March – April 2011

Editorial

  • FIGURES' OF SPEECH

    Weeks before the Oscars, when it became apparent early in the awards season that The King's Speech would resonate far and wide, Weinstein Co. announced it would be cut to remove much of the swearing – a move the studio said would open the film to a wider audience. This was purely a business decision – box office figures for the movie have surged since Oscar nominations were announced in late January, and this was before the film opened in other territories. I personally didn't find those scenes particularly profane or the swearing gratuitous. It was "about a man trying to free himself through the use of forbidden words," as Colin Firth explains, and in a movie where speech impediment plays a supporting role as a conduit for all that British reserve, the swearing served its artistic purpose. In an era where content is readily available and easily accessed online, this particular form of authoritative censorship is frankly 'Victorian', and some might argue, detrimental to the bottom line in the long run. In China, where free speech and subversion are divided by a line in the sand, censorship is holding back the film business, according to the chairman and CEO of Nasdaq-listed Bona Film Group. The country's Film Bureau was choking creativity, he lamented at a Filmart forum in Hong Kong. China's box office figures topped US$1.5 billion last year, and if this first quarter is any indication, the market shows no signs of cooling. If censorship is indeed holding back quality content, this limits the business that could come from more than a billion potential viewers, piracy aside. 'Content is king' is the oft-repeated mantra. At some point, the industry will have to find a balance between creativity and profitability or risk a stutter in the flow of new content, driving viewers to revere a different king.… Read More

Cover Story

  • OSCARS: TECHNICALLY SPEAKING

    Asia Image checks in with some the post-production houses that contributed to films that won at the 83rd Academy Awards, with special emphasis on outfits with offices in APAC. We also cite the important supporting roles equipment and technology played in these Oscar-nominated films.… Read More

Case Study

  • FORMAT EVOLUTION: THROUGH THE LOOKING GLASS

    Lens choices are critical for a number of reasons. In addition to the technical considerations such as the amount of light received by the camera, the field of view and depth of field, the right choice of lens also offers more creative control to the cinematographer. And with the growing trend toward digital cinema, there are more lens choices than ever.… Read More

Country Focus

  • GROWING PAINS

    Local film and television production may be thriving but the Malaysian post-production sector is in a flux of change, as it develops quickly and faces growing pains along the way.… Read More

  • MOVING ON UP

    Indonesia is on the right path as the post industry continues to grow and reap the benefits of an expanding economy.… Read More

Technology Focus

  • ADOBE'S SUITE HAND

    As more broadcasters migrate to file-based workflows, the Adobe CS5 Production Premium, particularly Premiere Pro, is emerging as a serious player in the digital workflow for broadcasters and filmmakers. Adobe vice president and general manager for professional video Jim Guerard shares the company's strategy for Premiere Pro with Asia Image.… Read More

Advertising

  • DVB-3DTV WINS APPROVAL

    DVB recently announced at the 67th meeting of the steering board the approval of the DVB-3DTV specification. The specification will be submitted immediately to the European Telecommunications Standards Institute (ETSI) for formal standardisation. BlueBook A154 'Frame Compatible Plano-Stereoscopic 3DTV', (DVB- 3DTV) has been published and is available for downloading from the DVB website. The specification specifies the delivery system for frame compatible plano-stereoscopic 3DTV services, enabling service providers to utilise their existing HDTV infrastructures to deliver 3DTV services that are compatible with 3DTV capable displays already in the market. This system covers both use cases of a set-top box delivering 3DTV services to a 3DTV capable display device via an HDMI connection, and a 3DTV capable display device receiving 3DTV services directly via a built-in tuner and decoder. Plano-stereoscopic imaging systems deliver two images (left and right) that are arranged to be seen simultaneously, or near simultaneously, by the left and right eyes. Viewers perceive increased depth in the picture, which becomes more like the natural binocular viewing experience. Since 2010 many 3DTV capable consumer products have been launched in the market. … Read More

Newsroom

  • JOE KHODEIR TAKES ON NEW APAC ROLE FOR HARRIS

    Sydney- Harris Corporation has promoted Joe Khodeir to the role of vice president, marketing and solutions, Asia- Pacific, for its broadcast communications business. Khodeir will manage the product marketing, solutions and emerging business teams, reporting to Richard Scott, senior vice president, global sales and service. He will continue to manage the Media & Workflow software systems business across the Asia-Pacific region as he did in his previous role as vice president of sales for Australia and New Zealand. Khodeir will also be responsible for generating business opportunities to sell the Harris ONE integrated broadcast solution across the Asia- Pacific region. Prior to joining Harris Corporation's Software Systems business unit (formerly Encoda Systems, Inc.) in January 2001, Khodeir had extensive regional media experience as Asia- Pacific chief operating officer for Lintas, the advertising agency network and wholly-owned subsidiary of Interpublic Group of Companies, Inc.… Read More

  • ENGINE HIRES NEW HEAD OF 3D AND ANIMATION DIRECTOR

    Sydney - Continuing its expansion and big-hit recruitment drive, Engine gave details of two new industry heavyweights that have joined the company. Engine EP Adam Wells said, "We are very excited to have Max McMullin join us as Head of 3D and Scotty Wilcox as our leading Animation Director. Both Max and Scotty are well known and respected for their work in the industry and we are delighted to have them both on board." McMullin's most recent role was as at top design shop Resolution, as Head of 3D. Prior to Resolution, McMullin boasts sharing a London-based animation studio with renowned graphic novel illustrator Dave McKean, working with some of the industry's top directors and post houses including Nexus Productions, TSI and Goodbye Silverstein, working for Animal Logic as a senior 3D animator on the Jim Henson Sci-Fi series Farscape and working on the Jim Henson and Sony Pictures Film MirrorMask as CG Producer and Lead Supervisor amongst his experience and list of credits. McMullin said, "Engine is producing some amazing creative with a great team and has lots of different ideas for the future. I'm very much looking forward to working here." Engine's second major hire is multiaward winning Scotty Wilcox who joins the company as an Animation Director. With over 25 years experience in animation and post, most recently Head of 3D at FSM, Wilcox has had a long and varied career in the industry working on some of Australia's biggest accounts including Pfizer, Coca-Cola, Holden, Telstra, Optus and Qantas. Wilcox has also won a Silver Lion Award at Cannes, Bronze World Medal in New York and an ATV & AWARD Award in Australia. Prior to FSM Wilcox also held senior positions at Omnicon, Animal Logic, APV Malaysia, Omnilab, Fire Horse Studio and Safety In Numbers. Wilcox said, "I was impressed by the complete end-to-end range of services they offer at Engine and how they are changing the game by doing so much in-house. It's an exciting time to join them."… Read More

  • RUBICON CREATES DIRECTOR OF DIGITAL MEDIA POSITION

    Los Angeles - Rubicon Group Holding has appointed John Zuur Platten to the position of Director of Digital Media. In his newly created position, Platten is charged with moving Rubicon's growing library of entertainment properties into games, applications, web content, social media and digital distribution to extend the reach of the studio's brands to the broadest possible base of consumers. Initially, he will focus on the development of casual games and applications that remain true to Rubicon's established reputation for creating engaging entertainment with a positive social message. "John Platten is a consummate writer and producer whose vast experience in the digital arena - from the industry's inception to the present day - will serve Rubicon well as we develop our most valuable properties for the transmedia marketplace," said Rubicon Group Holding CEO Randa Ayoubi. Platten joins Rubicon with a twentyyear career in the entertainment business, writing for video games, films, television, digital media and books. He began his career in production on such shows as The New Lassie, Matlock and Harry and the Hendersons. He designed, produced and wrote the highly successful Sega CD, Tomcat Alley; wrote and produced Johnny Mnemonic for Sony Imagesoft; and created Fear Effect, which was named the PlayStation action game of the year by IGN.… Read More

  • THE LAB SYDNEY HIRES AWARD-WINNING VFX ARTIST

    London - Visual effects, design and post production company, The Lab Sydney, has appointed Angus Wilson as VFX supervisor and lead VFX artist. Complementing a strong and dynamic team of visual effects artists, designers and colourists at The Lab Sydney, Executive Producer Alastair Stephen said "We are lucky that an artist of Angus' calibre and experience has joined the team. He has worked on numerous premier commercial projects throughout his career and brings a wealth of ideas, creativity and inspiration to the company. Angus' strength is collaborating with directors from preproduction through to post and with his extensive onset supervision and visual effects experience he will add enormous value to our clients' work." Prior to joining The Lab, Wilson was lead VFX artist for over two years at Fuel VFX where he worked on the Leggo Tomato Paste Rhapsody in Red campaign with director Bruce Hunt and the Measure Up campaign for the Australian government's department of health with director, Graeme Burfoot. Wilson spent five years at Animal Logic as compositing supervisor prior to Fuel and worked on awardwinning commercials including Vodafone Fold with director Patrick Hughes; Carlton Brewery's Big Ad and Sky Troop campaigns with Paul Middleditch; and notably the Baz Luhrmann directed Chanel No. 5 TVC. Wilson was based overseas for over six years at UK's Framestore where he worked on award-winning TV series including the BBC's Walking with Dinosaurs and is a recipient of two Primetime Emmy awards for visual effects for a miniseries/ movie for the BBC's Merlin and the Hallmark series Alice in Wonderland.… Read More

  • MASSTECH EXPANDS INTERNATIONAL MARKETING AND SUPPORT TEAM

    Toronto, Ontario, Canada - Masstech, a provider of tools for media asset management, high-speed transcoding and distribution of file based assets has expanded its marketing team and technical support capabilities on the back of its rapid global expansion plans with the appointment of three new staff in Singapore. The company recently secured deals with TV5 Philippines, Bahrain TV (News) and Reuters in Hong Kong, and sees more regional deals. APAC projects and st manager, Ryan Lim was brought on board to manage key projects such as TV5, ABS CBN in the Philippines, Star TV in India, Foxtel and Win TV in Australia as well as Thomson Reuters in Hong Kong and London. Marketing and PR manager, Sophia Heng's responsibilities include educational marketing, raising brand awareness in new growth markets, media liaison, identifying new market and partnership opportunities, competitor analysis and providing strategic input for product development. Dominic Teng will serve as a marketing communications executive with special responsibilities to expand event participation in all major broadcast-related trade shows. Lim joins from SGL where he was previously a regional support engineer providing support and pre-sales technical support. His customers included HBO, MediaCorp and CNBC in Singapore, as well as Channel nine (Australia). He will be conducting product demonstrations, performing installations and providing technical training for our customers within the region. Heng joins Masstech with over 10 years of experience in sectors spanning across technology, financial services, exhibition management, and publishing. Prior to Masstech, she worked in the finance services sector for a private investment management firm as a communications consultant and held a managerial position at PricewaterhouseCoopers in Singapore where she spearheaded regional marketing and communications initiatives. Her key responsibilities included brand communication, public relations, web marketing, collateral development, event management, sponsorship, and internal communication.… Read More

  • CUTTING EDGE APPOINTS MICHAEL BURTON AS CEO

    Brisbane, Australia - Cutting Edge, a leading provider of creative, broadcast, visual effects, film and technical services to the media and entertainment industries, has appointed Michael Burton as the company's new chief executive officer. Burton started with Cutting Edge as the company's CTO, and later held the joint positions of managing director and head of outside broadcast and reality TV. Burton is a key driving force at Cutting Edge, having overseen the provision of services to blockbuster television productions such as Endemol Southern Star's Big Brother Australia, Granada Television's I'm a Celebrity, Get Me Out Of Here, Fox Sports Cricket and Network Ten's AFL broadcasting. In his new role, Burton will be able to further enhance Cutting Edge's world-class creative excellence across all services, including postproduction, visual effects, broadcast and digital media. "Our clients need a broader range of services and products than ever before. At Cutting Edge we have everything in place. With some of the world's best creative people and technology, we can help our clients through every stage of the production process," said Michael Burton, CEO of Cutting Edge. "From creation through to delivery, we're focused on giving the most value to our clients. Whether it's through asset management and digital delivery efficiencies, or through a new range of services across the digital media space." With more than twenty-five years experience in broadcast media, Burton has experienced every facet of the media industry from network news and sport to international feature film production.… Read More

  • STUDIO OF THE FUTURE' SETS MILESTONE IN SINGAPORE'S DIGITAL MEDIA LANDSCAPE

    Singapore - By August 2012, Singapore's media landscape will reach a significant milestone with the opening of Infinite Studios, a joint venture between Ascendas- Citramas where a world-class media eco-system will be operating physically under one roof at One North, Mediapolis. Infinite Studios, dubbed "The Studio of the Future", will be a 260,000 sq foot facility. It will comprise approx. 45,000 sq foot of Singapore's first soundstage facilities and supporting production offices and another 215,000 sq foot to be tenanted to inter-related media companies and lifestyle and F&B related services, and will offer an entire value chain of media related services for the local, regional and international media community. Infinite Frameworks, a leading media company that focuses on content investment, post-production, visual effects and animation services with offices in Singapore and Batam, will be the lead anchor tenant for the facility and will also manage and operate the soundstages. To live up to its billing as the "Studio of the Future", Infinite Frameworks has also entered into a collaboration with HP, the world's largest technology company with deep experience and expertise in the digital media space. HP is working with IFW to provide the tenants of Infinite Studios with cutting-edge digital media technologies and IT on a cloud computing model. Tenants will be able to buy and use digital media and ICT services such as remote computing, rendering, storage and collaboration services on a pay-per-use basis. The first set of cloud services is targeted for roll-out when Infinite Studios is completed in August 2012. The soundstages were designed in consultation with Raleigh Studios, a leading Hollywood based studio consultant sought after worldwide for its feasibility studies and guidance on developing studio operations. With over 2 million square feet of sound stage, office and support space, the Raleigh Entertainment companies; Raleigh Studios, Raleigh Film, Hollywood Rentals, Olesen Lighting, and ESS, comprise the largest independent studio and production support operation in the US. With significant design and operational inputs from Raleigh Studios, Infinite Studios will be able to offer international standard production support and services for its soundstage operations. GlobeCast will be operating its satellite teleport and digital distribution facility from Infinite Studios. GlobeCast, with its 12 teleports and technical operations centers as well as its 17 offices in Europe, North and Latin America, the Middle East, Asia, Africa and Australia will add significant value to the users and tenants of Infinite Studios whereby content can be digitally managed with ease using GlobeCast's digital media asset management services and "live" events produced within the soundstages will have the ability to be broadcast or stream "live" from Infinite Studios. GlobeCast's 24/7 MCR and HD playout suite will move to Mediapolis from Parkview Square, bringing along with it its roster of clients in Asia which includes toptier channels AXN HD, FX, History Channel HD, MGM, NBC Universal and National Geographic HD.… Read More

  • SANYO RELEASES ADVANCED HIGH-RESOLUTION PROJECTORS

    Osaka, Japan - Sanyo Electric Co. Ltd, announced the release of the PLC-HF 15000L and PLC-HF10000L professional-use projectors. Both models employ the newly developed QuaDrive optical engine and an advanced 2K panel (2048x1080 pixels) that surpasses full HD resolution. The PLCHF15000L achieves brightness of 15,000 lumens, while the PLCHF10000L delivers 10,000 lumens. The two models of projectors offer advanced display capabilities for presentations in mid- to largesized venues.… Read More

  • CUTTING EDGE NOMINATED FOR BEST DIGITAL EFFECTS AT THE AUSTRALASIAN WRITERS AND ADVERTISING AWARDS

    Sydney - Cutting Edge, provider of creative, broadcast, visual effects, film and technical services to the media and entertainment industries, has been nominated for a AWARD Award for Best Digital Effects. The third installment in the 'Steinlager Pure' campaign for brewer, Lion Nathan, features US actor Vincent Gallo, who follows his own footsteps into a mystical 'darkness' that represents the future. The commercial puts forth the notion that, 'if we stay pure and uncompromising to the things that made us great in the past – then the future's sure to be good'. Director Christopher Riggert from Radical Media and Cutting Edge's lead compositor/VFX supervisor, Colin Renshaw turned this VFX intensive project around in just over a week for Publicis Mojo - Auckland.… Read More

  • DFT DIGITIZATION SOLUTIONS COUPLED WITH DVS SPYCERBOX STORAGE ENHANCES WORKFLOWS FOR POST PRODUCTION AND ARCHIVE MARKETS

    Hanover/Weiterstadt, Germany - DVS Digital Video Systems AG and DFT Digital Film Technology GmbH have teamed up as technology partners to aid post production and media archive facilities in enhancing and speeding up their workflows. The partnership includes DFT certification of the DVS SpycerBox for use with its film scanning, telecine, and post production software solutions. Clients working with SCANITY, Spirit, BONES Dailies or BONES PlayoutMaster in combination with the SpycerBox gain significant flexibility: The footage is scanned at maximum speed with extraordinary quality and is immediately available for the digital workflow. Connected via Fibre Channel, the SpycerBox reliably stores the highquality film data. The DVS storage solution can be used as SAN or NAS by all workstations. With its numerous connection options, SpycerBox easily integrates into existing IT infrastructures. In archive environments, too, the combination of DVS and DFT technology proves the ideal match: The DFT SCANITY is optimally suited for sensitive archive material thanks to its sprocket - and pinless transport, and the DVS SpycerBox guarantees highest performance rates.… Read More

  • ILOURA SECURES GHOST RIDER: SPIRIT OF VENGEANCE

    Sydney - Iloura had been appointed as one of the VFX studios on Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance. Iloura's executive producer, Simon Rosenthal, said that this project would see the studio's continued growth in capacity as more artists join the studio to complete the 500 plus shots on the film and well as continue work on The Killer Elite and other projects. This project comes on the back of Iloura's Emmy Nominated work on HBO's The Pacific and recent feature film projects Don't Be Afraid of the Dark with Guillermo Del Toro as well as 3D feature film Sanctum which was executive produced by James Cameron.… Read More

  • ROSS XPRESSION REAL-TIME 3D GRAPHICS ROCK THE 53RD ANNUAL GRAMMY AWARDS

    Iroquois, Otario - Ross Video's XPression 2D/3D CG and motion graphics system was selected by Los Angeles-based Mdots/Fontastics to provide live graphics for the 53rd Annual GRAMMY Awards which aired live on CBS on February 13. Hugh Grew, graphics operator for the show, used XPression to display nominee boxes and animated lower-thirds for the winners. "XPression is fast, powerful, rock-solid, and most importantly, easy to use. I was able to easily create and animate 3D graphics, then complete the graphic with a unique off-animation when the director called for it. XPression keeps track of all of its continuous animations, so the graphics exit cleanly, right on cue," said Hugh. "In addition to XPression being a great box, the support from Ross is fulltime, awesome." "Ross Video is thrilled to have XPression used on the 53rd GRAMMY Awards telecast," said Brian Olson, marketing product manager for XPression at Ross Video. "With the help of Mdots/Fontastics, we're fi ne-tuning XPression for the fast-paced live CG environment in LA and beyond. We really want XPression to be fun for operators while outputting the high-end graphics that both producers and viewers have come to expect."… Read More

  • ANTON/BAUER DELIVERS SAME-DAY BATTERIES, CHARGERS TO CENTRAL AMERICA SHOOT

    Atlanta, Georgia - While on location in Panama shooting the blue water fishing and hunting TV series, The Best & Worst of Tred Barta, for the Versus Network, owner and executive producer of the full service video and film production company, R/Wheeler Communications, Bob Wheeler, and crew found themselves with an incompatible power source. Anton/Bauer, a brand of The Vitec Group, and provider of batteries, chargers, lighting and other mobile power systems for the professional broadcast, video and film industries, was able to locate multiple batteries the same day and delivered them to a propeller plane waiting to take them to a remote offshore location. For the rigorous demands of this shoot, Wheeler relied exclusively on Anton/Bauer DIONIC 90 batteries. "We typically take anywhere from 10 to 12 DIONIC 90s with us. They're extremely dependable, and they always perform well in places like Central America," he says. Wheeler also used Anton/Bauer's "T" Series Twin charger for its portability and consistency.… Read More

  • FUTURE OF DIGITAL CONTENT DELIVERY ON SHOW AT ASIA'S LARGEST INDUSTRY EVENT

    Singapore - BroadcastAsia2011 and CommunicAsia2011 – Asia's most distinguished business event for the global broadcasting, digital media and infocomm technology industries – are set for a milestone year. To be held from 21 - 24 June at the award-winning Suntec Singapore and the prestigious Marina Bay Sands respectively, BroadcastAsia2011 and CommunicAsia2011 will return as the industry event of choice in Asia. The event will serve as the premier launch pad for companies to introduce cutting-edge technologies and solutions designed to enhance global connectivity for consumers and businesses, and shape the future of digital content delivery across the world. Event attendees will experience an enhanced show atmosphere with the introduction of new TechZones and Technology Trails, which distinctly organise key exhibitors by breakthrough technologies. The abundance and variety of purposebuilt conference room, seminar room and hospitality suite facilities at the venues allows for increased highlevel networking and knowledgesharing opportunities between business and industry luminaries and attending government officials from across the globe. These developments follow the success of last year's event, which attracted a total of over 55,000 industry visitors, exhibitors, conference speakers and delegates, and media guests from over 100 countries and regions. In 2011, attendees can look forward to a myriad of the newest technologies, products and solutions from about 2,000 multinational and small and medium companies. "There is no other combination of events worldwide where the broadcasting, digital media and infocomm technology industries come together in one city during the same week. Together, BroadcastAsia2011 and CommunicAsia2011 serve as the key international platform in Asia for business leaders, government officials and trade professionals to network, discuss the hottest industry trends and critical issues, and pursue high-growth opportunities that will shape the way digital content is delivered to and between us, both in work and play," said Victor Wong, project director of communication events, Singapore Exhibition Services. "Hosting the events in their new, intown venues will enhance sourcing activities, networking opportunities and knowledge-sharing potential both on and off the exhibition floors. In today's fast-paced, ever-changing technology industry, face-to-face and open forum meetings have never been more important."… Read More

  • CUTTING EDGE, TEN, AND WORLD SPORT GROUP BROADCASTS YANI TSENG WINNING THE 2011 AUSTRALIAN GOLF MASTERS

    Brisbane, Australia - Cutting Edge announced their provision of facilities for the broadcast of the Australian ANZ/RACV Ladies Golf Masters held at the RACV Royal Pines Resort in Queensland's Gold Coast. Watched by millions of viewers, Yani Tseng became the world's no.1 ladies golfer. After shooting a final-round 68 to win the Australian Ladies Masters by four strokes, Tseng went from world no.2 to no.1. The fastest player to have won three major tournaments after being named LPGA Rookie, Tseng is now a hero in Taiwan. The live telecast of Tseng's achievement was brought to life by World Sport Group and Cutting Edge's Outside Broadcast team for event organizer Tuohy Associates and the TEN Network. "Events such as the ANZ/RACV Australian Ladies Masters have a big television audience, so everything has to be perfect. Problems are not an option, especially when history is in the making with a new world champion", said World Sport Group telecast executive producer/ director John Evans. "Cutting Edge understand these types of events and have the outside broadcast technology and expertise to give WSG an ideal platform to achieve a perfect live broadcast."… Read More

  • TELECAST FIBER SYSTEMS' COPPERHEAD 3400 HELPS 3D BROADCAST OF HIGH-PROFILE SPORTS EVENTS

    Worcester, Massachusetts - Telecast Fiber Systems announced that its CopperHead 3400 camera-mounted fiber optic transceiver played a lead role in 3D broadcasts of two high-profile Australian sports events: the Australian Football League (AFL) Grand Finals of Australian rules football, and the National Rugby League (NRL) Grand Finals. The CopperHead 3400 units provided seamless fiber optic connectivity for 3D rigs supplied by 3ality Digital. For coverage of both events, 3ality Digital supplied its new TS5 handheld 3D rigs equipped with the CopperHead 3400 transceivers to its client, OB truck company Global Television, who in turn provided production services for Australia's Channel 7 and the Nine Network. The first product of its kind to mount directly onto a dual-camera 3D rig, the CopperHead 3400 transported the two uncompressed HD camera signals from the rig's dual Sony HDC-P1 cameras, as well as enabled full control of those cameras and the 3D rig's interocular and convergence operations, all to and from the truck. The CopperHead also delivered the other signals required for production, including return HD/SDI, genlock, intercom, tally, and audio signals, as well as power to the entire rig, including motors, cameras, and viewfinder - all over a standard SMPTE hybrid cable.… Read More

  • INDEPENDENT FILM & TELEVISION ALLIANCE ANNOUNCES WORLDWIDE BOX OFFICE GROSSES FOR TOP-50 INDEPENDENT FILMS OF 2010

    Los Angeles - The Independent Film & Television Alliance announced the worldwide box office grosses for the top-50 Independent films of 2010. Non-English language films comprised more than one-third of the total globally, according to IFTA's first annual compilation. Films from Japan led the non-English titles with nine out of 13. Japan's three top earners collectively grossed nearly US$300 million and all of them were among the top-20. French films secured two places on the Top-50 list, followed by Italy and Brazil with one each. Meanwhile, Twilight Saga: Eclipse topped the list, grossing US$562.8 million worldwide. Thirtyseven English-language titles made the list overall. "The talent and imagination of the independent film industry is evident throughout the world," IFTA president-CEO Jean Prewitt said. Among non-English films, Japan secured the no. 9 position with Karigurashi No Arrietty (The Borrower Arrietty), which grossed US$114.1 million. It also scored with two other top worldwide performers: Umizaru: The Last Message, with US$95.5 million at No. 12, and Odoru Daisosasen 3 (Bayside Shakedown 3), grossing US$83.2 million to place no. 15. Brazil's Portuguese-language Tropa De Elite 2 (Elite Squad 2) finished 25th with US$61.5 million. France's highest-ranked entry was Le Petits Mouchoirs (Little White Lies) in 34th place at US$47.3 million. Italy's Benvenutial Sud landed at no. 43 with US$41.5 million. IFTA compiled the top-50 list based on data from Rentrak Box office Essentials.… Read More

  • AUTODESK AGREES TO ACQUIRE BLUE RIDGE NUMERICS FOR US$39M

    San Rafael, California - Autodesk, Inc. has signed a definitive agreement to acquire Blue Ridge Numerics, Inc., a leading provider of simulation software, for approximately US$39 million in cash. The transaction is subject to customary closing conditions and is expected to close in Autodesk's first quarter of fiscal 2012 (which ends on 30 April 2011). Blue Ridge Numerics' CFdesign technology will be an important addition to the Autodesk simulation software portfolio for manufacturers, which currently includes Autodesk Inventor, Autodesk Algor Simulation and Autodesk Moldflow. It will broaden the Autodesk solution for Digital Prototyping to provide customers with a spectrum of computational fluid dynamics (CFD) capabilities that help automate fluid flow and thermal simulation decision-making for designs, while eliminating costly physical prototyping cycles.… Read More

  • FOX STUDIOS AUSTRALIA TO ACQUIRE PANALUX LIGHTING INVENTORY

    Sydney - Australia's largest film studio, Fox Studios Australia has today announced plans to purchase Panalux's entire Australian lighting equipment inventory. Panalux, Panavision's lighting division based in New South Wales and Queensland, has serviced the film industry since 1999 supplying lighting equipment to a large number of local and international blockbusters shot at Fox and across the region. The purchase of such a significant amount of lighting equipment sees Fox Studios Australia now become Australia's only complete 'one stop shop' film studio, closely resembling Fox's US studio model and moving away from the 'dry hire' model. Fox Studios Australia CEO Nancy Romano said, "Purchasing and thus keeping, the lighting equipment that has serviced our industry so well over the last 12 years on Australian shores was the primary driver behind our decision. By adding the lighting equipment operation to our studio, it will be easier and more convenient for local and international productions to source lighting equipment whilst shooting on the Fox lot in Sydney, or in any other location in Australia and New Zealand. We see this as an investment in the future of the Australian film industry." "We will continue to serve our customers until the completion of this transaction," said Panavision Asia Pacific MD Martin Cayzer. "Our future focus will now be on camera and crane rentals for local and international movies, TV series and commercials productions. We also look forward to working on industry projects with Fox Studios Australia."… Read More

  • SACHTLER HELPS FILMMAKERS EXPLORE EASTERN GREENLAND

    Eching - The Arctic wilderness of eastern Greenland provided the backdrop for art house film project The Sound of Greenland, which visualizes noises, sound spheres, and moods. In the film, director Ivalo Frank combines expressive pictures with sounds of the surreal coastal landscape of Greenland together with sound artist Max Schneider and cinematographer Anni Seitz. For this, the camera crew around Seitz relied on the FSB 8 fluid head and the Speed Lock 75 CF tripod from Sachtler, a Vitec Group brand, and used them to explore eastern Greenland for eight days. "We were on the move in sun, rain, wind, and cold – by motorboat or on Greenland's rough terrain," said Seitz. This is why the crew only used equipment that was robust enough and easy to carry. "Sachtler makes the best fluid heads," Seitz emphasized. Not only was she able to rely on the robustness of the equipment under extreme conditions, the FSB 8 also enabled dependably smooth and steady pans for the atmospheric shots. … Read More

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