Cinemarr Entertainment tapped the services of HD pioneer Randall Dark for Ripley’s Aquarium of the Smokies first high definition commercial.The 30 second spot a mixture of live action and animation was shot in 1080i with the Sony HDCam and Canon HD zoom lens and will be onlined and offlined at Cinemarr Entertainment in Sevierville Tennessee. TripAdvisor.com recently named Ripley’s Aquarium of the Smokies the number one aquarium in the United States. “Because of that ” says Cinemarr founder S. Shane Marr who also directed “there is nationwide focus on this aquarium.
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Doremi Digital Cinema has announced the availability of CineAsset software for digital cinema and presentation applications. CineAsset is media asset management software that converts common computer files such as QuickTime AVI JPEG and TIFF to JPEG2000 MFX wrapped files for playback on any digital cinema server including Doremi’s DCP-2000 and DCP-2K4.
XpanD Launches X101 Series of 3D Glasses Technology XpanD has announced the official roll out of its newest model of 3D glasses – the X101 Series – calling them the most sophisticated technology in today’s marketplace for viewing stereoscopic 3D digital cinema. XpanD supplied the new glasses to patrons of Europalaces Theaters in France attending the new Disney animated movie Bolt 3D. The Europalaces installations have also been equipped with 20 DCP-2000 digital cinema servers from Doremi Cinema.
By Michael Karagosian You have to admire Jeffrey Katzenberg’s dedication. He made a big bet on 3D and he continues to stand behind his commitment in creative ways. His recent dance with Intel PepsiCo and NBC broadcasting 3D advertisements to televisions around the US during the Super Bowl game (that’s US-style football if you’re outside the US) was history in the making. For those not familiar the annual Super Bowl game is the most watched television program in the US. Of course the headliner ad was a 3D trailer of Dreamworks’ Monsters vs Aliens the long-awaited 3D blockbuster s
The California Academy of Sciences Adopts Dolby’s 3D System The new California Academy of Sciences a combination aquarium planetarium natural history museum and scientific research institution located in San Francisco’s Golden Gate Park has installed Dolby’s 3D digital cinema system. Working with media and technology consultants Visual Acuity the Academy installed the system in its new Hearst Forum’s 3D theatre. The theatre is currently screening Bugs! an educational 3D movie that complements the Academy’s rainforest exhibit.
JVC Unveils Two Professional Cameras that Record Native Final Cut Pro Files JVC has unveiled two cameras – the GY-HM700 and the GY-HM100 – both of which record directly to inexpensive SDHC memory cards in the QuickTime (.mov) format for Final Cut Pro. The compact shoulder GY-HM700 can also record to SxS media compatible with Sony's XDCam EX format. The GY-HM100 is the industry's first professional hand-held model to record files directly to solid-state media in the native format of Apple's Final Cut Pro editing system.
Arts Alliance Media has announced that it has reached an exclusive agreement with the Amsterdam Booking Company a buying group representing Dutch independent cinemas to supply and integrate digital cinema in 68 screens within 20 cinemas across The Netherlands. The deal also covers the installation of a professional satellite network for the transmission of live events and encrypted content. Disney’s Bolt in 3D was to be the first digital release. The ABC rollout started immediately in order to equip screens for the February 11th Dutch release of Disney’s 3D film Bolt.
Post house Deluxe Digital London has chosen the Atempo Time Navigator to move manage and protect large digital movie post-production files across its tiered disk and tape-based storage infrastructure. Deluxe Digital London whose work includes hit movies such as Quantum of Solace Atonement Happy Feet and Beowulf was looking for an easier way to automatically identify large individual movie files and move them to the most appropriate storage media for either backup archive or production purposes.
For the fourth straight year Barco served as the exclusive digital cinema projector supplier for the 59th edition of the Berlin International Film Festival. The Berlinale is traditionally the first big film festival of the year and brings together the largest audience for a film festival in the world. Every year up to 400 films are shown and over 200 000 tickets are sold. For this prestigious film festival Barco provides no less than six digital cinema projectors from its DP series platform.
Cinedigm Digital Cinema has announced that more than ten million shows have played on Cinedigm digitally equipped cinema screens in 40 states across the country. Almost 3 800 theatre screens now exhibit movies and other enhanced content on a daily basis via Cinedigm’s digital cinema systems according to the company. “Digital cinema means a superior theatre experience for consumers and Cinedigm is the clear leader in bringing this technology to theatres across the country.
Litepanels has introduced the 1x1 Bi-Color LED light. According to the company the new Litepanels 1x1 Bi-Color enables never-before possible utility by providing a single fixture capable of generating a color temperature of either 3200°K or 5600°K or an infinite range of color temperatures in between. The Bi-Color name comes from its design which incorporates both 3200°K and 5600°K LEDs.
Leading digital cinema company Offhollywood announced today that it has officially launched Offhollywood South in Baton Rouge Louisiana. The company will offer advanced end-to-end motion picture production and post-production services backed by expertise in the latest digital technology offerings. Offhollywood also plans to introduce services in London later on in 2009. Louisiana has a history of artistic creativity and offers a 25 percent tax credit on in-state motion picture production expenditures exceeding $300 000.
The second annual Phuket Film Festival is set for June 4-11 with a line-up of international films and activities that organizers expect to cause an up-tick in tourism numbers arriving on the island in June. Late last year Tourism Council of Thailand president Kongkrit Hiranyakit was quoted as saying The tourism industry is being affected by many negative issues.
The British cinema chain Cineworld Group has chosen Doremi Cinema to supply equipment for the expansion of its Digital Cinema rollout which will double the number of digital screens in its chain the majority of which will be 3D enabled. Doremi is supplying its DCP-2000 digital cinema servers that include 3D playback. These will support the RealD 3D viewing technology to be used in Cineworld cinemas. Doremi recently announced that the Real D 3D EQ ghost busting technology that significantly enhances the 3D viewing experience will be available in Doremi servers early this year.
Rumblefish has announced that it is handling post-production for Vivaldi the Red Priest a Liana Marabini film. Rumblefish managing director Massimo Germoglio edited the film which presents a rich new portrait of the famous and prolific Baroque composer from Venice. Vivaldi was a true star of the Baroque era and the details that Marabini brings to life in her new film illustrate his genius and charisma and his suffering says Germoglio.
The New York based professional equipment company Technological Cinevideo Services has taken delivery of the new Sony F35 camera. The camera is already hard at work. “We chose the F35 because it allows cinematographers to use all the 35mm glass they have grown to know and love ” says Erik Schietinger of TCS. “Sony provides a well thought out product and a proven workflow in HDCAM SR that our customers can rely on.
National Geographic has announced that U2 3D has received a nomination for Outstanding Visual Effects in a Special Venue Project from the Visual Effects Society of America's 7th Annual VES Awards. In 2008 National Geographic received the award in this same category for its production Sea Monsters: A Prehistoric Adventure. U2 3D which was produced by 3ality Digital and distributed by National Geographic Entertainment premiered in January 2008 as the first-ever live-action digital 3D film.
Cineplex Entertainment is adding 22 new digital projection systems enhanced with Real D 3D technology to 22 theatres located in 21 cities across Canada over the next few weeks. The first 3D movie to premiere using the new digital system will be Walt Disney Studios’ Jonas Brothers: The 3D Concert Experience As of February 27th Regina and Sault Ste. Marie residents will be able to experience the best in digital cinema including 3D movies with the installation of a digital projection system located at Galaxy Cinemas.
Winner of the American Society of Cinematographers Board of Governors Award Award-winning writer-producer-director Christopher Nolan whose most recent film was The Dark Knight will receive the American Society of Cinematographers Board of Governors Award which is presented annually to an individual who has made significant contributions to advancing the art of filmmaking. Nolan will be feted during the 23rd Annual ASC Outstanding Achievement Awards celebration on February 15 at the Century Plaza Hotel in Los Angeles.
Will Arnot (Milk) Stephen Campanelli (The Changeling) Robert Gorelick (The Dark Knight) Kim Marks (The Curious Case of Benjamin Button) and Martin Schaer (Eagle Eye) are the finalists in the feature film category of the Annual Society of Camera Operators Lifetime Achievement Awards Camera Operator of the Year competition. The recipient will be named during the awards celebration at the Leonard Goldenson Theater of the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences on February 21st.