The American Society of Cinematographers has named Eric Rodli as executive director, effective immediately. In his new role, Rodli will be responsible for driving initiatives that uphold the mission of the organization – to advance the art and science of cinematography – and creating a supportive community for its members.
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Arri Media and Trixter have agreed on a strategic and operational collaboration in the fields of VFX and animation. In the future and across locations, both post-production companies will be offering all their visual effects and animation services together. In addition to the coordinated interfaces and optimal scalability, customers will now benefit from a much larger range of services.
Samsung unveiled the world’s first 3D Cinema LED screen this week at the Integrated Systems Europe trade show in Amsterdam.
On February 18th, the Motion Picture Sound Editors will present John Paul Fasal with its annual Career Achievement award at the 65th MPSE Golden Reel Awards. Fasal has worked in sound for more than 30 years as a sound designer and field recordist. His many credits span features, television and games, including such titles as Top Gun, Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World, Interstellar, The Dark Knight, American Sniper and this year’s box office hits Dunkirk and Coco.
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.
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.