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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.

Hollywood Post Alliance Award Winners Announced

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

During a gala evening at the Skirball Center in Los Angeles The Hollywood Post Alliance presented its Fourth Annual HPA Awards.  The HPA Awards honor top behind-the-scenes talent working in motion pictures television and commercials as well as handing out special awards for Engineering Excellence Lifetime Achievement and the Charles S. Swartz Award.  The special awards were announced earlier. The winners of the 2009 Hollywood Post Alliance Awards are: Outstanding Color Grading Feature Film in a DI Process Julie & Julia                                 Steven J.

Making Better Off Ted

Fri, 11/13/2009 - 19:00 -- Nick Dager

When cinematographer Brian Reynolds began prep for the Fox/ABC half-hour comedy series Better Off Ted his challenge was to trim the budget and keep the quality look as well as the 11-hour workday. “One of my first choices was to add Schneider’s Hollywood Black Magic filters to our lenses ” says Reynolds. “They are nothing short of amazing ” he says enthusiastically. “They combine the smaller lenslets of HD Classic Soft and added Black Frost. What this does to the skin is amazing. When you are shooting HD you are suddenly looking at an unfiltered image. Make-up freaks out.

Cinemark Imax Suing Each Other

Fri, 11/13/2009 - 19:00 -- Nick Dager

The trade publication LF Examiner has reported that Cinemark USA and the Imax Corporation have filed lawsuits against each other. The dispute centers on Cinemark's premium XD digital theatres. Cinemark the third largest theatre chain in the U.S. filed a suit on November 4th seeking to invalidate two patents Imax holds on the conversion of cinema theatre to a super cinema theatre.

Financing 101: Digital Cinema

Thu, 11/12/2009 - 19:00 -- Nick Dager

By Michael Karagosian Exhibitors today are faced with several options for acquiring digital cinema equipment.  If seeking a financing plan in which studios provide financial assistance through the virtual print fee mechanism it is worth taking time to understand the hurdles to financing such deals.

Rocky Mountain HD

Thu, 11/12/2009 - 19:00 -- Nick Dager

Tracker Productions a video production company in Banff Alberta Canada is using the JVC GY-HM100 ProHD camcorder to shoot 1080p footage of the Canadian Rockies for promotional corporate and travel videos. Cascading waterfalls snow-capped mountains serene lakes and animals in their natural habitats are among the majestic scenes being captured by cinematographer and Tracker Productions owner Les McDonald.
  “A bear might only give you 15 to 20 seconds to get that close-up so you had better be ready.

A Giant Heart

Thu, 11/12/2009 - 19:00 -- Nick Dager

Creative design house 7thSense has supplied four of its Delta media servers to the Museum of Science and Industry Chicago for the new Giant Heart within the You: The Experience exhibit which opened last month. A state-of-the-art AV installation using multiple projectors the project imposed a unique set of technological demands which obliged 7thSense to develop and customize Delta in very specific ways.

ShowEast: Money Talks

Thu, 11/12/2009 - 19:00 -- Nick Dager

There were three main topics of conversation at ShowEast 2009 which was held last month in Orlando Florida: the first two were 2K versus 4K technology and money both how to raise it and how to make it. As in recent exhibition shows the money talks centered on financial business models and new ideas in alternative content. But in truth most everything really focused on the third topic – 3D – that of course encompasses the other two topics as well. And looming over all of this was the widely anticipated impending release of Twentieth Century Fox’s Avatar from director James Cameron.

Epic Pictures Group Acquires Junkyard Dog and Kill Speed

Thu, 11/12/2009 - 19:00 -- Nick Dager

Epic Pictures Group has acquired Junkyard Dog a psychological thriller from writer/director Kim Bass starring Vivica A. Fox and Brad Dourif and action film Kill Speed starring Andrew Keegan Nick Carter and Tom Arnold. Epic has also picked up the domestic distribution rights for Kill Speed. We have found a great partner for these films on the international stage says Bass.  We're very excited to be working with Epic Pictures Group and look forward to making a big splash at AFM.

iO Film Upgrades Color Management Services for Astro Boy

Thu, 11/12/2009 - 19:00 -- Nick Dager

iO Film completed a wide range of services and deliveries for the Summit Entertainment release of Imagi Studios’ Astro Boy. The look that Astro Boy’s producers desired necessitated a profound change to the current color management process.  iO relied upon Digital Vision’s Film Master and their own in-house custom system to solve the problem.

Mersive is Chosen for Swedish Planetarium

Thu, 11/12/2009 - 19:00 -- Nick Dager

Sweden’s University of Umeå has installed Mersive SOL software in its Umevatoriet Center planetarium to accomplish the edge-blending image warping and auto alignment of multiple projectors on the dome screen to provide a crisp and compelling immersive visual experience. “Mersive SOL software enables automatic alignment of projectors which significantly reduces installation time and increases the stability of the display ” says Randall Stevens CEO at Mersive.

Independent Movie Splinterheads Released

Thu, 11/12/2009 - 19:00 -- Nick Dager

The independent feature film Splinterheads produced by Atlantic Pictures in association with Offhollywood Pictures played in a New York theatre earlier this month and will be distributed by Paladin and Atlantic. Written and directed by Brant Sersen Splinterheads is a coming-of-age comedy starring newcomer Thomas Middleditch and Rachael Taylor (Transformers) as well as Lea Thompson (Back to the Future) and Christopher McDonald (Happy Gilmore).

Prime Focus Launches 2D-to-3D Conversion Process View-D

Thu, 11/12/2009 - 19:00 -- Nick Dager

Prime Focus has introduced View-D which it says is a proprietary 2D-to-3D conversion process that allows filmmakers to create stereoscopic 3D movies from source material shot on virtually any medium. 3D moviemaking has proven to be more than a passing trend – it's rejuvenating international box offices and giving filmmakers a new storytelling technique that enriches the movie-going experience says Michael Fink CEO Prime Focus VFX.

Projectiondesign Changes Ownership

Thu, 11/12/2009 - 19:00 -- Nick Dager

Norwegian high performance projector manufacturer projectiondesign is capitalizing on the growing global demand for high-quality products as well as partner support with the announcement of a change in ownership to include Norwegian private equity firm Herkules Capital AS. The move follows the purchase of a 54 percent share in projectiondesign from previous main shareholder Eker Group AS headed by top Norwegian Industrial Designer Bård Eker.

QSC Audio Introduces Speaker System for Dome and Large Format Cinemas

Thu, 11/12/2009 - 19:00 -- Nick Dager

QSC Audio has announced the purpose-designed DCS SC-424-8F flyable four-way tri-amplified speaker system for Dome and Large Format cinemas that require suspended mounting of screen channels or point source surround channels.   Both the Mid/High and LF enclosures are built with common dimensions to facilitate easy installation in vertical or horizontal arrays and are constructed of heavily braced 15mm concert tour-grade plywood.  In addition 16 M10 attachment points-per-enclosure are provided for safe and easy suspension.

Raleigh Studios Budapest Scheduled to Open in April 2010

Thu, 11/12/2009 - 19:00 -- Nick Dager

Raleigh Studios has broken ground on a new state of the art studio facility in Budapest. Raleigh Studios Budapest is well under construction and will open its doors in April 2010. The facility is less than 20 minutes from all major hotels and downtown Budapest making it the closest studio facility to the heart of Hungary. The studio boasts nine sound stages including a 45 000 square foot super stage that is 65 feet to the grid.

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