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Petrol Introduces Camera Bag for the Red One

Wed, 12/09/2009 - 19:00 -- Nick Dager

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.

Arts Alliance Media Signs Deal with Reel Cinemas

Wed, 12/09/2009 - 19:00 -- Nick Dager

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 Renews Agreement with Hogan Communications

Wed, 12/09/2009 - 19:00 -- Nick Dager

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.

The Warrior Makes Use of the MAX Menace

Wed, 12/09/2009 - 19:00 -- Nick Dager

Principal photography has just finished on the 2010 Lionsgate release Warrior starring Nick Nolte. The production made extensive use of MSE’s monster light mover MAX Menace. One of the key sequences took place inside a Pittsburg hotel room. “Cinematographer Masanobu Takyanagi needed to get ‘a lot of light’ into the room ” says Key Grip John Janusek. “It was either an elaborate truss and motor rig that was 2500 miles away in Los Angeles or the MAX Menace.

Killer Concert

Thu, 11/19/2009 - 19:00 -- Nick Dager

On July 6th The Killers set out to create a gift for their fans with a spectacular concert experience at the uniquely majestic venue The Royal Albert Hall in London. The event was filmed in high-definition for their first ever official DVD release and The Killers performed their greatest hits in front of an enthusiastic sold out audience.  Last month fans across the country shared in this live show as The Killers Live At The Royal Albert Hall was being presented in more than 135 digital theatres across America.

Of Dollars and Values

Thu, 11/19/2009 - 19:00 -- Nick Dager

The world’s exhibitors are in the process of spending close to $10 billion to transform their theatres from film to digital. One of the goals of this transformation is to enable exhibitors to offer their patrons the opportunity to see movies in clean crisp 3D.

Clear Blue Tuesday

Thu, 11/19/2009 - 19:00 -- Nick Dager

Clear Blue Tuesday a cinematic response to the events of September 11 2001 blends heightened narrative and original music to follow the lives of a group of New Yorkers over seven Septembers as they relearn their city and themselves. The full-length feature had its world premiere last month at the New York Musical Theatre Festival.

Run and Gun

Thu, 11/19/2009 - 19:00 -- Nick Dager

“We got last minute approval to shoot at Tanglewood ” says Jerry Simpson veteran director/cinematographer and the principal of production company Simpson Films of Long Island City New York. “I needed an ENG style run-and-gun style camcorder—it couldn’t be too heavy and we needed to be able to set-up fast.” Simpson recently shot a pilot for a documentary profiling drummer Steve Gadd. Gadd is an American session and studio drummer notable for his work with popular musicians from a wide range of genres.

Britain’s Channel 4 Holds a 3D Week of Programming

Thu, 11/19/2009 - 19:00 -- Nick Dager

A wide range of 3D content was available with stereoscopic depth in homes across Great Britain last month when Channel 4 held its first 3D Week. Steen Iversen CEO of Sirius 3D ApS whose glasses were used in the event said   “And if Flesh for Frankenstein’became too much for you in 3D you could simply take off the ColorCodeViewer 3D glasses and experience it in normal 2D.” According to Iversen even if spectators were not wearing the glasses they were still able to view a coherent watchable 2D image with minimal artefacts.

Cinedigm Presents Larger Than Life in 3D

Thu, 11/19/2009 - 19:00 -- Nick Dager

Cinedigm Digital Cinema will present the Dave Matthews Band Ben Harper and Relentless7 and Gogol Bordello Larger Than Life ... in 3D on screens nationwide. The 3D movie will run for one week only from December 11-17. Action 3D and AEG Network Live produced the movie. Digital technology has dramatically transformed the cinema experience says Bud Mayo chairman and CEO of Cinedigm. The ability to see Dave Matthews in 3D on a big screen at your local theatre for far less than the cost of a concert ticket is an exciting option for music fans.

Cooke Optics and /i Technology Work on System to Cut Production Time

Thu, 11/19/2009 - 19:00 -- Nick Dager

Cooke Optics is working with The Foundry to incorporate /i Technology into its compositing application Nuke. The goal is to save hours of time in post-production by eliminating the need to guess lens parameters and camera information. The Foundry recently carried out a test shoot at Blenheim Palace using the new Sony F35 camera which supports /i.

Hollywood Theatres to Install Sony 4K Digital Cinema Systems

Thu, 11/19/2009 - 19:00 -- Nick Dager

Hollywood Theaters is installing Sony Electronics' 4K digital cinema technology across its circuit. The Portland Oregon-based exhibitor will begin its digital conversion by equipping 13 of its U.S. locations (167 screens) with Sony projectors over the next few months. The 4K roll out will also include 53 screens outfitted for 3D digital projection combining Sony's single-projector 3D lens system with RealD 3D technology enabling the exhibitor to deliver the highest-quality 2D and 3D digital projection.

Kinepolis Group Choose SmartJog Servers

Thu, 11/19/2009 - 19:00 -- Nick Dager

European exhibitor Kinepolis Group has selected SmartJog’s Digital Cinema Central Library Servers to use in all of its 23 theaters.  Kinepolis will purchase and install the Digital Cinema Central Library Servers which are capable of storing large amount of content as well as receiving Digital Cinema Packages (DCPs) via satellite and fiber.

Petrol Introduces Rain Cover for the Red One

Thu, 11/19/2009 - 19:00 -- Nick Dager

Petrol has introduced the Petrol PRC-Red-1 rain cover especially designed to provide environmental protection for a fully equipped Red One camera. Made mainly of clear polyurethane for maximum visibility the new transparent rain cover offers quick and easy access to all camera features. What’s more the manufacturer says it is roomy enough to enable working with the camera’s high-resolution Red LCD monitor on board. Petrol’s one-piece design makes the PRC-Red-1 easy to install while shooting.

Screenvision Renews Agreement with Hogan Communications

Thu, 11/19/2009 - 19:00 -- Nick Dager

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.

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