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Vinten Turns 100

Wed, 01/27/2010 - 19:00 -- Nick Dager

Vinten a Vitec Group brand is celebrating its 100th anniversary as a manufacturer of camera support technology.    It was on January 1 1910 that William Vinten already widely known as an accomplished mechanical engineer took over a Wardour Street workshop in London and opened his own business – first repairing then designing and building cameras. That same month on January 7 1910 the new company received its first order for 25 Kinemacolor machines (high-speed film projectors for the Edison color system) at £28 each.

The Independent Spirit

Wed, 01/13/2010 - 19:00 -- Nick Dager

If digital cinema is going to fulfill its promise of truly bringing about a new era of movie making and exhibition then the independent theatres that are an important part of the cultural lifeblood of small towns around the world can not be left behind. Fortunately the independent spirit that has kept these theatres alive through many difficult times is still evident in many communities and there are signs that a significant number of them are taking part in the digital transition. Cinema Centers in the rural mountains of central Pennsylvania is a good example.

Who Do You Trust?

Wed, 01/13/2010 - 19:00 -- Nick Dager

By Michael Karagosian Who do you trust is the most fundamental issue of security. Digital cinema was originally devised so that studios could conduct business with exhibitors without concern for theft of content in its pristine digital form.  As the number of digital cinema installations grows the management of security keys becomes increasingly difficult to perform and the entities that supply security keys struggle to keep up with new installations.

Embrace a Village

Wed, 01/13/2010 - 19:00 -- Nick Dager

Jeremiah Fry an independent filmmaker based in New Orleans is on a mission to shoot video footage in leper colonies throughout India. When complete his documentaries will detail the charitable efforts of Embrace a Village a nonprofit Christian organization in Coimbatore Tamil Nadu India. 
 Embrace a Village provides medical treatment food housing hospice and other support services to thousands of people who are stricken with leprosy and banished to the lowest rung of Indian society.

Learning Curve

Wed, 01/13/2010 - 19:00 -- Nick Dager

When the Prosser family donated $1.5 million dollars for a new theatre in the Western State College Student Center Slaterpaull Architects contacted Adam Babb audiovisual and acoustical consultant for Geiler and Associates to help design the new 3D digital cinema.   “This is an exciting addition for Western State College and the small mountain town of Gunnison Colorado which will be enjoying its first modern movie theatre ” says Babb.  “This much desired amenity will benefit both the campus and Gunnison Valley community.

Taking Long Line Shots

Wed, 01/13/2010 - 19:00 -- Nick Dager

A week before shooting Clash of the Titans director Louis Leterrier requested that helicopter pilot Fred North and aerial cinematographer Hans Bjerno capture a series of rather long line shots in Wales United Kingdom. North has just completed his second project for Leterrier and his first with Pictorvision’s new Eclipse helicopter camera mount system. “I did Leterrier’s last movie with a different system ” says North. “It didn’t have a perfect horizon level and could not look straight down. For Clash of the Titans Leterrier and cinematographer Peter Menzies Jr.

Film Movement Releases Mine Simultaneously in Theatres and on iTunes

Wed, 01/13/2010 - 19:00 -- Nick Dager

Film Movement has advanced its mission of bringing the best in independent and art-house cinema to film fans across the country whether they live in metropolises or rural communities with the simultaneous release of Mine in theatres and on iTunes.
 The award-winning documentary film Mine distributed by Film Movement was released in theatres nationwide kicking off with its San Francisco theatrical premiere concurrent with its iTunes premiere on January 8th.  Mine’s San Francisco theatrical release will be followed by New York and New Orleans runs with a national 20 US city release to

JVC Unveils 2D-3D Stereoscopic Image Processor

Wed, 01/13/2010 - 19:00 -- Nick Dager

JVC Professional Products has introduced the IF-2D3D1 Stereoscopic Image Processor which works as a 2D-to-3D converter and as a 3D L/R mixer for video content producers. The IF-2D3D1 is designed to help 3D content producers improve their workflow whether they are converting archived 2D material or shooting original content in 3D. “With the public’s renewed interest in 3D for both theatrically released content and beyond many content producers are looking to repurpose existing 2D materials to meet demand.

Kerasotes Installs 48 Barco Digital Cinema Projectors

Wed, 01/13/2010 - 19:00 -- Nick Dager

Kerasotes ShowPlace Theatres has purchased 48 Barco digital cinema projectors to be distributed throughout multiple markets. Locations include three new multiplexes in Secaucus New Jersey Minneapolis Minnesota and Chicago Illinois plus standalone 3D installations in Denver Colorado and Illinois. 
With the opening of the new 16-screen multiplex in Chicago's Roosevelt Collection and a new 14-screen multiplex in Minneapolis Kerasotes unveils their ShowPlace ICON Theatre design a multi-sensory experience of lounge dining and digital widescreen picture and sound.

Panasonic Unveils Integrated 3D Camcorder

Wed, 01/13/2010 - 19:00 -- Nick Dager

Panasonic has unveiled what it says is the world’s first professional fully integrated full HD 3D camcorder. The company showed engineering samples of the camera at the Consumer Electronics Show earlier this month. Panasonic says it will begin taking orders in April and will ship cameras in the fall. In the new 3D camcorder the lenses camera head and a dual memory card recorder are integrated into a single body.  The camcorder also incorporates stereoscopic adjustment controls which Panasonic says makes it easier to use and operate.

Prismatic Magic and Infitec Introduce 3D Laser Projection System

Wed, 01/13/2010 - 19:00 -- Nick Dager

Prismatic Magic has introduced Laser-3D which it says is the world's first 3D laser projection system. It comes on the eve of the 50th anniversary of the invention of the laser. Laser-3D is unique in that it fuses two of the most popular concepts in the public consciousness lasers and 3D into a single dazzling visualization medium says Christopher Volpe Ph.D. Prismatic Magic's president. And we believe that Laser-3D is an important step towards the holy grail of projection technology: free-floating holographic objects.

Warner Bros. Announces Digital Cinema Agreements in Asia

Wed, 01/13/2010 - 19:00 -- Nick Dager

Warner Bros. Pictures International has entered into digital cinema deployment agreements directly with several key cinema circuits to advance the conversion to digital cinema throughout Asia including: Golden Harvest Cinemas Hong Kong and Vie Show Cinemas Taiwan of Orange Sky Golden Harvest Group; Multiplex Cinema one of Hong Kong’s leading cinema circuits; and The Grand the territory’s largest cineplex. The Studio will make financial contributions towards their recoupment.

XDC Moves Forward in Digital Cinema

Wed, 01/13/2010 - 19:00 -- Nick Dager

XDC says it has taken a major step forward by reaching virtual print fee digital cinema deployment agreements with all six major US film studios for a total of 8 000 digital screens in 22 European countries. As only five percent of the European movie screens have already been digitalized digital cinema is expected to grow tremendously in the coming years thanks to the VPF system and a strong market demand for 3D movies and alternative content. XDC intends to deploy its 8 000 screens by 2015.

NEC Extends Financing Incentives for Digital Cinema through March

Wed, 01/13/2010 - 19:00 -- Nick Dager

NEC has extended till March 31 the availability of financing incentives for theater owners looking to upgrade cinema projector capabilities to digital. With the increased number of 3D movies scheduled to be released over the next few months now’s the time for theater owners to improve their technology and benefit from the increased box office revenue associated with 3D movies says Jim Reisteter general manager digital cinema division NEC Display Solutions.

Misery Signals

Tue, 01/12/2010 - 19:00 -- Nick Dager

Filmmaker Marcus De Leon recently shot a 90-minute documentary about heavy metal band Misery Signals and its 2009 worldwide concert tour Ebb and Flow.

Nowhere Fast

Tue, 01/12/2010 - 19:00 -- Nick Dager

Guitar virtuoso and composer Vince Lauria recently mixed and mastered the music for the new independent feature film Nowhere Fast: The Forgotten Story of Approach Control.

 He purchased JBL LSR4328P monitors for the effort. Many of Lauria’s projects are finalized at The Tone Factory Vinny Castaldo’s Las Vegas recording studio. “Vinny’s studio has very high-end expensive studio monitors and when I used to bring my mixes there they would not sound right ” Lauria says. “But it’s such a huge difference now with the LSR’s.

Beacon Cinema Returns

Tue, 01/12/2010 - 19:00 -- Nick Dager

Opening night of the all-digital Beacon Cinema complex in downtown Pittsfield Massachusetts was one of the most highly anticipated events in the community in recent memory. The new $23 million complex whose six screens are powered exclusively by Christie CP2000-ZX DLP Cinema projectors is helping to revive the city’s core.  Built within a restored century-old historic building The Beacon Cinema brought the excitement of the movies back to the downtown area after a 15-year absence.

Blue Ocean Film Festival moves to the Monterey Peninsula

Tue, 01/12/2010 - 19:00 -- Nick Dager

The Blue Ocean Film Festival & Conservation Summit will relocate its global ocean-focused event to the Monterey Peninsula beginning in 2010. The initial Monterey festival – with the aquarium as the presenting sponsor – is planned for August 25-29. Blue’s international film competition call for submissions will open in mid-January and film festival passes for the inaugural Monterey event will go on sale in late February.

A Prairie Home Companion Moves to the Big Screen

Tue, 01/12/2010 - 19:00 -- Nick Dager

Garrison Keillor host of A Prairie Home Companion brings the beloved radio show to select movie theatres in communities nationwide with a special live performance on Thursday February 4th. The event will originate from the famed Fitzgerald Theater in St. Paul Minnesota where the show has been performed since 1978. An encore presentation will be shown in select movie theatres on Tuesday February 9th. Presented by NCM Fathom Prairie Home Productions American Public Media and BY Experience A Prairie Home Companion with Garrison Keillor – Live in HD!


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