The decision by Warner Bros. not to release Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince this November but rather release it next July created something of a mini-storm in the mainstream consumer media. But does it mean anything significant to exhibitors? First a full disclosure: I am an avid Harry Potter fan and am personally upset that my Thanksgiving holiday will not include the latest movie installment. Truthfully though there will be football games and leftovers. I’ll survive.
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New and emerging entertainment technologies of practical use to content creation management distribution and display professionals will be the focus of SMPTE 2008: Annual Tech Conference and Expo. The Society of Motion Picture and Television Engineers says early bird registration is now open for the international event.
Cine-tal Systems has acquired Rising Sun Research’s CineSpace color management technology and product line. By combining our display management software and display hardware products with the proven cineSpace color management software we are providing a comprehensive solution for color management and display management says Cine-tal Systems CEO Rob Carroll and we are committed to providing our customers with the very best technology for collaborating processing and displaying visual media. CineSpace is widely used for film and television production.
Those involved in both the creative and business aspects of 3D can look forward to two important events taking place this September and December. 3D Biz-Ex September 29-October 1 2008 Running September 29-October 1 2008 3D Biz-Ex is a big tent event that brings together developers providers and customers in all 3D market and application segments.
Barco was selected by XDC to be the exclusive projector supplier for last month’s 61st Locarno Film Festival. The highlights of the festival were the open-air screenings at Piazza Grande. Every August around 190 000 cinema-goers over 1 000 journalists and 3 200 professionals gather in the small Swiss-Italian town of Locarno for an eleven day film festival. The Locarno Film Festival presents 100 digital screenings in five different venues including the famous Piazza Grande.
Digital Vision has announced that all its software systems will now support footage captured with Red One cameras. With the release of Red’s SDK users of Digital Vision’s Film Master will be able to grade native Redcode RAW files improving the workflows of feature film broadcast programs and commercials shot on the Red One camera. Simon Cuff president and COO Digital Vision says “Digital Vision has always been committed to embracing the latest advances and with this announcement we’re again putting our customers ahead of the creative curve.
Recipients of the 2008 Eastman Scholarship and Kodak Faculty Scholars Programs were announced last month during the 62nd Annual University Film and Video Association Conference at Colorado College. The Gold Award for Excellence in the Craft of Filmmaking was presented to Marc D'Agostino from Temple University for his film Adam and Evan. D'Agostino received $5 000 plus an Eastman Product Grant valued at $5 000. The Silver Award went to Regent University's Mitchell Lusas for Order.
Realabilities: The First Annual NY Disabilities Film Festival debuts this fall simultaneously in 14 locations throughout the New York metropolitan area. From September 21-23 Realabilities will showcase feature documentary and short films by and about the lives of people with disabilities. Premiering the week before National Disability Awareness Month Realabilities aims to promote awareness and appreciation of the lives stories and artistic expressions of people with different disabilities.
The Big Sky Documentary Film Festival the premier venue for non-fiction film in the American West is seeking submissions for its sixth annual event to be held February 13-22. Final deadline for submissions is October 20. The festival will screen 100 films including world and U.S. premieres classics rare and experimental works on Montana's largest screen at the historic Wilma Theater in downtown Missoula Montana. In addition to 10 days of screenings the event will feature many public and VIP events including panel discussions galas receptions and networking round tables.
Digital Domain says it will integrate the Tactic digital asset management system from Southpaw Technology into its digital production workflow. The company plans to use it on upcoming feature film commercial and game projects. “Tactic promises to provide us with a solid infrastructure for managing the complex flow of digital assets through our pipeline ” says Phil Peterson Digital Domain’s senior technology officer.