Fox Unwraps First Four Ultra HD Titles With High Dynamic Range

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Jun 222015
 

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Fox Home Entertainment is releasing its first titles in Ultra HD resolution with high dynamic range (HDR): Kingsman: The Secret Service, The Maze Runner, Life of Pi and Exodus: Gods and Kings.

Additional UHD with HDR titles are expected to follow in the coming weeks. The initiative is led by Fox Home Entertainment and the Fox Innovation Lab, which has been experimenting with UHD with HDR mastering.

As previously reported in The Hollywood Reporter, 20th Century Fox recently decided to make versions of all of its new and recent movies in UHD with HDR, the biggest commitment to date on the content side.

The new titles are part of a beta launch, through which consumers can purchase these movies on M-GO and download them to their Samsung Video Pack, for viewing on Samsung SUHDTVs, which support UHD and HDR. (Fox previously supplied clips from Pi and Exodus for Samsung demonstrations).

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Speakers Weigh In on High Dynamic Range, 4K and Maintaining Creative Intent

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Jun 022015
 

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Producers Guild president Lori McCreary admitted that with an expanding number of formats — for instance with high dynamic range (HDR) and higher resolution gaining more attention — she’s concerned about what productions will look like when they are displayed in eight or 10 years.

Director of photography Oliver Bokelberg (Scandal) added that he worries even today, saying, “No theaters are the same. They are too dark or too bright.”

They and other speakers on a “Picture Clarity” panel (which I moderated), Saturday at the PGA Produced By conference, agreed that creative intent is an issue as technology continues to change. But they also reported that workflows are systematic and understood, and work is being done toward maintaining consistency.

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Orson Welles’ Last, Unfinished Film Heads Toward Completion With $2M Indiegogo Campaign

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May 112015
 

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On October 13, 2014, a young producer named Filip Jan Rymsza boarded a plane from New York to Paris, nervous and excited. After five years of struggle — begging, wheedling and cajoling, and working his way through a thicket of legal and financial complications — he was about to get his first physical glimpse of Orson Welles’ last film.

Rymsza, 37, the managing partner of Royal Road Entertainment, had been given permission to see 1,083 elements of the movie, including both the negative and the accompanying sound recordings, both part of a massive trove of material that altogether weighed 1.6 tons. This was the marrow of The Other Side of the Wind, the legendary, unfinished movie that Welles worked on from 1970 to 1976, before a blizzard of problems brought it crashing to the ground.

Arriving in the Parisian suburb of Bagnolet the following day, Rymsza (2004’s Sandcastles) was ushered through a back door into a bland warehouse. “It was surreal,” he says. “It was a totally nondescript warehouse with just a metal door and no signage, with just boxes and boxes of film on two pallets. But everything was there.” That included the entire negative of the film, all of it in pristine condition.

Six months after that magical moment, Rymsza and two other producers, Jens Koethner Kauland Frank Marshall, are taking a major step forward in bringing Wind to the screen.
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Future of Film: VFX Legend Douglas Trumbull’s Plan to Save the Movies

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Sep 052014
 

The 72-year-old, who’s best known for his work on ‘2001: A Space Odyssey,’ says he’s figured out how to win the battle against big TVs and smartphones — from a studio on his farm in the Berkshires

“On a sunny August day in the Berkshires of western Massachusetts, Douglas Trumbull, the 72-year-old visual effects legend, welcomes me to Little Brook Farm, the sprawling 50-acre property on which he lives and works with his wife of 13 years, Julia Trumbull, as well as an assortment of free-range donkeys, goats, chickens, roosters, cats and dogs. In addition to their home and animals, the compound also houses Trumbull Studios, a 10-building, state-of-the-art filmmaking facility that was financed with his proceeds from the IPO of IMAX Corp., where he once worked. “We’re not a movie lab in the sense that we process chemicals,” says Trumbull of the operation. “We’re a movie lab in the sense that we’re looking for the future of movies.”

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Future of Film: Even Bigger Screens and, Cinema Selfies, by Carolyn Giardina

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Sep 042014
 

A panoramic theater opens in L.A. on Sept. 19 as other new tech includes live audience interaction onscreen

“As exhibitors try to fend off competition from ever-bigger home theater systems, movie houses may soon take their cues from the ’50s. Back then, to counter the arrival of TV, Hollywood retaliated by offering bigger — and wider — images onscreen, culminating in Cinerama. That panoramic theater configuration, which faded out by the end of the ’60s, left behind the landmark Cinerama Dome on Sunset Boulevard. But a new generation of even more ambitious theaters — possibly even including cinema’s first holodeck — is waiting in the wings.”

“Barco, the Belgian digital cinema projector manufacturer, already has unveiled what it calls “Escape, a configuration that uses a digital cinema screen in front of an audience with two more screens on the sides of a theater to create one wrap-around image. The first Escape theaters — which will include the Cinemark 18 & XD at the Promenade at the Howard Hughes Center in Los Angeles — will open Sept. 19, showing a special edition of Fox’s new young adult thriller The Maze Runner. Though no movie has yet been shot to take full advantage of Escape’s three-screen setup, Escape theaters showing The Maze Runner will project the live-action movie on to the center screen, and the side screens will feature additional visual effects — extending the reach of the movie’s maze, for example.”

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Progress Made Toward Adoption of High Dynamic Range Content, by Carolyn Giardina

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Sep 032014
 

“A key next step toward making high dynamic range imagery, or HDR, available to consumers, will be made next week. Global standards body the Society of Motion Picture and Television Engineers plans to publish a technical standard that will assist in creating a consistent way for Hollywood to produce HDR-supported content for distribution on TVs, mobile devices or in the cinema, The Hollywood Reporter has learned.”

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3D Society Technology Awards: Disney, Arri, Prime Focus Among Nominees

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Aug 182014
 

“A new laser projector from Barco and the Dolby Vision high-dynamic range system are among the nominees for the International 3D & Advanced Imaging Society’s fifth annual Technology & New Product Awards, scheduled to be handed out Sept. 24 at Paramount.

Nominees also include a trifocal camera (pictured), that was jointly developed by Disney, camera maker Arri and the Fraunhofer research institute; a hybrid stereo pipeline developed by Prime Focus; and the 4DX motion seats that were recently installed in the new 4D theater at L.A. Live.”

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CES: Technicolor Taking on Dolby Vision With HDR Imaging System

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Jan 082014
 

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CES: Technicolor Taking on Dolby Vision With High Dynamic Range Imaging System

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Technicolor and Dreamworks Animation’s 4K streaming service

“LAS VEGAS — Technicolor is presenting a high dynamic range (HDR) imaging technology demonstration with an eye toward improving the consumer viewing experience – effectively taking on Dolby’s newly announced Dolby Vision, which is another development aimed at offering higher dynamic range to create better pictures, whether for HD or 4K content.” – The Hollywood Reporter

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