Iridas has announced what it says is the industry’s first stereoscopic native workflow optimized for the Arri Alexa. The company says the enables users to instantly review Alexa stereo footage in the field and experience real-time geometry alignment and color match in a true stereoscopic timeline. It’s no surprise that the demand for 3D content from Hollywood blockbuster movies to immersive television documentaries is becoming a major driving force in our industry today.
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Digital 3D cinema recently had its Mongolian debut at the Tengis Cinema in Ulan Bator. The audience enjoyed Shrek Forever After thanks to a DCP 30 LX digital cinema projector and an XPand 3D shutter glasses system installed by Kinoton Korea Inc. Tengis Cinema run by Ulaanbaatar Cinema had already been very popular with local moviegoers. The theatre features a varied program with Korean and Mongolian movies as well as Hollywood blockbusters. The 3D shows at the Tengis Cinema have been a resounding success.
NCM Fathom the entertainment division of National CineMedia has announced an agreement with U.S. Figure Skating to present the cinematic feature Rise as part of a special in-theatre event in February. This historic evening will celebrate American figure skating while commemorating the 50th anniversary of the February 15 1961 plane crash in which all of the members of the United States World Figure Skating team perished. Broadcast live to more than 500 movie theatres and performing arts centers throughout the U.S.
OConnor has introduced the 2065 Fluid Head designed to handle popular digital cameras like the Red One Sony F-35 and Arri Alexa. The new head features OConnor's stepless ultra-smooth pan and tilt fluid drag – specifically designed to deliver the ultimate control and stability necessary for film-style shooting. OConnor's patented sinusoidal counterbalance system provides true accurate balance at any point in the tilt range. Replacing the 2060HD the new 2065 shares the ergonomic design of OConnor’s higher-payload fluid heads like the popular 2575D and 120EX models.
Aerial director of photography John Trapman chose the new Eclipse helicopter camera mount for Treasure Buddies part of the Air Bud series which takes the pack to the ruins of ancient Egypt. He shot the plates in San Diego California. To capture the key series of background plates for the film Trapman not only operated the Eclipse system he also set the exposure and the look of the camera. He chose the Pictorvision Eclipse because he felt its patented XR Motion Management technology enables the most advanced steering stability and pointing capabilities available.
The Cultural Affairs Committee of the Studio City Neighborhood Council and the Museum of the San Fernando Valley will salute legendary movie studio Republic Pictures on its 75th anniversary September 25th at the former Republic lot in Studio City California. Stars such as Adrian Booth Anne Jeffreys Ann Rutherford and Peggy Stewart are slated to attend. Festivities include screenings of Republic films serials and trailers live performances of swing and western music entertainment by gun spinners rope twirlers trick horses and cowboy poets and a diverse collection of memorabilia.
Screenvision and K•Swiss have entered into an exclusive partnership to bring the California Sports brand’s Have an Awesome Day campaign to moviegoers across the country. Marking the company’s first foray into cinema advertising the partnership features a 30-second spot airing in the Screenvision pre show. The initial campaign ran in theatres last month and included an exclusive screening at the Muvico theatre located in Thousand Oaks California.
Sklavis Film Lab in Athens Greece has installed a refurbished Rascal Digital and Pandora Pogle Film Scanning Suite for both new and archive productions. Sklavis’s requirements were for a high quality high speed HD and 2K-film scanner with extensive color correction as well as audio capabilities. The company chose Cintel’s Rascal Digital ‘data-cine’ film scanner fitted with 16mm and 35mm film gates SD and HD video outputs 2K HSDL Data outputs and coupled this with a Pandora controller and color correction solution as well additional Sound Follower and Keycode tracking equipment.
UltraStar Cinemas which claims to be the first and largest theatre chain in the nation to be 100 percent equipped with digital cinema capabilities has claimed another industry milestone by setting up digital menu boards on concession counters and box offices. Corn Digital supplied the technology. “Our new digital menu board system presents well-designed content featuring motions that really attract moviegoers’ eye balls ” says Kevin Stengle UltraStar Cinemas.
Wolff Cinema Groep a Dutch company operating on a cross-national scale has decided to equip four theatres with 4K systems from Sony Digital Cinema. In the framework of the digital deployment Mustsee Euroborg in Groningen was equipped with two Sony SRX-R320 projectors and LMT-300 media blocks the sites Cinema de Graaf in Huizen close to Amsterdam and CineStar Enschede close to the German border each received another unit.