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.
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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 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 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 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.
Southern Theatres is installing 283 Cinedigm screens across 20 existing locations in Alabama Florida Georgia Kentucky Louisiana Mississippi North Carolina South Carolina and Texas. Southern is financing the deployment through NEC Financial. The installations are anticipated to begin in March and be completed by the end of the year. “Upgrading our theatres with state-of-the-art digital cinemas continues Southern’s tradition of delivering the best movie-going experience possible ” says George Solomon president of Southern Theatres.
Created by renowned manga artist Kazuki Takahashi Yu-Gi-Oh 3D! Bonds Beyond Time is being called the world’s first full-length animated feature to be drawn by hand and then rendered into 3D for the big screen. This North American film version has a ten-minute back-story on the three main characters Yugi Muto (from Yu-Gi-Oh! Classic) Jaden Yuki (from Yu-Gi-Oh! GX) and Yusei Fudo (from Yu-Gi-Oh! 5D's) that incorporates scenes from all three animated series.
The American Movie Company New York has added two Red One digital cinema cameras to its line-up of advanced equipment. Two fully trained competent technical operators also join the AMC team to meet the growing market demand for digital cinema quality. “I really enjoy the freedom the Red One allows in the studio.
Arqiva provided complete transmission services for Cineworld’s launch of Believe: The Eddie Izzard Story in their UK cinemas. Arqiva’s SNG/production-facilities truck was deployed to the Cineworld Cinema on Haymarket where it played out and uplinked the film to satellites including Arqiva’s Digital Cinema Platform on IS905. The truck then provided HD filming and uplinking of the live Q&A session with Eddie Izzard hosted by Phil Jupitus in front of a celebrity audience.
The Big Pony Fragrance Collection from Ralph Lauren made its digital debut at the 2011 Sundance Film Festival with what the company called a fragrant twist on sound cinema and digital technology. Among the VIPs who attended were Elijah Wood Elizabeth Olsen Jonnie Penn and Ben Nemtin and Duncan Penn from The Buried Life. Marcus Glocker chef de cuisine of Gordon Ramsey at The London NYC prepared four courses inspired by the fragrance collection and Jesse Marco was DJ for the after party.
Carlton Screen Advertising has chosen Unique Digital’s Advertising Accord system to manage its content. Developed at the start of the e-cinema revolution Advertising Accord has evolved to make full use of the growth in digital cinema deployments. The Advertising Accord system includes a suite of modules including a full-featured CRM proposal creator contract calculator campaign manager and advert scheduler. CSA is working closely with Unique Digital’s Dublin-based development team to customize the software to the specific requirements of the Irish screen advertising market.
Cineplex Entertainment plans to develop new entertainment complexes in Abbotsford British Columbia; and Edmonton Alberta and Chatham Ontario. We are pleased to bring cutting edge entertainment complexes to these great communities says Ellis Jacob president and chief executive officer Cineplex Entertainment. We look forward to delivering excellent guest service at each of our innovative new theatres.
Digital Cinema Destinations has raised $1.8 million of a $5 million equity offering from eight investors according to a filing with the SEC. Named in the filing were CEO A. Dale Mayo vice president Brett Marks and director Martin B. O'Connor II an attorney at O'Connor Morss & O'Connor. Mayo was founder and CEO of Clearview Cinemas in New York which was sold to Cablevision Cinemas in 1998.
Film Independent has announced the program for its 10th annual Directors Close-Up series that takes place February 2 to March 2 at The Landmark – West Los Angeles. Writer/directors James Gray (Two Lovers) and Robin Swicord (The Curious Case of Benjamin Button) and Los Angeles Film Festival artistic director David Ansen will be moderators.
NEC plans to award a total of $100 000 in NEC products through a series of new contests. Registrants of its Star Student (education) Business Advantage (small-to-medium businesses) Medical+ (healthcare) and Cinema Advantage (theatre) programs are each eligible to win $25 000 for their respective facilities. Besides registering in the NEC marketing program for which it qualifies each participating organization must complete a registration form and upload a two-to-three-minute video detailing why its classroom office lobby or theatre needs a technology makeover.
Jim Carbonetti stereoscopic supervisor and compositor for 3D Blast in Los Angeles was recently tapped to guide the stereoscopic production for Napoleon 3D a new comedy starring Jean-Claude Van Damme and Russian actress Anna Semenovich that brings an entirely new perspective to this legendary historic military conqueror. Using the latest version of Iridas Speedgrade 2010 on location during filming of Napoleon 3D in Kiev and Yalta Ukraine Carbonetti was able to quickly make adjustments and corrections to stereo footage.
Nominations have been announced for the 2011 RAAM UK and Irish Cinema Industry Awards. In what has become the first awards show in the UK and Irish cinema awards season the winners will be presented with their awards at a dinner at the Marriott Hotel Grosvenor Square London on February 9th. Tony Meehan chairman of RAAM management creators of the awards says “2010 was a good year for the UK and Irish cinemas. This years’ nominations reflect the broad range of excellent films which were released during 2010.
Australian digital production facility Rising Sun Pictures has used Nucoda Film Master to grade and finish two major feature films Red Dog and The Dragon Pearl both due for release this year. The facility also used Digital Vision's new entry-level system Nucoda Compose for VFX dailies to review high-resolution shots in a color-accurate environment for iterative feedback. Rising Sun Pictures has a vast portfolio including the Harry Potter series X-Men Origins: Wolverine Australia and Superman Returns to name but a few.
Colorist Tony Dustin of Hollywood-based Technicolor used the DaVinci Resolve Linux non-linear color correction system for color grading work done on Paramount Pictures/Relativity Media’s critically acclaimed feature film The Fighter directed by David O. Russell. The film stars actor/producer Mark Wahlberg Amy Adams and recent Golden Globe winners Christian Bale and Melissa Leo and is currently in theatres nationwide.
Warner Bros. has uneviled plans for an in excess of £100 million re–building and expansion program that will create Warner Bros. Studios Leavesden – a permanent UK film production base for the company. Barry Meyer chairman and CEO and Alan Horn president and COO made the announcement at Claridges Hotel. Warner Bros.' purchase makes it the only Hollywood studio to possess and operate its own production facility in the UK. Once complete Warner Bros.