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Cinematic Media Finishes El Club Season One

Tue, 02/25/2020 - 11:00 -- Nick Dager

Post-production finishing for the first season of El Club, Netflix’s new young adult dramedy, was recently completed at Cinematic Media in Mexico City. The country’s only full-service facility focused exclusively on cinema and television post, the company handled both sound and picture finishing for the series, now available through the streaming service in Mexico and other Spanish-speaking markets.

Film Festival Hit Edited at The Colonie

Tue, 02/25/2020 - 10:52 -- Nick Dager

Two Dum Micks, an offbeat comedic short film, written, directed, and produced by D.B. Sweeney and edited by Keith Kristinat at The Colonie in Chicago, has won more than two-dozen first-place film festival awards to date. It tells the story of Mikey and Mick, played by Sean Astin and Sweeney, as two down-and-out guys who come up with an implausible jailhouse scheme to get the money they need to solve their legal problems.

4DX Sets January Box Office Record

Wed, 02/19/2020 - 11:11 -- Nick Dager

CJ 4DPlex today announced that its multi-sensory 4DX format drew $23 million at the global box office in January, up 18 percent year-over-year, making it the highest ever recorded for the month of January in the history of the company, this despite screenings being suspended in China for several days.

Alchemy Makes Ryan Collison a Partner

Tue, 02/18/2020 - 12:42 -- Nick Dager

Leading independent Foley studio Alchemy Post Sound has elevated Ryan Collison to partner, joining founders Foley artist Leslie Bloome and CEO Andrea Bloome. Part of the Alchemy team for the past six years, Collison is an Emmy Award-winning Foley mixer whose many credits include such recent projects as The Last Days of American Crime, The Invisible Man, Harry Haft and Fosse/Verdon.

Norwegian Film Institute Selects Nagra’s DVnor Organizer

Tue, 02/18/2020 - 10:35 -- Nick Dager

The Norwegian Film Institute has selected Nagra’s media asset management platform DVnor Organizer for secure storage and one-click distribution of its films to more than 170 film festivals worldwide. The system will enable the NFI to receive, store and distribute new cinema titles in high-quality from all the major Norwegian film producers and production companies, as well as store more than 300 catalogue titles. It will also provide subtitling packages in different languages.

If You Build It, They Will Come

Mon, 02/17/2020 - 11:16 -- Nick Dager

Mark Louis is Alamo Drafthouse Cinemas director of presentation. In that role, he is responsible for maintaining the level of technology that has become central to the exhibitor’s brand and identity. Louis is currently overseeing the opening of seven new Alamo theatres across the United States, while simultaneously maintaining the quality control of the established sites. When I contacted him to talk about how he approaches new builds he described himself as “busier that a one-armed reel-to-reel projectionist,” but he agreed to talk via email. Here’s an excerpted version of our conversation.

Talking with DejaEdit Developer Nikolai Waldman

Mon, 02/17/2020 - 10:57 -- Nick Dager

CAN Film is a boutique post-production and film company based in the heart of Gothenburg, Sweden. Clas Hakeröd and Nikolai Waldman, two highly experienced and trusted names within the industry, started the company in 2015. For the past 20 years they have been producing and post-producing commercials, features, corporate films, documentaries and TV series, like The girl who played with fire, Olympic Games, Saltön, Ettor & nollor, Americas Cup, Uppdrag Granskning, Volvo, IKEA and many more. Recently, Waldman branched out to start the company DejaSoft and develop the editing software tool DejaEdit. Digital Cinema Report spoke with him about how DejaEdit came to be.

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Making it GLOW

Mon, 02/17/2020 - 10:42 -- Nick Dager

The Netflix series GLOW, which launched its 10-episode third season in August 2019, brings the Gorgeous Ladies of Wrestling to Las Vegas and the fictitious Fan-Tan Hotel and Casino. The production captures the personal and professional lives of a group of women who perform for a wrestling organization that started in Los Angeles but now find themselves in glitzy Las Vegas during the 1980s. Cinematographer Chris Teague met with show creators, executive producers and episode writers Liz Flahive and Carly Mensch to pitch his ideas for the new look of GLOW for its new Las Vegas setting, which is where they realized that everyone was on the same page.

Digital Domain Opens Montréal Facility

Mon, 02/17/2020 - 10:34 -- Nick Dager

Academy Award-winning visual effects studio Digital Domain has opened a facility in Montréal, its ninth location worldwide. The Montréal studio will focus on feature films, episodic and streaming while supporting other groups within the multi-faceted VFX house. The official opening marks the fourth new location for Digital Domain since 2016, with all locations – including the new Montréal office – reporting directly to Los Angeles, the headquarters of Digital Domain’s VFX business.

European Cinema Box Office Numbers Strong, New Report Shows

Mon, 02/17/2020 - 10:30 -- Nick Dager

The International Union of Cinemas, the body representing European cinema trade associations and operators, has today released its provisional update on admissions and box office revenues across Europe for 2019. While some data remains to be collated and figures for certain territories are based only on initial estimates, the overview provided by UNIC represents the first wide-ranging assessment of the performance of the European cinema sector in 2019. More detailed final data on the performance of each territory will be released in Spring 2020.

New Industry Group Formed to Mentor Next Generation of Media Pros

Mon, 02/17/2020 - 10:23 -- Nick Dager

A coalition of companies and organizations from across the media and entertainment industry, EIPMA is dedicated to nurturing the industry’s next generation of talent. It plans to partner with high schools, universities and entertainment industry organizations to increase student awareness for career opportunities in the entertainment industry through job fairs, speaker programs, webinars and other events. It will also connect aspiring professionals with mentoring and career counseling programs.

Digital Cinema Summit – Movies in the 21st Century

Thu, 02/06/2020 - 11:23 -- Nick Dager

The ISE Digital Cinema Summit convenes Wednesday, February 12 at the Okura Hotel in Amsterdam the Netherlands. The central question of the event is: where do movies and movie theatres fit in the 21st century? The theme of the half-day event is The Changing Cineplex. During the event we will highlight how advances in digital cinema technology are reshaping movie theatres and the entire movie-going experience.

Editing The Perfect Patient

Thu, 02/06/2020 - 11:14 -- Nick Dager

Film editor Rickard Krantz was part of the creative team that worked on the movie The Perfect Patient (Swedish title: Quick), which was nominated for Sweden’s prestigious Guldbagge award for editing. The film was also selected as one of Sweden’s three finalists for submission to the 92nd Academy Awards in 2019

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Showcase Names Laura Correia Assistant VP Film & Event Cinema

Thu, 02/06/2020 - 10:59 -- Nick Dager

Showcase Cinemas has named company veteran Laura Correia assistant vice oresident, film & event cinema. Correia, who started her professional career with National Amusements in 1997, will oversee the event cinema program as part of her new role. Showcase Event Cinema exhibits more than 250 events annually and includes fine arts, classic films, anime, documentaries, inspirational content and concerts. Showcase Cinemas is committed to continuing to expand this program and offer the most engaging content for moviegoers.

DigitalFilm Tree Names Nancy Jundi Chief Operating Officer

Wed, 02/05/2020 - 13:27 -- Nick Dager

Post-production innovator and software development company DigitalFilm Tree has named Nancy Jundi as chief operational officer. Jundi brings a wealth of experience to her new role, with more than 20 years of experience guiding entertainment and technology companies, both start-up and global, through exceptional growth challenges. She has been an outside consultant to DFT since 2014 and will now be based in DFT’s Los Angeles headquarters, where she will join founder and CEO Ramy Katrib in pioneering revolutionary new offerings for DFT and the industry.

Parasite Best Picture Winner in Fandango Survey

Wed, 02/05/2020 - 12:50 -- Nick Dager

According to Fandango, South Korean genre-bending hit Parasite is the top pick in the Best Picture race with 20 percent of the film fans’ votes, followed closely by Sam Mendes’ WWI epic 1917 with 19 percent. Parasite also took the number-one spot in the Best Director category, with first-time nominee Bong Joon Ho winning with 34 percent of votes.

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