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Actor Jon Heder Tests the Potential of Crowd Sourcing

Thu, 03/24/2011 - 20:00 -- Nick Dager

Proving that more is merrier actor Jon Heder (Napoleon Dynamite Blades of Glory) and director Nicholas Peterson (MuM Dark Mind) turn to crowd sourced funding website Kickstarter to raise funds for a new short film titled Drained. Crowd source funding strikes Nick and me as a fresh new way to fund bold filmmaker-driven films in the future. So we're testing it out to see where it takes us says Heder.

Revenge of the Electric Car Gets Tribeca Spotlight

Thu, 03/24/2011 - 20:00 -- Nick Dager

Revenge of the Electric Car will have its world premiere in New York City at the Tribeca Film Festival on Earth Day April 22nd.

Revenge of the Electric Car is a new feature documentary film about electric cars from Chris Paine director of the 2006 success Who Killed the Electric Car?   The new film tells the story of how the plug-in car as come back from the dead in just a few short years going behind the scenes for three years with three carmakers and one converter as they race to bring their electric cars to market.

CGR Cinémas now part of Sensio’s 3D Live Network

Thu, 03/24/2011 - 20:00 -- Nick Dager

Sensio Technologies has announced the continued expansion of its 3D Live Network which now includes more than 750 screens. The Montreal company is partnering with Circuit George Raymond to add its network of 34 multiplexes enabling access to live 3D events for the inhabitants of 34 French cities. The first event of the new partnership was the last match of the 2011 RBS 6 Nations Championships pitting France against Wales at the Stade de France which was screened on March 19th.

Spider-Man Movie Using 3ality’s New Wireless Handheld Beam Splitter Rig

Thu, 03/24/2011 - 20:00 -- Nick Dager

The Amazing Spider-Man directed by Marc Webb now in production from Columbia Pictures under the direction of Marc Webb Directed by Marc Webb the film is using 3ality Digital’s new TS-5 wireless and handheld beam splitter mirror rig. Award-winning cinematographer John Schwartzman the film’s director of photography chose the TS-5 because of its small size and the control it gives over the stereoscopic 3D image. Schwartzman and the production team held a series of tests using the TS-5 and found it could shoot in 3D but perform at the same speed as in 2D.

DQ Entertainment to Produce Trio of 3D Animated Feature Films

Thu, 03/24/2011 - 20:00 -- Nick Dager

India’s DQ Entertainment has announced its 3D feature film release slate currently under development to be released starting 2012 through 2014. The company says it will release three 3D feature with one release planned every year: The Jungle Book (2012-2013) The New Adventures of Peter Pan (2013-2014) and The Phoenix and the Flying Carpet (2013-2014). The anticipated budget of each film is between $25 million and $30 million.

Can Drive-Ins Overcome the Digital Challenge?

Wed, 03/23/2011 - 20:00 -- Nick Dager

Drive-ins have survived a long list of challenges over the years. For starters in almost every region they’re seasonal businesses limited in the number of showings they can offer because they have to wait until dusk to start. In the 1950s crusaders called them morally depraved and labeled them “passion pits ” a term that may or may not have helped business depending on your perspective. The advent of color television in the 1960s took a small toll but the biggest challenge came in the 1980s when rising real estate prices made their properties more valuable for other uses.

Aura Group Licenses Movie Show Time Ticketing Technology to Google

Wed, 03/23/2011 - 20:00 -- Nick Dager

The Aura Group a new media advertising and consulting agency has partnered with Google's rich media advertising division DoubleClick to use Aura's proprietary movie ticketing and show time advertising technology MovieConnect. DoubleClick is an online ad management and serving technology that allows advertisers and third party developers to plan buy and manage campaign activities. DoubleClick users can promote their technology and advertisements to buyers around the world through DoubleClick Ad Exchange which connects advertisers developers and agencies.

From Sound to Silence Now Available on BigStar

Wed, 03/23/2011 - 20:00 -- Nick Dager

Brooklyn Girl Productions’ award-winning documentary film From Sound to Silence winner of the Best Inspirational Documentary prize at the New York International Independent Film & Video Festival is now available on the on-demand platform BigStar. The film documents the life-changing moment of Justin Garrett a man who had been profoundly deaf since birth making history as the first recipient of a bilateral or double cochlear implant in Oklahoma. Prior to the surgery Garrett had less than two percent hearing in both ears.

Apollo Cinemas Launches More Campaign

Wed, 03/23/2011 - 20:00 -- Nick Dager

UK exhibitor Apollo Cinemas has launched the More campaign which is designed to give consumers a wide range of alternative viewing content. The chain uses Sony Digital Cinema 4K technology. 
The campaign introduces the vast array of new content now available at Apollo Cinemas  from partners including The Royal Opera House Shakespeare's Globe Theatre and the English National Opera.

Protecting a Natural Resource

Mon, 03/14/2011 - 20:00 -- Nick Dager

Documentary filmmaker Ryan Christensen of Bristlecone Media is in production on his Mono Lake Preservation project for the City of Los Angeles. Designed to replace the original slide show created to support the ongoing effort to protect the lake from excessive water diversions from the City of Los Angeles this production will be housed in the theater in the Mono Lake committee Visitor Center in Lee Vining California.

Dana Christiaansen Wraps Spots for Jeep and Suzuki

Sun, 03/13/2011 - 20:00 -- Nick Dager

Respected for his work on high-profile automotive commercials director of photography Dana Christiaansen recently shot commercials for both Jeep and Suzuki. Christiaansen is known for capturing delicate detail on the rugged terrain of challenging car and truck shoots. The Suzuki material was shot for Siltanen and Partners Advertising using the Fujinon PL mount 14.5-45mm T2.0 18-85mm T.20 and the 75-400mm T2.8-T3.8 zoom lenses on an Arri Alexa digital camera.

Seventeenth HPA Tech Retreat Called a Success

Sun, 03/13/2011 - 20:00 -- Nick Dager

The Hollywood Post Alliance produced another sellout event as the 17th Annual HPA Tech Retreat brought together the leaders of the post-production and broadcast industries for four days of seminars panel discussions and technology demonstrations covering a broad range of issues that will shape the future of their world. This year’s event drew a record crowd of over 500 professionals including representatives of leading studios broadcasters post-production facilities and manufacturers attracted by the Retreat’s emphasis on substance over sales pitches and relaxed collegial atmosphere.

February PRIME Symposium Marks End of Three-Year Research Project

Sun, 03/13/2011 - 20:00 -- Nick Dager

Last month’s symposium Production and Projection Techniques for Immersive Media – sponsored by the German Federal Ministry of Economics and Technology – marked the conclusion of a three-year research project. During that period the 10 members of the PRIME consortium – companies and research institutes – developed technologies for all facets of the 3D workflow. The applications for their inventions range from the capture production and post-production of stereoscopic content all the way to viewing it on 3D displays and cinema screens. At the PRIME symposium Dr.

Matching Style with Content

Sun, 03/13/2011 - 20:00 -- Nick Dager

Art & Copy a three and a half year labor of love which explores advertising and the creative revolution with some of the most influential characters who have shaped the world of advertising premiered at Sundance and has played theatres across the country. It has just been released on DVD through PBS Home Video. Doug Pray directed the film; Peter Nelson was the cinematographer. The team’s challenge was to adopt a style for the film that complemented the ads they were using in the documentary.

Pilat Media Launches IBMS Cinema Management System

Sun, 03/13/2011 - 20:00 -- Nick Dager

Pilat Media Global has launched IBMS Cinema a business management system for complete theatre advertising and promotion in digital cinemas. The emergence of digital distribution technology for cinematic content offers huge potential for companies that sell and distribute advertising to networks of movie theaters — creating significant efficiencies and cost savings as well as attractive new opportunities for highly targeted campaigns says Bob Lamb chief technical officer of Pilat Media.

Technicolor and Cine Project to Launch Technicolor 3D in Germany Austria Switzerland

Sun, 03/13/2011 - 20:00 -- Nick Dager

Technicolor has signed an agreement with Cine Project to work together to launch Technicolor 3D in Germany Austria and Switzerland.   “We’re excited to launch Technicolor 3D in these new markets ” says Joe Berchtold president of Technicolor’s Creative Services division.

The Mill Installs Nucoda Fuse Systems

Sun, 03/13/2011 - 20:00 -- Nick Dager

The Soho-based visual effects studio The Mill has installed two Nucoda Fuse systems to manage all footage that travels in and out of The Mill TV and Film Studio. Recent projects using Fuse include Doctor Who Merlin Primeval and stereographic CG shots for the new Narnia film The Chronicles of Narnia: Voyage of the Dawn Treader. The systems are housed in the new Mill TV and Film suites in its Clipstone Street premises. All conforms from tape film scans or Red are carried out using the Nucoda Fuse systems.

Trapman Uses Pictorvision Wescam on Acura Shoot

Sun, 03/13/2011 - 20:00 -- Nick Dager

Aerial director of photography John Trapman chose a Pictorvision Wescam system to shoot a new Acura MDX commercial spot. Shot at the picturesque Spray Lakes Reservoir in Kananaskis Country Alberta Canada the spot is slated to start airing in the Japanese market immediately upon completion. “The location was beautiful but cold and snow covered ” says Trapman. “It was about minus 40 degrees and the client wanted to shoot at 60 frames-per-second. Normally the camera would freeze up at those temperatures and at a high frame rate.

Blitz-CineStar Using Unique Digital Systems for Back Office Work

Sun, 03/13/2011 - 20:00 -- Nick Dager

Blitz-CineStar has selected the complete suite of TMS and VPF back office systems developed by Unique Digital as an integral part of their conversion to a full digital cinema network in Croatia. Blitz-CineStar currently operates a total of 12 cinemas and 90 screens and has commenced a full digital deployment. 
  
 Unique Digital will supply their Cinema Accord back office system to manage the VPF financed deployment.

Vue Entertainment to Install Sony 4K across Circuit

Sun, 03/13/2011 - 20:00 -- Nick Dager

UK exhibitor Vue Entertainment has signed an agreement with Sony Europe to install 4K digital cinema projection systems across its circuit. 
With over 37 million customers every year at its 68 cinemas and 657 stadium-seated screens Vue Entertainment will become the largest cinema circuit equipped with Sony 4K digital technology in Europe. 
Tim Richards CEO Vue Entertainment says “We are delighted to have signed such an significant agreement with Sony Digital Cinema.

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