35mm film continues to fight for its life. Last year, a few high profiled filmmakers vowed to continue to use film stock on their films. Now the last remaining manufacturer of film, Kodak, has just signed deals with Disney, Fox, Paramount, Sony, NBC Universal and Warner Bros. – basically every big studio in Hollywood – to “purchase undisclosed amounts of film over ‘a few’ years that would be enough to extend Kodak’s film manufacturing business.” So will 35mm film survive? Read more about the answer below. Read More »
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Annapurna Pictures is well-known for releasing some of the most engaging movies out there today. So in a way, it makes sense that they’d embrace a technology that itself is literally engaging. The company is opening a new virtual reality division called VRSE.FARM along with artist Chris Milk. Together, they’ll offer filmmakers the opportunities to explore virtual reality outlets and concepts for their movies like nowhere before. Read more about the Annapurna virtual reality division below. Read More »
We started to get bent out of shape earlier this week when HBO announced that the aspect ratio of The Wire HD remasters would be set at 16:9 rather than the original 4:3 broadcast ratio. Series creator David Simon quickly weighed in to provide a great deal of information on the remaster process, and we learned that in most cases these remasters would be using more information from the original camera negative, rather than cropping information from the top and/or bottom of the original presentation.
The gif above shows the basic result of this process, thanks to a couple example videos Simon has provided on his own site. Below, we’ve got a couple more examples, and some larger images you can check out to see the differences between the show’s original presentation and the new HD remasters. Read More »
Sony is getting into the cloud-based TV game via a new PlayStation streaming service called Vue. Planned for an invite-only soft launch in New York City this year, the service will be available to PlayStation 3 and 4 users in 2015. Vue is intended as a competitor to cable, with agreements in place to deliver shows from 75 major network providers. Perhaps most important to cord-cutters, Vue will stream live television. Read More »
James Cameron is a man on the cutting edge of technology. He literally invents technology to fit his vision. So when there’s a new piece of technology, especially something in entertainment, it’s always interesting to hear what the director of the two highest grossing movies of all time has to say.
Many think virtual reality is the next step in filmmaking, but Cameron isn’t among them. When asked about the current state of virtual reality, including Oculus Rift -the impressive, all encompassing virtual reality system recently purchased by Facebook – Cameron called it a “yawn.” Read the full James Cameron Oculus Rift quotes and more below. Read More »
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When the cameras turn off, a movie isn’t even close to finished. These days, post-production is just as important, if not more so, than principal photography. Yes, capturing the images and performances are absolutely crucial to a film. But figuring out the pacing, making the story cohesive, adding emotion with music, depth with effects, are what really make a movie a movie.
David Fincher‘s Gone Girl is no different. Fincher and director of photography Jeff Cronenweth captured stunning images on the Red Epic Dragon 6K camera but when that was done, the editors, led by Kirk Baxter, took over. For Gone Girl, they used a new workflow that blurred the line between digital effects and editing in a way that’s pretty new and unique. Check out a video about the Gone Girl editing and post-production below. Read More »
Christopher Nolan is such a big draw and an advocate for IMAX, the company is going above and beyond for his latest feature. /Film has exclusively learned IMAX will be specially installing a 15perf/70mm film projection system inside the company’s flagship TCL Chinese Theater IMAX in Hollywood, CA, just for Interstellar.
Normally, the theater uses an IMAX xenon dual digital projection system, but Nolan wants Interstellar projected on IMAX film wherever possible. IMAX officials have confirmed they’re doing this specifically for this film, in this important location. Read more about the Interstellar IMAX 70mm projection below. Read More »
At some point, movie theaters found themselves in the unfortunate position of playing catch up. Where theaters were once the epicenter for entertainment, rising ticket prices and the exponential improvement of home theater technology have all but pushed them to the endangered species list.
Innovation was needed. IMAX was a good start. A screen so big no home can duplicate it. 3D is a mixed bag. It’s more expensive and, frankly, better in the home setting. Sound systems such as Dolby Atmos are great, but most of what makes it special is very nuisanced.
So what’s next? Well, it might be Barco Escape, a technology influenced by the super Cinerama craze of the 1960s, where an additional screen is placed on either side of your normal screen, giving a massive panoramic experience. The first film to be presented in Barco Escape is this week’s release, The Maze Runner. Five theaters across the country are offering the film in Barco Escape and myself and Peter Sciretta just had to try it out for ourselves.
Below, read more about Barco Escape and watch a video blog of our thoughts, criticisms and praise for what the company is calling “a little taste of the future.” Read More »
Following the Apple announcements last week, Apple head Tim Cook was interviewed by Charlie Rose. (The first hour aired last week and can be watched after the jump, the second part premieres tonight.) During the conversation, Rose brought up the often-talked about Apple television that has been in development at the Cupertino company for years. Tim Cook always knows how to phrase his answers so that they aren’t too revealing, but his response to this question might tell us something about the direction Apple is taking in developing a television.
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