Vilmos Zsigmond ASC has been named Kodak Cinematographer in Residence for the spring quarter at the University of California Los Angeles School of Theatre Film and Television. Professor William McDonald inaugurated the mentorship program with the support of Kodak in 2000. Vilmos Zsigmond overcame seemingly impossible odds to become one of the defining film artists of our times McDonald says. Leonard Maltin hit the nail on the head when he wrote 'Recognition for cinematographers in general is long overdue.
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XpanD will offer limited-time special rates to exhibitors who purchase an XpanD 3D theatre system to add a second 3D auditorium regardless of the brand of 3D system initially installed in a multiplex. The offer runs through July 15th.
IndiePix has announced a production agreement with Lucky Hat Entertainment a Los Angeles-based production company. Lucky Hat will join IndiePix as executive producer on two films P-Star Rising and Entre Nos which premiered at this year’s Tribeca Film Festival. The parties plan to jointly develop and produce two more films per year through 2011. Lucky Hat Entertainment was co-founded by Stephen Bannatyne and Marcia Carver in 2007.
Mark Simpfendorfer Productions has announced that giant screen and digital theatre distribution rights to the documentary Red Crabs: Australia's Christmas Island have been granted to two distribution companies. Offset Films lead by Campbell Woskett and based in Australia will distribute the film in Australia Asia Europe Africa and the Middle East. Big & Digital lead by Tina Ratterman and based in Louisville Kentucky will distribute to theatres in the Americas. Evans and Sutherland have been given rights to the full dome market worldwide.
3D was the Big Buzz on the Show Floor Stereoscopic 3D dominated the conversation at this year’s National Association of Broadcasters convention held last month in Las Vegas so it’s fitting that three of our five Top Products of the show involve 3D. Attendance was down by about 20 percent largely due to the economy it would seem but all the exhibitors I spoke with said that just served to make the show a more serious event. “No tire kickers ” was how more than one exhibitor described it. The people there were professionals intent on adding new capabilities to their various businesses.
By Donald L. Vasicek You have your movie idea. You’ve played around with ways to begin writing it in screenplay form. About the time you come up with something that feels good you hit an obstacle or more in the next few pages. You bog down by page ten hit quit on your toolbar or break your pencil or throw your pen across the room. You wonder if you will ever be able to write this screenplay something your heart continually digs at you to do. What to do? What to do?
Entre Nos is among the Projects from Emerging Filmmakers at the Tribeca Film Festival Entre Nos (Between Us) a feature directed and written by Paola Mendoza and Glorio La Morte was chosen to screen in the Discovery section of the Tribeca Film Festival held in New York City from April 22nd to May 3rd.
BSCM Creates Award-Winning Display for JetBlue Airlines Passengers arriving at JetBlue Terminal 5 at JFK International Airport are intrigued and entertained by a unique ring of video monitors that was designed engineered and installed by Big Show Construction Management which specializes in managing the creation of themed and interactive spaces. The installation recently won the 2009 Apex Award for Public Spaces at the Digital Signage Expo in Las Vegas.
Galaxy Cannery Theatre Joins a Community Effort to Support Green Awareness Galaxy Theatres celebrated Earth Day and the movie opening of Earth last month by taking part in a unique community-wide event in Las Vegas called What on Earth Day. Continuing to raise awareness and supporting our local community Galaxy Cannery teamed up with The Springs Preserve by providing Earth movie prize packages to the winners of their Green Dreamers Art and Science Fair. “We are proud to be a part of this unique event ” says Frank Rimkus chief executive officer for Galaxy Theatres.
Window Seat Pictures Documents the Vans Triple Crown of Surfing Window Seat Pictures of El Segundo California recently shot four one-hour programs documenting the celebrated Vans Triple Crown of Surfing. The Vans Triple Crown of Surfing is a Hawaiian specialty series of professional surfing events all staged on the North Shore of Oahu a coastline world-famous in surfing circles for its clockwork winter swells that reach 50 feet in height.
Harbingers of Things to Come Attendance was noticeably and understandably down at ShoWest 2009 a direct result of the current economic situation. Universal Studios as one major example did not send a single representative. The company was reportedly following an edict from its corporate parent General Electric banning all business travel. Despite the low turnout the show was busy and there were a host of business announcements and several technology developments. The digital cinema rollout moves forward at its current slow but steady pace.
Dimension 3 the world’s leading festival for professionals involved in 3D stereoscopic production post and display will take place in Paris France June 2-4. Now in its third year Dimension 3 will again be the crucial meeting-point for performers technical and business professionals who create 3D stereo content for cinema TV video games home entertainment communications and training – underlining its position as the No.1 forum on the calendar for the 3D industry. This year Dimension 3 will take place at the National Dance Centre (Centre National de la Danse) Pantin i
AMC Entertainment has reached an agreement in principle with Sony Electronics to install 4K digital cinema projection systems across its theatre circuit. With 309 theatres and 4 628 screens AMC will be the largest entertainment company equipped with 4K digital technology in North America. The decision accelerates the momentum behind AMC's transition to digital projection technology. At AMC we deliver movies and other great entertainment presented in an immersive big-screen viewing environment says Gerry Lopez chief executive officer and president AMC Entertainment.
In cooperation with IMAGO the European federation of cinematographers and A.C.E. the organization of Cinema Editors eDIT 12 Filmmaker's Festival will take place in Frankfurt Germany October 4-6. The three-day program will consist of presentations workshops panels and screenings developed in cooperation with the filmmaking community. The main subject areas covered are cinematography editing animation visual effects and general production. Each year acclaimed international speakers from all areas of filmmaking present their work and share their ideas with their peers.
South Africa’s Waterfront Studios in partnership with Cinegate and Take 2 Films has developed a lens-to-finish digital cinema production package aimed at the under-R3 million-feature film production market. The three film industry suppliers are committed to supporting sustainable growth of quality South African feature films and recognize that independent filmmakers are critical to this process.
Epic Theatres in DeLand Florida will install 25 GDC SA-2100A series servers into its cinemas. Privately held and founded in 2003 Epic Theatres is operated by third generation exhibitors whose family built its first theatre in 1947. It currently operates 39 screens located at six sites in three southern states in the US. Epic took a cautious and methodical approach in its digital conversion program. It began with the trial run of one single GDC SA-2100A server at its Multiplex in Deland.
United Entertainment Corporation will install GDC’s SA-2100A series servers into its cinemas. UEC is a privately held motion picture theatre circuit and entertainment company based in Minnesota operating over 100 cinema screens. “UEC is pleased to partner with GDC Technology in bringing Digital Cinema to our locations ” says Mike Daniels development manager United Entertainment Corp.
Dolby has launched Dolby Direct Distribution Services a pan-European satellite content delivery network for digital cinemas. The service is provided in association with leading digital network solutions provider Arqiva and uses their international satellite infrastructure to distribute feature movies trailers and advertising content direct to their participating exhibitors and cinemas throughout Europe. Dolby Direct Distribution Services will simplify the cinema distribution process eliminating physical delivery and manual upload of digital content onto individual cinema servers.
International Datacasting Corporation and Sensio Technologies have announced the beginning of their first operational roll out of live 3D in high definition for digital cinema in Europe. The announcement was made following the first 3D live broadcast via satellite of a complete basketball game in Europe to multi locations across Italy on April 19th.
Eastman Kodak Company has unveiled the latest product offering in its Vision3 technology platform: Kodak Vision3 250D color negative film 5207/7207 incorporates all of the advancements and imaging characteristics unique to the Vision3 family of films optimized for an exposure index of 250 in daylight.