Los Angeles film fans used to have two choices when they wanted to see old-school 70mm film IMAX. There was the Universal CityWalk location and The Bridge, which then became the Rave. Unfortunately, the Rave 18 was recently purchased by Cinemark and that company has “decided to go in a different direction with this auditorium,” according to IMAX. That means the AMC Universal CityWalk is the only 70mm IMAX screen left the movie capital of the world. However, that too will soon change, eventually leaving the city without a film projection IMAX theater. In its place will be a much more advanced laser projection system. Read more below. Read More »
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Vertical vs. horizontal is a huge debate in the online community. Due to YouTube aspect ratios, most people believe all videos should be shot with your phone on its side, creating the familiar horizontal image like you’d see in a movie theater. If you shoot the footage vertically and then upload to the web, there are huge black spaces on either side, making the footage look amateurish and small.
But there’s a movement embracing the vertical format, and nowhere is it seen better than Rotterdam in the Netherlands. There, a group of filmmakers have started the Vertical Cinema project – a traveling film festival featuring movies specifically shot with a vertical orientation.
Below, read more and see additional images and trailers for some of the films screened in the festival. Read More »
The Internet is like an endless search for buried treasure. You can always find something new and exciting. Case in point, a five year old story that didn’t get a lot of play but is simply awesome. It also has loose ties to movies and Disney, two things we kind of like here.
In the late Nineties, Disney Imagineering helped create an animatronic dolphin that could actually swim and interact underwater. It appeared at Disney properties on only two occasions, just for a few days, before the company decided it was not a practical design for daily theme park use.
The dolphin was designed with the help of a company called Edge Innovations, which made the animatronic animals for films like Deep Blue Sea, Flipper, Anaconda, Free Willy 3, Cast Away, The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou, as well as the frickin’ sharks with frickin’ laser beams in Austin Powers in Goldmember.
Where is this dolphin now? We don’t really know. But you can read more about his story, and watch a video of this amazing creation, below. Read More »
Note from Editor Peter Sciretta: While I was once an aspiring screenwriter, its been many years since I’ve stared at that blank white page with the cursor blinking next to “FADE IN:”. So when Final Draft offered us the chance to review their latest software release, I asked my friend Zach Lipovsky if he would be interested putting it through a couple laps. Lipovsky is a Canadian-born writer/filmmaker who came to Hollywood as a contestant on the Spielberg-produced reality series On The Lot, and has since directed two films (Tasmanian Devils and the upcoming reboot Leprechaun: Origins) and produced Afflicted, a found footage hit at TIFF and Fantastic Fest, set to be released by CBS films. Zach also developed the popular movie/tv production iOS app Shot Lister, which makes him the perfect candidate for this software review.
Final Draft has the infamous title of being the industry’s standard screenwriting app. It has always suffered the burden of being the first to market, and slowest to adapt. Final Draft 9 has recently been released and I spent the last week playing with its new features.
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It’s easy to take potshots at Google Glass — while the new tech has many adherents, it also is an object of suspicion from those who don’t see the use of Glass, or who aren’t all that keen on the boundary between physical and digital life becoming more blurred, or the idea of being captured on video even more surreptitiously than is already the case. (I’m in all the naysayer camps, to be clear, but this isn’t a place for me to talk trash about Glass.)
Here’s a story that illustrates the growing pains with Google Glass: one user had his own set fitted with prescription lenses, so that he could wear them as his primary glasses. He’s worn them to his local movie theater in the past without incident, but on his most recent outing things didn’t go so well. He was pulled out of the film and interrogated by federal agents, after the management of his AMC theater contacted the feds about a piracy incident in the theater. Read More »
Posted on Monday, January 6th, 2014 by Angie Han
Roku is moving past its set-top box competitors by moving past the set-top box altogether. The company announced this weekend that it will release a new line of HDTV sets with the Roku software built right in. Attendees at International CES this week will get the opportunity to preview the new televisions, with an official rollout set for this fall. Hit the jump for more details.
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Briefly: As the holiday season comes to a close, many of people are enjoying brand new televisions. And in researching those televisions, buyers probably realized the next big thing is 4K delivery. While 4K TVs aren’t yet affordable for the general consumer, the distributors have slowly begun to embrace the format, looking ahead to the future. Without content, there’s no way to sell a new (and expensive) spec.
Amazon will soon start shooting all of their new shows for 4K and now Netflix announced the second season of House of Cards, which premieres on February 14, will be available in 4K. It’s the beginning of the company’s slow push towards the format. Who else will follow suit this year? [CNet]
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These days, IMAX doesn’t just mean a giant screen. It means giant sound too. I’ve had multiple occasions to talk to executives for the innovative company and time and time again they stress what makes IMAX special isn’t just the possibility of a larger than life screen. It’s a a sound mix that’s unique, loud and second to none.
IMAX has released a new video that explains a bit of what makes IMAX sound so special, and even got composer Hans Zimmer to talk about it. Check out the video below. Read More »