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eDIT 12 Filmmaker's Festival to be Held in October

Thu, 04/30/2009 - 20:00 -- Nick Dager

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.

Waterfront Studios Offers Lens-to-Finish Digital Cinema Production Package

Thu, 04/30/2009 - 20:00 -- Nick Dager

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 Installs GDC Digital Cinema Servers

Thu, 04/30/2009 - 20:00 -- Nick Dager

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 Installs GDC Digital Cinema Servers

Thu, 04/30/2009 - 20:00 -- Nick Dager

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 Launches European Digital Cinema Satellite Service

Thu, 04/30/2009 - 20:00 -- Nick Dager

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.

IDC and Sensio Work Together on First Live HD 3D Event in Europe

Thu, 04/30/2009 - 20:00 -- Nick Dager

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.

IntoPix Opens North American Subsidiary in Virginia

Thu, 04/30/2009 - 20:00 -- Nick Dager

IntoPix has opened a U.S. based subsidiary IntoPix America headquartered in Virginia.  The move signals the company’s intent to grow its business and support in the North American markets. Jeff Segal former chief technology officer of Cinea has been tapped to run the new entity. The new subsidiary will focus on supporting existing customers and expanding IntoPix’s market presence in current and new market segments.

When Push Comes to Shove

Wed, 04/29/2009 - 20:00 -- Nick Dager

At the NAB convention in April in Las Vegas a few Hollywood studio executives graced the Digital Cinema Summit with their presence to push hard for stereoscopic 3D. And yet at the ShoWest convention same city earlier the same month there was a different kind of push as executives from Fox announced that they would no longer subsidize the cost of disposable 3D glasses. Confused? Don’t be. The Hollywood studios want what they want and they want it on their own terms. The rationale for all of this is of course money. And the ultimate battle could be over Avatar.

India’s 8mm Productions Installs Scratch-Red 4K Workflow

Wed, 04/29/2009 - 20:00 -- Nick Dager

8mm Productions is a production and post-production company with its roots firmly grounded in the heart of Bollywood.  Two years ago 8mm ventured into for it the then unknown world of digital 4K cinema. Today they have incorporated Assimilates Scratch digital system as the data pipeline that completes its 4K workflow. David Premier 8mm Productions says “Many of our clients – MTV Channel V Nirvana Films Black Magic Productions Fingerprint Productions to name a few – have all shot with our Red One 4K Cameras and are extremely pleased with the final output from Scratch.

AMC Entertainment to Install Sony 4K Digital Cinema Technology

Wed, 04/29/2009 - 20:00 -- Nick Dager

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.

Nimble and Efficient

Tue, 04/14/2009 - 20:00 -- Nick Dager

Made in China Named SWSX Grand Jury Award Winner Judi Krant's debut feature Made in China won the Grand Jury Award in the narrative feature competition at the South by Southwest Film Festival last month in Austin Texas. The movie was shot on location in Texas and Shanghai. Made in China which premiered at the festival follows a Texas novelty inventor Johnson who travels to Shanghai.

Expanding the Deal

Mon, 04/13/2009 - 20:00 -- Nick Dager

Paramount Offers Direct Financing to International Theatres In an effort to increase revenue for its current 3D hit Monsters vs Aliens and for subsequent 3D releases Paramount Pictures has announced it will offer digital cinema financial support directly to exhibitors in the international markets. The move is expected to accelerate the rollout of digital and 3D projection systems in theatres outside of North America. Roger Pollock Paramount’s executive vice president of international theatrical distribution and operations made the announcement at ShoWest.

The Tipping Point?

Mon, 04/13/2009 - 20:00 -- Nick Dager

There was a lot to see at this year’s ShoWest.  Despite a low turnout there was lots of news and more than a few rumors. We’ll have an in-depth look at it all in our next Report.

How To Establish the Dramatic Premise of your Screenplay

Mon, 04/13/2009 - 20:00 -- Nick Dager

By Donald L. Vasicek You began your screenplay with a visual metaphor. You’ve introduced your main character the setting the time the theme and you’re introducing other major and periphery characters. You’re getting to like your story pretty well when all of sudden you hit a block. What is your story about? This question is asked many times over each day in the film business and you’d better be prepared for it. Your story is about a character that reacts to something that causes him to begin acting instead of reacting to what is going on around him.

NAB 2009: Preview – Part Two

Mon, 04/13/2009 - 20:00 -- Nick Dager

Two Big Topics will be 3D and 4K but a Bigger Topic will be 401Ks Stated or unstated the number one topic at this year’s National Association of Broadcasters convention will be the weakened global economy. No company is completely unaffected and while 3D and 4K workflow will be hot topics and there will be the usual technology and business announcements the impact of limited available resources of both money and manpower will color everything. Here is the second part of our preview of technology highlights to expect at the show.

Very Hospitable

Mon, 04/13/2009 - 20:00 -- Nick Dager

Sweden’s SF Bio Theatre Chain Wins Digital 2009 Apex Award The 2009 Apex Award for innovations in a digital signage hospitality installation has been awarded to Swedish movie theater chain SF Bio. SF the largest movie theatre chain in Sweden worked with Scala Partner Zone Systems to develop a digital signage network in eight movie theaters that consists of digital menu boards dynamic movie posters and screens for previewing film trailers. SF Bio uses the network to cut costs associated with creating printing and transporting menus and posters.

Connecting European Theatres

Mon, 04/13/2009 - 20:00 -- Nick Dager

TDF Plans to Deliver Digital Cinema Services Across the Continent The TDF Group has unveiled its plans to deploy a pan-European delivery service for digital cinema. TDF will provide electronic delivery of digital copies to theatres in Europe leveraging on its established presence in 10 territories. TDF has already connected 60 theatres in six countries and plans to double the number of connected theatres in 2009 and 2010. The news was unveiled last month in Paris at TDF's First Digital Cinema Conference.


Mon, 04/13/2009 - 20:00 -- Nick Dager

Searching for the Superpowers Inside By Stian Hafstad We made this short film Nemesis last fall. The film was made by a group of film students at the University of Bergen Norway as a part of a scriptwriting course. We are now on our final semester of a three-year degree. It was shot in five days on various locations in Bergen after about six weeks of planning. It was edited in about 15 days with an extra two weeks for effects and color correction. Basically we could make a movie about whatever we wanted so we decided to go with this script.


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