Andrew Cripps president of Paramount Pictures International and Millard L. Ochs president of Warner Bros. International Cinemas are slated to give the keynote addresses as part of CinemaCon’s International Day. The keynote addresses will take place at the International Day Breakfast on March 28. Mitch Neuhauser managing director of CinemaCon says “As our industry continues to evolve around the world it is imperative that cinema owners and operators keep up to date with the ongoing changes within the industry. Both Millard L.
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Michigan-based Goodrich Quality Theatres has reached an agreement with Doremi Cinema for the complete implementation of Doremi’s playback servers in their digital cinema rollout. The digital conversion and installation phase started last year and will be finalized by the end of 2011 with theaters spanning across four states.
New York City-based cinematographer Ed David says he has hung up is HDSLRs in favor of a new camcorder for his work for Lifetime Networks. Among others his assignments have encompassed shooting a series of promos for Lifetime in which women were interviewed about the network’s movie offerings. David has made the new Panasonic AG-AF100 large imager HD cinema camcorder his go-to camera on commercial shoots. David says “The moiré and other image degradation inherent in DSLRs are simply not an issue with the AF100.
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.
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.
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.
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 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 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 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.
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 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.
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.
Warner Bros. Digital Distribution has begun testing an offering of selected movies for purchase or rental through Warner Bros. Entertainment’s Facebook movie Pages. Consumers will be able to use Facebook Credits to easily buy or rent a title all while staying connected to Facebook. Under the trail system for example millions of fans who “Liked” Christopher Nolan’s film The Dark Knight can rent the title through its official Facebook Page.
Vertical Ascent of Studio City California a production company founded by award-winning filmmaker documentarian and music video director Adam Friedman is developing and producing an original 3D TV series for In Demand to be distributed to U.S. cable systems and offered to consumers for free. This series is part of In Demand’s drive to create and deliver entertaining and visually stunning original programming in 3D an exciting new growth area for television.
Denver-based Director of Photography Rich Lerner has purchased the new Panasonic AG-AF100 large imager HD cinema camcorder for production assignments ranging from documentaries to independent films to commercial spots. His first AF100 project was a music video Diaphanous Breeze for an original composition written and performed by pianist Lisa Downing. On the Diaphanous Breeze Lerner interspersed performance scenes with time-lapse footage of clouds. He shot with the image-stabilized Lumix G Vario HD 14-140m micro 4/3-inch superzoom lens and worked with the AF100 on a slider.
With almost 30 immigration related bills set to hit our state legislators this year the documentary Panic Nation takes an intense look at how state sponsored immigration laws have taken a foot‐hold on America. The film was made by producer/director George Adams and had its premiere last month in his home state Oklahoma. Oklahoma House Representative Randy Terrill has nearly 20 bills he’s proposing for the current legislative session. He wrote HB-1804 and appears in the film along with Rep.
One of the UK’s leading independent cinema chains Reel Cinemas has signed a contract with Arqiva’s digital cinema partners XDC to deploy satellite distribution at all of Reel Cinemas’ UK sites. George Eyles head of digital media networks at Arqiva Broadcast & Media says “We are delighted that Reel Cinemas has selected Arqiva’s Digital Cinema Satellite Distribution System for their entire UK circuit. This 100 percent commitment underlines Reel Cinemas’ confidence in both satellite-based delivery and in Arqiva as the satellite-based delivery platform of choice.
RealD and Toshiba Corporation have entered into a marketing and promotions alliance for the upcoming feature film event Carmen in 3D filmed at the Royal Opera House Covent Garden. As part of the agreement Toshiba will receive presentation rights for the film's worldwide theatrical release and exclusive rights during a promotional period to package 3D Blu-ray Discs of Carmen in 3D with select 3D-enabled Toshiba brand devices. Additional marketing promotions and public relations activities are planned in support of the alliance.
Screenvision reached an exclusive deal with Nike to premiere the new six-minute concept film starring Kobe Bryant and directed by Robert Rodriguez in Los Angeles area movie theatres. The short film titled The Black Mamba was part of the featured preshow entertainment before PG13 and R rated films in Los Angeles-based Screenvision theatres on February 19th timed to the 2011 NBA All-Star Weekend festivities in which the city was playing host.