thousands of filmmakers, movie lovers, and culture enthusiasts from all over the world gathered together for a series of live events and film screenings. The Hip Hop Film Festival continues through the month as filmmakers host special private watch parties.
Ymagis Group has reported its consolidated financial revenue for the first six months of 2020, ending June 30, and provided an update on the receivership proceedings currently underway. Among the highlights of that period is the fact that the company’s revenues are down 48 percent, mainly due to the impact of the global pandemic as well as the anticipated decline in virtual print fee activity.
Recording, editing, mixing and mastering engineer Ayako Yamauchi has found that turnaround speed is crucial to many of her film and television projects. Having won multiple awards for her audio post-production work, Yamauchi’s credits are filled with some of the world’s leading video games. Included among these are Uncharted: The Lost Legacy, God of War and Sekiro: The Shadow Dies Twice.
Sena Cinemas, Reykjavik has signed a multi-year agreement with Movio Cinema to better analyze, understand and connect with its cinema audiences. Sena owns and operates Iceland’s largest cinemas including Smarabio equipped with laser projectors for all screens and a Dolby Atmos sound system in the main hall. Smarabio’s fun center hosts an arcade, laser tag, virtual reality games, karaoke, and facilities to accommodate groups of all sizes.
The Colorist Society International is joining the Independent Colourist Guild as partner and co-organizer of the newly launched Colorist Awards. The first-ever international competition focused exclusively on the craft of color, the event recognizes outstanding work by colorists across feature films, television, documentaries, commercials, music videos and shorts. Entries are being accepted now through December 31 for work first appearing in 2020. Winners will be announced in March.
Career advancement in the highly competitive world of post-production can be challenging. For the next edition of its popular weekly videoconference series Post Break, the Post New York Alliance is assembling a panel of up-and-coming and established industry professionals to share their secrets on moving up the ladder. Titled Making Moves: How to Get Promoted in Post, the free event is slated for Thursday, August 13 at 4:00 p.m. EDT.
Sony Electronics Inc.’s cloud-native professional media management and collaboration platform, Ci, is expanding its feature set to include enterprise asset management. The debut of Ci Catalog enables enterprises to build and securely manage centralized libraries of rich media and make them easily accessible to stakeholders across teams, departments, divisions or companies.
Lola, a powerful female boxing feature film, has been accepted into the American Black Film Festival, which continues its 24-year legacy of providing a platform for diverse storytelling and emerging filmmakers. The festival is scheduled to take place online on August 21-30 at http://www.abff.com
With film and television production starting to resume, visual effects companies in New York State are gearing up to capitalize on a projected boom in demand. Eager to get back to work but wanting to do so safely, producers are expected to rely more on virtual production and other visual effects techniques to reduce the need for travel, locations shoots and crowd scenes.
DPA’s new 4097 Core Micro Shotgun Microphone is being widely adapted into the television and film production world as a plant mic solution. Featuring the same sonic qualities as the brand’s supercardioid 4097 Core Choir Microphone, the compact 4097 Core Micro Shotgun has been optimized to pick up speech from a distance.
In the early aughts, in a small Iowa town, Alice — a student at the local Catholic high school — enjoys watching Titanic and testing her knowledge of movie titles with word scrambles played in online chat rooms. When one of her internet encounters takes an unexpected turn, she suddenly discovers there’s pleasure to be had in pleasuring oneself. Not long after, she attends a four-day Catholic retreat, where she struggles to reconcile her nascent urges with the prospect of eternal judgment
Laika, the award-winning animation studio nestled in the heart of the Pacific Northwest, celebrates 15 years of bold, memorable and award-winning filmmaking this month. In 2009, its first feature film, Coraline, was named one of the American Film Institute’s Top 10 Films of the year. With its world-class filmmaking team and a commitment to make “movies that matter,” Laika pushes the boundaries of family entertainment and animated movies, redefining what stories can and should be told through the art form.
The Digital Citizens Alliance and Nagra have jointly an investigative report showcasing how illegal piracy subscription services in the United States have grown into a billion-dollar industry that steals from creators, circumvents legitimate TV operators, and poses risks for consumers. The report, entitled Money for Nothing, details how a sophisticated ecosystem of thousands of retailers and wholesalers – through content theft and enabled by legal businesses – provides illicit piracy services to at least nine million U.S. households.
OwnZones Entertainment Technologies has released three new features to its OwnZones Connect platform to support customers and optimize user experience. The new features, which include: Deep Analysis, Task Management, and Search Service, help Connect users efficiently organize, manage, and deliver content as well as collaborate better via the cloud while working remotely.
Called “one of the most prescient films of the decade,” She Dies Tomorrow from Neon and writer/director Amy Seimetz, centers on a woman who believes she is about to die from a mysterious illness that is also highly contagious. The psychological thriller, which recently went through sound and picture finishing at Goldcrest Post in New York, delves into universal feelings of anxiety and dread through a story that blends horror, humor, drama and the surreal. Seimetz used sound to convey the feeling of fear.
Platforms for the distribution of film and TV content are endlessly multiplying and changing in nature. In parallel, the application of copyright rules attached to audiovisual works and their exploitation along the value chain are becoming increasingly complex. Obtaining rights from the rights holders involved in a given project and, in some cases, acquiring licenses for the use of pre-existing works, is an essential aspect of the work of film producers and marks an indispensable preliminary step before they can grant licenses for the exploitation of the work to the various exploitation channels.
Muvi Cinemas has opened the first Dolby Cinema in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia at the U-Walk Boulevard, Arabian Centres in Riyadh.
NASA’s Mars 2020 Rover Perseverance, which launched last week, is scheduled to touch down on the Red Planet next February. When it lands, the spacecraft will have the capability to capture imagery and sound as the vehicle descends through the Martian atmosphere and lands on the surface of Mars. To capture sounds from the Red Planet for the first time ever, the Mars 2020 Rover will be outfitted with equipment from DPA Microphones.
Amazon Studios has acquired the worldwide rights to Oscar-winning actress Regina King’s feature directorial debut, One Night in Miami, written by Olivier-nominated Kemp Powers, based on his 2013 stage play. Producers are Jess Wu Calder and Keith Calder of Snoot Entertainment (Blindspotting, Anomalisa) and Jody Klein of ABKCO (The Rolling Stones Rock and Roll Circus). King and Powers are executive producers.