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Volfoni's 3D Elliptical Polarization Gets US Patent

Wed, 11/28/2018 - 08:53 -- Nick Dager

Volfoni has been granted patent number 10,151,932 in the U.S. territory for its three dimensional elliptical polarization. Previous third-party cinema systems for 3D have required the use of passive 3D glasses based on either circular or linear polarization. Volfoni’s innovation instead uses passive 3D glasses based on elliptical polarization. According to the company, this not only improves the overall light efficiency and performance, but also avoids a host of other third-party choices, which specifically mandate the use of circular polarization.

Cinematic Media Opens in Mexico City

Tue, 11/27/2018 - 14:02 -- Nick Dager

Cinematic Media, a full-service post-production finishing facility focused exclusively on television and cinema content, has launched in Mexico City. Located on the lot at Estudios GGM, the new facility offers dailies, look development, editorial finishing, color grading and other services, and aims to capitalize on booming entertainment media production in Mexico and throughout Central and South America. In its first project, Cinematic Media provided finishing services for the second season of the Netflix series Ingobernable.

Technicolor, Prasad Partner on Scanning and Restoration

Tue, 11/27/2018 - 11:23 -- Nick Dager

Technicolor PostWorks New York and Prasad Corporation have formed a strategic partnership to provide full-service film scanning and digital restoration services in 8mm, Super8, 16mm, 35mm, 65mm, 2K, and 4K for archival preservation purposes for classic independent films readying for re-release.

Influx Worldwide Supporting African Exhibitors

Tue, 11/27/2018 - 11:17 -- Nick Dager

Cinema technology specialist Influx Worldwide has announced a program to make the cinema experience on the African continent more accessible, convenient and enjoyable. The program, It's Showtime for Africa, will give qualifying cinemas full access to Influx's suite of cinema guest experience technologies including ticketing websites, mobile applications, kiosks, food and beverage ordering systems and more with no financial commitment.

Venom Sound Mix Completed at Sony

Mon, 11/19/2018 - 10:14 -- Nick Dager

Box office hit, Venom, from Columbia Pictures, was among the first films to have its sound work completed through Sony Pictures Post Production Services’ expanded facilities on the studio lot in Culver City. Supervising sound editor/re-recording mixer/sound designer Will Files and his crew used a new theater-style sound design suite to create sound effects for the film, which stars Academy Award nominated actor Tom Hardy as both the alien symbiote Venom and its human host, Eddie Brock

Sound Lounge Expands Film and Television Division; Adds Evan Benjamin to Team

Mon, 11/19/2018 - 10:05 -- Nick Dager

Sound Lounge is expanding its film and television division, which provides sound editorial, ADR and mixing services for episodic television, features and documentaries. The studio is upgrading the division’s main mix stage to support editing and mixing in the immersive Dolby Atmos format. It has also added veteran supervising sound editor, designer and re-recording mixer Evan Benjamin to its team. Benjamin is best known for his work in documentaries, including the acclaimed feature documentary, RBG, about Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, as well as documentary series for Netflix, Paramount Network, HBO, and PBS.

Emerging Cinema Markets Set to Begin November 20

Fri, 11/16/2018 - 10:01 -- Nick Dager

Presented by DCS Events in association with The Big Picture and SISAY, the Turkish Exhibitors Association, the Emerging Cinema Markets 2018 conference is set to begin November 20 in Istanbul. The three-day conference will focus on the Turkish, Middle East, Central Asia, Balkans and the African markets and includes key speakers and presenters who will outline the current issues facing emerging markets.

Éclair Cinema SAS Placed in Receivership

Fri, 11/16/2018 - 09:59 -- Nick Dager

Ymagis Group has asked the Commercial Court of Nanterre to place one of the French subsidiaries of its Éclair business unit, Éclair Cinema SAS, in receivership given the performance of its activities in post-production and the restoration of cinematographic and audio-visual works. Éclair Cinema represented 5.5 percent of Ymagis Group’s revenue for the first half of 2018 and almost all losses recorded over this same period. In 2017, the subsidiary generated revenue totaling €12.4 million.

Cynthia López to Replace Terry Lawler as NYWIFT Executive Director

Thu, 11/15/2018 - 10:08 -- Nick Dager

New York Women in Film & Television has named Cynthia López, an Emmy, Peabody and duPont-Columbia Award-winning media strategist, and former commissioner of the New York City Mayor’s Office of Media and Entertainment, as its new executive director. López will succeed Terry Lawler, who concludes a remarkable 21-year tenure, effective January 1. NYWIFT president, Simone Pero made the announcement on behalf of the organization’s 18-member board of directors.

MPSE to Honor Antoine Fuqua with Filmmaker Award

Tue, 11/13/2018 - 13:24 -- Nick Dager

The Motion Picture Sound Editor will honor Antoine Fuqua with its annual Filmmaker Award. The director of such films as The Equalizer (1 & 2), The Magnificent Seven, Southpaw and Training Day, is being recognized for his outstanding contributions to the art of cinema. He will receive the award at the 66th MPSE Golden Reel Awards ceremony February 17th in Los Angeles.

Ymagis Breaks New Ground with Illucity

Tue, 11/13/2018 - 11:58 -- Nick Dager

As the line between cinemas and amusement parks continues to blur, the Ymagis Group has announced plans to open several dozen virtual reality adventure parks and at least 200 arcade sites in partnership with cinema exhibitors worldwide by the end of 2020. Since Ymagis Group was founded, the company says it has pursued an innovation policy designed to put it at the heart of the digital transformation of the entertainment industry. Today, this industry is experiencing a new revolution with the irruption of virtual reality technologies. Halfway between cinema and video games, virtual reality is already a global phenomenon benefiting from an advanced technological environment

THX Certifies iQiyi’s First On-Demand Theatre

Tue, 11/13/2018 - 11:54 -- Nick Dager

iQiyi today announced that the company’s first offline Yuker on-demand movie theatre in Zhongshan, Guangdong is now THX certified. Tao Lei, vice president of iQiyi, and Wu Hao, general manager of THX China unveiled the official THX Certified Cinema plaque during the opening ceremony launch event in Zhongshan, Guangdong on November 9. The company’s said this milestone not only reinforced iQiyi’s adherence to the company vision of “to become a technology-based entertainment giant”, but also demonstrated iQiyi and THX as the ideal partners to enable shopping malls to drive traffic and enhance engagement with consumers, as part of an ongoing transformation of retail spaces into digital entertainment complexes

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Kinepolis Adding Six CJ 4DPlex 4DX Theatres

Tue, 11/13/2018 - 11:48 -- Nick Dager

CJ 4DPlex announced today an agreement with Kinepolis to bring the 4DX immersive-seat experience to six additional Kinepolis cinema complexes. Less than one year after the opening of its first 4DX theatres in Antwerp, Brussels, Lomme, Madrid and Valencia, the company has announced six additional 4DX theatres, which include three in Belgium (Kinepolis Hasselt, Ghent and Rocourt), one in Luxembourg (Kirchberg), one in France (Kinepolis Nîmes) and one in Spain (Kinepolis Diversia, Madrid).

Capturing Vintage Queen

Mon, 11/12/2018 - 15:25 -- Nick Dager

Newton Thomas ‘Tom’ Sigel, ASC chose a full range of original Cooke Speed Panchros, with a slightly new housing and updated mechanics from Arri Rental UK, to shoot the early years documented in the 20th Century Fox/Regency production of Bohemian Rhapsody. Sigel needed to capture the idealistic energy of Freddie Mercury and his future bandmates when he first came to London in 1970. To accomplish this, he made use of a full vintage set of Cooke Speed Panchros, with a very light net at the back of the lens and a special LUT for the Alexa SXT that was specifically designed for the period. This set-up was used for the entire first act of the film, with Sigel relying mostly on the 40mm lens, with the 25, 32 and 50 as secondary lenses.

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