Kodak and UCLA have named Richard Crudo the 2011 Kodak Cinematographer-in-Residence for the spring quarter at UCLA's School of Theater Film and Television. The residency course now in its 12th consecutive year was inaugurated by professor William McDonald with the support of Kodak to enhance the learning experience of students with insight from renowned cinematographers. The mentorship program began with a free screening of one of Crudo's past works American Buffalo at the James Bridges Theater in Melnitz Hall on April 18.
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Filmmakers at Blue Sky Studios give credit to NVIDIA Quadro professional graphics tools for helping bring a cast of dancing characters to life in their new movie Rio. The film had the biggest debut of any movie in 2011 thus far coming in number one at the box office with a $40 million opening weekend. Rio stars a computer generated Macaw named Blu who ends up at the heart of a wild adventure in Rio de Janeiro with a cast of street-smart friends and foes.
Robert L. Johnson chairman of The RLJ Companies founder of Black Entertainment Television and founder and CEO of Our Stories Films has announced that their new film Jumping the Broom will premiere on Mother’s Day weekend. The movie was produced by Tracey E. Edmonds and is being released by TriStar a Sony Pictures Entertainment Company. It tells an inspirational and positive story of two very different families who meet for the first time at a weekend wedding in Martha's Vineyard.
Screenvision will present the New York Philharmonic’s production of Stephen Sondheim’s Tony Award-winning musical Company. Through an arrangement with Ellen M.
Spice Shop Bangkok has become the first post-production facility worldwide to purchase the new Blackboard 2 control surface for Baselight. FilmLight debuted Blackboard 2 at last month’s NAB convention in Las Vegas. “When we saw Blackboard 2 we understood immediately the impact it would have on our business and our facility and we knew we had to have it ” says Spice Shop director of operations Matthew Szabo.
Twenty-three leading directors and producers called into question plans to shorten the current model of theatrical release windows in an open letter to be published Thursday April 21 in an industry trade publication.
Cineplex Entertainment and Empire Theatres Limited have formed the Canadian Digital Cinema Partnership to plan and implement the deployment of digital projection equipment in the two partner's theatres. The plan will include procuring equipment arranging financing and securing digital deployment agreements with studios and other content providers. Cineplex Entertainment and Empire Theatres Limited have appointed Blackstone Advisory Partners as their financial and structuring advisor for CDCP.
Cinemark Holdings has announced plans to construct a 14-screen all-digital movie theatre that will feature the company's new Cinemark NextGen design concept. Cinemark has entered into an agreement to purchase 10 acres in Presidio Junction a 300-acre master planned mixed-use development eight miles north of downtown Fort Worth Texas. Slated to open just in time for the 2012 summer blockbuster season the new Cinemark NextGen theatre will offer the latest technology amenities and customer-preferred options all under one roof.
Cobb Theatres selected GDC servers in July 2010 for its CinéBistro Theatres and under the terms of a new contract will see the completion of Cobb Theatres’ digital conversion program with servers installed at an additional 115 theatres serving Florida Alabama and the Southeast. “Cobb Theatres knows only the best will suffice when building premier-grade cinemas that attract sophisticated moviegoers who seek the ultimate cinematic experience ” says Jeremy Welman COO of Cobb Theatres.
Codex Digital has reached an agreement with Arri to manufacture a Codex ArriRaw recorder for use with Arri’s Alexa and Arriflex D-21 film-style digital cameras. The new recorder will be marketed both directly and through Arri’s worldwide reseller network. Arri and its resellers will also be selling Codex camera mounts data packs and transfer stations. “We are pleased to work with Arri in introducing this new product to the market ” says Codex Digital managing director Marc Dando.
Digital Cinema Implementation Partners has announced that it has closed on a new $220 million term loan facility that will be utilized to deploy digital projection systems. The new debt has been rated Baa1 by Moody's Investors Services. I'm thrilled to make this announcement today which underscores the success of our digital rollout over the past year says Rich Manzione CEO of DCIP. With this transaction we are one step closer to our goal of bringing digital projection technology and all of its benefits to movie-goers across North America.
EFA Partners has announced that it led and advised the recently closed financing facility for Malco Theatres to fund the conversion of more than 320 screens at 30 locations throughout the Southeastern United States. “EFA’s unique knowledge and experience with film exhibition and digital cinema was extremely helpful in leading our financing process ” says Bobby Levy executive vice president of Malco Theatres.
Marquise Technologies has announced that its Ocean telecine controller now supports Cintel DSX and C-Reality telecine family. Many prestigious clients of Cintel own a DSX telecine it’s a very impressive machine in terms of features and quality. Now relying on an up-to-date and maintained telecine controller they can continue to benefit from their initial investment says Laurence Stoll CEO of Marquise Technologies. The support for DSX also includes the ability to remote control Cintel’s Oliver system (dust and scratch removal tool).
Lucasfilm and Prime Focus have announced that they are collaborating on the 3D conversion of Star Wars: Episode I The Phantom Menace for theatrical release Prime Focus was selected by Lucasfilm and Industrial Light & Magic following an exhaustive testing process. Utilizing Prime Focus' proprietary View-D process the conversion is scheduled to hit 3D theatre screens on February 10 2012. It was incredibly important to me that we have the technology the resources and the time to do this right says Star Wars creator George Lucas.
The Manhattan Film Festival has launched a Filmmaker Revenue Sharing Program. Since their inception they have made it a priority to find new ways to help filmmakers make a career out of filmmaking. While not an easy task they believe their new program is the game-changer they have been searching for. The platform they have built has the potential to yield filmmakers tens of thousands of dollars. The Filmmaker Revenue Sharing Program will allow filmmakers to promote and sell festival tickets while earning 50 percent of the revenue.
The Laser Illuminated Projector Association has launched with the goals of explaining the benefits of laser-lluminated projectors advocating for a positive regulatory environment and developing appropriate training guidelines. The announcement was made t by the LIPA Advisory Committee composed of industry leaders Barco Christie Digital Eastman Kodak IMAX Corporation Laser Light Engines NEC Display Solutions Necsel/Ushio and Sony.
Rushes Post Production London has purchased a diTTo evolution film scanner from Cintel International. The diTTo evolution will scan 35mm 2 3 and 4-perf film as well as 16mm film to 2K and 4K data for grading in the Resolve Color Correction suite. Rushes’ technical director Tim Wharton says “Image quality is the major consideration in everything we do at Rushes and the images from diTTo evolution are second to none.
3DeeCentral.com. Spatial View’s online source of stereo 3D content has entered into a licensing agreement with San Diego-based 3D Studio PassmoreLab for a number of their 3D titles. 3DeeCentral includes paid and free 3D content available for 3D PCs mobile and internet-connected devices. The content agreement includes titles in the genres of science and nature music videos extreme sports and animation. The platforms support a number of 3D devices using active shutter glasses polarized glasses anaglyph and auto-stereoscopic technologies.
Celebrating over a decade of cinema under-the-stars the 12th Annual Maui Film Festival is carrying on its tradition of presenting great films and artists on one of the world's most beautiful islands from June 15-19 at the Wailea Resort. Screenings will also again take place at the Maui Arts & Cultural Center in Kahului.
Titan Worldwide Entertainment will begin shooting the El Chico Blanco in June it was announced by chairman and CEO Brad Feinstein. El Chico Blanco tells the story of Ben Harper a white outcast raised in the barrio rises to a position of power against all odds. During a stint in prison he overcomes racial tension and biases to become the head of a notorious crime family entering into a world of drugs wealth and power. The film will be shot on location in New Mexico.