Johannesburg South Africa-based Jock Animation selected a Sledgehammer network attached storage system to support their work on a full-length animated feature film currently in production. While Jock Animation first began work on the animated feature using a makeshift NAS it quickly became apparent that the storage device was not up to the challenge of this demanding project because rendering jobs took an inordinate amount of time and brought network traffic between the NAS and render farm to a crawl.
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Digital Projection International has expanded operations in China by opening a new office in the southern city of Guangzhou. Under the direction of Bruce Xiong manager of DP China Digital Projection now has widespread distribution throughout China by way of three regional offices: Beijing in the north Shanghai in the central region and Guangzhou in the south. The Guangzhou office headed by Leo Lee is the third DP office to open this year and plans for further expansion are well in place for the second half of 2008.
XDC has signed non-exclusive agreements with Sony Pictures and Universal and is now the first deploying entity to sign with six major U.S. distributors for the deployment of up to 8 000 DCI-compliant digital cinema installations across Europe. Sony Pictures Releasing International and Universal City Studios will support XDC acting as a deploying entity to roll out DCI-compliant digital cinema systems for theatrical presentations in several countries in Europe.
Business Making the Grade Barco Launches Global Digital Cinema Installation Certification Program Barco has launched its global digital cinema installation certification program. For the Americas a dedicated training facility has been specifically designed for the program in Rancho Cordova California. EMEA training sessions will be performed in Belgium and APAC trainings will be run in each territory where they will be adapted to each market’s specific language needs.
Louisiana Production Company Uses High-Tech Lab for Science Fiction Shoot Bullet Films based in Lafayette Louisiana shot scenes for its science fiction film Judgement Day at the Louisiana Immersive Technologies Enterprise (LITE) facility. The movie scheduled for release in November spent a week at the high-performance computing and visualization facility in part to take advantage of the computing power LITE offers.
David Doerksen and Waterfront Pictures have started shooting Deep Cove which the filmmakers have described as a sexy teen thriller. Michael Storey is directing the movie. We’ll have that story in our next Report.
June 1 2008 - Regal Entertainment Group and RealD 3D have announced a partnership to convert some 1 500 screens to 3D. The deal when completed the key phrase here would bring the total number of 3D screens in the US to well over 3 000. But the deal will not take effect until the major studios and the Digital Cinema Implementation Partners come to terms. So the question is what does this all mean? The answer lies in the fact that the studios either by happenstance or by design are taking a very passive-aggressive approach in their negotiations with DCIP.
No Digital Deal in the States but Significant Activity in Europe While the Hollywood studios continue to differ over how to move forward with DCIP in the United States four of them have combined for a major European deal. XDC has signed non-exclusive long-term agreements with four major distributors – Warners Paramount Disney and Twentieth Century Fox – to deploy 8 000 upcoming DCI-compliant digital cinema installations across Europe. Similar agreements with Universal Pictures and Sony Pictures are reportedly in a very advanced stage and are expected to close shortly.
Russia’s Cinema Park gets World’s First Complete Digital B-Chain Audio Network The Harman Pro Cinema Group and Italian systems integrator Cinemeccanica have designed and installed the world’s first complete multiplex Digital B-Chain cinema audio network for Russian cinema exhibitor Cinema Park at Cinema Park’s new 10 screen multiplex in Novosibirsk Russia. The project is the first all Digital B-Chain installation with the entire multiplex utilizing DBC Systems in all 10 auditoriums.
A Conversation with Producer/Director James Chressanthis No Subtitles Necessary: Laszlo and Vilmos premiered as an official selection of Cannes Classics at the 61st Annual Cannes International Film Festival last month. The documentary tracks a 50-year journey with Laszlo Kovacs and Vilmos Zsigmond beginning with their arrival in the United States as political refugees from Hungary in February 1957. Person A with B and C at shoot for Great Movie There is poetic justice in this film premiering at Cannes says producer/director James Chressanthis.
Stereoscope Opens to meet Growing Demand for 3D Production Post-Production Responding to Hollywood's growing demand for 3D production and post-production Stereoscope has opened its doors to serve the creative community. Equipped with the new version of Quantel's Pablo 4K color grading system which can handle real-time stereoscopic post-production the studio has been designed from the ground up to provide a full range of stereo3D digital content services from development through distribution.
Reach for Me the first feature-length motion picture to be shot and produced entirely in 4K was screened last month at Landmark Theatre's flagship theatre The Landmark in Los Angeles' Westside Pavilion. Directed by Levar Burton and produced by AMediaVision Productions the movie was captured using Dalsa's Origin 4K cinematography camera with 4K image processing and digital intermediate managed by Post Logic. It was screened at The Landmark on Sony's 4K Sony's SRX-R220 digital cinema projection system.
A new report available now offers insights into the ways in which the Internet is changing the marketing and delivering of television and film content in Europe. This companion volume to Andrew Sparrows Music Distribution and the Internet: A Legal Guide for the Music Business focuses on the practical application of UK and EU law as it applies to the distribution of television and film through the Internet.
Band Pro Film & Digital has opened Band Pro East a new branch office dedicated to servicing the needs of production industry professionals in the Northeast Southeast and eastern states. Located at 645 W. 27th Street Band Pro East is headquartered in the heart of New York’s Chelsea district. The new location will include a spacious showroom.
Los Angeles-based Technicolor Creative Services has purchased four Digital Vision DVNR 2K image processing systems for use in high-definition DVD compression and authoring work. The systems equipped with AGR4 ME and ALS options enable Technicolor to manage film grain and video noise and correct for the artifacts that often occurs when encoding images for high-resolution formats such as Blu-Ray. The new systems are installed in Technicolor’s Burbank DVD facility.
Beaufort International Group has announced that it has acquired the business and assets of DTS Digital Cinema from DTS Inc. for an undisclosed sum. Beaufort made the acquisition through its US subsidiary Beaufort California. Chris Thomas Beaufort California’s CEO says “We are very pleased to have made this acquisition. DTS is an established brand in the cinema industry and provides a solid foundation for us to develop our plans in digital cinema.
Lionsgate has signed an agreement to provide its movies in the digital cinema equipped theatres in AccessIT’s Phase 1 digital cinema program. Under the terms of the deal Lionsgate will pay virtual print fees under a long-term agreement similar to those signed by all the other major studios. Lionsgate is already a long-time customer of AccessIT’s Software Division employing its industry-leading Theatrical Distribution System (TDS) which enables theatre bookings for screens in the U.S. and Canada. AccessIT and Lionsgate have begun negotiations on a Phase 2 agreement.
The National Association of Theatre Owners (NATO) has issued a revised Digital Cinema System Requirements document (version 2.0). The requirements are a product of a group of committed NATO member company volunteers working in conjunction with NATO's digital cinema consultant Michael Karagosian.
The 2008 National Association of Broadcasters convention was held in Las Vegas last month and hosted more than 100 000 attendees who saw an overwhelming assortment of technology. Here are the six products that we found the most interesting and noteworthy. Sony F35 Camera For quite some time now the Hollywood motion picture production community has been calling for a consistent 4K workflow from acquisition through post-production and exhibition. Cameras are a key part of that equation and Sony addressed the issue at this show.