The 2010 NAB Show Digital Cinema Summit 3D: Cinema and Home will feature multiple expert speakers and in-depth sessions addressing aspects of 3D. The summit will take place on April 10-11 during the annual NAB Show which runs from April 10-15 in Las Vegas.
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GDC Technology has introduced the S2 upgrade for all SA-2100 digital cinema servers. The upgrade allows customers to connect the servers to the next generation Series 2 DLP Cinema projector. “Once again GDC is quick to respond to the technology shift in the evolving digital cinema industry and brings to its customers the best and latest in digital cinema technology ” says Dr. Man-Nang Chong founder and CEO of GDC Technology.
Grass Valley has announced the winner of its highly Cut And Win contest in which editors using Edius real-time editing software were tasked with producing a commercial on the features and capabilities of Edius to compete for a chance to win thousands of dollars’ worth of production gear. The online competition attracted over 400 000 page impressions and over 200 registrations from 52 different countries. The Grand Prize winner Frank Aldana receives a full post-production package comprising a HP ProBook laptop computer a Panasonic video camcorder and an external hard drive.
The Fraunhofer Institutes HHI and IDMT Berlin have opened Tomorrow's Cinema with the premiere of Germany's first 180-degree short film Orlac reloaded. Tomorrow's Cinema is a showroom with high-resolution digital 180-degree panoramic projection. The core of this technology is a 180-degree screen installed by Kinoton and an Iosono 3D sound system from the Fraunhofer Institute for Digital Media Technology IDMT. The special screen consists of a glass fiber fabric specifically designed to support high-resolution digital projection of up to 6K.
Matthews Studio Equipment has shipped multiple quantities of over 465 different items of grip and lighting control products to Origo/Raleigh Studios and Hollywood Rental Budapest. The company estimated the value of the shipment to be in the high six-figure range. “Hollywood Rentals has had a longstanding and productive relationship with Matthews Studio Equipment ” says Kelly Koskella president of Hollywood Rentals. “Over the years both parties have complimented each other’s business by sharing technical input.
MTI Film has purchased two Nucoda Film Master systems from Digital Vision as part of their expanding end-to-end workflow in their new Hollywood facility. The initial order puts two Nucoda Film Masters in place as a key component in their color grading for restoration service offerings.
The newest projectiondesign projector the FL32 1080 ReaLED DLP has been installed inside the Orion Planetarium at Denmark’s Aarhus University. Equipped with a hand-selected wide-angle lens the FL32 1080 creates a four-meter by six-meter image of the stars galaxies space ships and a wide range of computer generated video animations while remaining hidden from the public gaze.
Reducation the company-sanctioned training sessions for Red cameras is scheduled for April 8-12 at the Tropicana Hotel in Las Vegas. The five-day class is limited to the first 200 registered students. The course combining the RedTech and RedPost two sessions into one in-depth hands-on immersive week covers pre-production through post-production.
A new visitor center set to open next month will be the first permanent 4D theatre installation in Scotland and will feature a custom-produced 4D show interactive pre-show area and 78-seat main theatre integrated with an array of experience effects including stereoscopic 3D lighting audio wind snow and aroma. Global Immersion is managing the design and fit-out of both the pre-show area and 4D theatre and began the renovation in January.
S.two has introduced FlashDock a portable editorial ingest and archival station for FlashMag solid-state magazines from OB-1 S.two’s on-board digital film recorder. The self-contained uncompressed recorder for HD HD4:4:4 and raw production OB-1 weighs less than seven pounds and draws less than 20W of power is powered directly from the camera fully solid state and completely silent in operation. “This is the workflow component that our OB-1 customers have been looking for ” says Chris Romine president of S.two.
The challenge for Visual Acuity was to provide architectural guidance and technology planning for the complete redesign of the Noble Planetarium at the Fort Worth Museum of Science & History in Forth Worth Texas. Under the direction of the Mexican architectural partnership Legorreta + Legorreta assisted by the locally based firm Gideon Toal the museum was demolished and then completely reconstructed into a series of colorful multi-dimensional buildings which celebrate the design traditions of Latin America and the south-western United States.
MTV’s hit reality series Taking the Stage is a four-camera one-hour show and to do it cinematographer Marco Hoffman shoots between 20 to 30 hours a week of dance. He chose Sachtler Video 20 heads and Speed Lock tripods to shoot the new season. Hoffman is known for his work on popular reality programs like Laguna Beach The Hills The Rachel Zoe Project and House Hunters. “We use the Sachtler Video 20 during the ballet and hip-hop dance sequences ” he says. “And we use it for our scene work.
The short high-fashion film The Love Thing was Love Magazine's first commercial and was designed and directed by James Lima at the invitation of Love editor-in-chief Katie Grand. He calls the effort “motiontorial.” Among the very first such systems yet available on the market the Red One camera updated with the Mysterium X sensor provided by Offhollywood brought unparalleled fidelity — with an enhanced level of sensitivity and broader dynamic range — to the shoot which also features Lima's computer-generated artistry and visually emotional storytelling.
Times Square Cinema of Tyler Texas and a member of the National Association of Theatre Owners Cinema Buying Group has signed an agreement to deploy digital projection systems with Cinedigm. Cinedigm is working with many small exhibitors using a newly completed contract template developed for the (CBG) members. The CBG represents more than 600 members of various sizes that collectively have over 6 000 screens.
The European Investment Bank will grant financing of up to EUR 65 million to XDC in the framework of the financing structured by BNP Paribas Fortis to contribute to its digitization rollout plans in Europe. The loan facility granted by BNP Paribas Fortis KBC CBC and the EIB – the financing institution of the European Union – would finance digital cinema equipment aimed to be deployed in European cinemas in the scope of the virtual print fee co-financing scheme.
Ten years after emerging as a cult sensation The Boondock Saints will be back on the big screen a special one-night performance The Boondock Saints 10th Anniversary Event later this month. NCM Fathom is presenting the event in 457 theatres nationwide. Creator writer and director Troy Duffy will introduce the event and share rare behind-the-scenes experiences and footage as well as exclusive interviews with cast and crewmembers including Norman Reedus (Murphy MacManus) and Sean Patrick Flanery (Connor MacManus) captured especially for this anniversary celebration.
For years now people involved in exhibition have been gathering at various industry events expecting to hear that the Digital Cinema Implementation Partners finally have their funding and will finally begin to convert the three largest movie chains in the world to digital cinema. And for years at every event the word has been that the funding is just around the corner. Now comes ShoWest 2010 which is being held later this month in Las Vegas and the chances are good that the news from DCIP will again be some variation of just around the corner.
The winner of Digital Cinema Report’s first Catalyst Award will be named at ShoWest 2010. As the motion picture exhibition industry enters the second decade of adopting digital technology the award was created to honor the independent exhibitor that best demonstrates the full promise and potential of digital cinema.
By Michael Karagosian Eleven years have passed since the first public introduction of digital cinema at ShoWest. The industry has since come a long way…and it has still a long way to go. With nearly 100 percent worldwide digital screen growth in 2009 and with the three major circuits in the US set to rollout in 2010 one might get the sense that digital cinema is on a roll. While the US is on track to convert approximately 50 percent of its screens there is still the remaining 50 percent to think about as well as the rest of the world.
When writer/director Gareth Maxwell Rogers decided to shoot the psychological thriller The Mortician in 3D cinematographer Michael McDonough didn’t want the tight budget to limit his choices of shots. “Because we were operating at a $2 million budget we needed to be extremely conservative in our choice of equipment ” says McDonough no stranger to indie and low-budget production. “I’d heard of this new rig from Element Technica and although at the time we were prepping it was one of the first models available I found that it was the most solidly constructed rig I’d come across.