For the second year in a row the two films widely considered the front runners for top Oscar awards including Best Picture Best Director and Best Cinematography were shot using at least some digital cinematography. That the 3D blockbuster Avatar shot digitally is well known. What is somewhat surprising and has received less coverage is the fact that the gritty war film The Hurt Locker used digital cinematography in some of its most powerful scenes. For the film director Kathryn Bigelow sought to immerse audiences in her words into something that was raw immediate and visceral.
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Stereoscopic 3D is likely to be a big part of the conversation when the exhibition industry gathers later this month in Las Vegas for ShoWest 2010.
A Small Act which premiered in U.S. Documentary Competition at Sundance 2010 tells the inspirational story of an impoverished boy in Kenya Chris Mburu whose life was dramatically changed when an anonymous Swedish woman sponsored his primary education.
When Oscar-winning documentarian Davis Guggenheim sought out a facility for the digital intermediate work on his powerful documentary Waiting for Superman he took his project to Company 3 and colorist Stephen Nakamura.
Cobb Theatres of Birmingham Alabama has selected and installed Barco digital cinema projectors into its first three CineBistro theatres which are located in the Tampa and Miami Florida areas. For Cobb Theatres CineBistro is a new entertainment concept that combines premium-dining services with luxury movie-going and reserved seating. While enjoying gourmet cuisine and premium wines and cocktails customers can view first-run or independent movies in their own luxurious leather rocking chair.
The thirty-minute documentary A New Hope takes a journey deep inside the walls of Louisiana’s Angola State Penitentiary a prison located on an 18 000-acre property that is engulfed by the Mississippi River and named for the birthplace of its former slaves. Angola a maximum-security facility that is home to more than 5 000 inmates was once called the “bloodiest prison in the South” and espoused a simple philosophy: lock up the men and throw away the key.
Perth Australia’s Northbridge district has long been known for its diversity and its nightlife. Now the area is evolving to become a family-friendly community and cultural nexus thanks in no small part to the recently completed Northbridge Piazza home to the city's first Urban Screen. Broadcasting a mix of video and interactive programming the Piazza's Urban Screen is part of a growing global network of outdoor big screens focused on providing multimedia and interactive content within public spaces.
By Melissa Keeping The buzz surrounding 3D was tangible at the International Digital Film Forum held last month in Paris with exhibitors keen to display the latest cameras and 3D HDTV and Avatar was being eagerly discussed both as a special effects masterpiece and a pivotal point in the evolution of cinema. The key players AAM XDC and Dolby were all there in force as well as French exhibitors and distributors alike. Yet for all the excitement the post-Avatar landscape is clearly worrying the post-production industry.
Paradise FX Post Republic and Vertigo Films have formed Paradise FX Europe. The new company says it is Europe’s first one-stop shop for 3D production and is working in live action 3D films television program and advertisements. PFXE says it will offer filmmakers a complete 3D digital workflow – from conception through to post-production and can provide producers and directors with experienced crews and 3D technology which has been developed over the past 18 years.
CBS Outdoor and N4D have teamed up to launch Grand Central Station's first 3D digital signage campaign. The centerpiece of the campaign is a 14-foot screen displaying commercials in 3D throughout February. The physiologically correct 3D content created by N4D is a first in digital outdoor advertising and is expected to lead the way for this type of application.
Cinedigm Digital Cinema has reached an agreement for Vista and its network of business partners to exclusively distribute and support Cinedigm’s Theatre Command Center software in certain major international territories. “We have worked closely with Vista and its worldwide business partners for several years.
D-Box Technologies has announced the upcoming installation of a first movie theatre equipped with 13 D-Box MFX seats with Warner Mycal Corporation one of the largest operators of commercial theatres in Japan. This transaction marks the first sale of D-Box motion systems for commercial theatre applications outside of North America. “We are very pleased of teaming up with Warner Mycal in this first commercial theatre venture outside of North-America ” says Claude Mc Master president and CEO of D-Box Technologies.
Dolby Laboratories provided digital cinema mastering and technical support for the screening of Red Bull’s first 3D movie at the recent 70th annual Hahnenkamm World Cup Alpine ski event in Kitzbühel Austria. Filmed in the days leading up to the celebrated World Cup race the new movie features spectacular views of the famous Streif downhill course including 3D point-of-view footage shot by a downhill skier giving a unique perspective on what it’s like to tackle one of the world’s toughest ski pistes.
Last month London’s O2 arena hosted the biggest screening and sing-along ever of the hit film Mamma Mia. The movie was projected onto a 108-foot custom-built screen. “This unique event required us to use a huge custom built projection surface capable of providing the large audience with a great view anywhere in the arena ” says Andy Peat director of Andy Peat Associates.
Independently financed films surpassed those from the major studios in this year’s Academy Awards nominations among all categories as well as in the top categories of Best Picture Director Actor/Actress and Supporting Actor/Actress according to figures released from the Independent Film & Television Alliance.
Aerial camera systems manufacturer Pictorvision moved to a larger location in Van Nuys California this month. Pictorvision has long been known in the film and video industry for its Wescam aerial camera stabilizers and now for its latest development the Eclipse. This helicopter camera mount features the company’s patented XR Motion Management technology which provides advanced steering stability and pointing capabilities.
Raleigh Studios will commemorate the grand opening of their newest state-of-the-art studio facility in Budapest by bringing the magic of Hungary to Hollywood. The invitation-only gala will be held February 18th at Raleigh Studios Hollywood. “We are very excited about this project. It will give producers a chance to experience all the great things Europe has to offer the film making process while giving them the comfort and quality of a Hollywood Style studio operation and all the confidence that comes in dealing with a known entity ” says Michael Moore president of Raleigh Studios.
With the new season of Sons of Anarchy fast approaching cinematographer Paul Maibaum is starting to gear up for another round of the hit FX Network series. “Sons of Anarchy is a drama about the lives and inner workings of a Hell’s Angels-type motorcycle club based in the fictitious town of Charming somewhere in Central California ” he says. “Each episode is shot in seven days that’s one day shy of the norm for a one-hour episodic drama. Therefore we have to work very fast and smart to get the work done in the allotted time.
Sony Electronics’ Digital Cinema Solutions and Services group has signed a non-exclusive digital cinema deployment agreement with Universal Pictures. As part of the agreement Universal has committed to distribute feature films digitally for playback on Sony’s 4K SXRD projection technology deployed by the DCSS group across the United States. The deal which supports transition costs through virtual print fee payments will provide further digital equipment choices to exhibitors converting to digital cinema technology.
Sony Corporation has announced that it will open the Sony 3D Technology Center at Sony Pictures Studios in Culver City California to train and nurture a community of experts in the rapidly growing market of 3D entertainment. The announcement was made by Sir Howard Stringer chairman CEO and president of Sony Corporation. The new center will offer professionals from across the industry a hands-on opportunity to learn more about the techniques and equipment used to create top-quality 3D productions of all kinds - including sports movies television and games.