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The Foundry Launches Free Public Beta of Storm

Sat, 12/11/2010 - 19:00 -- Nick Dager

The Foundry has launched an open beta of their new digital cinema camera workflow product Storm which addresses the growing complexity of shooting digital performing a variety of core tasks on and near-set and bringing camera and post-production closer together.
 According to the company Storm can rapidly navigate and playback footage allowing producers directors and editors to view takes in high resolution without interruption or delay.

Utopia/Utopolis Upgrades 45 Installations with MasterImage 3D

Sat, 12/11/2010 - 19:00 -- Nick Dager

The Benelux-based Utopia/Utopolis Group is planning to boost its 3D business with 45 MasterImage 3D installations. As the very first exhibitor to have projected digital 3D at its main sites in the Benelux countries Utopia/Utopolis Group one of the major cinema circuits in Belgium Holland and Luxembourg  entered into a deal with FTT Benelux youngest member of the FTT family for the supply and installation of 45 MasterImage 3D digital cinema systems. Moreover FTT also won the bid for the supply and installation of all silver screens for the group.

Stereoscopic 3D Training Program Scheduled for January

Sat, 12/11/2010 - 19:00 -- Nick Dager

Principal Large Format will lead a three-day training course on 3D for cinema and television next January in London. Titled Advanced 3D – The National Stereoscopic 3D Training Program the course is being presented by PLF in association with Talking Point and funded by the Skillset Film Skills Fund as part of A Bigger Future 2 and by Sky. 
  Brian Lenz – Sky’s director of TV product development says “With the rapid growth of 3D gaming cinema and the exciting launch of 3D TV spearheaded by Sky there are a wide range of creative and commercial opportunities.

YoYo Powers the Pipeline at The Mill

Sat, 12/11/2010 - 19:00 -- Nick Dager

London VFX studio The Mill is using YoYotta’s YoYo workflow management system to anchor its production pipeline. The award-winning studio handles commercials work for a wide variety of high-end clients including recent spots for companies like Nike Mercedes-Benz Sony PlayStation Ford and T-Mobile. The company says its YoYo system contributed greatly to the success of the Nike World Cup three-minute spot Write the Future.

 “Every single EDL that comes into the building goes through the YoYo so it serves as the lynch pin of the back-room processes ” says colorist Seamus O’Kane.

Digital Media Bank Launched

Sun, 11/21/2010 - 19:00 -- Nick Dager

Omar Kaczmarczyk has announced the launch of Digital Media Bank which it says is the world's first film and television distributor structured after the service model of a bank. The result the company says is a comprehensive distribution and marketing engine for independent filmmakers. Digital Media Bank is a strategic partnership between Kaczmarczyk's LongTale GoDigital Media Group and ContentBridge Systems. Similar to a traditional bank DMB will accept deposits of rights from copyright owners.

Howland Chose K-Tek Klassic for Independent Film

Sun, 11/21/2010 - 19:00 -- Nick Dager

LA-based sound mixer Chris Howland chose the K-Tek Klassic Graphite Boom Pole for the independent feature 2 Million Stupid Women co-produced and shot by Jay Holben. Howland who started in production sound five years ago says his first major gear purchases were the K-Tek 202CCR Boom Pole and the K-SM Shock Mount as well as the K-Tek K-Zepp-M Wind Protection System. “The Boom is very light and very consistent ” he says. “It is so smooth that I don’t have to think about the gear while shooting.

OConnor Supports Modern Family

Sun, 11/21/2010 - 19:00 -- Nick Dager

Cinematographer James Bagdonas ASC has chosen OConnor fluid heads to support the new season of Modern Family. OConnor’s stability and high performance allows the show’s operators to capture those on-the-fly moments key to the mockumentary style of the production. “I’ve been using OConnor fluid heads my entire career ” says Bagdonas. “I’ve had them on Lois and Clarke The Guardian Chicago Hope and Boston Legal. With my last two shows they have become the only head we use.

Moving Pictures Acquires Miss Nobody and Mayor Cupcake

Sun, 11/21/2010 - 19:00 -- Nick Dager

Moving Pictures Film & TV has acquired the worldwide rights to the dark comedy Miss Nobody and the family film Mayor Cupcake. Gary Hirsch senior acquisitions executive and Robert Yu vice president of acquisitions for MPF&TV handled the deals.
MPF&TV also announced the hiring of Stephanie Slack as senior vice president of worldwide sales and distribution where she will focus on building MPF&TV’s worldwide television distribution business.

New Films International Acquires Burning Palms

Sun, 11/21/2010 - 19:00 -- Nick Dager

New Films International has acquired the worldwide rights to Christopher B. Landon's Burning Palms which features an ensemble cast including Zoe Saldana Dylan McDermott Paz Vega and Rosamund Pike. Burning Palms is a dark comedy that interlaces five stories set in different Los Angeles neighborhoods where no taboo is left unexplored as each character careens toward a dark and often comic fate.

AAM Arqiva to Provide Satellite Service for all Odeon and UCI Cinema Screens

Sun, 11/21/2010 - 19:00 -- Nick Dager

Arts Alliance Media and partners Arqiva Satellite and Media have announced a deal to equip all of the Odeon and UCI Cinemas Group screens in mainland Europe with satellite service. The deal covers over 1 000 screens across 100 sites in five territories – Austria Germany Italy Portugal and Spain.

OptiTrack S250e Motion Capture Camera Now Available

Sun, 11/21/2010 - 19:00 -- Nick Dager

The OptiTrack S250e motion capture camera is now available. The company says the S250e is the first full-featured Ethernet motion capture camera in the world for under $2 000. 

 OptiTrack has always offered the most affordable motion capture technology on the market says Jim Richardson NaturalPoint co-founder and lead engineer for the OptiTrack motion capture line. With the release of the S250e we are reshaping the CG production landscape coupling that aggressive pricing strategy with a continued investment in core optics and image processing technology.

Lord David Puttnam Wins RAAM’s 2011 International Award

Sun, 11/21/2010 - 19:00 -- Nick Dager

Lord David Puttnam award-winning producer and president of the UK Film Distributors’ Association has been chosen to receive RAAM 2011 International Award. The award recognizes an individual or individuals whose body of work in the film industry celebrates significant international achievements and contributions to the British cinema industry.

Wanda International Cinema Upgrades Sound Systems

Sun, 11/21/2010 - 19:00 -- Nick Dager

Wanda International Cinema the largest cinema company in China has secured a partnership with Harman Professional’s Chinese distributor Advanced Communications Equipment to equip 20 new cinemas with JBL speakers and Crown amplifiers. In total 183 cinemas will be completed with JBL 4732/3732 3-way line arrays JBL 8340 cinema surround speakers and JBL 4642A/4645C subwoofers all powered by Crown DSi 1000 2000 and 4000 series amplifiers by the end of 2010.

Revenge of the Electric Car gets Unique Promotion

Sun, 11/21/2010 - 19:00 -- Nick Dager

WestMidWest Productions announced today that it will premiere the trailer of its new movie Revenge of the Electric Car exclusively on Facebook as soon as its Facebook Fan page acquires its 10 000th fan. The company produced the 2006 documentary Who Killed the Electric Car?

 Revenge of the Electric Car is the new feature documentary about electric cars by director Chris Paine.

XDC and Reel Cinemas Agree to Deploy 57 Digital Screens in UK

Sun, 11/21/2010 - 19:00 -- Nick Dager

UK exhibitor Reel Cinemas and digital cinema service company XDC have agreed on the terms for a deployment of 57 digital cinema systems at 15 cinemas. K.C. Suri managing partner of Reel Cinemas says We made the decision for XDC because they offered the most comprehensive solution available today on the market: simple and efficient financing structure clear and transparent business model keen technological expertise.

AAM Reaches Two Rollout Deals in France

Sat, 11/20/2010 - 19:00 -- Nick Dager

Arts Alliance Media has reached non-exclusive long-term agreements with two distributors for digital cinema rollout in France. MK2 Distribution and DistriB Films have become the first French independent distributors to support the DCI-compliant rollout by signing up to 10 year commitments. Both distributors will provide feature films in digital format and will make provisional contributions towards the digital cinema deployment costs of AAM-deployed screens.

SMPTE Releases Two New Digital Cinema Products

Sat, 11/13/2010 - 19:00 -- Nick Dager

As the conversion of theaters to digital infrastructures grows globally the Society of Motion Picture and Television Engineers has released two digital cinema products designed to standardize workflows and ensure a consistent movie-going experience: the Digital Leader product for post-production and the Digital Projection Verifier product for theatres. The products both are based on the SMPTE RP 428-6-2009 recommended practice standard. “As the digital cinema rollout accelerates there is a critical need for standardized workflows ” says Barbara Lange executive director of SMPTE.


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