Schneider Optics has introduced a line of Century HD lens add-ons for Sony's new PMW-EX3 camcorder. These attachments are designed to expand the capabilities of the Fujinon 14x lens supplied with the camera. Operators can increase the field of view with no loss of ability to zoom instantly shift the focal range to telephoto when needed or enjoy the ultra wide angle of view and remarkable barrel distortion of the widest fisheye.
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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.
LaserPacific Media Corporation has announced the formation of a new team and business unit to focus on digital motion picture mastering and re-mastering. With this expanded capability LaserPacific CEO Brian Burr also announced the appointment of Ron Burdett as general manager of the mastering unit and Lou Levinson as the supervising colorist - mastering among others. Burr says the company has added some of the industry's most capable and accomplished operations and creative talent to its team.
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.
Digital cinema service company XDC and ZON Lusomundo the largest cinema chain in Portugal have signed an exclusive agreement for the deployment of digital cinema systems in 180 of ZON Lusomundo's cinema screens in Portugal. The agreement includes the roll out of DCI-compliant projection systems co-financed by the Virtual Print Fee model. The rollout is scheduled to begin in January with an initial commitment of 100 screens throughout the rest of the year.
With the release of the P2 HD Panasonic HPX170 HD camera package maker Zacuto announces nine kits that transform cameras into a camera package for use with the camera or in conjunction with a depth of field adapter. The new HPX170 will work with all existing Zacuto kits.
IndiePix has announced that following its partnership with The Cinema Guild earlier this year The Axe in the Attic a candid documentary that captures the destruction caused by Hurricane Katrina just days after it struck is now available to educational institutions. The Axe in the Attic shows the physical devastation as the hurricane hit but also the dignity humor and perseverance of thousands of evacuees who three years on continue to piece their communities back together. It is available to schools universities and public libraries across the U.S.
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.
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.
AVIE in 3D at Shanghai’s eArts Festival Last month’s eArts Festival in Shanghai offered a three-week program of events performances and 3D installations uniting artists from all over the world and creating a fusion of art and new technology. The activities took place across a range of venues each with its own theme. At the Shanghai Science & Technology Museum the theme was eLandscapes where the Advanced Visualization and Interaction Environment was displayed.
Lowry Digital Restores The Robe The Oscar-winning classic motion picture The Robe has been digitally restored by Lowry Digital utilizing the company's proprietary Lowry Process to create pristine new picture elements that maintain the visual intentions of the original masterpiece produced in 1953. The restored film premiered at the Rome International Film Festival on October 30 as part of the festival's ongoing partnership with The Film Foundation. The restoration was a collaboration between the Academy Film Archive and 20th Century Fox with funding from The Film Foundation.
Side Effect recently screened at Raleigh Studios in Hollywood during the 8th Annual Shriekfest Film Festival. After playing to a fervent crowd and receiving thunderous applause Side Effect was awarded with the Pretty/Scary Award for Excellence in Horror Filmmaking. With a multitude of international film festival screenings on the calendar Side Effect has already garnered the Best Screenplay Award at the Chicago Horror Film Festival Best Short at Germany’s Oldendburg Film Festival and the coveted golden chainsaw statuette in the Cutting Edge Short Film Competition at the Dead by Dawn F
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.
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.
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.