AMC Theatres has opened two new larger theatres dubbed Enhanced Theatre Experience in Los Angeles at AMC Burbank 16 and AMC Century City 15. ETX includes a 20-percent larger screen 3D technology digital projection and an upgraded sound system. Specifically the digital projection system produces images at a higher resolution than HD and there are nearly twice as many audio channels compared to typical auditoriums. As a result of this improved experience guests will not simply watch a movie the exhibitor says: they will live it in ETX.
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EFA Partners an entertainment financial advisory firm that provides financing solutions for movie exhibitors and Infuse Commercial Capital a specialty finance company that creates tailored finance programs for small and middle market firms have jointly created a program that offers favorable financing terms for smaller movie exhibitors seeking viable financing alternatives for their digital cinema conversion.
The second annual Friars Club Comedy Film Festival will take place September 23-26 in New York City. July 30th is the deadline for submitting films. This year’s film festival will again be a four-day celebration of comedy movies presented by the legendary Friars Club – whose iconic membership includes the world’s funniest actors and comedians.
Writer-director Emilio Portes has received a product grant from Kodak for his Spanish-language film Pastorela (A Christmas Play) as part of the Guadalajara Film Festival's Construye 4 (Guadalajara Constructs). The program is designed to facilitate the completion of Latin American feature films that need assistance in the post-production stages. Kodak has participated in this endeavor since the program's inception in 2007. This year also marked the 25th edition of the festival which Kodak has sponsored from the beginning.
Film and digital rental house Koerner Camera Systems which has locations in Portland Oregon and Seattle Washington has purchased a Fujinon PL Series 18-85mm/T2.0 zoom lens. The purchase of the PL Series 18-85mm/T2.0 signifies an investment in the next generation of digital lenses that will work with digital cameras as well as film cameras. “Fujinon has taken the latest technology and put it to use for the new digital cameras that are coming out now ” says Michael Koerner owner of Koerner Camera Systems. “It’s going to be in high demand.
When the Australian company Motionlink expanded into the business of distributing Digital Cinema Packages for cinema in 2010 they were faced with the challenges of DCP packaging and DCPs workflows – specifically speed and performance. The Digital Cinema Initiative establishes exacting specifications for digital cinema that ensure a uniform and high level of technical performance reliability and quality control. Motionlink being a smaller facility and mindful of both the expenditure and the complexity of DCI workflows realized there was no margin for error or downtime.
By Gunnar Erickson Harris Tulchin and Mark Halloran In today’s fast-paced media marketplace new delivery systems for entertainment are continually emerging. Traditionally programming has been delivered in theaters and by television and more recently by videotape and then DVD.
The opening film for the second Phuket Film Festival will be the Asian premiere of Indian director Paresh Mokashi's debut film Harishchandrachi Factory. Mokashi will attend. Harishchandrachi Factory was India's entry to the 2010 Oscars in the Foreign Language Film category. The festival will be held June 4-13 on the island of Phuket Thailand. The quirky light-hearted film depicts the struggle of Dadasaheb Phalke the father of Indian cinema while making Raja Harishchandra in 1913 India's first feature film.
The Society of Motion Picture and Television Engineers today announced a new first-of-its-kind international 3D science conference to be held July 13-14 at the Marriott Marquis Times Square in New York City. The International Conference on Stereoscopic 3D for Media and Entertainment will focus on the scientific aspects of 3D entertainment and will feature academic research lab study results and discussions of emerging and experimental technologies. Register online at www.smpte.org.
A cinema ad for South African Tourism which ran in London movie theatres delivered an estimated 451 289 impressions in a single weekend according to figures from cinema sales house Digital Cinema Media. The story was reported by Brand Republic. Ogilvy SA created the cinema ad with media planning and buying by Mindshare UK. It follows an Irishman having a wonderful time traveling around and making friends in South Africa according to Brand Republic.
Torn from the Flag a feature-length sociopolitical documentary about the decline of communism and the global effects of the 1956 Hungarian Revolution continues to be blocked by Hungary's current post-communist government.
The rollout of digital cinema to exhibitors across Europe received a significant boost with the announcement that Arts Alliance Media has reached an agreement to secure €50 million in funding for its initiative. Funds advised by Sankaty Advisors the credit affiliate of Bain Capital have agreed to provide funding to support the rollout over the next two years subject to final documentation. The deal was expected to close in 30 days.
As a journalist I thrive on new ideas – good or bad – because ideas are interesting and of course because they can make for compelling stories. For that reason the ShoWest convention held in Las Vegas last month was especially enjoyable for me because it seemed as if you couldn’t turn around without coming across another fascinating project product business development or new idea. Of course 3D dominated most conversations and there were screenings of several 3D movies including the eagerly awaited Toy Story 3.
Rapper-turned-filmmaker Ice Cube recently shot Straight Outta LA a portrait of the 1980s’ Los Angeles Raiders for ESPN’s 30 for 30 film project.
Galaxy Theatres received the first Catalyst Award during a luncheon at ShoWest in Las Vegas last month. The award was created by Digital Cinema Report to honor the independent exhibitor who best demonstrates the full capability flexibility and promise of digital cinema. Publisher Nick Dager presented the ten-inch crystal trophy to Galaxy CEO Frank Rimkus. Ranked in the top 10 in the U.S.
The Los Angeles color correction boutique New Hat has completed the build-out of its million-dollar digital intermediate theatre opening the door to the full spectrum of feature film work. We opened our company in the face of a terrible recession and thankfully we've thrived says partner and digital colorist Bob Festa of the facility he co-founded with partner/executive producer Darby Walker last year. Being bold is part of our DNA I guess so we're inclined to stick with it.
Bangkok post house Oriental Post has added technology from DVS to offer an even broader array of services to its customers including a Clipster and a SpycerBox SAN. “With Clipster and SpycerBox we have invested in superior cutting-edge technology that completes our DI infrastructure and helps us meet our customers’ requirements ” says Bobbie Wong president at Oriental Post. “We’re very pleased with our choice of DVS technology to tackle the latest demands of DI post production.” The Clipster decodes and demosaics Red RAW files in 4K 12 bit RGB mode in real-time.
Phish 3D a 3D concert experience is opening nationwide on Friday April 30th for an exclusive one week run. The more than two hour movie presented by Action 3D Productions in association with Network LIVE and Cinedigm Digital Cinema highlights Phish’s Festival 8 a three-day eight-set 16-hour concert in the Southern California desert. In advance of the nationwide roll out exclusive preview screenings will be shown April 20th in nine cities: Boston; Burlington Vermont; Chicago; Denver; Houston; Los Angeles; New York; Raleigh/Durham North Carolina; and Washington D.C.
Reliance MediaWorks has announced a strategic business alliance with the digital satellite cinema network UFO Moviez to establish what the companies are saying will be the largest gateway for digital film releases on the silver screen in India. By combining UFO Moviezs digitization technology with Reliance MediaWorks' digital cinema experience and theatrical programming expertise the companies say the alliance will help create a strong platform that would enable the producers and distributors to start utilizing more digital screens.
Samsung Electronics America will be the first electronics company in the U.S. to launch a 3D cinema advertising campaign. The campaign which will launch April 2 and run through July is designed to highlight Samsung’s new 3D LED TV. The campaign will be seen nationwide prior to several highly anticipated 3D films in select movie theaters in the NCM Cinema Network including AMC Cinemark and Regal theatres.