Screenvision has entered into a long-term agreement with Harkins Theatres which has 30 locations representing 428 movie screens across Arizona California Colorado Oklahoma and Texas. They have a high concentration of theatres in the Phoenix area; 89 percent of Harkins Theatres are located in top 20 DMAs. “Harkins Theatres operates state-of-the-art megaplexes within key demographic areas. Securing such a high profile and sought after theatre operator is a coup for Screenvision ” says Darryl Schaffer executive vice president exhibitor relations Screenvision.
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Muvico Theatres one of the earliest adopters of Sony digital cinema 4K technology has completed the current phase of its digital conversion. The exhibitor now has five theatres equipped with Sony 4K digital cinema technology for a total of 89 screens of which 17 are outfitted for 3D by combining Sony’s single-projector 3D lens system with RealD 3D technology. Muvico’s locations have had great success with 3D screenings and the exhibitor is gearing up for the heavily anticipated release of Sony Pictures’ Kenny Chesney: Summer in 3D.
In anticipation of the Shanghai Expo Hong Kong digital intermediate specialist Digital Magic expanded their 4K DI pipeline by integrating a second DVS Clipster into their workflow. Digital Magic will be responsible for footage shown at the Shanghai Expo’s Hong Kong Pavilion the China Theme Pavilion and the Oil Industry Pavilion – and were looking for a high-performance real-time 4K DI gateway.
By Stephan Faudeux Manager Dimension 3 Preparations are underway for the annual Dimension 3 Expo which is being held at the Saint-Denis in Paris France. As part of that effort the show’s manager Stephan Faudeux asks and answers thirteen of the top questions surrounding the development of stereoscopic 3D. Stereoscopic 3D is currently under the limelight with successful films such as Avatar and the arrival of 3D TV sets. Do you believe this is a fad or rather a logical evolution of the market? If S-3D is only a gimmick then an impressive number of people are falling for it!
Syfy and Columbia University School of the Arts have announced the creation of the Syfy Imagine Greater Development Award which will be awarded to the top student filmmaker in the Columbia University School of Arts Graduate Film Program whose project best exemplifies creativity and imagination. The 2010 award will be presented during the Columbia University Film Festival on May 7 at the Directors Guild of America Theatre in New York City.
AMC Theatres has opened two new larger theatres dubbed Enhanced Theatre Experience in Los Angeles at AMC Burbank 16 and AMC Century City 15. ETX includes a 20-percent larger screen 3D technology digital projection and an upgraded sound system. Specifically the digital projection system produces images at a higher resolution than HD and there are nearly twice as many audio channels compared to typical auditoriums. As a result of this improved experience guests will not simply watch a movie the exhibitor says: they will live it in ETX.
EFA Partners an entertainment financial advisory firm that provides financing solutions for movie exhibitors and Infuse Commercial Capital a specialty finance company that creates tailored finance programs for small and middle market firms have jointly created a program that offers favorable financing terms for smaller movie exhibitors seeking viable financing alternatives for their digital cinema conversion.
The second annual Friars Club Comedy Film Festival will take place September 23-26 in New York City. July 30th is the deadline for submitting films. This year’s film festival will again be a four-day celebration of comedy movies presented by the legendary Friars Club – whose iconic membership includes the world’s funniest actors and comedians.
Writer-director Emilio Portes has received a product grant from Kodak for his Spanish-language film Pastorela (A Christmas Play) as part of the Guadalajara Film Festival's Construye 4 (Guadalajara Constructs). The program is designed to facilitate the completion of Latin American feature films that need assistance in the post-production stages. Kodak has participated in this endeavor since the program's inception in 2007. This year also marked the 25th edition of the festival which Kodak has sponsored from the beginning.
Film and digital rental house Koerner Camera Systems which has locations in Portland Oregon and Seattle Washington has purchased a Fujinon PL Series 18-85mm/T2.0 zoom lens. The purchase of the PL Series 18-85mm/T2.0 signifies an investment in the next generation of digital lenses that will work with digital cameras as well as film cameras. “Fujinon has taken the latest technology and put it to use for the new digital cameras that are coming out now ” says Michael Koerner owner of Koerner Camera Systems. “It’s going to be in high demand.
When the Australian company Motionlink expanded into the business of distributing Digital Cinema Packages for cinema in 2010 they were faced with the challenges of DCP packaging and DCPs workflows – specifically speed and performance. The Digital Cinema Initiative establishes exacting specifications for digital cinema that ensure a uniform and high level of technical performance reliability and quality control. Motionlink being a smaller facility and mindful of both the expenditure and the complexity of DCI workflows realized there was no margin for error or downtime.
By Gunnar Erickson Harris Tulchin and Mark Halloran In today’s fast-paced media marketplace new delivery systems for entertainment are continually emerging. Traditionally programming has been delivered in theaters and by television and more recently by videotape and then DVD.
The opening film for the second Phuket Film Festival will be the Asian premiere of Indian director Paresh Mokashi's debut film Harishchandrachi Factory. Mokashi will attend. Harishchandrachi Factory was India's entry to the 2010 Oscars in the Foreign Language Film category. The festival will be held June 4-13 on the island of Phuket Thailand. The quirky light-hearted film depicts the struggle of Dadasaheb Phalke the father of Indian cinema while making Raja Harishchandra in 1913 India's first feature film.
The Society of Motion Picture and Television Engineers today announced a new first-of-its-kind international 3D science conference to be held July 13-14 at the Marriott Marquis Times Square in New York City. The International Conference on Stereoscopic 3D for Media and Entertainment will focus on the scientific aspects of 3D entertainment and will feature academic research lab study results and discussions of emerging and experimental technologies. Register online at www.smpte.org.
A cinema ad for South African Tourism which ran in London movie theatres delivered an estimated 451 289 impressions in a single weekend according to figures from cinema sales house Digital Cinema Media. The story was reported by Brand Republic. Ogilvy SA created the cinema ad with media planning and buying by Mindshare UK. It follows an Irishman having a wonderful time traveling around and making friends in South Africa according to Brand Republic.
Torn from the Flag a feature-length sociopolitical documentary about the decline of communism and the global effects of the 1956 Hungarian Revolution continues to be blocked by Hungary's current post-communist government.
The rollout of digital cinema to exhibitors across Europe received a significant boost with the announcement that Arts Alliance Media has reached an agreement to secure €50 million in funding for its initiative. Funds advised by Sankaty Advisors the credit affiliate of Bain Capital have agreed to provide funding to support the rollout over the next two years subject to final documentation. The deal was expected to close in 30 days.
As a journalist I thrive on new ideas – good or bad – because ideas are interesting and of course because they can make for compelling stories. For that reason the ShoWest convention held in Las Vegas last month was especially enjoyable for me because it seemed as if you couldn’t turn around without coming across another fascinating project product business development or new idea. Of course 3D dominated most conversations and there were screenings of several 3D movies including the eagerly awaited Toy Story 3.
Rapper-turned-filmmaker Ice Cube recently shot Straight Outta LA a portrait of the 1980s’ Los Angeles Raiders for ESPN’s 30 for 30 film project.
Galaxy Theatres received the first Catalyst Award during a luncheon at ShoWest in Las Vegas last month. The award was created by Digital Cinema Report to honor the independent exhibitor who best demonstrates the full capability flexibility and promise of digital cinema. Publisher Nick Dager presented the ten-inch crystal trophy to Galaxy CEO Frank Rimkus. Ranked in the top 10 in the U.S.