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Todd-AO, ein neues Filmverfahren By Philips Press, 1956 Den Besuchern der Photokina Köln 1956 wird zum ersten Mal auf europäischen Boden ein neues, sehr eindrucksvolles Filmverfahren vorgeführt, bei dem die Zuschauer nicht mehr passive Betrachter bleiben, sondern gewissermaßen in das Spiel auf der Leinwand einbezogen werden.
Fries and iWERKS 8/70 Cameras Filming "Lost Kingdom" By Grant Wakefield I ran the Fries 8/65 at 60 fps, and it was a hell of a thing. I was convinced that if the pull-down mechanism went wrong, the whole thing would explode out of the side of the camera and take my head off!
Todd-AO - A new film process By Philips Press, 1956 A new and very impressive film process is shown in Europe for the first time to visitors of the Photokina exhibition in Cologne in 1956. It takes the audience away from its role as passive onlookers, giving it a real sense of participating in the action on the screen.
The Origins of Cinerama Mark Trompeteler Since Cinerama, Cinemascope, Todd-AO, 70 mm, Imax and other large format and widescreen cinema exhibition formats, screens that almost fill the front wall of a cinema auditorium have become almost a norm in the modern cinema experience.
Bradford Celebrates Cinerama’s 60th. Anniversary By Mark Trompeteler Cinema professionals, writers, academics and fans travelled from all over the world to this year’s  Widescreen Weekend, at the National Media Museum in Bradford. Mark Trompeteler reports on Cinerama’s very own UK based “Diamond Jubilee” celebrations.
My visit to the locations of Ryan’s Daughter By Elizabeth Raffo Setti Ever since I saw "Ryan's Daughter" in a cinema, I have wanted to visit the sets in Ireland. The idea has since followed me, but it seemed at times to be an impossible task.
Randy Gitsch (USA) By Bill Lawrence Randy Gitsch is a key part of the revival of Cinerama and a regularly welcomed guest at the Widescreen Weekend. For this, and his continued work in film preservation and filmmaking, we are delighted to welcome Randy Gitsch to the Academy of the Widescreen Weekend.
8th Krrr! 70mm Film Festival Krnov By Martin Leskovský Under the patronage of the Municipal Information and Culture Centre Krnov and the Krnov’s major as well as with the support of the Nation Film Archive, the traditional 70mm Film Fest took place in a local Mir 70 cinema from 12 to 14 April.
DP70 at the Casino in London By Peter Philips The pictures are taken of the left hand DP70 projector and two show it laced up with one of the reels of "Zulu". I used to know the Chief Engineer for Cinerama at the time and I made several visits to the Casino and got shown around.
Widescreen Weekend "Audience on Stage" By Thomas Hauerslev The traditional "on-stage" picture - a unique Pictureville tradition since 1998. A very enthusiastic audience went on stage to have their picture taken. See the image and download for free
Johan Wolthuis By Bill Lawrence Johan is still promoting 70mm and celebrating movies in 70mm and Cinerama and 60 years on from the birth of his great passion and in recognition of his tireless work we are delighted to welcome him to the Widescreen Academy.
Vivi Bak Passed Away By Thomas Hauerslev Vivi Bak was found dead at her island home in Ibiza, Spain on April 22, by her husband producer, actor Dietmar Schönherr. She was 73. Vivi Bak starred in the HiFi-70 3D film "Operation Taifun".
Interview with Mr John Sittig By Mark Lyndon When I was seven years old living in Columbus Ohio, Cinerama had opened in Cincinnati, and my parents took me to see Cinerama at the RKO Capitol Theatre in Cincinnat
Interview with Mr Hans-Kristian Bukholm By Thomas Hauerslev 70mm really started with me when I was 14 years old and I saw David Lean’s masterpiece “Lawrence of Arabia” at a small cinema in Bergen on the west coast of Norway. Being able to count the grains of sand in the desert, that was a major thing for me when I decided to become a cinematographer.
70mm Rundown in Rio Revised By Paulo Roberto P. Elias My last adventure, reporting the presence of 70mm in my hometown had little or non-existent documents to rely upon. I recently had access to film adverts from newspaper files available to the general public, so this is a new investigation on the subject on 70mm in Rio in Brazil
Ken Annakin 90th Birthday Salute 2004 One of the most esteemed and talented Directors in British Cinema history - Mr. Ken Annakin! He’s going to do a short introduction to his personal favourite: Those Magnificent Men in Their Flying Machines, in a beautifully restored 70mm print.
Cinerama Remaster Credits By Randy Gitsch The entire library of 3-strip Cinerama and Cinemiracle productions are being Remastered for theatrical showings. These credits are technically complete for the moment, however may be added to, in case of the last two travelogues (7WW & SFP), which are being worked on now.
Cinerama Color recovery examples By Dave Strohmaier Where we had several areas of missing negatives in "Seven Wonders", "South Seas Adventure" as well as the next title "Search for Paradise" we were able to go to the Library of Congress original deposit Eastman color prints stored there since the mid 1950s and scan these areas off of the faded prints.
John Wayne Was Set To Play Lawrence Of Arabia By Brian Hannan A decade before David Lean’s Oscar-winning epic "Lawrence of Arabia", John Wayne was in line to play the hero, according to a new book, The Making Of Lawrence of Arabia, launched this weekend at the Widescreen Weekend by Scottish film historian Brian Hannan.
The Making Of The Guns Of Navarone The First In A Major Opus By Brian Hannan Scottish film historian Brian Hannan is rewriting film history – literally. And the first book – The Making Of The Guns Of Navarone - of a planned massive one-million-word opus under the general title of ‘The Magnificent 60s’ gets its ‘world premiere’ at the Bradford Widescreen Festival on Sunday April 28.
Movie Roadshows By Kim Holston A new book identifies and examines reserved-seat feature films from "Dante's Inferno" to "Man of La Mancha". Roadshows were prestigious productions - many in 70mm - requiring advance purchase of the "hard-ticket" for specific seats. As the intermission came to a close, Entr' acte music heralded the second half. Audiences left the theaters to Exit Music.
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.
“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.”
Our man in Karlsruhe, Herbert "KING" Born reports "Fortress of Peace" (1964, MCS-70 short) will undergo a digital restoration from the Large Format elements ... premiere of the new DCP (hopefully in 4K) will be next year, when the Lausanne National EXPO of 1964 will celebrate it's 50th anniversary.
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.
Radio City Music Hall By Bob Endres The Hall was relatively late in installing 70mm projection equipment because of the necessity of accommodating the stage show that accompanied the film. The Music Hall show always ran between two and three hours including the stage show, which varied in length depending on the length of the feature.
Meet the Chief By Thomas Hauerslev During the 2007 Cannes Film Festival, Thomas Hauerslev spoke with Loïc Ledez - The Master French Projectionist.
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• A Visit to ARRI In München By Thomas Hauerslev • A Conversation With Sir Sydney Samuelson By Thomas Hauerslev • The Savoy, Hamburg Reopens By Gerhard Witte • 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 • Visual Visit From The Master in Oakland By Orla Nielsen • New 6-track Magnetic Head By Clemens Sherer