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"Violet" Partly Photographed in 8-perf 65mm By Bas Devos, director We shot in an 8-perf format to approach the 4:3 ratio. We wanted to achieve a heightened reality for certain shots. Approx. 12 min in the films final cut is 65mm footage. This includes a monolithic ending sequence of 6½ min. Due to the length of an 8 perf 65mm reel, we had to cut the shot in two parts and stich it together in post to have one fluent 6½ min shot.
2014 Widescreen Weekend Introductions Having dubbed Wood as well as Moreno, Nixon felt she deserved a cut of the movie-album royalties. Neither the movie nor the record producers would bow to her demands. Leonard Bernstein broke the stalemate by volunteering a percentage of his income, a gesture of loyalty-royalty since Nixon had been a performer-colleague of his at New York Philharmonic concerts. He ceded one-quarter of one percent of his royalties to her
Seattle Cinerama shows "2001" and "Brainstorm" in blazing 70MM The Festival's banner event is Douglas Trumbull's forward-looking film, UFOTOG. The 12-minute science fiction adventure was written and directed by Trumbull and demonstrates his new technical process, MAGI − a new cinematic language that invites the audience to experience a powerful immersion in the story that is not possible using conventional film standards. Christie Digital will provide a special digital projector to premiere the footage, which was captured in 4k 3D at 120 frames per second.
"Holiday in Spain" Screens in Spain By Dave Strohmaier Upon hearing that this rare film, which was largely filmed in Malaga had been reconstructed and re-mastered, Festival director Juan Antonio Vigar and local newspaperman and film historian, Francisco Grinan contacted David Strohmaier about the possibility of showing the film at this years festivities.
Schauburg Cinerama restores "Vigilant Switzerland" By Herbert Born All three panels were scanned from the original and faded but mint 70mm archive prints and are now in the process of being color graded to get the original look back. "FORTRESS OF PEACE" will be shown in 70mm at the 2014 Todd-AO 70mm festival this October. An original 3-Panel-screening of the DCP's in work is planned later this year.
La Suisse Vigilante By Freek Dozy When I was 20 years old I visited the Swiss exhibition 1964. I have in my collection the original prospectus (16 pages) of the Swiss Army pavilion 1964 Lausanne. Also an article in the ‘Kinotechniek’ from Germany.
Carl W. Williams Passed Away The Williams Family It was at UCLA that he and fellow faculty member, Dr. Richard Vetter, invented a wide-screen photographic and presentation system called Dimension-150. Introduced in 1966, the system was soon being installed in movie theaters around the world and for a time, the D-150 process was one of Cinerama's chief rivals
Book signing in Aalborg - Johan Wolthuis to attend 70mm Event By Thomas Hauerslev On Saturday April 26 Johan Wolthuis, Dutch 70mm enthusiast of the International 70mm Publishers, will be present in Aalborg (Denmark) on the occasion of Biffen's 25th Anniversary. Johan will be present to talk about his passion for 70mm, sell his latest publication "Widescreen History", and do book signing during the 70MM Event.
2001: A Space Odyssey - The Missing Pieces By Ken Kunkel It is strange how the mind works. The older one gets, one can forget what happened yesterday but can remember details from decades ago. When I was a senior in high school, I took my two younger sisters to the Warner Cinerama Theatre in downtown Pittsburgh to see "2001: A Space Odyssey." It was the first week in town.
Which 70mm Projector is this? Is there anyone among the readers of in70mm.com, who might know what brand this 70mm machine is? Maybe of Italian origin, but it does not look like a FEDI or a Prevost. Any comments about the brand and use of this 70mm projector is most welcome, please. Pictures are also most welcome.
"Interstellar" Goes IMAX 70MM ...a page in progress This is a page in progress with stories about Christopher Nolan's new film "Intersellar", which is being released in IMAX 70mm by November 2014. The idea is to update the page regularly with information about IMAX cinemas showing the film in 70mm, bits and pieces, links and stills as they become available. You - the reader - is invited to contribute with information, reviews, adverts etc - anything you see fit to share.
Introduction to Projection and Wide Film (1895-1930) By Rick Mitchell (posthumously) It is the intention of this book to deal with the subject of “Wide Screen“ as it relates to the mainstream theatrical motion picture industry and its history, with reference, where appropriate, to its effect upon such related areas as documentary, industrial, and non-theatrical production and exhibition. Notable techniques and processes, the events and situations within the industry which precipitated their introduction, and the subsequent loss of popularity of some them will be covered mostly in chronological order as new developments were generally founded upon, or a reaction to, a previous one.
CENTRUM PANORAMA Varnsdorf, Czech Republic By Pavel Nejtek As owner of the cinema CENTRUM PANORAMA Varnsdorf, which was designed as 70mm cinema and despite all possible modernization including digitalisation we keep running the original equipment of the cinema with projectors UM3570 so that we are able to provide projection of the 6-chanel magnetic recording as well as DTS recording.
Introduction to How The West Was Won By Professor Sir Christopher Frayling How The West Was Won began life not with a script commission from the executives at Cinerama Inc or with an original treatment sent in from an agent, but with a series of seven historical articles in Life magazine—running from April 6th to May 18th 1959.
Newly Restored Oklahoma! to open TCM Classic Film Festival This unique 4k presentation, painstakingly restored from 65mm Todd-AO elements by Twentieth Century Fox and Fotokem, will be screened at 30 frames per second — the same frame rate as when the film was originally released in 1955. The original 6 - track soundtrack has been also restored and re - mastered at Twentieth Century Fox, in collaboration with End Point Audio and Chase Audio by Deluxe.
Dieter Gäbler passed away By Herbert Born Dieter Gäbler, German DoP and well known MCS-70 camera technician, passed away last Wednesday, March 06, 2014. We remember him as a very passionate filmmaker and a very friendly and likable friend who was always very helpful in answering questions during our long research conversations.
Me and It's a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World - a 50 year Love Story By Stefan Adler I might as well have bought a private 70mm print to get it right from the beginning! What's $ 20.000:- or more for nostalgic remembrance purposes for an old 70 mil' projectionist? A mere trifle! The possibility of having "prime beef" running through two lusty warm purring kittenlike DP70:s in the living room was appealing, but somewhat hard to get a household majority to vote for.
Leo Kino, Innsbruck, Austria By Thomas Hauerslev I visited the Leo Kino on a very sunny Saturday in February to give a lecture about film formats, followed by a 4K presentation of "A Year Along The Abandoned Road" and a rare screening of "Gorillas in the Mist" in 70mm and Dolby A. Here you have some images of the only remaining 70mm cinema in Austria
A 3D IMAX version of "2OO1: A Space Odyssey" is in progress
Answer to February's Ultra Panavision 70 quiz soon to be published. Any more who want to have a go at it? 3 correct replies so far.
Central European cinema manager finds truckload of 70mm prints on his door step, including several IMAX films. Theatre manager considers installing IMAX if he can find a used projector. "This could be a lot of fun", he says. Sensation in movie world, leaves 70mm fans exstatic in excitement, and several experts in Berlin all agrees "This is like finding the lost Ark, all wrapped up nicely by TNT".
DP70: A Story of the Todd-AO Projector By Thomas Hauerslev Today, when most cinemas have converted to digital presentations, there is less need for the DP70 – or any other film projector – and most of the machines are now redundant, with notable exceptions such as the Schauburg, and other 70mm venues.
70MM Film Event at Biffen, Aalborg Denmark, 26. April 2014 By Nielsen & Hauerslev "Biffen" in Aalborg, Denmark, is celebrating its 25th anniversary with a 1-day 70MM Festival. One day with 70mm films, lectures, format demonstrations, and the odd surprise on the 10 meter wide and deeply curved screen. It will be an unique opportunity to experience true 70MM in one of the best Danish cinemas.
in70mm.com is proud to be associated with one of the finest cinemas in Europe, Schauburg Kino, home of the annual Todd-AO Festival in Karlsruhe, Germany.
I continue to be impressed by the dedication you have to the continuing wellbeing of 70mm. I would like you to have met my colleague and friend, the late Robert Gottschalk, founder and driving force of Panavision. He was of the unshakeable opinion that picture quality, real picture QUALITY, depended on a big piece of negative, the bigger the better.
All good wishes, Sir Sydney Samuelson, December 2009
"Encourage film makers to produce and make new films in 65mm, present them in 70mm with 6-track discrete digital sound on big curved screens".
"The 70mm Association Newsletter" was the "voice" of The International 70mm Association.
For 7 years, when the magazine was produced regularly, it was edited and published in Copenhagen. The magazine was never a commercial venture - nor was it intended to be. It had a lot of fans and the number of subscribers climaxed in 2000. The last issue was published in the fall of 2001. Special edition issues 68, 69 & 70 have been made for the Widescreen Weekend.
Todd-AO Birth date By Brian O'Brien On October 15th, 1952 I received a phone call from a Michael Todd in New York City, who wished to come to see me at Rochester that evening. I had never heard of Todd, but it seems that he is a well-known Broadway producer.
• A Visit to ARRI In München By Thomas Hauerslev • Sales Manual For Louis De Rochemont's Windjammer By The Cinemiracle Process • Photo visit to Gulliver Arane 65/70mm Laboratory By Thomas Hauerslev • Photo visit to Cinema Circulaire 360 By Thomas Hauerslev • New 6-track Magnetic Head By Clemens Sherer • VistaRama cinemas in Spain By Ramon Lamarca • To commemorate William Wyler's monumental epic "Ben Hur" Shot in MGM's Camera 65 By Gerhard Witte • Vintage articles about Showscan, Panavision & Dolby
“We thought at the time that there wouldn’t be many places to play this in 70mm, but we were pleasantly surprised. There are still a lot of projectors, at least in US, that are 35mm and 70mm combined.”
Widescreen History By Johan Wolthuis The new WIDESCREEN HISTORY publication summarise the history of Widescreen processes and related subjects. The intention was to make a publication with a lot of information on Cinerama, CinemaScope systems, 70mm, etc., With a little history about sound and color and as important aspect: a lot of classic illustrations in colour and black and white.
Kenneth Branagh's "HAMLET" on 65mm By Eastman Kodak "We shot on 65mm film because we see our "Hamlet", the complete Hamlet, as an epic film. An epic film demands an epic format. One which gives us absolute quality. One that gives nearly four times the picture information in each frame, relative to 35mm.
Cinema 180 in Denmark By Thomas Hauerslev There were at least four Cinema 180 70mm installationvs in Denmark between late 1970s and mid 1990s. In this page you can see images from three of them. The only installation I remember was in Aalborg, where I took some notes when I visited in 1991.