Singapore post house VHQ has selected Pandora's Revolution Express to anchor the company's color correction workflow from ingest to deliverables. Along with YoYo software included with the Revolution Express package VHQ now has data workflow for all file formats crucial for the volume of work required of a modern facility. We chose the system because we knew we were going to be getting more and more digital formats like Red and Phantom says Billy Fong producer and technical manager at VHQ.
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Tunnel Post of Santa Monica California has purchased a Codex Digital Lab system and will make it the hub of a new digital laboratory service for commercials television shows and feature films. Tunnel Post will use the Codex Digital Lab to process digitally acquired media prepare files for editorial facilitate color grading and create archival media files. Used in tandem with Codex recorders and data packs the system provides a standardized end-to-end workflow for digitally acquired media and is compatible with most professional-grade digital cameras including the new Arri Alexa.
Gary Johns is senior vice president of Sony Electronics’ Digital Cinema Solutions group which is a division of Sony’s Professional Solutions of America group. I recently spoke with Johns about the present and future of digital cinema. Digital Cinema Report: Describe the scope of Sony’s digital cinema operations. As the person charged with running that effort what do you feel are the benefits for Sony? Gary Johns: Our vision is to offer the widest range of products services and solutions to the motion picture exhibition community.
Band Pro’s One World has been a production industry staple for many years now. The event is typically equal parts trade show seminar and holiday party and this year’s edition – held last month in Burbank – lived up to the tradition. As much an excuse to unwind and catch up with old friends at the end of the year as it is a serious occasion One World nevertheless always manages to deliver news.
Cinema India Expo 2011 will take place at the Renaissance Convention Centre Powai Mumbai on June 24 and 25. Over the course of the two days attendees will be able to explore the latest technologies and will also have access to an expanded slate of offerings including seminars educational tracks for cinematographers and directors and red-carpet premiers of international movies.
After a years-long legal standoff Cinemark Holdings and IMAX have reached an out-of-court settlement according to a report by Brent Lang of the website The Wrap. This story is especially interesting in light of the recent rumors that Sony plans to acquire at least some IMAX theatres. The two companies recently announced that they have amicably resolved their litigation claims against each other and are partnering on a series of IMAX theatres in Cinemark owned locations. Terms of the settlement were not disclosed.
Comcast doubled the amount of movies available to customers on demand that were released the same day as the DVD in 2010 with more than 200 “day-and-date” movies. The company also announced that in 2010 its on demand service reached a total of 18 billion views since it launched in 2003. Our customers continue to use on demand and embrace day-and-date movies in record numbers ” says Marcien Jenckes senior vice president and general manager for Comcast.
Deluxe Entertainment Services Group has closed its acquisition of Ascent Media Corporation's creative services and media services businesses including Company 3 Beast Method Rushes Encore Hollywood and Level 3 Post. Many of the acquired business units provide creative and media services in television and commercial post-production that go beyond Deluxe's portfolio of services for the theatrical market. In the coming weeks and months Deluxe will be advising customers on the new service offerings says Cyril Drabinsky president and CEO of Deluxe.
Digital Artists has reached a multi-year collaboration with Killer Digital a newly formed partnership between Christine Vachon and Pam Koffler’s Killer Films and their former CAA agent Kevin Iwashina. Beginning at the 2011 Sundance Film Festival DA and Killer Digital will unveil a live series that brings together some of the most promising personalities at the forefront of creative storytelling.
The Dadi Media Group is China has ordered 600 Dolby Digital Cinema systems including 600 Dolby Screen Servers (DSS200s) and Dolby CP750 Digital Cinema Processors. Dadi plans to have these systems installed by the end of 2011. “We have three years of unique experience with digital cinema investment and operation in China’s domestic market. When we started working with Dolby in 2009 it allowed us to enhance our exhibition stability and offer our audience a new immersing entertainment experience when watching movies ” says Liu Kaijun general manager cinema investment Dadi Media Group.
On the heels of the successful launch of seven new products for digital cinema and the shipment of its 20 000th server Burbank-based Doremi Cinema has expanded its sales and customer service team to include Beth Figge and Hannah Cash as senior sales managers. Figg and Cash will oversee the service sales and customer relationships for their family of cinema products with exhibitors and dealers in North America.
The Grand Cinema in Hong Kong is installing Sony 4K digital cinema systems. With the completion of this project The Grand Cinema will have the highest number Sony 4K systems in Hong Kong. The Grand is the largest exhibitor in Hong Kong with 1 600 seats in twelve houses.
Francisco Partners has completed the closing process with Technicolor and finalized the acquisition of the Grass Valley Broadcast & Professional business. As of January 1 2011 Grass Valley began doing business as an independent company under the trade name Grass Valley. Terms of the sale include 100 percent ownership of the current Grass Valley Broadcast & Professional business.
LuXin Cinema in Shandong China is installing 120 Barco Series II digital cinema projectors. The LuXin Group plans to first operate the complexes in 17 cities – including the capital city Jinan – and then to move into more cities and perhaps other provinces. By late 2011 20 cinemas – each with six-eight halls – will be open. LuXin Cinema is promoting the film industry in cities like Jinan and Qingdao and bringing the modern multi-hall cinemas into secondary cities such as Yantai Dezhou Dongying Taian and others.
Panasonic has begun deliveries of the AG-AF100. Targeted at the film and video production communities the AF100 delivers shallow depth of field and the wider field of view of a large imager. It is available now at a suggested list price of $4 995. “The design of the AF100’s advanced custom-designed 4/3-inch sensor affords depth of field and field of view similar to that of 35mm movie cameras in a more affordable camera ” says Jan Crittenden Livingston product line business manager Panasonic Solutions Company.
ShowPlex Cinemas is installing 83 digital screens in locations in Missouri Kansas Oklahoma Nebraska and Arkansas. Most of the installations are anticipated to be done in the next 12 months with the final few to be completed in the beginning of 2012. The exhibitor is working with Cinedigm. ShowPlex Cinemas is a newly established theatre circuit owned by Texas-based Trinity Hunt Partners. Cinedigm's deployment financing of ShowPlex Cinemas was made possible by KBC the same lender as previous Cinedigm financing deals with Premiere Rave Starplex and Movie Tavern.
The Society of Motion Picture and Television Engineers‘ Standards Committee has created a Study Group focusing on movie theatre sound system measurement and adjustment techniques with an ‘ear’ toward possible improvements in sound quality and consistency. The purpose of this group chaired by Brian A. Vessa is to examine and investigate possible design setup and performance issues with movie theatre sound systems (generally known as the B-chain) and recommend areas where these could be improved.
The Society of Camera Operators has announced its nominees for the Camera Operator of the Year competition and the Lifetime Achievement Award recipients. The awards ceremony a black tie fundraising event to support the Vision Center at Childrens Hospital Los Angeles will be held on February 5th at the Warner Brothers Studio in Burbank California.
Thailand earned $60 million from foreign film production teams shooting in the country last year according to the Department of Tourism. Department of Tourism director-general Supol Sripan says statistics of the Thailand Film Office showed that 578 productions were filmed in Thailand in 2010 earning the country $60 million in 2010 double the more than $30 million earned in 2009. The greatest number of foreign production teams was from India and Japan with European and Korean productions following close behind according to Wanasiri Morakul director of the Thailand Film Office.
Warner Bros. Pictures International has entered into digital deployment agreements directly with several key cinema circuits in Taiwan. Under agreements with Showtime Cinemas Miramar WV Cinemas Cinemark-Core Pacific and Ambassador Theatres WBPI will supply digital feature films to DCI–compliant digital projection systems installed by these circuits. The Studio will make financial contributions towards their recoupment.