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The Legend Lives

Wed, 11/19/2008 - 19:00 -- Nick Dager

The Who: Live at Kilburn:1977 Plays at Theatres Across the U.S. Last month the legendary rock concert movie The Who: Live At Kilburn: 1977 played in more than 75 select theatres across the U.S. including New York Chicago Las Vegas and Houston among others. Lead-singer and co-founder Roger Daltrey of The Who appeared at the Los Angeles theatrical premiere on November 10th and participated in a question and answer session with Spitfire Pictures’ Nigel Sinclair at the much-anticipated event. The concert was presented by D&E Entertainment.

Promoting 3D

Wed, 11/19/2008 - 19:00 -- Nick Dager

As I’ve written here many times I‘m a strong believer in the idea that digital stereoscopic 3D is going to have a profound and positive impact on motion picture production and exhibition. But even I concede that the major reason that some recent 3D movies have flourished has a lot to do with the novelty factor. How else to explain the fact that both Meet the Robinsons and Journey to the Center of the Earth were box office bonanzas?

The Logline

Wed, 11/19/2008 - 19:00 -- Nick Dager

An Ongoing Series of Articles on Screenwriting by an Award-Winning Filmmaker By Donald Vasicek The logline must show what your movie is about. You have about a minimum of five or six words and a maximum of three five to six word sentences to show it in the logline. The shorter the better. If you are serious about writing selling and getting your screenplays produced then you must think in terms of writing lean and mean. Lean and mean is the same thing as the shorter the better. This attitude will help you write to industry standards and help you hone your craft as a screenwriter.

Not a Bad Start

Wed, 11/19/2008 - 19:00 -- Nick Dager

Ascent 142’s First DI Project is Quantum of Solace Quantum of Solace the latest James Bond movie which was released in U.S. theaters last month was the first digital intermediates project for London-based Ascent 142. Stephen Nakamura vice president of features for Company 3 an Ascent Media business graded the film at Ascent 142 on a da Vinci Resolve R-350. Ascent 142 is the result of the merger between Ascent Media's One Post St. Anne's Post Stream and Wardour Street's Media Management services facilities.

Think Small

Wed, 11/19/2008 - 19:00 -- Nick Dager

QSC Introduces Two New Cinema Loudspeaker Systems Built expressly to meet the needs of professional motion picture playback in smaller theatres QSC’s new SC-2150 loudspeaker is one of two new members of the DCS (Digital Cinema Speaker) series. Offering high-power handling excellent sensitivity and extended bass response in a very compact enclosure the SC-2150 is a three-way full-range or bi-amplified screen channel loudspeaker comprised of two main units: A mid-high frequency system and a low frequency enclosure.

Shooting Sandhogs

Wed, 11/19/2008 - 19:00 -- Nick Dager

New Documentary Chronicles the Largest Public Works project in the Western Hemisphere Manhattan-based filmmaker Eddie Rosenstein a founder of Eyepop Productions is the creator director and co-director of photography of The Greatest Tunnel Ever Built profiling New York City’s legendary urban tunnel workers known as Sandhogs. Currently the Sandhogs are building the city’s third water tunnel scheduled to go online in 2013 to help alleviate New York City’s serious long-term water problem.

A Conversation with Don McAlpine

Wed, 11/19/2008 - 19:00 -- Nick Dager

Winner of the American Society of Cinematographers International Achievement Award Donald McAlpine will receive the 2009 American Society of Cinematographers International Achievement Award. The tribute is presented annually to a cinematographer who has made significant and enduring contributions to the global art of filmmaking. He will be feted during the 23rd Annual ASC Outstanding Achievement Awards in Los Angeles on February 15 at the Century Plaza Hotel.

Making a Splash

Wed, 11/19/2008 - 19:00 -- Nick Dager

Sea Monsters: A Prehistoric Adventure Hits $30 Million at Breakneck Speed Sea Monsters: A Prehistoric Adventure has become one of the fastest giant-screen films to hit the $30 million mark since its release on October 5 2007 and is one of the highest grossing original giant-screen films of 2008. The announcement was made by Mark Katz president Giant Screen Film and Distribution for National Geographic Cinema Ventures. “We’re thrilled with the enthusiastic response Sea Monsters: A Prehistoric Adventure has received from audiences around the world ” says Katz.

Saving Every Minute

Wed, 11/19/2008 - 19:00 -- Nick Dager

Sony Unveils High-Def Camera and Recording System for Professional Video Applications 
 In an effort to help filmmakers save money per recording minute Sony plans to make available in February a new full high-definition compact point-of-view camera and solid-state recorder combination the HXR-MC1. Its video compression will afford its users longer recording time per GB as well as a low cost of media per minute.


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