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Construction Halted on Academy Museum

Tue, 04/07/2020 - 12:39 -- Nick Dager

Construction has halted on the Academy Museum in Los Angeles in the wake of the global pandemic but its organizers still expect to be able to meet their previously announced opening date of December 14. "We are keenly aware that we're working towards the opening of the Academy Museum during a time of great challenge," said Bill Kramer, director of the Academy Museum of Motion Pictures.

Sony Establishes $100 Million Global Relief Fund for COVID-19

Thu, 04/02/2020 - 14:38 -- Nick Dager

Sony Corporation today announced the establishment of the Sony Global Relief Fund for COVID-19, a $100 million fund to support those around the world affected by the COVID-19 virus. Through this fund, Sony will provide support in three areas: assistance for those individuals engaged in frontline medical and first responder efforts to fight the virus, support for children and educators who must now work remotely, and support for members of the creative community in the entertainment industry, which has been greatly impacted by the spread of the virus.

Lindsey Optics Unveils Large Format Optical Viewfinder

Thu, 04/02/2020 - 10:31 -- Nick Dager

Lindsey Optics has introduced the Large Format Viewfinder to provide optical through the lens viewing. With a sleek, modular design, it supports an unprecedented range of formats from Super 35 to Alexa 65. Company CEO Dwight Lindsey says, “We created our LF Viewfinder for filmmakers who prefer to test a ‘look’ by viewing directly through the actual lens instead of electronic means like monitors or digital tools. Our Large Format Viewfinder solves the viewing issue, while also meeting the need for format diversity.”

Shipsides Named President of Arri Rental North America Camera

Thu, 04/02/2020 - 08:34 -- Nick Dager

Arri Rental has announced that Andy Shipsides will assume the role of president of Arri Rental North America Camera on May 1. Peter Crithary will transition from president of Arri Rental, North America to lead the marketing function for Arri Inc. in the newly created role of vice president of marketing and market development for the Americas. Shipsides will work alongside Carly Barber, the president of Arri Rental US Lighting, and will be responsible for overseeing camera rental operations in North America.

NATO Responds to the Pandemic

Wed, 04/01/2020 - 08:49 -- Nick Dager

Thousands of people from around the world who work in the motion picture industry were supposed to be at Caesar’s Palace in Las Vegas this week for CinemaCon 2020. Instead we are all, for the most part, dealing with the COVID-19 crisis by staying home, washing our hands frequently and practicing social distancing. With the vast majority of the world’s movie theatres closed until further notice and movie production at a standstill, many people are out of work and worrying about when, or if, they will get paid again. With that in mind, I reached out via email to Patrick Corcoran, the National Association of Theatre Owners vice president & chief communications officer, to see how NATO and its members are responding to the crisi

Fund Started to Support U.S. Art Houses

Wed, 04/01/2020 - 08:37 -- Nick Dager

The Art-House America Campaign, a new relief fund established by initial donations from the Criterion Collection and Janus Films, has been launched to help the more than 150 independent movie theatres across the United States that have temporarily closed to slow the spread of COVID-19. As part of that effort, a map is being created to track specific theatres that are closed.

Goodnight with Dolly Parton

Tue, 03/31/2020 - 11:02 -- Nick Dager

Some event cinema distributors and their partners are getting creative in these challenging times. This Thursday, April 2, the Los Angeles-based event cinema distributor Abramorama and The Dollywood Foundation will present an online book-reading series entitled Goodnight with Dolly. Abramorama was originally scheduled to release the documentary The Library That Dolly Built in more than 330 cinemas on April 2. Due to the current COVID-19 crisis, the film will instead open nationally the week of September 21, to commemorate the Library’s 25th anniversary.

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NEC Says New Projector is Quietest in its Class

Tue, 03/31/2020 - 10:53 -- Nick Dager

NEC Display Solutions of America has announced the NC1402L, a 9,500-lumen, install-anywhere laser projector that produces a brighter image than any other projector in its class. It is DCI-compliant, and can display images at 2K resolution. The NC1402L is equipped with an internal liquid cooling system, eliminating the need for an exhaust and allowing the projector to run at a quiet 49 decibels. It is also capable of high frame rates and can easily handle projecting 3D content.

Walter Volpatto Named Fellow of Colorist Society International

Mon, 03/30/2020 - 09:30 -- Nick Dager

Veteran colorist Walter Volpatto, CSI has been appointed to the leadership of the Colorist Society International as a Fellow. A senior colorist at EFilm in Hollywood, Volpatto was nominated for a 2019 HPA Award for his work on the film Green Book. His more than 100 credits also include the features Star Wars: Episode VIII – The Last Jedi, Dunkirk, Midway and Independence Day: Resurgence, as well as the television series Homecoming and Queen Sugar. He joins Dale Grahn, Lou Levinson, Charles Poynton and Kevin Shaw as CSI Fellows.

Delta Soundworks: Beyond Cinema

Wed, 03/25/2020 - 15:11 -- Nick Dager

Ana Monte, lead sound designer and Daniel Deboy, lead sound engineer founded Delta Soundworks in Heidelberg, Germany in 2016. The company is a 3D/immersive audio post-production facility with projects that span across installations, virtual reality, 360-degree films and gaming, as well as feature films, documentaries, TV shows and commercials. Their team consists of a highly skilled and creative group of production sound mixers, recording engineers, sound designers, Foley artists, composers and music producers. Digital Cinema Report recently spoke with Monte and Deboy about their business and some very interesting projects.

Size Matters

Tue, 03/24/2020 - 09:36 -- Nick Dager

For more than 10 years, production sound mixer and location sound recordist, David Thirion, has been using DPA microphones to capture audio for film and television projects. Their audio quality and natural sound was a key reason for his choice, but equally important was the tiny size of some models, which makes them ideal for situations where they need to be hidden on actors’ bodies or in costumes.

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