Independent post-production company Pace Pictures has opened a new sound and picture finishing facility in Hollywood. The 20,000 square foot site offers editorial finishing, color grading, visual effects, titling, sound editorial and sound mixing services. Key resources include a 20-seat, 4K color grading theater, two additional HDR color-grading suites and ten editorial finishing suites. It also features a Dolby Atmos mix stage designed by three-time Academy Award-winning re-recording mixer Michael Minkler, who is a partner in the company’s sound division.
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Cineteca Nacional, Mexico’s national film theatre, has installed a Christie CP4230 projector in the cinema’s main theatre to screen the complete filmography of U.S. filmmaker Wes Anderson as part of its retrospective season, which opened last month with Anderson’s 2018 Isle of Dogs movie.
Helios and Matheson Analytics has formed MoviePass Films with Emmett Furla Oasis Films. Helios owns 51 percent and EFO Films 49 percent of the new company. MoviePass Films will focus on studio-driven content and new film production for theatrical release and other distribution channels. At the same time Helios announced that EFO Films has granted Helios the exclusive option to acquire the entire film library and current production slate of EFO Films.
UK-based Colin Nicolson has worked as a production sound mixer and recordist since the eighties, first in television and documentaries then increasingly in motion pictures, over recent years racking up credits including Murder on the Orient Express, T2 Trainspotting and The Theory of Everything. He’s now working on Walt Disney Pictures’ Artemis Fowl, which is currently in production.
China’s market-leading online entertainment service iQiyi today announced that it has officially opened its first Yuke on-demand movie theatre in Zhongshan, Guangdong. The company plans to open more Yuke movie theatres in first- and second-tier cities throughout China.
[Editor’s Note: Mark Smith is the owner and director of photography for Oh Seven Films, the production company he started in 2001. In this exclusive guest column he talks about the documentaries he's made about the search for Amelia Earhart.]
Over the years, my company has been involved in productions that span the gamut, from creating ads and television programs to documentaries and indie feature films. Though there’s certainly a lot of variety in our work, we focus heavily on documentary projects. For example, for the past 17 years, I’ve been the documentarian for TIGHAR (The International Group for Historic Aircraft Recovery) on an ongoing project to discover what happened to pilot Amelia Earhart — work that has resulted in a couple of Discovery Channel programs.
Award-winning supervising sound editor and re-recording mixer Will Files has joined Sony Pictures Post Production Services. Files, who spent a decade at Skywalker Sound, brings credits on more than 80 feature films, including Passengers, Deadpool, Star Wars: The Force Awakens and Fantastic Four. Files won a 2018 MPSE Golden Reel Award for his work on War for the Planet of the Apes. His current project is the upcoming Columbia Pictures release Venom out in U.S. theaters October 5.
With 13 screens and more than 2,800 seats, Toho Cinemas Hibiya is the first cinema complex in Ginza/Hibiya area of Japan and the most elaborately decorated movie theatre. In order to ensure an impactful and immersive cinematic audio experience with balanced coverage for every seat in the theater, Toho Cinemas hired Xebex to install a premium surround sound system. To provide coverage from front to back, Xebex selected JBL Professional 9350 sculpted surround speakers for their superior coverage and brilliant sound quality.
Universal Pictures, Screenvision Media and the Tribeca Film Festival, presented by AT&T, announced today the return of Scarface to movie theatres nationwide, in celebration of its 35th anniversary. In addition, film fans outside of New York will have the chance to participate in a Tribeca Film Festival retrospective event on the big screen for the first time ever.
The Association of Moving Image Archivists’ Digital Asset Symposium returns to New York on June 6, presenting a full day of discussions sharply focused on today’s most compelling topics in asset management. The daylong event will take place once again at the Museum of Modern Art.
While trying to keep her boyfriend’s surprise birthday party on track, Katie’s day takes a drastic detour after picking her brother, Seth, and his daughter up. Realizing Seth has relapsed in his heroin addiction, Katie drives him around town trying to find a detox center that will admit him. 6 Balloons was written and directed by Marja-Lewis Ryan and shot by cinematographer Polly Morgan, BSC (Spinning Man, The Intervention) with VariCam 35 cameras. The Netflix feature film, which stars Abbi Jacobsen and Dave Franco, had its premiere at this year’s South by Southwest film festival in March and began streaming on Netflix in April.
For the twelfth year in a row, Christie served as the projection technology partner for the Cannes Film Festival, May 8-19. For this year’s festival Christie supplied 29 projectors from across its digital cinema projection portfolio, including its flagship 4K lamp-based model, the CP4230.
Kinopolis, Germany’s largest independent cinema operator, is adding D-Box motion seats to 18 new screens throughout the Germany. Currently, Kinopolis offers D-Box motion technology on nine screens in Main-Taunus, Darmstadt and Rhein-Neckar. The motion seats will be added to screens in Hanau, Gießen, Rosenheim, Aschaffenburg, Bonn - Bad Godesberg and Koblenz. This brings the total number of D-Box screens with Kinopolis to 27.
Influential European trade organization IBC and TM Forum, the digital business trade association today jointly announced a new collaboration to drive open innovation between the telecoms and media industries. The collaboration will include a focus on developing multi-company, rapid proof-of-concept projects to be showcased at each other’s flagship events and a range of joint marketing and content sharing activities.
The patented technology Cinema Anywhere, a public screening platform from Israeli start-up Muvix, is on display at this year’s Cannes Film Festival. Cinema Anywhere provides public screening as a service, and enables on-demand screening of any content in any public place, indoors and outdoors. During the festival, Muvix will operate a smart cinema in the Israeli pavilion, where films of Israeli filmmakers will be screened to festival visitors.
Gofilex and Motion Picture Solutions — two established names in theatrical film servicing and digital content distribution — today announced that the companies have signed several commercial and financial agreements to pave the way for the strategic alliance of MPS’s 700-site LANsat estate with Gofilex’s pan-European network of more than 1,400 sites.
Ymagis Group today reported its consolidated financial results for the first quarter of 2018, ending March 31. Revenue for Ymagis Group fell by 5.4 percent to €39.3 million during the first three months of 2018 due to the anticipated acceleration in the decline of virtual print fee activities. This is partly offset by the growth in service activities (+4.1 percent at €25.6 million).
Philip K. Dick’s Electric Dreams, the anthology series produced by Sony Pictures Television in a joint venture with Channel 4 in the U.K. and Amazon Studios in the U.S., draws on the late science fiction writer’s voluminous short fiction for its stories of alternate realities, future worlds and paradoxical situations. The show’s first season is a feast for the imagination, consisting of 10 stand-alone, one-hour episodes, each based on a different Philip K. Dick short story and each with a different cast, director and writer. Split between England and the United States, production of Philip K. Dick’s Electric Dreams was logistically and creatively challenging.
Pixvanaa, today announced that it has partnered with Seattle International Film Festival to provide the content distribution technology for the SIFF VR Zone, where audiences will explore compelling virtual reality and 360 video content from around the world.
Vista Group International has signed Aeon Entertainment, its first customer in Japan. Japan is one of the top five film exhibition markets in the world according to box office revenue. Vista Group companies Vista Entertainment Solutions and Movio, will provide their respective cinema management and marketing data analytics software to Aeon who operate 91 cinema sites throughout Japan comprising 774 screens.