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.
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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.
AMC Entertainment and Kerasotes Showplace Theatres have entered into a definitive agreement pursuant to which AMC will acquire substantially all of the assets of Kerasotes. Kerasotes owns 96 theatres and 973 screens in mid-sized suburban and metropolitan markets primarily in the Midwest. More than three quarters of the Kerasotes theatres feature stadium seating and almost 90 percent have been newly built since 1994.
The finalists in the feature film category of the 24th Annual American Society of Cinematographers Outstanding Achievement Awards competition are Barry Ackroyd for The Hurt Locker Dion Beebe for Nine Christian Berger for The White Ribbon Mauro Fiore for Avatar and Robert Richardson for Inglorious Basterds. The winner will be announced during the ASC Awards celebration at the Hyatt Regency Century Plaza Hotel in Hollywood on February 27.
The 2D to 3D conversion company BSAT Labs has hired Indian VFX facility Chennai. The move gives BSAT Labs access to more than 400 seats to do the majority of the labor-intensive work that is involved in the 3D conversion process. “The number of 3D box office hits in 2009 and many more 3D releases coming to theaters this year is proof that 3D is here to stay ” says Yusuf Broachwala president of BSAT Labs. “Several forums such as SMPTE CEA and BDA are doing a great job and working very hard to bring 3D to the home and pushing for Blu-Ray standardization.
Based on analyst forecasts and the overall strength of movies the studios have scheduled to release during the New Year expectations for 2010 look to be positive: both ZenithOptimedia and Magna forecast that cinema will be one of the very few media categories to post gains for 2010. The Cinema Advertising Council’s most recent revenue report – independently tabulated by Miller Kaplan Arase & Co. – showed that total cinema advertising revenues of CAC members grew by 5.8 percent to $571 421 000 in 2008 as compared to a total of $539 946 000 in 2007.
D-Box Technologies says that more than 50 000 moviegoers throughout North America “lived the action” and experienced motion-enhanced seats during one of nine major motion pictures released last year. Claude Mc Master D-Box president and CEO says “We are extremely proud of how well received our technology has been throughout North America. From moviegoers who return for each new movie released with D-Box to movie theatres and top Hollywood movie studios we are thrilled to finally be able to share D-Box’s experience with the world.” Thirteen movie theatres in the U.S.
Digital Cinema Media is to run a national ad campaign to promote cinema as an advertising medium using 60-second ads created by competition-winning students from the National Film and Television School. The campaign launched last month and runs through February on all DCM screens. It promotes cinema as a unique experience you can’t replicate elsewhere and the power of cinema as an advertising medium.
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.