Technicolor has announced the launch of Mill Film, a new VFX studio for the theatrical/film production market. The initial production hub will be located in Adelaide, Australia with plans to expand into other film production locations to service global clients.
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Supercines today announced a sales agreement for five new IMAX theatres in Ecuador. The exhibitor is the largest cinema operator in the country. The theatres will be added to a combination of new and existing complexes throughout Ecuador with three to be located in the city of Guayaquil, one in the city of Ambato and another in the city of Machala. The deal brings to seven Supercines' total IMAX footprint with theatres currently in operation in Guayaquil and in Quito.
Cosmic Picture has launched a new giant screen film distribution company for museum and science center theaters. The company will distribute a range of films, including a number of giant screen educational films from the National Geographic library, including award-winning documentaries such as Sea Monsters, Extreme Weather, Mysteries of the Unseen World and its own hit Jerusalem.
Veteran colorist Trent Johnson has joined MTI Film. Johnson brings more than 25 years of experience and credits spanning features, animation, episodic television and restoration. His recent credits include Columbia Pictures’ The Emoji Movie, Screen Gems’ Proud Mary and the upcoming MGM comedy Overboard.
Italy’s historic Istituto Luce–Cinecittà has selected WCPMedia Services to manage its massive catalog of Italian feature films and documentaries. The state-owned film producer, distributor and archive will use WCPMedia’s cloud-based platform to market, sell and distribute films to buyers worldwide.
Ymagis Group today reported its consolidated financial results for the fourth quarter of 2017 and its full year revenue for 2017 December 31, 2017. Driven by its technological services activities and recent acquisitions, Ymagis Group continued its growth momentum with revenue up by +0.8 percent in 2017 despite the structural decline in virtual print fees activities. During Q4, business stood at its highest historical level as revenue reached €54.1M (+3.5 percent).
Wanda Cinemas’s Wujiaochang theatre in Shanghai’s Yangpu District is installing Samsung’s Cinema LED Screen technology, becoming the first implementation of Samsung’s Cinema LED Screen in China. This follows implementations in Asia last year in Seoul and Busan, Korea, and Bangkok, Thailand, and in Europe, at the Arena Cinemas Sihlcity in Zurich, Switzerland.
Panavision has introduced the Millenium DXL2 8K camera, which the company says is the heart of a complete imaging ecosystem designed from filmmakers’ perspectives. The new camera incorporates Panavision’s optics and camera architecture, the Red Monstro 8K VV sensor, and Light Iron color2 science (LiColor2).
Arri today unveiled the Alexa LF camera, which is based on a large-format 4K version of the Alexa sensor. The new camera is part of a system that also includes, Arri Signature Prime lenses, LPL lens mount, and PL-to-LPL adapter. It is also compatible with existing lenses, accessories, and workflows.
Sony’s next-generation CineAlta motion picture camera Venice begins shipping to customers this month. As previously announced, version 1.0 features in Venice will include support for full-frame 24x36mm recording.
Digital cinema technology is defined by a collection of documents developed by many different organizations. No one organization defines it all, and in one case, the organization no longer exists. To address that situation, industry veteran Michael Karagosian has launched the website Cinepedia. His goal is to provide a single source of information about cinema technology. Among his many accomplishments Karagosian represented the technology interests of the National Association of Theatre Owners for eleven years during the digital cinema transition and is co-chair of the ASC Technology Subcommittee on Next Generation Cinema Display. I recently spoke with him about Cinepedia.
Silex Inside has extended its family of audio/video over IP OEM boards to include JPEG 2000 encoding and decoding.
The CTC has named Sarah Lewthwaite, managing director and senior vice president Europe, Movio, and Sandie Caffelle, sales and marketing manager, Jack Roe to its board of governors.
Hoyts Cinema today announced it has launched its skill for Amazon Alexa. The aim is to bring moviegoers more accessible ways to find out what’s on at the movies and when, in an all-new consumer experience.
The National Association of Theatre Owners will honor Alejandro Ramírez Magaña, chief executive officer of Cinépolis, with the 2018 NATO Marquee Award during this year’s CinemaCon. Mitch Neuhauser, CinemaCon’s managing director made the announcement.
In a pivotal moment in Lucasfilm’s Star Wars: The Last Jedi, the CGI character Maz Kanata, played by Oscar-winner Lupita Nyong’o, shows up just in time to give the Rebels a vital piece of information. Although Maz’s appearance is brief, the complex shoot involved creating a temporary, studio-grade motion capture stage inside the famed Pinewood Studios. To complete this task, Lucasfilm turned to Audiomotion and its Vicon system.
What began as an indie mobile game in 2014, Five Nights At Freddy’s has grown into a multimedia franchise with multiple games, novel adaptations and a feature film currently in progress. The series is produced by Kiev, Ukraine-based GoldenLane Studio. One particularly challenging scene for GoldenLane co-founder Roman Maltsev was playing two characters named Zoe and Ellis that kiss.
Digital distribution company Alchimie is extending its partnership with Unified Streaming. Alchimie, headquartered just outside Paris, advises rights owners who are dealing with companies such as Google, Amazon, Apple, Samsung, and Orange to name a few. Unified Streaming has worked with Alchimie since 2015. By installing their web-server plug-in Unified Origin, Alchimie says it has been able to offer stable, scalable live and on-demand streaming to all its partners, who, in turn, can unfailingly satisfy their customers as the final users
The Modern Cinema Group has opened a London office for its new media exchange now named the MOCI Media Exchange. With the help of the finance team working for the Dubai-based Pride Group, London was selected as an ideal location for the new media exchange due to its favorable geographical location as well as its long history of hosting successful international exchanges.
For the second year in a row, Arts Alliance Media has been chosen to provide cinema software to the 2018 Sundance Film Festival. AAM’s Theatre Management Software is also powering the cinema screens of six Sundance Institute venues throughout the festival.