Arri will support the Canadian Society of Cinematographers’ The Future is Calling campaign with a contribution of $300,000 in Canadian currency. The $3.75 million campaign, launched in November, will support a national outreach, education, internship, and online educational program to break down barriers marginalized communities face in accessing jobs in the film and television industry. The campaign has received support from the industry, government, and philanthropic funders. More than half the goal has been pledged to date.
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The Oscar-winning visual effects studio Digital Domain has announced the creation of Zoey, which it says is the world’s most advanced computer-generated human-like figure. Powered by machine learning and created using an advanced version of the technology and process that helped bring Thanos to the big screen, the photorealistic Zoey can engage in conversations with multiple participants at once, remember people, access the internet to answer questions and more, paving the way for the next step in the evolution of artificial intelligence. My question isn’t just what does Zoey mean for the cinema business; my question is what does Zoey mean for society?
The Post New York Alliance has added three new members to its association: Cadence Effects, Running Man, and Shishkin Productions. The PNYA continues to grow as New York’s post-production industry expands and more companies and individual professionals seek to support its mission of advocating for the state’s media tax credit program and other issues of common interest.
PVR Cinemas, India’s largest film exhibitor, has introduced experiential in-cinema advertising for what it says is the first time in the cinema advertising domain. The innovation in collaboration with Xperia Group, an out-of-home media company hopes to create immersive experiences for the consumer for advertising content across different touch points in the cinema.
The International Cinema Technology Association will present the new ICTA Presentation Excellence Award to Heinz and Marius Lochmann, the owners, and operators of Traumpalast and IMAX Leonberg on May 18 at the German cinema convention Kino 2022 in Baden Baden.
The organizers of ShowEast have announced that registration is now open for this year’s convention, which will be held from October 17-20.
SMPTE, the home of media professionals, technologists, and engineers, is partnering with the Open Services Alliance for media to present the Media Microservices Summit, hosted by Microsoft in New York City, May 11-12. The free two-day event will offer a comprehensive review of current progress and future initiatives aimed at bringing interoperability to media processing in the cloud and to microservices in particular.
New York Women in Film & Television will provide film production grants to El Pueblo vs. Austeridad / The People vs. Austerity and Coquito. The projects come from two of the 12 media making teams selected for Good Pitch Local Puerto Rico, where they pitched live from Puerto Rico via webcast to a group of advisors, with connections to non-governmental organizations, distributors, and foundations.
Hifi Productions has launched Storyteller, a new production music label from Emmy Award-winning composer/producer Joel Goodman. Available exclusively through Universal Production Music, the label’s initial release comprises seven albums of production-ready music drawing on Goodman’s singular ability to weave human emotion into contemporary musical narratives.
The winning films in the Dolby Institute x Ghetto Film School Filmmaker Finish the Script Challenge were screened late last month in separate events in Los Angeles and New York. The winners are Alejandra Araujo of Jamaica, New York for Shipped Out; Eleanor Cho of Artesia, California for Dinner is Ready; Antonio Salume of Mexico City, Mexico, and Amy B. Tiong of Waterbury, Connecticut for Take Care Zora; and Christian Osagiede of Los Angeles, California for Hunted.