The Museum of Science Boston has extended its East Coast premiere run of Harry Potter: The Exhibition until the end of February due to its popularity. The extended run will give New England fans their last chance to step inside the famous wizard's magical world before the exhibition moves to its next location the Ontario Science Center in Toronto Canada. The Museum of Science is the only New England location on the exhibit’s tour. In partnership with Warner Bros.
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Filmmaker Marcus De Leon recently finished shooting Ebb and Flow a 90-minute documentary about heavy metal band Misery Signals and its 2009 worldwide concert tour. Inspired by 1970s era rock tour documentaries Ebb and Flow captures the struggles and triumphs of the up-and-coming band. Armed with only a GY-HM100 camcorder Sennheiser shotgun microphone MacBook Pro laptop tripod and a few small lights De Leon shot footage of the band’s tour throughout Europe Asia and North America.
The Cineplex Marburg and the Cinedom Koeln multiplexes are the first German cinemas to offer their audiences large-scale digital 3D Cinema. In the run-up for the theatrical release of Avatar both cinemas installed Kinoton 3D2P systems each operating with two projectors. The first Dual 3D installation took place in the Cineplex theatre a modern seven- screen multiplex in the city of Marburg. A Dolby 3D server provides the projectors with content.
OConnor has introduced a completely modular cine-style follow-focus system. “For 60 years OConnor fluid heads and tripods have been valued tools for the art of movie making ” says Bob Carr president of Camera Dynamics a Vitec Group business unit “and we’re grateful for the industry’s ongoing support.
The Society of Motion Picture and Television Engineers has selected Barbara H. Lange as its new executive director. Lange who most recently served as staff director of product management and business development for the Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers the world's largest technical association officially began her new role last month. We are thrilled to have a professional of Barbara's standing and experience join the SMPTE team says Ken Fuller SMPTE president.
Vinten a Vitec Group brand is celebrating its 100th anniversary as a manufacturer of camera support technology. It was on January 1 1910 that William Vinten already widely known as an accomplished mechanical engineer took over a Wardour Street workshop in London and opened his own business – first repairing then designing and building cameras. That same month on January 7 1910 the new company received its first order for 25 Kinemacolor machines (high-speed film projectors for the Edison color system) at £28 each.
If digital cinema is going to fulfill its promise of truly bringing about a new era of movie making and exhibition then the independent theatres that are an important part of the cultural lifeblood of small towns around the world can not be left behind. Fortunately the independent spirit that has kept these theatres alive through many difficult times is still evident in many communities and there are signs that a significant number of them are taking part in the digital transition. Cinema Centers in the rural mountains of central Pennsylvania is a good example.
By Michael Karagosian Who do you trust is the most fundamental issue of security. Digital cinema was originally devised so that studios could conduct business with exhibitors without concern for theft of content in its pristine digital form. As the number of digital cinema installations grows the management of security keys becomes increasingly difficult to perform and the entities that supply security keys struggle to keep up with new installations.
Jeremiah Fry an independent filmmaker based in New Orleans is on a mission to shoot video footage in leper colonies throughout India. When complete his documentaries will detail the charitable efforts of Embrace a Village a nonprofit Christian organization in Coimbatore Tamil Nadu India. Embrace a Village provides medical treatment food housing hospice and other support services to thousands of people who are stricken with leprosy and banished to the lowest rung of Indian society.
When the Prosser family donated $1.5 million dollars for a new theatre in the Western State College Student Center Slaterpaull Architects contacted Adam Babb audiovisual and acoustical consultant for Geiler and Associates to help design the new 3D digital cinema. “This is an exciting addition for Western State College and the small mountain town of Gunnison Colorado which will be enjoying its first modern movie theatre ” says Babb. “This much desired amenity will benefit both the campus and Gunnison Valley community.
A week before shooting Clash of the Titans director Louis Leterrier requested that helicopter pilot Fred North and aerial cinematographer Hans Bjerno capture a series of rather long line shots in Wales United Kingdom. North has just completed his second project for Leterrier and his first with Pictorvision’s new Eclipse helicopter camera mount system. “I did Leterrier’s last movie with a different system ” says North. “It didn’t have a perfect horizon level and could not look straight down. For Clash of the Titans Leterrier and cinematographer Peter Menzies Jr.
Film Movement has advanced its mission of bringing the best in independent and art-house cinema to film fans across the country whether they live in metropolises or rural communities with the simultaneous release of Mine in theatres and on iTunes. The award-winning documentary film Mine distributed by Film Movement was released in theatres nationwide kicking off with its San Francisco theatrical premiere concurrent with its iTunes premiere on January 8th. Mine’s San Francisco theatrical release will be followed by New York and New Orleans runs with a national 20 US city release to
JVC Professional Products has introduced the IF-2D3D1 Stereoscopic Image Processor which works as a 2D-to-3D converter and as a 3D L/R mixer for video content producers. The IF-2D3D1 is designed to help 3D content producers improve their workflow whether they are converting archived 2D material or shooting original content in 3D. “With the public’s renewed interest in 3D for both theatrically released content and beyond many content producers are looking to repurpose existing 2D materials to meet demand.
Kerasotes ShowPlace Theatres has purchased 48 Barco digital cinema projectors to be distributed throughout multiple markets. Locations include three new multiplexes in Secaucus New Jersey Minneapolis Minnesota and Chicago Illinois plus standalone 3D installations in Denver Colorado and Illinois. With the opening of the new 16-screen multiplex in Chicago's Roosevelt Collection and a new 14-screen multiplex in Minneapolis Kerasotes unveils their ShowPlace ICON Theatre design a multi-sensory experience of lounge dining and digital widescreen picture and sound.
Panasonic has unveiled what it says is the world’s first professional fully integrated full HD 3D camcorder. The company showed engineering samples of the camera at the Consumer Electronics Show earlier this month. Panasonic says it will begin taking orders in April and will ship cameras in the fall. In the new 3D camcorder the lenses camera head and a dual memory card recorder are integrated into a single body. The camcorder also incorporates stereoscopic adjustment controls which Panasonic says makes it easier to use and operate.
Prismatic Magic has introduced Laser-3D which it says is the world's first 3D laser projection system. It comes on the eve of the 50th anniversary of the invention of the laser. Laser-3D is unique in that it fuses two of the most popular concepts in the public consciousness lasers and 3D into a single dazzling visualization medium says Christopher Volpe Ph.D. Prismatic Magic's president. And we believe that Laser-3D is an important step towards the holy grail of projection technology: free-floating holographic objects.
San Diego’s Reuben H. Fleet Science Center home to the world’s first IMAX dome theatre recently underwent a renovation that focused largely on its sound system. The Fleet Center often runs six different films per day requiring very different audio settings for each performance.
Warner Bros. Pictures International has entered into digital cinema deployment agreements directly with several key cinema circuits to advance the conversion to digital cinema throughout Asia including: Golden Harvest Cinemas Hong Kong and Vie Show Cinemas Taiwan of Orange Sky Golden Harvest Group; Multiplex Cinema one of Hong Kong’s leading cinema circuits; and The Grand the territory’s largest cineplex. The Studio will make financial contributions towards their recoupment.
XDC says it has taken a major step forward by reaching virtual print fee digital cinema deployment agreements with all six major US film studios for a total of 8 000 digital screens in 22 European countries. As only five percent of the European movie screens have already been digitalized digital cinema is expected to grow tremendously in the coming years thanks to the VPF system and a strong market demand for 3D movies and alternative content. XDC intends to deploy its 8 000 screens by 2015.
NEC has extended till March 31 the availability of financing incentives for theater owners looking to upgrade cinema projector capabilities to digital. With the increased number of 3D movies scheduled to be released over the next few months now’s the time for theater owners to improve their technology and benefit from the increased box office revenue associated with 3D movies says Jim Reisteter general manager digital cinema division NEC Display Solutions.