The Blue Ocean Film Festival & Conservation Summit will relocate its global ocean-focused event to the Monterey Peninsula beginning in 2010. The initial Monterey festival – with the aquarium as the presenting sponsor – is planned for August 25-29. Blue’s international film competition call for submissions will open in mid-January and film festival passes for the inaugural Monterey event will go on sale in late February.
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The Maryland-based cinema chain R/C Theatres has signed an agreement to participate in Cinedigm’s Phase 2 digital cinema deployment program. R/C Theatres is the first National Association of Theatre Owners Cinema Buying Group member to commit to the program. The CBG represents more than 600 members that collectively have over 6 000 screens.
Cinematographer Geoffrey Boyle recently finished another installment in the Swedish-language film series based on Swedish crime writer Henning Mankell’s fictional character Kurt Wallander. The ongoing series Wallander airs on Swedish and Nordic television channels then moves to the BBC and is released on DVD. Boyle credits Element Technica’s Mantis camera support for expediting shooting of the last two episodes. “We did the first 10 days handheld with the Red and I was in pain every night ” says Boyle. “Once I got the Mantis everything changed.
Garrison Keillor host of A Prairie Home Companion brings the beloved radio show to select movie theatres in communities nationwide with a special live performance on Thursday February 4th. The event will originate from the famed Fitzgerald Theater in St. Paul Minnesota where the show has been performed since 1978. An encore presentation will be shown in select movie theatres on Tuesday February 9th. Presented by NCM Fathom Prairie Home Productions American Public Media and BY Experience A Prairie Home Companion with Garrison Keillor – Live in HD!
Denver-based Filament Productions recently wrapped production on the upcoming television series The Music Voyager a travel and adventure-based music show that explores the roots of popular music originating in countries around the world. Set to debut in the U.S. this year The Music Voyager takes viewers on a journey to unique destinations around the world to discover the culture uncover popular local music and understand its contemporary significance all while showing adventures the location has to offer.
By Michael Karagosian Since the release of the DCI specification in 2005 there has been no shortage of talk about compliance to the spec. While deployment agreements demand it and manufacturers strive to achieve it not a single manufacturer at the end of 2009 has yet to announce one compliant product. The reasons for this are many not the least of which are the 256 errata released for the DCI spec since first published with more on the way.
London’s Empire Leicester Square held the world premiere of the James Cameron movie Avatar on Thursday December 10 using Dolby’s 3D system and Barco projector. An invited audience of more than 1 300 guests filled the Empire Leicester Square which will act as the lead theatre for this much-anticipated premiere. “Empire Leicester Square boasts one of the largest screens in the UK which is why it regularly plays host to world premieres ” says Julian Pinn business development manager production services group Dolby Laboratories.
Pacific ArcLight in Los Angeles has installed 17 NEC 3D digital cinema projectors in preparation for the premiere of Avatar December 18th. “We found the NEC NC2500S-A projectors to be a great fit for us especially with the new higher light output for amazing picture quality ” says Joe Miraglia Pacific’s director of design construction and facilities.
By George Eyles Head of Sales Digital Media Networks Arqiva Satellite & Media Where we are today? It’s instructive to look at how and why live events are distributed as they are today. Live events screening is still a relatively new activity for most cinemas. However it’s one with great promise. When live event screening was pioneered cinema owners rightly saw it is an experiment. It would be great news if it worked financially but if it didn’t the exhibitors needed to limit the costs of these screenings.
Pictorvision's new helicopter camera mount system helped DP Peter Menzies Jr. capture action scenes for Warner Bros. upcoming feature Clash of the Titans.
Disney's adaptation of Charles Dickens' classic A Christmas Carol. which was released last month in the UK became the first 3D movie that is accessible to people with hearing or sight loss. Disney Studio's technical executive director Saul Mahoney says Dickens' story was an innovative socially responsible tale – celebration of traditional Christmas-time values – family sharing and charity.
For Vince Pace the CEO of his own eponymous production company Avatar began with a six-page email from James Cameron describing the kinds of 3D shots the famously precise and demanding director was imagining for the film. Pace who has worked with Cameron since The Abyss in 1989 was not surprised by such detailed instructions from the director. And he also knew that the technology needed to execute some of those shots simply didn’t exist.
Element Technica is now delivering the first new Quasar 3D Rigs to owner/operators and camera rental houses. The Quasar is designed to accommodate full-size digital cinema cameras like the Sony F23 and F35 Red One Panavision Genesis as well as full-body and box-type digital broadcast cameras like the Sony F950 and 1500 Philips LDK and others. Regardless of the cameras utilized the company says that the Quasar’s precision and refinement make it an ideal platform for matching zoom or prime lenses to accommodate any shooting style or format.
Reliance MediaWorks has partnered with In-Three to establish what the companies say will be the world’s largest facility dedicated to the conversion of 2D films and videos into 3D based in India. The strategic alliance is being established to address the rapidly growing demand by Hollywood studios and other global content creators for converting both new films shot in 2D as well as older legacy titles to be released in cinemas and on home platforms in stereoscopic 3D.
Los Angeles rental company Otto Nemenz International has updated its lens inventory to include new 18-85mm T2.0 zoom lenses from Fujinon with additional lens purchases on the horizon. It is the first facility in North America to offer Fujinon PL lenses for rental. Otto Nemenz International recently jumped into digital acquisition rental with the purchase of 10 Sony F35 cameras. This is in conjunction with its large active inventory of film cameras. Nemenz is looking to meet the imaging demands of today and into the future with the new Fujinon lenses.
The Entertainment Services and Technology Association has announced the election results for the 2010 PERA Council. The PERA Council within ESTA serves the needs of the equipment rental market for motion picture television and commercial production. The Council continues the work of PERA for camera accessories grip and lighting rental companies and manufacturers. Members of the Council are elected by the PERA Council Affiliates and are responsible for the development and implementation of programs and services for members in these market segments.
Petrol has introduced the Petrol Red Bag PRB-15 a camera carrier specifically designed to transport and protect the Red One digital camera. The Red Bag’s dual directional upside down zippers open smoothly for quick and easy access to the interior. Inside a removable upper tray with detachable dividers provides a place to stash the Red One’s essential accessories. Rugged nylon handgrips on either side of the tray allow for easy removal and carrying. Underneath the Red One fits comfortably in the bag’s lower padded compartment.
Quick Film Budget launched its website which is designed to enable writers directors producers and filmmakers to create professional customized film budgets for their scripts and projects by themselves.
Arts Alliance Media has signed an agreement with Reel Cinemas to digitize Reel’s entire circuit in the UK. The Virtual Print Fee based deal covers all 60 of Reel’s screens throughout the country across 15 sites as well as 60 affiliated screens programmed by Reel's programmer Steve Reynolds. The installation of digital equipment is scheduled to begin immediately. In addition the deal also covers the installation of 3D in 20 screens meaning there will be at least one 3D screen in each site to take advantage of next year’s slate of around 15 3D releases.
Screenvision has renewed its long-term agreement with Hogan Communications a media and marketing company targeting the college market. Under the agreement Screenvision will continue to represent national and regional cinema advertising sales for Hogan’s 397 college campus-based screens while Hogan will continue to produce and distribute its cinema preshow “Preview Theater ” in which the Screenvision-sold ads will appear.