Dutch Independent Cinemas Team with Christie to Prepare for Summer 3D Releases To prepare for the summer release of such 3D movies as Disney-Pixar's Toy Story 3D in an exclusive agreement between Christie Digital Systems the Amsterdam Booking Company a buying group representing Dutch independent cinemas and Arts Alliance Media Christie digital cinema projectors will be deployed 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.
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Digital Jungle Enhances Unique Visuals For Berlin Film Festival Winner My Suicide a controversial new film and winner of the 2009 Berlin Film Festival's Crystal Bear Award stands out for its unusual technique of combining many varying film/video formats to provide a chaotic but lifelike feel as the main character self-documents his morbid journey to suicide. Hollywood post house Digital Jungle took on the demanding project incorporating film and multiple HD and SD video formats through the digital intermediates process.
Two Big Topics will be 3D and 4K but a Bigger Topic will be 401Ks Stated or unstated the number one topic at this year’s National Association of Broadcasters convention will be the weakened global economy. No company is completely unaffected and while 3D and 4K workflow will be hot topics and there will be the usual technology and business announcements the impact of limited available resources of both money and manpower will color everything. One example of the effects of the economy is that Red will not be at the show after several years as one of the top attractions.
By Donald L. Vasicek When you watch a movie what do you usually see in the first minute? A bunch of people jumping around? Or perhaps running? Or a headstone in a cemetery? A slinky woman’s naked cadaver silhouetted against a light? What about the one that skims you over a body of water with the skyline of a city ahead? Whatever you see has meaning at least in screenplays that get produced.
An Independent Filmmaker Prepares to Shoot an Extreme Snowboarding Feature in 3D By Jason Rejman Editor’s Note: In preparation to make a feature length movie about the new winter sport Extreme Carving independent filmmaker Jason Rejman did extensive 3D tests using the Red One camera to learn 3D shooting technologies and techniques. He also made the seven-minute movie Carved in an effort to raise funding for the longer project. He shares his experience here in his own words. I was born in Prague during the era of Communism. My parents emigrated to Germany when I was nine years old.
The 2009 NAB convention runs from April 18-23 and in our next Report we’ll conclude our preview of what to expect at the show.
Kino Teatras Saulė is the Country’s First Theatre with Digital 3D The Kino Teatras Saulė theatre in Šiauliai has become the first cinema in Lithuania to install a digital 3D system. Its first 3D presentation was Disney’s Bolt which screened in late February. The technology includes a Dolby 3D system that was installed along with a Kinoton DCP 70 L digital cinema projector by Muzikos Ekspresas Ltd. The theatre seats 722 and has a 25-by-10 meter screen – the biggest screen in Lithuania.
GDC Technology has announced that it has added Closed Captioning capabilities to its SA-2100 family of digital cinema servers. This will benefit cinema patrons who are hearing impaired as they can now read the captions individually (using specially designed equipment available on individual seats) while watching the movie at the same time. Unlike open captioning where text is permanently visible which can be intrusive to the viewing audience closed captioning allows individual caption reading. This means others seated alongside do not watch or even see the captions.
The conversion to digital cinema by theatre operators throughout the United States continues and is gaining momentum as the 2009 schedule of 3D movies are released. Sonic Equipment Company an authorized Christie cinema reseller is equipping dozens of independent theatres across the U.S. Midwest with Christie DLP Cinema projectors with Brilliant3D technology. “Christie offers us the best choices in technology performance and reliability for our customers while also keeping prices affordable.
Vue Entertainment has announced that it will add 200 RealD 3D screens to its circuit. The rollout of 3D-enabled screens has already begun with an installation at Vue's flagship location in Leicester Square. Additional RealD systems are ready for installation immediately as new screens are added monthly at Vue cinemas. Vue prides itself on providing the most compelling cinema experience available and RealD 3D will give our audience a new and exciting way to experience movies says Tim Richards CEO of Vue Entertainment.