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.
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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 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.
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 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 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.
B-Side has acquired Still Bill a recent best documentary winner and audience favorite at one of B-Side’s festival partners the Urbanworld Film Festival. Still Bill is an intimate portrait of soul legend Bill Withers best known for his classics Ain't No Sunshine Lean On Me Lovely Day Grandma's Hands and Just the Two of Us among many more. Filmmakers Damani Baker and Alex Vlack follow Withers and offer a unique and rare look inside the world of this fascinating man who has written some of the most beloved songs in our time.
Mark Terry has announced that his documentary The Antarctica Challenge: A Global Warning has signed deals with the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation’s digital channel documentary a European theatrical deal with Belgium’s XDC Digital Cinemas New Zealand’s Documentary Channel and Poland’s VOD channel TVScreen. The documentary focuses on new discoveries made related to the ozone hole the diminishing populations of penguins and other marine life the greening of the world’s largest desert warming temperatures glacial melting and increased world sea level.
Barco and Doremi have unveiled an integrated 2K/4K media block designed for Barco Series-II projectors. The companies showcased the technology at ShowEast in October. In June of this year Barco Cinemark and Doremi announced an exclusive agreement for the delivery and installation of over 3 000 projectors in more than 300 US theatres. This agreement was the first to include Texas Instruments' Enhanced DLP Cinema 4K technology and Doremi's integrated media block.
Supercines the largest cinema chain in Ecuador has selected Christie CP2000-SB digital cinema projectors to equip its newest 15-screen multiplex in Quito the capital of Ecuador. Headquartered in Guayaquil and owned by Corporación El Rosado Supercines has theatres in all of the country’s major cities.
Cinedigm Digital Cinema has announced that the Georgia Theatre Company will participate in Cinedigm's Phase 2 digital cinema deployment program. Georgia will purchase its own equipment and Cinedigm will manage the virtual print fees for a ten-year term for 257 screens at 23 locations. In Phase 2 Cinedigm has created an exhibitor-buyer financing option for exhibitors. When exhibitors choose this option they select and purchase their own equipment and Cinedigm manages billing and collection of VPFs from movie distributors receiving a fee for doing so.
Clearwater Productions of Johannesburg South Africa has taken delivery of the first of two Red One 4K digital cinema cameras. CEO Derek White says “We needed a platform to originate live action and Red is the most cinematic has the best quality and the smartest upgrade path. We are actually after the Red Epic (due for release next year) but in order to be eligible to buy one you need to be a Red One owner first.” Clearwater also acquired a set of Bausch & Lomb Super Baltar prime lenses from a DOP in Los Angeles. “These lenses are simply beautiful ” says Derek.
Ralph Willis Brandt Gully and Kenny Favre three former executives of GE Capital’s entertainment group have founded Entertainment Financial Advisors Partners to provide a wide array of strategic advisory services to companies in select entertainment industries. They say that EFA’s focus is to provide middle-market and emerging entertainment companies with financial advisory services to assist with raising capital merger and acquisition recommendations restructuring alternatives industry research and general business plan development.
Director Tao Ruspoli’s award-winning independent feature film Fix will be premiering November 20th at The Village East Theatre in New York City. The film tells the fictional story of two documentary filmmakers Bella (Olivia Wilde) and Milo (Tao Ruspoli) who over the course of a single day race from Beverly Hills to Watts and places in between to get Milo's brother Leo (Shawn Andrews) from jail to rehab before eight o’clock or Leo goes to prison for three years.
Docurama Films is celebrating its tenth anniversary with a package of classic non-fiction titles has signed with Gigantic Digital Cinema to provide national distribution. The special series is now available online except in New York City. Recently cited by the press as one of indie film's top venues Gigantic Digital Cinema is the only true traditional film exhibitor online today.
In yet another example of the ways in which independent filmmakers are releasing their projects Unfiltered Entertainment last month announced that its movie Wake the Witch would be distributed through Amazon.com and FilmBaby.com this. Inspired by Japanese horror the 90-minute feature tells the tale of three friends who unwittingly release the vengeful spirit of a witch from her resting place. Written and directed by Dorothy Booraem the low-budget film was shot on location in Wilderness Park in Lincoln Nebraska and other locations in the surrounding area last fall.
The new Marcus Midtown Cinema at Midtown Crossing in Omaha Nebraska is installing Kodak Digital Cinema systems on all five screens of the four-level entertainment destination which is scheduled to open on November 6. Systems will include several models of NEC projectors supplied by Ballantyne Strong who will handle projector installation. We've decided to step carefully into the world of digital feature systems says Bruce J. Olson president of Marcus Theatres. We've been working with Kodak for some time and their depth of technology appeals to us.
Recognizing the abilities of the talented men and women behind the scenes who play a vital part in the creation of motion pictures commercials and television nominations have been announced by the Hollywood Post Alliance for the Fourth Annual HPA Awards. Winners of the prestigious HPA Award will be announced during a gala evening ceremony on November 12th at the Skirball Cultural Center in Los Angeles California. The awards launched in 2006 acknowledge creative and technical excellence in the art science and craft of post-production in twelve categories.
John Lowry founder of TrioScopics says the company has developed stereoscopic imaging technology which consists of proprietary encoding combined with inexpensive glasses and does not require specialized projectors screens players or display equipment thus eliminating a major impediment to the distribution of 3D entertainment. TrioScopics has the potential to make high quality 3D ubiquitous in the marketplace immediately without any equipment investments or expensive upgrades says John D. Lowry founder of TrioScopics.
Technicolor Business Group has announced support from multiple major motion picture studios for the release of theatrical content presented in Technicolor 3D a high-quality 3D solution that works with existing 35mm projectors that was announced last month. DreamWorks Animation Lionsgate Paramount Overture Universal Pictures Warner Bros.