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ESTA and PERA Announce Merger Agreement

Tue, 05/12/2009 - 20:00 -- Nick Dager

The Entertainment Services and Technology Association and the Production Equipment Rental Association have announced an agreement to merge subject to final ratification. Under the agreement PERA will become the PERA Council within ESTA retaining its focus on the production of film television and commercials. The Council’s mission is to focus on development and implementation of programs and services for production rental businesses.

Éclair Installs Three MaxT Sledgehammer Systems for Film Restoration

Tue, 05/12/2009 - 20:00 -- Nick Dager

French digital post-production company Eclair Laboratoire has purchased and installed three MaxT Sledgehammer HD!O network attached storage systems at the heart of its film restoration facility.   
  Installed in early April the three Sledgehammer systems have been dedicated to the restoration of many films from the Gaumont Film Company’s historical film archive including 35mm classics Un Taxi pour Tobrouk Les Yeux Sans Visage and Les Tontons Flingueurs.  Founded in 1895 Paris-based Gaumont Film Company has amassed one of the world’s most impressive film archives and Éclair expects

NEHST Studios Acquires Pale Horsemen

Tue, 05/12/2009 - 20:00 -- Nick Dager

NEHST Studios a film production financing and distribution company helmed by Larry Meistrich has acquired Sandrunner Entertainment’s feature film The Pale Horsemen. The film is based on an upcoming Darkstorm Studios graphic novel of the same name.   

 Written and created by Underworld creator Kevin Grevioux The Pale Horsemen graphic novel is the story of a gang of mysterious hit men forced together to uncover who killed their assassin mentor. Grevioux will also write the screenplay and make his directorial debut with this supernatural crime thriller.

Offhollywood Installs Clipster Red Systems in New York Baton Rouge Facilities

Tue, 05/12/2009 - 20:00 -- Nick Dager

New York post house Offhollywood has purchased the DVS Clipster with Red workflow DCI mastering acceleration hardware which allows for a real-time Red 4K workflow. Offhollywood says it is the first facility on the East Coast to have the capability. A second Clipster system will be installed in the Offhollywood South/Digital FX facility in Baton Rouge Louisiana. The Clipster upgrade provides full-quality decoding and debayering of 4K Redcode material in real time.

Quantum Digital to Offer Digital Cinema and Satellite Tutorial in the UK in July

Tue, 05/12/2009 - 20:00 -- Nick Dager

UK satellite company Quantum Digital will broadcast live via satellite a special presentation in July from London featuring key industry professionals designed for cinema owners and distributors to understand how satellite technology is becoming increasingly adopted and how best to utilize it. The broadcast will be available to satellite-equipped UK cinemas free-to-air as an industry awareness initiative. Anyone who is on-screen with a movie during the broadcast can watch via a TV. A special DVD of the presentation will also be made available including an Information Pack.

Regal Expands Remodels Charlottesville Theatre

Tue, 05/12/2009 - 20:00 -- Nick Dager

Regal Entertainment Group has announced expansion and remodeling plans for Regal Seminole Square in Charlottesville Virginia. The new facility will be named Regal Seminole Trail Stadium 9 reflecting the addition of stadium seating in all auditoriums new high-back recliner seats new lobby new entrance new rest rooms and the expansion of five additional screens. Seminole Trail Stadium 9 will offer all of the latest state-of-the-art cinema amenities.

Reliance Globalcom Adlabs Films Delivering Indian Movies to U.S.

Tue, 05/12/2009 - 20:00 -- Nick Dager

Reliance Globalcom has announced that Adlabs Films is using its global network to deliver Indian movies to U.S. audiences. Adlabs India’s largest entertainment conglomerate is leveraging Reliance Globalcom’s network to transfer digitized movies to screens in the U.S. “Reliance Globalcom’s global network acts as an international digital artery that allows Adlabs to offer content and media services globally ” says Anil Arjun CEO Adlabs Films.

Vilmos Zsigmond Named Kodak Cinematographer in Residence at UCLA

Tue, 05/12/2009 - 20:00 -- Nick Dager

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.

Lucky Hat and IndiePix Announce Production Agreement

Tue, 05/12/2009 - 20:00 -- Nick Dager

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.

Big and Digital Offset Films to Distribute Red Crabs Documentary

Mon, 05/11/2009 - 20:00 -- Nick Dager

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.

The Top Products of NAB 2009

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

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.

Writing Page One of Your Screenplay

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

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

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

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.

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.


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