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My wife and I are watching the HBO Cable Series “Masters of Sex”. This past Sunday’s episode, about 20 minutes in, had one of the characters, a cameraman named Lester, who films their research work, go on for about 30 seconds, about how he had just seen “Windjammer” and was incredibly inspired by that type of film-making. His monologue occurs about 20 minutes into Season 2 Episode 7. It also caught the eye of this writer.
Sepia Records will be releasing Cinerama's "Search For Paradise" on a stereo CD with all kinds of "extras." The sound quality is significantly superior to any of the films sound track releases to date, and the stereo sound makes a huge impact in listening pleasure when compared to the prior mono versions.
Parts of "Lucy" filmed in 65mm IMAX
Widescreen Academy member François Carrin (France) is reporting: Jean René FAILLIOT (Arane-Gulliver) is restoring the rare French MCS 70mm "La Tulipe Noire" (The Black Tulip) - No 70mm print, only 4K !!! Bonuses with interview of director-assistant in charge of the stunts Michel WYN.
New book about "2OO1: A Space Odyssey" mentioned in Vanity Fair
Taschen is the publisher of the book and a link to a treasury of production stills
Dave Strohmaier interview from Poland about Cinerama
New "Arcade Fire" short film made partly in 65mm
BFI to re-release a digital remaster of "2OO1: A Space Odyssey", 28 November 2014 in the UK.
New Swedish cinema in Malmö opens in the winter with a 70mm auditorium and a screen shaped for Ultra Panavision 70.
"Star Wars" is being filmed on anamorphic 35mm and 65mm IMAX
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".
13 - 29 June 2014, 70mm Retrospective, Cinémathèque Francais, Paris
lostdominion.ca are planning a kickstater campaign to get another 70mm Film Festival off the ground in Ottawa, Canada
"JURASSIC WORLD" to be shot in 35mm and 65mm
in70mm.com's man in Berlin, Mr. Gerhard Witte reports about the coming attraction “Ivanhoe”. Production company Egoli Tossell Film AG says: We still intend to film “Ivanhoe” in 65mm negative film. It is still in planning phase but there will be no further information about this film until spring 2014."
Another western not to be made in 65mm.
A 70MM Quiz. Guess a Large Format film, shot in Ultra Panavision 70
Some hints: It was a short subject, and it was shown with a feature film. It was shown only 7 times in 1989 in Japan, along with an older feature film. The short was projected on a 25m wide screen at 30 fps. It was part of a festival, and not part of a special venue attraction nor a World's Fair / Expo. It was accompanied by a live orchestra and chorus. Lillian Gish did the narration.
Reply to QUIZ MASTER
Biffen in Aalborg (DK) will celebrate its 25th anniversary with a day of 70mm April 26, 2014
Image Trends of Austin, Texas will scan Cinerama’s “In the Picture” in 2014
Arcade Fire releases new video shot in 65mm Super Panavision
Christopher Nolan is filming some sequences of "Interstellar" in 65mm IMAX
Producer/host Dick Dinman talks to Dave Strohmaier about Smileboxed Cinerama in a new radio interview
ODEON Marble Arch in London is facing demolition.
The Todd-AO 30-frame per second road show feature "Oklahoma!" is being fully restored by 20th Century Fox. Andrew Oran, FotoKem, says: "We are doing preservation on "Oklahoma!" from the camera neg but are not making a new print. However, a 4K DCP will be made."
Last scenes of "Gravity" are filmed in 65mm.
Randy Gitsch is looking for "A Tale of Old Whiff", the 1959 Cinemiracle release, 70mm, one-reel cartoon that accompanied "Scent of Mystery" in its original theatrical release, and like that feature, was originally released in Smell-O-Vision - anyone seen it?
Cinerama CD soundtracks Being released early 2014: "Cinerama Holiday", "Seven Wonders Of The World" and "Search For Paradise"
"War and Peace" in Sovscope 70 at EYE, Amsterdam, 9 November 2013. All films in Sovscope 70
Cinerama Dome 50th Anniversary
Dave Strohmaier will attend Plus Camerimage 2013 in Bydgoszcz, Poland in November, with John Witmer of the American Society of Cinematographers, and S.O.C. (not ASC) member cameraman, Doug Knapp. The trio will present two panels on Cinerama, including one on the shooting of "In the Picture" (2012), the first film to be shot in the 3-panel process in 50 years. They will also present the short subject, "The Last Days of Cinerama", which chronicles the making of the short.
"To the Moon and Beyond" 65mm negatives and sound effects elements have been found.
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New 2CD issue of "Chitty Chity Bang Bang" due for release
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.
Former Todd-AO cinema The Savoy in Hamburg, Germany will soon reopen after a long closure. No reports of any 70mm equipment - yet.
Hunger Games: Catching Fire on Kodak 35mm and 65mm Film
"Cinerama Holiday" & "Cinerama South Seas Adventure" on Blu-ray announced on Flicker Alley web site and their Facebook
Technicolor UK about to close all photomechanical film processing by May 2013, and there is a rumour on cinematography.com, that Deluxe are closing their UK and Spanish labs "in the next 90 days".
German production of "Ivanhoe" is still planned for 65mm photography. Film is in development phase and an exact production schedule cannot be given now and there is still no date for the start of filming.
Here in Italy everything is going not well for for 70mm. The Multiplex Arcadia cinema, one of the last to show 70mm film is now fully digital (with 4k projections) and screenings in 70mm seem distant memories. No 70mm projection for "The Master". Francesco Gualeni, Italy
Panavision introduced new 70mm digital cameras
From 70mm.com's Berlin correspondent Gerhard Witte: Hamburg's [Historic "Savoy" in Hamburg, ed] Savoy has been taken over by Hans-Joachim Flebbe. So, I hope, it's saved. Cheers Gerhard
Sepia Records is planning to release a previously unreleased extended movie score 2-disc CD set of "Windjammer"
The book "Movie Roadshows" is at the printer. Hopefully we will see the finished product soon.
Kim Holston, writer
Another pair of DP70s on ebay for sale
70mm Film Festival in Gartenbau Kino, Wienna, Austria is moved to fall 2013
70mm Film Festival in New York, USA from December 21, 2012 to January 1, 2013
"The Master" Review from the London Evening Standard:
Moreover, Anderson has filmed in rare, 65mm film stock, with the film being shown in one cinema at least in 70mm projection. At the press screening this week, this antique technology broke down after 20 minutes and the film was started from the beginning again in digital projection — a useful opportunity to appreciate that while digital offers clarity, the old film stock has richer colours and greater emotional impact. See it this way if you can.
"The Last Days of Cinerama" is a celebration of the revival (and an examination of the demise) of the first major wide-screen film process, as well as a behind-the-scenes look at the making of the first three-panel Cinerama film in 50 years.
Have a look at the trailer for the brand-new short documentary "The Last Days of Cinerama" by Mike Celestino and Robert Garren, detailing the production of "In the Picture", the first new three-strip Cinerama film in 50 years. Running time is 25 minutes. The doc premiered at the Cinerama's 60th Anniversary festival in Hollywood, and is currently being submitted to other festivals.
London's Odeon West End gets two-week exclusive run of "The Master" in 70mm. Released by Entertainment Film Distributors. The exclusive 70mm run will start at London’s Odeon West End on Nov 2, and after that two-week exclusive run, then the film’s non-70mm projection release will start Nov 16.
US film maker John Harris is considering making his next film in 65mm
Sixteen 70mm prints have been made for "The Master"'s 21. September release
National Film Board of Canada reports the passing of IMAX co-inventor Roman Kroitor.
25.08.2012, 5:25 am: This just in from our Hollywood source:
"Previous report about the Village Theatre in L.A. being set up to handle a 70mm run of P.T. Anderson's new movie, "The Master", did not pan out, for whatever reason(s). But now, reports are that DP70s will be installed (one each) in the Arclight Hollywood screen #3, and at one of the Landmark 12 screens in West L.A., so there will be two 70mm prints running in L.A. when the movie opens. Additional details indicate that there will be 8 or 9 total prints, so clearly there will be other venues showing it in 70mm. Known other locations include the Alamo Drafthouse in Austin, TX, and several others, names to be confirmed before too long."
Update on "Seven Wonders" for the major fans;
Due to the negative scanning problems encountered the digital restoration of "Seven Wonders of the World" will be shown at the Cinerama Dome in a work in progress form. This will involve a temporary composite image (3 Cinerama panels in one widescreen frame) for most of the film. Some of the film towards the end will be in the digitally restored form. There is also the possibility that act-2 may be shown from an original faded Cinerama pink print just as the showing of Search For Paradise.
TimeOut of Chicago speculates if they will get a 70mm print of "The Master"
in70mm.com's Bill Lawrence and Thomas Hauerslev mentioned in Film Journal International by Andreas Fuchs
in70mm.com reader John Huges reports:
indiwire.com writes that Iain Softley is planning to photograph his next film "Ivanhoe" in 65mm, and they write: Backed by Berlin-based production shingle Egoli Tossell Film New GmbH (ETF) along with Morena Films, Softley has made the unusual decision to shoot in 65mm.....
What's unusual about that, I say? But I will investigate further. Seems to be the ARRI 765
Cinerama's 60th Anniversary at the Dome already sold 2000+ tickets for the Cinerama screenings
The classic Village Theatre, in the Westwood Village/west Los Angeles area of L.A. is reported to be in view as a site for a 70mm run of the new film from Paul Thomas Anderson (PT Anderson), "The Master". Although the Village hasn't run a 70mm print for many years, a 70mm conversion kit for their venerable Norelco/Philips DP70 has been tracked down, and, pending final decisions and arrangements, it seems likely that L.A. will have its first commercial engagement of a new movie, presented "in the splendor of 70mm" in many years (last known previous one was "Hamlet", back in December 1996).
"Those Magnificent Men in their Flying Machines, or How I flew from London to Paris in 25 hours and 11 Minutes", filmed in Todd-AO is released on de-luxe region free Blu-ray from "Twilight Time".
70mm "test" screening of a composite print of the complete (new) movie from P. T. Anderson, "The Master". Took place Friday afternoon (15 June 2012) at the Academy's Linwood Dunn Theatre in Hollywood.
Cigarettes & Red Wines web site has posted a 65mm film negative clip from "The Master", and they seem to be very excited about that.
Select shots of "Snow White and the Huntsman" (mostly wide and establishing shots) were shot in 65mm with the Panavision System 65 HR, reports Mr. S. Martin
Dave Strohmaier and his crew shot the very last shot with the Cinerama Camera Tuesday 15. May, 2012, so 2nd unit and principal photography of "In the Picture" has now ended. Now the camera can go back to sleep for another 60 years until some other film makers discover it again!
Wolfram Hannemann, of LaserHotline.de has interviewed Douglas Trumbull on video to be added to LaserHotline's YouTube channel. in70mm.com encourage readers to tune in on Wolfram's channel
50th anniversary restoration of "Lawrence of Arabia" will be screened 19. May in 4K at the 2012 Cannes Festival in France.
"Lawrence of Arabia" is due for 50th anniversary re-release in 70mm, 4k and 2k
"Samsara" opens in England and Germany in September
John Wolthuis of International 70mm Publishers will publish a new book about Cinerama titled: “The CINERAMA story”. Scheduled to premiere during Widescreen Weekend in Bradford.
Next "Star Trek" film is partly photographed in 65mm IMAX.
New Cinerama documentary - made in Canada - on it's way.
"Lawrence of Arabia" will probably be available in 4K soon. Maybe even new 70mm prints.
Mr. Patrick Moha from Lyon, France reports: It looks like P.T. ANDERSON's "THE MASTER" is entirely shot in 65mm. So it is reported in IMDb. In this article from collider.com, on the seventh picture about "THE MASTER" one can see a System 65 Panavision camera. It is NOT a 35mm Panaflex (the magazine is far too bulky).
"1066" is listed as being filmed in 65mm on imdb.com, reports Mr. Wolfram Hannemann.
“Russian Adventure” complete 65mm version of 3 panel negatives found in Hollywood vault. Most of 7 channel sound track intact. Possible remastering by Cinerama Inc.
ArcLight in Hollywood will soon be all digital. However, the Cinerama Dome is keeping their Kinoton FP75 35/70mm projector and its Cinerama projectors for film presentations. And something really special is being planned for the 60th anniversary of Cinerama next year.
The Kinemathek Hamburg has announced they will continue to operate the Savoy after this summer's break. And they will re-equip the "Savoy" with 70mm projectors to suit the Todd-AO screen.
I was surfing around IMDb and looking at projects shot in 65mm, past, present and future. I came across this title, scheduled for release next year - "The Mad Trapper" (2012). According to the IMDbPro listing, its technical specs are listed as 35mm and 65mm.
Keep up the great work.
"Ben Hur" is being re-released in 6k in September 2011 - nothing about 70mm prints
Christopher Nolan is utilizing IMAX cameras in “The Dark Knight Rises” even more extensively than he did on “The Dark Knight,” which had marked the first time ever that a major feature film was partially shot with IMAX cameras. Planned release is July 20, 2012. More
Web site Cigarettes and Wine reports, that director P. T. Anderson is testing a 65mm camera
"The Tree of Life" has an interesting new web site, but still no solid facts about being partly filmed in 65mm. Set to open May 27th, 2011. Running time is 2:18, and it will be shown in Cannes May 15th.
Peter Andren is building a 3-strip Cinerama cinema in his Cinema Museum in Säter, outside Stockholm, Sweden. It will be equipped with 35-40 seats, 3 Philips machines, and a 7 meter a single sheet screen, and with a curvature of around 110 degrees. Mr. Andren is aiming for a 2012 opening.
Turner Classic Movies is looking for the 65mm/5p negative of the 1966-68 MCS 70 Superpanorama film “Dr. Coppelius”. If you have any leads, write to Dennis Millay
Latest 70mm gossip about Terrence Malic's new film "The Tree of Life" from popmatters.com:
"...the film looks amazing; shot on every kind of stock you could imagine, from super 16mm to 65mm for the in-camera effects."
and maybe with classic special effects in 65mm, from Vanity Fair's article?:
"Terry is a friend," Trumbull said. "He said to me, 'I don't like CG.' I said, 'Why not do it the old way? The way we did it in 2001?'"
"Lava Kusa - The Warrior Twins", India's first 70mm Animation Film released October 2010, reports Gaea Times
French source claims "War and Peace" filmed in 70mm Sovscope 70 process is being prepared for re-issued. A 20 min test already done by FotoKem. FotoKem Laboratories in Los Angeles denies involvement in this large format project, however.
UPDATE: 20 Dec 2010
Dear Thomas Hauerslev,
Thank you for your message. We appreciate your high opinion of the film "WAR AND PEACE". However, I should inform you that Mosfilm is not restoring this film in 70mm for cinema exhibition.
Elena Urel, MosFilm
Latest gossip from the film stage is the news about the recovery of the famous 17 cut minutes of Super Panavison 70 footage from the master piece "2001: A Space Odyssey", which Mr. Kubrick cut just a few days after the premiere. The 17 minutes of footage was originally planned to be a part of Mr. Douglas Trumbull's documentary "2001: Beyond the Infinite The Making of A Masterpiece". Since Warner Brothers appears to have abandoned it, it's questionable if the public will ever see the cut footage. The material was located in a salt mine in Kansas (where movie companies have stored film material for decades, because of the stable temperature conditions). There is no detailed information if the trims (cut footage) have sound, being 65mm negative, or 70mm film with striped sound.
Deleted scenes included:
• Some shots from the “Dawn of Man” sequence were removed and a new scene was inserted where an ape pauses with the bone it is about to use as a tool. The new scene was a low-angle shot of the monolith, done in order to portray and clarify the connection between the man-ape using the tool and the monolith.
• Some shots of Frank Poole jogging in the centrifuge were removed.
• An entire sequence of several shots in which Dave Bowman searches for the replacement antenna part in storage was removed.
• A scene where HAL severs radio communication between the “Discovery” and Poole’s pod before killing him was removed. This scene explains a line that stayed in the film in which Bowman addresses HAL on the subject.
• Some shots of Poole’s space walk before he is killed.
in70mm.com will follow developments.....
Nolan/Pfister are talking about filming entire "Batman 3" in IMAX
Telecine transfer of John Lasher's Kinopanorama footage of "Grand Ridge Road" [working title] shot with the PSO-1960 camera at Digital Pictures in Melbourne. The telecine HD 1080p footage will go to Greg Kimble for the conversion to 2.55:1 [or thereabouts] for release on DVD and Blu-ray later on this year. Mr. Kimble is also transferring other Kinopanorama footage shot previously by John Lasher. Some shots from "Bounty" as well as the B/W Moscow Cinema Chronicle Nbr 2 newsreel from 1958.
"2001: A Space Odyssey" is now available in digital format
"Unknown White Male" [retitled "Unknown", and opening 18.02.2011, ed], directed by Jaume Collet-Serra and shot by Flavio Martinez Labiano AEC, currently filming in Germany, is using the Arri 765 for some scenes (as well as 16mm Ektachrome reversal; most of the film is Super 35)
"Lawrence of Arabia" is being scanned at 8k toward the creation of a new preservation negative.
Mark Magidson, producer of "Samsara" informs in70mm.com:
"We are happy to say we have wrapped principal photography and are starting the editing process. We anticipate completion by the end of the year. At this point we are not certain of the ultimate release form beyond digital 4K and 35mm."
in70mm.com is mentioned on the dodingle.com web site.
"Nanga Parbat" released in Germany 14.01.2010, with scenes filmed in 65mm with ARRI 765. Movie site
"Can Can" work completed some time ago. Unfortunately, due to the fading issues in the original camera negative (both horizontal fading at the cuts, as well as east-west fading from poor storage), Fox/FotoKem were not able to make a new 70mm print from the negative.
Instead, a new 65mm IP from the negative as a preservation element has been made, and then Fotokem performed a huge amount of HD restoration. No new print, sadly, but it will make a passable Blu-ray. Hopefully, as technology becomes better, faster, and cheaper, Fox/FotoKem will be able to improve on it in the years to come.
"Windjammer" 35mm composite print was returned to the Swedish archive after scanning in Hollywood, and the roadshow prologue was also returned to owner during first week of January 2010. Work continues on making a Blu-ray and DVD.
70mm festival announced in Canada in 24-26 September 2010 - watch this space.
and Robert Harris is still working towards funding of the "The Alamo" restoration.
Christopher Nolan is considering using 5/65 and IMAX for his next feature film "Inception".
"Samsara" is still filming and editing work has begun.
Schauburg Kino in Karlsruhe and guests have donated USD 1000 for the restoration of "The Alamo".
A leading Hollywood director has visions of some special venue 70mm exhibition of his next film. No additional details available at this time - and it may or may not actually happen. Stay tuned for later information.
Steven Spielberg and a few guests viewed Steve's personal 70mm print of "LOA" at the Aero theatre, in a private screening, in May. It's a mag sound print produced in 1989, at the time of the "25th anniversary" restoration work by Bob Harris. The print looked wonderful.
70mm Festival in Italy and "The Alamo" restoration announced by Robert A. Harris, hopefully followed by "It's a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World".
After shooting parts of "The New World" in 70mm, Terrence Malick has once again chosen to shoot parts of his new film, "The Tree of Life", on 65mm negatives. Though this is still unofficial, this film is actually two: the other called "Voyage of Time". The best news is that unlike in the case of "The New World", "Voyage of Time" looks to be exhibited in 70mm and/or in IMAX.
The French artist Phillippe Parreno is doing a short movie in 65mm for an exhibition from June, 3rd until September, 7th at Centre Pompidou in Paris which will be projected in 70mm
70mm screenings are rumored to take place in Hamburg and München in Germany this spring. Check for updates
"Flying Clipper" was test screened in the final week of January 2009 and has been shipped to Berlin.
Ron Fricke's "Samsara" have gotten through the bulk of the filming. "The material is great, We still need a little more but are well on our way. Release is expected to be in 2010", says Mark Magidson - producer of the film.
German cult travelogue "Flying Clipper", the first film photographed in MCS 70 process, is going to be reprinted. Ready for screening in late 2009.
Three scenes for the next "Transformers 2" movie are filmed in 65mm IMAX
New 65mm project is currently shooting in Pakistan with ARRI 765, near Nanga Parbat mountain
"Elements, part 1: The Air Over Bernina" filmed with ARRI 765 this summer. 4½ minutes film is part of film "Elements" about air, water, fire and earth. To be completed in 2011 years
"Samsara" is currently filming in Korea
New 70mm print of "Sky over Holland" is in the pipeline.
New 70mm print of "It's a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World" is in the pipeline. New 70mm print of "Khartum" shown 18.05.2008.
Some scenes for "Quantum of Solace" are filmed in 65mm.
23 May 2008 update:
Just thought i would let you know that the new Bond film didn't shot anything in 65mm [shame] but used a Dalsa 4k Origin digital camera for one scene. Roberto Schaefer ASC wanted to shoot using Hawk Anamorphics but was not allowed to by the visual fx people they said post production would take to long. Its been shot Super 35 using Arricams and Zeiss Ultra Prime lenses, apart from a short sequence where they used 8 Dalsa Origin 4K cameras.
Meant to say before love your site good luck
Steven Spelberg and Lucas Film are considering playing "Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull" in 70mm at the 2008 Cannes Film Festival. And Martin Scorsese is using 65mm cameras on his new film "Shutter Island".
Ron Fricke's next 70mm project, working titled "Samsara" is expected to be released fall 2009
First reel of new Ultra Panavision 70 "Khartoum" 70mm print is test screened. New 8k digital master for "Baraka" in progress.
65mm is back - shooting of "THE INTERNATIONAL" directed by Tom Tykwer and DOP Frank Griebe has begun ... 10 mins of the movie will be shot in 65mm using ARRI765 rest will be super35 ...
"THE DARK KNIGHT: THE IMAX EXPERIENCE", from Warner Bros. Pictures, will feature four sequences filmed with IMAX® cameras. This marks the first time ever that a major feature film has been even partially shot using IMAX cameras, marking a revolutionary integration of the two film formats."
New 70mm prints of "The Bible...in the beginning", "STAR!", "West Side Story" and "Khartoum" are in the pipeline.
Heard at the "As Good As It Gets" program 21. June 2007 that Ron Fricke, director of "Baraka" is currently shooting a follow up in 5 perf 65mm. Also, the deal is set for a western to be shot next year in 5 perf 65mm, but to go through a DI.
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