QubeMaster Xport Now Shipping

Qube Cinema announced the launch of a new online web store where filmmakers, post houses and pre-show content creators can purchase the new QubeMaster Xport Final Cut Studio plug-in. The system enables users to output DCI-compliant Digital Cinema Package (DCP) masters directly from the Final Cut Compressor. […]


Schmidt Chooses OConnor for The Mechanic

OConnor, a Vitec Group brand, announced that cinematographer Eric Schmidt chose the OConnor 2575 to support The Mechanic, directed by Simon West. This high-tech action feature about an elite assassin (Jason Statham) out to avenge his mentor’s murder, was shot on film at a location in Detroit, Shreveport, Washington DC and at CIA headquarters in Langley, Virginia. […]

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Key Dates Announced for the 84th Academy Awards

The 84th Academy Awards will be presented on Feb. 26, 2012. The ceremony will again take place at the Kodak Theatre at Hollywood & Highland Center in Hollywood, and will be televised live by the ABC Television Network. A 90-minute red carpet show will immediately precede the ceremony broadcast. […]


Union Roundup – Half-lives

Last time out, we wrote of newly-installed Michigan Governor Rick Snyder’s impending budget hatchet for that state’s renowned film production subsidies – they were the most generous in the country, often coming in at 40%-plus tax credit rebate for filming in the Wolverine state. Snyder wants to cut that to a total fund of just $25 million a year, and when it’s gone, it’s gone. […]


Modus Does SUPER Work on New James Gunn Comedy

Montreal’s Modus FX recently completed visual effects for James Gunn’s SUPER, an eccentric superhero-comedy film starring Rainn Wilson as Frank D’Arbo, a.k.a. “The Crimson Bolt.” Frank is a bumbling everyday guy who fashions himself into a superhero with the hope of setting things right with his wife, who has become involved with a drug dealer. […]


NAB 2011: The Big, The Bright and The Slick

Much as I’ve sworn off greater promotion of the big guys, the big camera news for me this year was Sony’s F65 4K camera. Ok, this wasn’t exactly new news at the show, as it was known about for a while beforehand, but there were several opportunities to see what’s effectively quad HD being projected from Sony’s SXRD 4K projector. At last, the thing has a live-action picture source capable of feeding it at full resolution. […]

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Kodak to Host Filmmaker Panel at Tribeca Film Festival

Kodak will host a panel discussion on the budgetary and aesthetic reasons for shooting on film at the 2011 Tribeca Film Festival. An official industry sponsor of the festival, Kodak will host the free panel on April 28, at 2:30 p.m., at the SVA Theater 2 (333 West 23rd Street), which is open to festival attendees and the public. […]


Hal Needham’s Daredevil Hollywood Career

In one of the most iconic careers in Hollywood history, Hal Needham flew rocket-powered cars and trucks, every manner of conventional vehicle, and most pointedly, his body, through the air while producers, directors and fellow stuntmen and women held their collective breath hoping for two things: that he would survive and that they’d get the shot in one take. […]