After relocating their operations to a new state-of-the-art studio in SoHo during summer 2008 Offhollywood is expanding again adding a full new floor as a totally dedicated Red camera rental and service facility – the first such Red-authorized facility in the United States. Offhollywood will soon boast a much larger studio to include even more state-of-the-art digital services. Their commitment to Red is as strong as ever.
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Omniplex Irelands largest cinema group has unveil plans for its new concept three-screen 571 seat Swan Cinemas which is located in the Swan Shopping Centre Rathmines Dublin. Construction has started on the project which is scheduled to open this November. Swan Cinemas is the first cinema in Dublin custom designed for digital cinema. Showcasing the very latest 3D technology will give patrons an unparalleled movie going experience; Swan Cinemas is at the very forefront of the digital cinema revolution.
Rooftop Films Solar One The Green Edge Collaborative and IFP will present the World Premiere of Cambria Matlow and Morgan Robinson's feature documentary Burning in the Sun on Saturday September 19. There will be no charge for admission. Presented outdoors at a solar energy center this exciting documentary follows a young man’s quest to start a local business building solar panels in his homeland of Mali—the first of its kind in the sun drenched nation. Burning in the Sun was a 2008 IFP Documentary Lab Selection and the screening will be part of the 31st Annual Independent Film Week.
A 4D movie designed to whet the appetites of riders of The London Eye the world's tallest cantilevered observation wheel was written and directed by Julian Napier and stereo 3D produced by Phil Streather CEO of 3D specialists Principal Large Format. Centre Screen Productions produced the film in association with Principal Large Format and Pablo Post. The focus of the four-minute film is a little girl on a day trip to London whose view of the capital's many tourist sites is constantly obscured by people buildings and the general hubbub of the city.
Barco has completed the first major rollout in Cinedigm Digital Cinema's Phase 2 with Texas-based Premiere Cinema. Premiere has been working exclusively with Barco since 2007 to provide digital cinema to their theatres with 138 screens deployed to date. The successful completion of Cinedigm's first large-scale Phase 2 deployment is another milestone for Barco and the digital cinema industry ” says Todd Hoddick vice president of digital cinema for Barco North America.
Carmike Cinemas has signed a definitive agreement with Blackrock principal Stephen Benson to build a 12-screen theatre with 2 600 seats to be located in the Capps Landing development in Opelika Alabama. The build-to-suit arrangement features a new Carmike digital entertainment complex. Tiger Town is a 160-acre development featuring 800 000 square feet of retail space and combined with Capps Landing offers restaurants offices hotels and banks. Carmike’s other theatre in the region – the Wynnsong 16 in Auburn – will remain open following the completion of the new 12-screen theatre.
The Cinema Exhibitors’ Association has confirmed plans to establish a digital funding group to negotiate financial support for small and medium-sized UK cinema operators to convert to digital cinema technology. The announcement follows an earlier exercise to identify the potential size and nature of such a grouping.
Cinedigm Digital Cinema has completed a $75 000 000 private placement of securities to Sageview Capital consisting of a senior note due 2014 and a warrant to purchase common stock. According to Cinedigm the capital infusion significantly strengthens the company’s balance sheet extends debt maturities provides capital for the company’s continued growth and introduces a key long-term investor into the shareholder base.
This summer in cooperation with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Office of the Marine Sanctuaries and Rutgers University Institute of Marine and Coastal Science Deep Explorers documented the wreck of the USS Monitor a U.S. Navy warship that has been resting 230 feet down on the bottom of the Atlantic Ocean for more than 150 years. The company produced a series of video segments entitled Graveyard of the Atlantic which were posted on the NOAA website during the expedition.
Entries are now being accepted for the 43rd annual WorldFest-Houston film festival to be held April 9-18 2010. Early bird entries which qualify for a five-dollar discount per entry run until November 15th. January 15th 2010 is the final day to enter. As the organizers like to note WorldFest-Houston is one of the longest running film festivals in the world. It was started before there was Sundance or SXSW and before there was Toronto or Tribeca. It bills itself as the First Film Festival in the South and the third oldest International Film Festival in North America.
The Hollywood Post Alliance Awards Committee has announced that post-production icon Paul Haggar will receive the organization’s Lifetime Achievement Award during the HPA Awards in November. Haggar was one of the best-known names in the post-production community and retired from Paramount Pictures in 2005. He had a notably long studio career heading theatrical post-production at the studio from the Seventies. Haggar was a part of the Paramount family for over 54 years. Leon Silverman president of HPA says “For decades the name Paul Haggar was synonymous with post-production.
Maya Entertainment a Los Angeles production and advisory company specializing in independent films recently joined forces with Blockbuster to present Latin cinema from acclaimed filmmakers and star talent in major U.S. markets through the Maya Independent Film Series. Visual Data provided the digital cinema packaging for the release. The series included an eight-city theatrical release of a curated slate of eight Latino-themed films reinforcing Maya Entertainment's mission to provide innovative platforms for the theatrical release and showcasing the films to a national audience.
Toronto post house Mr. X created visual effects for director Ang Lee’s Taking Woodstock which opened in theatres last month. Based on Elliot Tiber’s autobiographical book the film is a coming-of-age story set in the social upheaval of 1969. The narrative follows the progress of a young man returning home to help out at his parents’ motel in upstate New York. There he becomes involved in organizing the seminal Woodstock concert.
OConnor Engineering has introduced the 120EXe Encoded Heavy Duty Fluid Head designed to provide high-precision pan and tilt position information for cinema quality visual effects production on feature films and commercials. The new 120EXe is being premiered by Mo-Sys in conjunction with Mo-Sys’ latest camera motion capture system. The 120EXe provides absolute output pan and tilt position information via an external 19 pin Fischer connector.
Screenvision has announced a new long-term agreement with Bow Tie Cinemas owners and operators of deluxe first-run cinemas designed to bring style and elegance back to the movie going experience. The partnership drives Screenvision’s overall screen count to 15 332. “Screenvision and Bow Tie’s partnership clearly demonstrates exhibitor demand for our network including the strength and entertainment value that comes with our digital preshow ” says Darryl Schaffer executive vice president exhibitor relations Screenvision.
The 11th annual Sidewalk Moving Picture Festival sponsored by the Alabama Moving Image Association is being held September 25-27 in downtown Birmingham. The festival will feature over 150 films at six locations throughout the historic theatre district. According to Chloe Collins AMIA’s new executive director the festival draws over 13 000 filmmakers and film lovers over the course of the weekend.
The Society of Motion Picture and Television Engineers has launched a search for an executive director. SMPTE has appointed a search committee to identify potential candidates for the position. It expects to complete its search by the end of the year. Former SMPTE executive director Kimberly Maki concluded a three-year term of service with the standards organization to take a senior executive position with Bright House Networks. “Kimberly has been an advocate worldwide for the advancement of the engineering profession on a strategic leadership level.
Technomedia has launched TMS Digital Cinema and has acquired privately held VRT Enterprises of Miami Florida a provider of digital cinema engineering services and product development to the emerging digital cinema market for years. Ray Callahan founder of VRT will take the position of senior vice president of digital cinema operations and technologies under Joni Snyder vice president and CFO of Technomedia Solutions.
Digital Jungle is now offering enhanced 2K telecine transfer services. Dave Walker the facility’s new chief engineer enhanced the capabilities of the Cineglyph telecine specifically for Digital Jungle. He is also the creator of the system which is used worldwide in motion picture post-production. Digital Jungle's 2K Cineglyph is capable of scanning 2K at 15 fps for short turnaround which is faster than the usual 2 to 4 frames per second of most other scanners. Any film perforation format such as 2 3 4 perf can be accommodated as well.
The iconic music event Woodstock was relived on television last month in time for the festival’s 40th anniversary when both the VH1 and History networks aired the premiere of Woodstock: Now and Then a new documentary from Academy Award winning director/producer Barbara Kopple. The documentary merges film footage from the original Woodstock movie with new HD interview footage recorded on the Sony cameras. Kopple chose the Sony HVR-Z7U and S270U HDV camcorders for their high-quality imaging and versatility especially in changing shooting conditions from natural light to low light.