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.
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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.
Carmike Cinemas has entered into a new $265 million senior secured term loan facility and a $30 million senior secured revolving credit facility. Carmike Cinemas chief financial officer Richard B. Hare says The new term loan and revolving credit facility is a positive development for Carmike which we believe will afford us the requisite flexibility to fund the Company’s future growth and success.” Carmike’s existing senior secured term loan facility was set to mature in May 2012 and had a balance of $250.8 million outstanding at December 31 2009.
Julien Temple’s Oil City Confidential is to be launched with a ground breaking rock & roll cinema event beamed live from London into cinemas across the UK and Ireland on February 2. The red carpet happening staged at Koko in Camden London will feature an introduction by Temple and MC Keith Allen the first public showing of Oil City Confidential and a live set from Dr Feelgood legend Wilko Johnson and his band (featuring Blockheads Norman Watt Roy and Dylan Howe) with special guest Alison Moyet. It is the last film in Temple’s trilogy on British music of the 1970s.
There are independent exhibitors who are successfully making the transition to digital cinema. But all over the world there are hundreds thousands more who are not taking part. These are the people who own and operate businesses with five screens two screens one screen and they currently face significant roadblocks in making the move to digital. With the existing DCI specifications the current VPF models aren’t working and most small exhibitors will not survive. The US and Canada are not alone in this.
Cinematographer Paul Maibaum is preparing for another season of the hit FX Network series Sons of Anarchy.
Sympathy for Delicious the directorial debut from actor Mark Ruffalo completed its digital intermediate work at Prime Focus in Los Angeles. The film features Orlando Bloom Juliette Lewis Laura Linney Ruffalo and writer/producer Chris Thornton and made its world premiere last month at the Sundance Film Festival where it was nominated for the Grand Jury Prize. The film follows wheelchair bound DJ Delicious D (Thornton) as he fights to survive life on the mean streets of Los Angeles makes his entrée into the world of faith healing and navigates encounters with an unstable rock band.
Independent exhibitor Cinema West has selected Barco DP-2000 digital cinema projectors for every screen in their new Palladio 16 multiplex in Folsom California. With a total seating capacity of 3000 built around an energy- efficient concept the all-digital venue includes six 3D-capable theatres. Once final implementation is complete the Palladio 16 Cinemas will be able to boast the largest solar system on the roof of any movie theatre in the world.
The award-winning Gorilla Murders episode of Explorer on the National Geographic Channel posed a unique challenge for cinematographers Erin Harvey and Bob Poole. The film covers the complicated issues of politics refugees and the economy of charcoal production in central Africa that culminated in the death of a family of gorillas in a wildlife preserve.
The documentary Cane Toads: The Conquest from Australian writer/director Mark Lewis is the first Australian digital 3D feature film and was a rare 3D entry at Sundance — following the festival's previous (and highly successful) 3D entry in 2008 Mark Pellington's U2 3D. The film screened in Park City's Eccles auditorium a 1 200-seat venue on Barco’s DP-3000 digital cinema projectors. Playback originated from a Dolby digital cinema server.
The Advanced Imaging and Visualization Laboratory at the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution used a prototype still and HD video camera to capture the first video and still images of a deep sea volcano actively erupting molten lava on the seafloor. During a research expedition last May aboard the RV Thomas Thompson oceanographers from NOAA used Jason a remotely operated vehicle (ROV) that is part of the National Deep Submergence Facility operated by WHOI to observe and record the powerful event which occurred in the South Pacific almost 4 000 feet below the ocean surface.
Fuze Box has launched Fuze Movie a real-time collaborative media review and approval system created specifically that uses Skype to help editors VFX artists and digital media designers faced with the challenges of collaborating with numerous remote and often widely distributed colleagues and clients. According to the manufacturer Fuze Movie effectively eliminates the frustrations and inefficiencies of collaborating across distributed workgroups by creating a real time shared workflow environment for anyone with a computer and an Internet connection. Fuze Movie is based on syncVUE w
The Museum of Science Boston has extended its East Coast premiere run of Harry Potter: The Exhibition until the end of February due to its popularity. The extended run will give New England fans their last chance to step inside the famous wizard's magical world before the exhibition moves to its next location the Ontario Science Center in Toronto Canada. The Museum of Science is the only New England location on the exhibit’s tour. In partnership with Warner Bros.
Filmmaker Marcus De Leon recently finished shooting Ebb and Flow a 90-minute documentary about heavy metal band Misery Signals and its 2009 worldwide concert tour. Inspired by 1970s era rock tour documentaries Ebb and Flow captures the struggles and triumphs of the up-and-coming band. Armed with only a GY-HM100 camcorder Sennheiser shotgun microphone MacBook Pro laptop tripod and a few small lights De Leon shot footage of the band’s tour throughout Europe Asia and North America.
The Cineplex Marburg and the Cinedom Koeln multiplexes are the first German cinemas to offer their audiences large-scale digital 3D Cinema. In the run-up for the theatrical release of Avatar both cinemas installed Kinoton 3D2P systems each operating with two projectors. The first Dual 3D installation took place in the Cineplex theatre a modern seven- screen multiplex in the city of Marburg. A Dolby 3D server provides the projectors with content.
OConnor has introduced a completely modular cine-style follow-focus system. “For 60 years OConnor fluid heads and tripods have been valued tools for the art of movie making ” says Bob Carr president of Camera Dynamics a Vitec Group business unit “and we’re grateful for the industry’s ongoing support.
The Society of Motion Picture and Television Engineers has selected Barbara H. Lange as its new executive director. Lange who most recently served as staff director of product management and business development for the Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers the world's largest technical association officially began her new role last month. We are thrilled to have a professional of Barbara's standing and experience join the SMPTE team says Ken Fuller SMPTE president.