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Cinerama 70mm short subject remastering work completed By Dave Strohmaier The 6-track magnetic prints were certainly faded to the usual Eastman color magenta, and we realized that at some point we should do a digital makeover to protect the assets. Tom March and I went to the vaults last January to pull the titles and examine them for overall condition. We could see that the fading was even more severe that when the prints were shown a few years back. Since no negatives were ever located we would have to relay on color recovery techniques to try to rebuild back as much color as possible.
An Incol 70/35 projection booth as found By Paulo Roberto P. Elias When the 70mm craze of the 1960’s was in progress a significant number of regular 35mm theaters refurbished their installations to give shelter to the relative more complex 70mm projection system. It took quite a long time but when the demise of the 70mm format exhibition started there was a coincidental decadence of the so-called street theaters and palace theaters that was due to the financial burden imposed by public administrators and service providers to major exhibitors and independent theater owners.
Portland, Oregon USA 70mm Update By Morgan Montague The Hollywood Theatre in Portland has completed its 70mm restoration project and to great success. Large format film began running again through the projectors at the cinema, with 5 Sold Out performances of "2OO1: A Space Odyssey". Originally, only 1 performance was scheduled, which sold out immediately. To meet the demand another performance was added and it too sold out. And then another, and so on. Community response was simply overwhelming.
Movies with artificial smells in cinemas By Gerhard Witte There was a race to get smells into films at the end of 1950s between the "Smell-O-Vision!" and the "AromaRama" processes. AromaRama was won at the time by the Walter Reade Organization with a documentary called "Behind the Great Wall". "AromaRama" had been unveiled in the DeMille Theatre in New York with the movie's premiere on December 08, 1959.
The Greatest Show in Todd-AO: Mission Report from Karlsruhe By Thomas Hauerslev The Todd-AO Festival at the Schauburg is not only pretzel, sekt, schnitzel and Hoepfner's hefewize, it is indeed about going to the movies in style. An experience all by itself. Seeing the films at the Schauburg like seeing the films as they were originally presented - in a big cinema, on a a huge curved screen with red curtains and a Gong. It's all about showmanship and presentation, and very few cinemas do it better than the staff of the Schauburg.
UPDATED UPDATED The 2015 European Cinerama Festival Tour Randy Gitsch has announced that Dave Strohmaier and he have been invited to present a slate of motion pictures they’ve digitally re-mastered, in a traveling film festival in four cities in Germany, Austria and Norway. Each venue will program from a roster of available titles, including features and short-subjects originally from 3-panel and 70mm. THE 2015 EUROPEAN CINERAMA FESTIVAL TOUR, as it is now called, will kick off on April 18 with multiple screenings at the Schauburg Cinerama in Karlsruhe, Germany.
KRRR! 10th 70mm Film Fest Krnov 2015 By The Kino Mir 70 Team Under patronage of the Municipal centre of information and culture Krnov, together with Ministry of Culture, under the patronage of town major of Krnov, the Kino Mir 70 theatre will again be the meeting point for film enthusiasts from not only the Czech Republic but also visitors from many counties, including Austria, Denmark, France, Germany, Holland, Poland, United Kingdom and the United States. The event is organized in collaboration with town Krnov, supported by the Ministry of Culture of the Czech Republic.
70mm Film Festival in Centrum Panorama Varnsdorf By Pavel Nejtek The Centrum Panorama in Varnsdorf (Czech Republic) is planning a 70mm film festival. Titles for the 70mm Film Festival in Centrum Panroma Varnsdorf, May 5 to May 10, 2015 are Hello,Dolly!, Goya, Doctor Zhivago, Spartacus and Can Can.
The Ethel O’Brien Printer. Letters from Walt By Walter P Siegmund During our big move from Pomfret to Brooklyn many things were found which were long hidden and forgotten, including more old Todd-AO files and photos. You will may find the enclosed material of further interest in connection with the printing of the Todd-AO “Process”. These are descriptions and original calculations on various ideas about corrective printing the release prints.
"An Homage To D W Griffith" A short Film In Ultra Panavision 70 By Dan Sherlock The last Ultra Panavision 70 film that was released was reportedly KHARTOUM in 1966. As it turns out, there was one more Ultra Panavision 70 short subject that was made over 20 years later. In 1988, the equipment and lenses were used for a special short subject that was also the only time the format used a speed of 30 frames per second rather than the normal 24 frames per second format.
70mm Presentations - Letters from Directors By Paul Rayton Back in the heydays of 70mm exhibition of movies, it was not uncommon for a projectionist to open a shipping case of a 70mm title and find a "personal" letter from someone associated with the film. Typically it would be signed by the Director, or the Producer. Subjects addressed would be things like the illumination level on screen, and the audio playback level. Apparently many cinemas typically ran sound a bit too low. These messages were typically reminding us projectionists to run the sound at the "Dolby Standard" of a fader setting of "7".
Kodak Finalizes Motion Picture Film Agreements with Major Hollywood Studios Kodak announced today that it has finalized new film supply agreements with all six major Hollywood studios. As part of these agreements, Kodak will continue to provide motion picture film to the six major Hollywood studios for their movie and television productions. Kodak has been engaged in broad discussions with prominent filmmakers, studios, independent artists, production companies, and film processors to enable film to remain a fundamental medium.
10th 70mm Festival in Krnov By Johan C. M. Wolthuis Krnov is a little town in the north east of the Czech Republic, on the Opava River, near the Polish border. The city was founded in 1221. Krnov has an 18th-century castle, several churches and abbeys as well as a lookout tower from 1903. The Krnov Synagogue is one of the few large synagogues to have survived the Nazi occupation of Europe. Its industrial center manufactures textiles, beverages and musical instruments.
“Scent of Mystery” Playdate History By David Coles In its original “SCENT OF MYSTERY” incarnation a new sound concept was featured, which unfortunately was never used again. Todd-Belock 8-channel Stereophonic sound was essentially normal 6-track magnetic 70mm sound, but with Perspecta-like encoding on the 6th surround channel. This automatically directed that track to left, right and rear auditorium speakers, as appropriate, during the showing.
70MM Impressions from Oslo By Thomas Hauerslev By far 2015 has been the most successful 70mm festival since the beginning in 2000. Several shows have been sold out, including "South Pacific" and "War and Peace" (1. February). A presentation of the festival appeared on national television with more than a million viewers. Jan have also been interviewed on radio to talk about the festival. 70mm is indeed back and "to be seen on the big screen" in Oslo.
"Inherent Vice" Red Carpet 70mm Premiere in Paris By Jean-Luc Peart Producer JoAnne Sellar, Joaquin Phoenix and Paul Thomas Anderson were present, for the a brief Q&A before the screening. The screening was perfect. It's a blow-up, well done, nice contrast, perfect 70mm projection stability and brightness. 1.85:1 ratio as expected.
German Release of "El Cid" By Gerhard Witte Samuel Bronston's epic premiered in 70mm in Hamburg at the impressive "Ufa-Palast am Gänsemarkt" on 25.05.1962. On the same day the movie also debuted at the Berlin Cinerama Capitol-Filmtheater. "El Cid" ran at the "Ufa-Palast" for 14 weeks until 30.08.1962.
Kinopanorama around the World By Alain Dorange This is a listing as complete as possible of the countries in the world where the Kinopanorama three strip movies were exhibited. From Russia to Belgium. From Sweden to Japan. Kinopanorama was everywhere. Alain Dorange has all the details for you. Get the overview in this page, and send any additional Kinopanorama season to the editor.
Magnificent 70mm Cinemas of Casablanca By Dr HASSAN BELKADY I was happy to hear that you are interested by the DP70s exposed at the hall of my cinema RIF. They have been renewed and they have been running since 2000 until 2013. I created a museum of 35mm and 70mm at the entrance of cinema RIF with Victoria 8 Cinemecanica, Westrex and DP70 projectors from my 3 cinemas ABC, RITZ & RIF in Casablanca.
Miramax Films Presents "El Cid" "El Cid is one of the greatest epic films ever made. Anthony Mann's sense of composition, his use of space, and his graceful camera movements bring to life an ancient tapestry where the transformation of an ordinary man into a legend becomes almost a mystical experience." Martin Scorsese
"REMEMBERING WIDESCREEN" on Blu-ray By Wolfram Hannemann A documentary about a very special "family" gathering which happens once a year in Bradford, UK - the "Widescreen Weekend" at the National Media Museum. If you ever wondered what "Widescreen Weekend" is all about, this brand new documentary may give you all the answers you need. Mostly filmed during 2013's "Widescreen Weekend" at the National Media Museum in Bradford (UK), Wolfram Hannemann's short film concentrates not just on the people running the festival, but on some of the regular delegates as well.
"Search for Paradise" Cue Sheet The soundtrack of a Cinerama feature could be formatted as 6-track stereo, with mono surround or as 7 or even 8 track stereo with stereo surrounds. In some films surround format would change within the feature. The projectionist would follow a cue sheet indicating when sound channels had to be changed during the performance. This is an example from Malmø in Sweden.
70mm, Cinerama and Cinemiracle shown in Sweden By Thomas Hauerslev Which large format films were shown in Sweden in 70mm, Kinopanorama or Cinerama? See the list and let in70mm.com know if you can add more details to it. All contributions: titles, dates and adverts are most welcome. Many 70mm prints are archived in cold conditions near Stockholm at the official Swedish State Film Archive.
Remastering the soundtrack of "The Best Of Cinerama" By Robert Weisgerber Sepia Records and I have started the editing process for a CD release of "The Best Of Cinerama." What makes this different than the other Sepia Cinerama CD's is that the source elements are 35mm 7-track full coats of the production. The full coats are a mixture of the only surviving Cinerama 7-track audio of Act I, with narration and Act II, the music and effects without narration
It was announced a couple of days ago that The Astor Cinema in Melbourne will continue to run after the beginnning of April "äs is", that is to say, pretty much as before. The lease is to be taken over by Palace Cinemas, a local cinema chain specialising in the more discerning part of the market and sympathetic to an imaginative programming schedule. George Florence is to be a programming adviser.
Introduction of CinemaScope By David Samuelson Fox's introduction of CinemaScope proved to be every bit as momentous as the introduction of sound, and the cinema has benefitted from the continued development and perfection of an imperfect original invention. The fidelity of the sound in "The Jazz Singer" (1927) is a long way from the sound we experience in the cinema today, and so it is with anamorphic lenses. Chretien, Skouras, Sponable and Gottschalk would not believe the image quality we see on our screens today.
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The 11th “Todd-AO 70mm Festival“ will take place from 9-11 October 2015. For three days in October Filmtheater Schauburg in Karlsruhe (Germany) will celebrate the world of LARGE FORMAT film, by offering a series of epic films in 70mm - the HD of film formats.
Once again CINERAMA, Super Technirama 70, DEFA 70, Todd-AO, Panavision 70 and Super Panavision 70 will light up on the large 18 meter curved Cinerama screen.
• "in 70mm" is unlike anything you have ever seen - a High Definition movie experience with extremely sharp images and crystal clear 6 track stereo. • "in 70mm" is very realistic, almost three dimensional and can make everything you have ever seen pale into insignificance. But don't take our word for it - come and see for your self.
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.
26 Things Movies Taught You By Bill Kallay Rather than wasting bullets, megalomaniacs prefer to kill their archenemies using complicated machinery involving fuses, pulley systems, deadly gasses, lasers and man-eating sharks, which will allow their captives at least 20 minutes to escape.
Sunset Song Filming in 65mm Director Terence Davies has begun principal photography in Scotland on "Sunset Song", a film adaptation of Lewis Grassic Gibbon’s 1932 classic novel. To capture the landscape, the filmmakers have chosen to shoot on 65mm film, a creative decision that the producers say “will ensure depth, clarity and emotional impact on the screen”.
"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.
“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.”
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.
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.
How to Create the Best experience in the Cinema By Thomas Hauerslev Films like "Titanic" and "Braveheart" should have been shot in 65mm simply because they are "big" movies. But shooting in 65mm doesn't need to be limited to the obvious mega productions. Small independent movies would benefit enormously with the sharper picture. I'd enjoy seeing films like "Enemy of the State", "As Good As It Gets" and "You've Got Mail" and many more, shot on 65mm stock and presented in 70mm. I and most of our readership would certainly seek out cinemas presenting films in 70mm.
"Great is my Country" in Kinopanorama Otherwise, this Soviet "cinerama," which is being presented here by the Soviet Ministry of Culture in conjunction with the Soviet exhibition at the Coliseum, is a generally handsome and impressive wide-screen-and-color travelogue, notably short on people and propaganda and long on spectacular views.