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Maya Cinemas Installing Cinionic Giant Screens in all of its PLF Auditoriums

Fri, 11/20/2020 - 08:28 -- Nick Dager

Maya Cinemas is installing Cinionic Giant Screens in all its Maya Premiere Experience auditoriums. The first three MPX powered by CGS locations, Maya Cinemas Fresno, Bakersfield, and North Las Vegas, will be ready to welcome Maya audiences in time for Thanksgiving. All the screens are more than sixty feet wide.

Screenvision Partners with Mobcrush to Reach Gamers

Thu, 11/19/2020 - 11:13 -- Nick Dager

Screenvision Media today announced a partnership with Mobcrush to introduce an entirely new way for advertisers to reach the highly coveted gaming audience. Screenvision will utilize Mobcrush's live multicasting platform to deliver a first-of-its kind sponsored live-break that is initiated when creators, who are using Mobcrush to broadcast their gameplay, step away from their streams. The live-breaks include streamer highlight reels that allow advertisers to reach more than 40 million unique, Nielsen-rated U.S. monthly viewers.

Creating The Chosen’s Natural Look

Wed, 11/18/2020 - 11:03 -- Nick Dager

Cinematographer Akis Konstantakopoulos, GSC, mixed natural lighting and handheld camera work to bring a natural and informal dimension to The Chosen, a multi-season TV show charting the life of Jesus Christ. “If you normally find Bible projects boring or unrelatable, like I do, this will feel different. And I like to think that the look of it has contributed to it being such an international hit,” said Konstantakopoulos.

Entertainment Globalization Association Formed, Fetner Named Director

Wed, 11/18/2020 - 10:49 -- Nick Dager

Today, 10 founding companies and 50 forming companies have announced their collaboration to create the entertainment industry's first association focused specifically on entertainment globalization. The Entertainment Globalization Association has been formed to create a closer connection to the creative community to better facilitate the retelling of their stories for global audiences. Globalization is defined as dubbing, subtitling, and audio description services, which allow content to be consumed in languages other than the original version. The founding companies of the association are Audiomaster Candiani, Deluxe, Hiventy, Iyuno Media Group, Keywords Studios, Plint, SDI Media, Visual Data Media Services, VSI, and Zoo Digital.

Sony Launches FX6 Full-Frame Camera, Expands Cinema Line

Tue, 11/17/2020 - 11:25 -- Nick Dager

Sony Electronics today officially announced the FX6 model ILME-FX6V camera, the latest addition to Sony’s cinema line, which also includes the Venice and FX9 cameras. This newest camera delivers a coveted filmic look cultivated from extensive experience in digital cinema production, as well as enhanced operability thanks to an innovative body design, extensive durability and intuitive customizability

First Virtually Produced Feature Underway

Tue, 11/17/2020 - 09:14 -- Nick Dager

Signs of life for the movie industry have just been spotted on Mars. A group of veteran Hollywood filmmakers have announced plans for Gods of Mars, a feature-length sci-fi epic, to be produced through a blend of revolutionary virtual production technology and special effects techniques from the original Star Wars era. Providing a possible blueprint for filmmaking’s future, the hybrid technique allows productions to move quickly, and at a fraction of the cost of today’s $200-plus million studio blockbusters.

One World: Together at Home to Receive HPA Judges Award

Tue, 11/17/2020 - 09:03 -- Nick Dager

The Hollywood Professional Association Awards Committee has announced that its prestigious Judges Award for Creativity and Innovation will honor One World: Together at Home, a globally televised and streamed special produced remotely, last April by international advocacy organization Global Citizen and the World Health Organization in support of the COVID-19 Solidarity Response Fund, powered by the UN Foundation.

P-Valley Posts in New York City

Tue, 11/17/2020 - 08:57 -- Nick Dager

Editorial and post-production finishing for the eight-episode, first season of the hit Starz series P-Valley was centered in New York as several Post New York Alliance member companies helped bring the fictional small town of Chucalissa, Mississippi vibrantly to life. New York City facilities Goldcrest Post, Harbor and Technicolor PostWorks each played a role in the project, as did Foley specialist Alchemy Post Sound and VFX studio The Molecule.

Pacific Post Releases Remote Editorial Collaboration Platform

Mon, 11/16/2020 - 09:06 -- Nick Dager

Pacific Post in Los Angeles has released the remote collaboration platform PacPost.live. Originally built as an internal solution to immediately address the demands for remote work in March due to pandemic lockdowns, Pacific Post has added features to make PacPost.live a robust live streaming solution, and is now offering it to the broader industry.

Why Subtitles Matter

Sun, 11/15/2020 - 12:05 -- Nick Dager

With the growth of Netflix, Disney+, Amazon Prime and Apple TV, to name just a few, the international audience for film and television has never been bigger or more diverse. And the need for accurate and coherent subtitles – both for artistic and economic reasons – has never been more important. For two decades Dr. Vasilis Manousakis, the Literature, Literary and Audiovisual Translation instructor at Hellenic American College in Athens, Greece, has been subtitling and translating a broad range of genres, series and films produced by HBO, Disney, Universal Pictures, Warner Bros. and Netflix, among them Lost, The Good Place, Star Wars and Game of Thrones.

ICTA EMEA 2020-2021 Award Winners Named

Fri, 11/13/2020 - 10:04 -- Nick Dager

The International Cinema Technology Association 2020-2021 award for innovation in cinema exhibition in Europe, the Middle East and Africa goes to Muvi Cinema, U-Walk, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia for Best New Build Cinema; to Cineplexx, Millennium City, Vienna, Austria for Best Cinema Refurbishment; and to Pathé Tuschinski, Amsterdam, The Netherlands for Classic Cinema of the Year.

Swiss Pirate Network KBoxServ Shut Down

Thu, 11/12/2020 - 09:04 -- Nick Dager

Canal+ Group and the Kudelski Group have shut down a piracy organization based in Canton of Vaud in the Lake Geneva region that delivered French-speaking on-demand content to thousands of customers. It is the first piracy shutdown of its kind in Switzerland. The operation is the result of a criminal complaint from Canal+ Group and Nagra, the digital TV division of the Kudelski Group, to the Vaud Police, which led the effort with the support of Europol, the law enforcement agency of the European Union, and Eurojust, the European Union Agency for Criminal Justice Cooperation.

Scales Now in Cinemas Across Saudi Arabia

Thu, 11/12/2020 - 08:56 -- Nick Dager

After achieving critical acclaim during an award-winning tour of global film festivals, Image Nation Abu Dhabi’s feature film Scales (Sayidat Al Bahr) will be screening in cinemas in Saudi Arabia this week, after it was picked up by Saudi distributor Cinewaves Films. Viewers will be able to experience the debut film from Saudi Arabian writer-director Shahad Ameen in cinemas across Riyadh, Jeddah, Tabuk, Jizan and the Eastern Province in its first theatrical release.

Cinema as a Force for Good

Wed, 11/11/2020 - 13:13 -- Nick Dager

Last month, as is widely known, the Nobel Peace Prize was given to the United Nation’s World Food Program for its efforts to combat hunger, for its contribution to bettering conditions for peace in conflict-affected areas and for acting as a driving force in efforts to prevent the use of hunger as a weapon of war and conflict. What is, perhaps, less widely known is the important role that cinema advertising has played, and continues to play, in that effort. That role is led by SAWA, which was founded in 1954 as the Screen Advertising World Association. The name was changed to SAWA the Global Cinema Advertising Association in 2015, the same year the group partnered with the UN on its efforts to end world hunger. My conversation with SAWA CEO Cheryl Wannell began there.

Sometimes Size Really Does Matter

Wed, 11/11/2020 - 10:19 -- Nick Dager

When Gene Martin, owner of Audio Department and Sound Guy Solutions, was presented with a technical nightmare for a commercial client in the early days of COVID, his sound mixer gears started turning. With scenes being shot in separate areas around the U.S., Martin had to juggle as many as 10 different drop kit audio packages at a time. As he was on-location with the main crew in California, he also had to account for remote workflows as well as social distancing protocols.

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