Winner of the 2009 American Society of Cinematographers Presidents Award Isidore Mankofsky will be given the American Society of Cinematographers President Award when the association gathers for its 23rd Annual Outstanding Achievement Awards in Hollywood on February 15 2009 at the Hyatt Regency Century Plaza Hotel. Mankofsky spoke with us. Mankofsky began his career making documentaries and shooting newsfilm at a television station in Reno Nevada. He made over 100 educational films at Encyclopedia Britannica Educational Films before segueing into narrative filmmaking.
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The coming year promises in many ways to be a make or break year for digital 3D in movies. Current plans call for Hollywood to release 25 or more 3D titles in 2009. That amounts to a 3D release every other week although the studios being the studios it might be more appropriate to preview this as the Summer of Too Many 3D Movies All at Once. That discussion is for another day. Can all of these movies possibly succeed? Will 3D prove to be a fad yet again? In my mind before we can answer those two questions there are a long list of other questions that must be answered first.
The Problems of Defining When a Movie Can’t Play By Michael Karagosian Editor’s Note: We are pleased to welcome Michael Karagosian as a regular contributor to Digital Cinema Report. Michael is founder and president of MKPE Consulting LLC a Los Angeles-based consultancy in the entertainment industry. It’s fair to say that he is one of the most knowledgeable people in the world on the subject of digital cinema. In his first column he looks at the challenges of dealing with ever-changing specifications. The opinions Michael expresses here are his own.
New v3 MOE Lenses at Clairmont Camera The v3 MOE (Moving Optical Element) lenses add realism depth and shape to scenes or products and provide a vivid improvement over conventional film and telecast imagery. Unique to the industry they capture different points of view relative to the plane of focus causing the viewer to interpret depth in such a manner that it enhances the realism of the shot and make it more life-like. “In addition to the content the ‘look’ of a film is the core of any production ” says Chris Mayhew president Vision III Imaging.
Doremi Cinema has announced a licensing agreement with International Datacasting Corporation for the integration of real-time streaming software into its line of SuperFlex Pro Cinema products. The pact also enables Doremi to embed Sensio Live 3D decoding technology into Doremi digital cinema servers for CineLive 3D AccessIT's newest solution for theatre owners. Doremi's software is integral to CineLive 3D. It will allow theatres to play live 3D alternative content to multiple screens simultaneously. Today's solutions require hardware for each screen that is to receive a broadcast event.
Ballantyne of Omaha has reported financial results for the third quarter and nine months ended September 30th. Net third quarter revenues were $12.3 million a 2.4 percent decrease from net revenues of $12.6 million in Q3 2007 principally reflecting an expected decline in film-based products.
Support for independent storytelling has always been the driving force of Sundance Institute. This year the Institute is celebrating the 25th anniversary of the Sundance Film Festival by collecting anecdotes and memories from the people who know the most about what the Festival means. Only those who have been to the Sundance Film Festival can truly convey the true spirit of Sundance which is why the Institute is asking those who have been there to share their Sundance stories.
Xpand has reported that the animated 3D release Fly Me to the Moon from nWave Pictures has achieved unprecedented success on Xpand’s screens throughout Europe capturing an audience of approximately 73 000 during the film’s first five days of release. Sustaining the largest international market share of 3D screens spanning three continents Xpand predicts these numbers will grow substantially with Fly Me to the Moon’s current rating as the fourth most successful 3D film in 2008 based on audience numbers per screen. A delightful animated feature for the entire family the film embark
Q-tec Inc. one of Japan's leading video post-production service providers announced that it has completed the first domestic installation of 3D cinema system developed by digital 3D delivery company RealD. Q-tec plans to begin the full-scale operation this month. The number of digital 3D cinema screens in Japan was around 30 at the end of 2007 but there are currently more than 50 screens available as the United States film Journey to the Center of the Earth 3D was released in October. The number is projected to rise with the expectation of 3D films produced and released in Japan.
Chicago-based production equipment maker Zacuto has announced four new mounts including the Zephyr Zacuto's 15mm lightweight support plate; the ZRed an EVF Red One Mount; the Zandy a19mm to 15mm rod mount; and the Zgrip Zandy an articulating handgrip. Zephyr Replacing the Sony and Panasonic ENG style cameras’ V-Wedge plate the Zephyr allows a quick-release from the tripod plate.