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Element Technica’s 3D Rig goes Underwater

Sun, 02/13/2011 - 19:00 -- Nick Dager

Element Technica’s 3D Neutron rig mounted with Silicon Imaging SI-2K cameras can now be enclosed in the purpose-built Neutron Borg 3D underwater housing system from HydroFlex. The underwater 3D camera system incorporates a Cinedeck recorder inside the housing. The Neutron 3D rig’s small form-factor is particularly desirable for underwater use because it makes a compact underwater housing possible. Previously underwater 3D camera crews had to wrestle behemoth underwater systems enclosing large rigs and cameras.

Eliminating the Projection Booth

Sun, 02/13/2011 - 19:00 -- Nick Dager

One of the promises of digital cinema technology is maximizing theatre space and as an example B&B Theatres’ Wildwood 10 now boasts Missouri’s first multiplex without a traditional projectionist booth and requires no human operator. Kansas-based Sonic Equipment Company installed Christie Solaria Series digital cinema projectors in the booth-less auditoriums. The projectors sit on platforms supported by 16-foot beams that moviegoers can walk under with a control room on a lower level that is the heart of the digital cinema system.

3D Society Calls TRON: Legacy Year’s Best Live Action 3D Feature

Sun, 02/13/2011 - 19:00 -- Nick Dager

By Valentina I. Valentini The experts say that 3D grabs you and forces you to pay attention more. And that’s precisely what happened at the International 3D Society’s 2nd Annual 3D Creative Arts Awards on February 9. With loads of 3D clips and silly gags from host comedian Tom Cavanagh (Yogi Bear) the evening was high energy in all directions and the audience wasn’t able to look away. “You are all part of history tonight ” said Cavanaugh noting that it was the first-ever Hollywood awards show recorded and aired in 3D.

Julia Roberts Given ASC 2011 Board of Governors Award

Sun, 02/13/2011 - 19:00 -- Nick Dager

Julia Roberts was given the American Society of Cinematographers 2011 Board of Governors Award during the 25th Annual ASC Outstanding Achievement Awards gala in Hollywood on February 13 at the Hollywood & Highland Grand Ballroom. Cinematographers and actors have a special rapport that begins with a mutual trust says ASC awards committee chair Richard Crudo. Julia brings something extra to that relationship and further elevates what we do with her beauty and grace. She's a gift to every cinematographer she works with.

Barco Releases Dedicated Digital Cinema Projector for Post Production

Sun, 02/13/2011 - 19:00 -- Nick Dager

Barco has announced the commercial release of its DP2K-P a digital cinema projector specifically designed for the needs of the post-production community. It features an expanded color gamut and contrast brightness uniformity and specialized post-production software. The company says the DP2K-P meets the stern performance demands of post-production houses as well as the review room requirements outlined in the DCI specification.

Bighorn' Explores General Custer's Super Bowl Connection

Sun, 02/13/2011 - 19:00 -- Nick Dager

Did a last-minute decision by George Armstrong Custer at the fateful Battle of the Little Bighorn affect the outcome of a Super Bowl?  That's the strange but intriguing premise behind Bighorn a 15-minute supernatural historical fantasy based on a true story. In 1876 General Custer's bandmaster Felix Vinatieri an Italian immigrant and the great-great-grandfather of NFL kicker Adam Vinatieri was ordered to stay behind at the 7th Cavalry's Powder River camp and missed the Battle of the Little Bighorn where Custer and his entire regiment were annihilated.

China National Film Museum Upgrades to 3D

Sun, 02/13/2011 - 19:00 -- Nick Dager

The China National Film Museum has installed a Barco DP2K-32B digital cinema projector to present 3D programs in the museum's IMAX Theatre. Currently the largest specialized cinema museum in the world the China National Film Museum is a monument to Chinese cinema. Feng Xiaozhong theatre department director of the China National Film Museum says “As digital cinema becomes more widespread today's audience is expecting more and more from digital wide-screen 3D cinema.

Arri Certifies Codex on ArriRAW T-Link

Sun, 02/13/2011 - 19:00 -- Nick Dager

Arri has given an ArriRAW T-Link (Transport Link) certificate to Codex Digital confirming the ability of its recorders to record raw data from the Arri Alexa film-style camera. The certificate states that Codex Onboard Recorders meet rigorous standards set by Arri and can perform tasks required when using the Alexa camera in ArriRAW mode including recording the ArriRAW T-link stream showing a live preview while recording and playback of ArriRAW images. Codex Digital received a similar certificate in 2008 for recording ArriRAW from the Arriflex D-21 camera for the Codex Studio Recorder.

Speakers Named for the 2011 Digital Cinema Summit

Sun, 02/13/2011 - 19:00 -- Nick Dager

Hollywood director Eric Brevig known for his recent 3D work on Yogi Bear Sony Pictures Technologies president Chris Cookson and Hollywood director/cinematographer and chairman of the American Society of Cinematographers technology committee Curtis Clark will be among the speakers participating at the 2011 Digital Cinema Summit which takes place April 9-10 at the Las Vegas Convention Center.

Doremi Sets Company Record in January

Sun, 02/13/2011 - 19:00 -- Nick Dager

Doremi Cinema shipped more than 1 000 servers combined with IMB/ShowVaults during the month of January alone a company record. The spurring demand for Doremi servers worldwide has been supported by the December addition of a second facility which facilitated increased production and more than doubled Doremi’s manufacturing capacity. With the utilization of the newly acquired facility Doremi is able to provide minimal lead times for its clients and streamline the company’s logistic operations to eliminate any pressure resulting from the increased demand for its products.

Tiny Island Productions Succeeds with Dream Defenders

Sun, 02/13/2011 - 19:00 -- Nick Dager

Tiny Island Productions a small production company from Singapore is making ripples around the world with its animation project Dream Defenders. The show which is targeted at six to nine year olds is also Singapore's first animation series in stereoscopic 3D.

 In Dream Defenders the heroes Zoey and Zane move between dreams and reality fighting off literally your worst nightmares.

Les Cinémas Gaumont Pathé Installs GDC Servers

Sun, 02/13/2011 - 19:00 -- Nick Dager

Les Cinémas Gaumont Pathé will use GDC digital cinema servers for its digital conversion program. System integrator ADDE and manufacture/installer Cinemeccanica France are responsible for the installation and maintenance services throughout the project. The deployment was started in January and involved the deployment of at least 300 units of SX-2000A servers with Integrated Media Block across France The Netherlands and Switzerland. GDC servers in this project will be integrated with ADDE’s Theatre Management System.

Schmidt Chooses OConnor for The Mechanic

Sun, 02/13/2011 - 19:00 -- Nick Dager

Eric Schmidt chose the OConnor 2575 to support The Mechanic directed by Simon West. The high-tech action feature about an elite assassin (Jason Statham) out to avenge his mentor’s murder was shot on film at a location in Detroit Shreveport Washington DC and at CIA headquarters in Langley Virginia. “Whether I’m shooting commercials music videos or features the OConnor Ultimate Fluid Head is always my support of choice ” says Schmidt.

Obituaries now available at Diesel Books

Sun, 02/13/2011 - 19:00 -- Nick Dager

Obituaries a mystery novel by Nick Dager is now available at Diesel Books. The Valentine’s Day discovery of a young Asian woman’s body found frozen in the trunk of her abandoned car is the first of a series of seemingly random deaths that shock rural Dutchess County Ohio. On sale for a limited time for just $.99. Grady Sloan editor of the county’s leading newspaper must solve the mystery before he and the woman he loves become the next victims.

Reinventing Cinema now available at Diesel Books

Sun, 02/13/2011 - 19:00 -- Nick Dager

Reinventing Cinema: The First Decade of Digital Cinema by Nick Dager is now available at Diesel Books. In May 1999 Star Wars: Episode 1 – The Phantom Menace opened with digital screenings in a handful of movie theatres in and around New York and Los Angeles: digital cinema’s first decade was underway. Now on sale for only $1.99. Those screenings generated widespread visibility and publicity and developments began to occur on a more regular basis. The Society of Motion Picture and Television Engineers began work on standards for digital cinema in 2001.

Omnilab Media Signs VPF Deal with Paramount

Sun, 02/13/2011 - 19:00 -- Nick Dager

Omnilab Media Cinema Services has signed a virtual print fee deal with Paramount Pictures to partially fund the digital upgrade for independent cinema owners. The deal expected to be the first of six agreements between the major studios and OMCS was employed by the Independent Cinema Owners of Australia last September to assist their members to convert to digital equipment from 35mm projectors.

Rezn8 Hired to Create Mysteria Title Sequence

Sun, 02/13/2011 - 19:00 -- Nick Dager

Rezn8 a subsidiary of Stereo Vision Entertainment was retained by Tunnel Post to create the title sequence for the murder mystery thriller Mysteria starring Billy Zane Danny Glover and Martin Landau. Being chosen to work with Tunnel Post on this film further demonstrates Rezn8's leading position in the entertainment industry and the opportunities for Stereo Vision to generate an increased volume of profitable business in the coming year says Stereo Vision Entertainment CEO Jack Honour.

Screenvision Carries Be the One PSA in Preshow

Sun, 02/13/2011 - 19:00 -- Nick Dager

Screenvision is running Women of the Storm’s Be the One PSA within its cinematic preshow touting the importance of the Gulf Coast region in the wake of the BP oil spill. Be the One has run on more 6 400 screens nationwide since January 28th and continues through February 24th. The Be the One PSA features celebrities including John Goodman Wendell Pierce Alfre Woodard Bryan Batt Drew Brees Peyton and Eli Manning James Carville and Harry Shearer.

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