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Widescreen Weekend 2008
7 - 10 March, 2008. Pictureville, Bradford, England

The 70mm Newsletter
Written by: Thomas Hauerslev Date: 25.05.2017 (Remastered)
Come and enjoy the first person experience at the Pictureville cinema in Bradford, England when we show digital, 35mm, Cinerama and 70mm in all its splendour. We have confirmed prints of "Windjammer" (50th anniversary screening), "This is Cinerama", "STAR!" in a new Todd-AO 70mm DTS print, "The Sand Pebbles", "2001: A Space Odyssey" (40th anniversary screening), "Blade Runner" (25th anniversary screening), "Hamlet" and "Honeymoon".

Besides Todd-AO, we include the usual mix of lectures, screen talks, format demonstrations, 3-strip Cinerama, 3-strip Kinopanorama, Panavision Super 70, Super Panavision 70, Panavision, Technirama and Digital 2K on curved and flat screens in all size and shapes.

Not forgetting the sound, this year a multitude of soundtrack are coming out of the speakers everywhere. They are all here; 70mm Dolby Stereo SR, 70mm Dolby Stereo Todd-AO layout, Dolby Digital, DTS Special Venue and ol' fashioned analouge mono. We have a couple of Robert Wise films and three films with special photographic effects by Douglas Trumbull - and all made in 65mm large format film. We are very excited to present the final cut of
"Blade Runner" in a 2k Digital presentation.

2008 is a landmark year in many ways. We can celebrate the following anniversaries and birthdays; 100th, 80th, 50th, 40th and 35th. Delegates booking will be available in January 2008. Book your hotel soon and remember it is an early start on Friday, but there will be something interesting to see Thursday evening.

• Three full days + Monday morning
• Several film anniversaries; 100th, 80th, 55th, 50th, 40th and 35th
• Primarily good new prints in color
• Proper selection between flat vs. curved screens.
• ”TIC” and ”Windjammer” in 3-strip Fri and Sat.
• 6 films never shown at WSW including a brand new 70mm print
• Illustrated lectures by Tony Sloman and Dion Hanson
• Interactive presentation by David Strohmaier about “How the West Was Won”
• ”Commercial” films evening performances for the broader and local Bradford audience
• Large variety of film and sound formats: DTS 70mm (special venue and standard 5.1), 6-track magnetic in Todd-AO layout, 6-track Dolby magnetic, 7-track Cinerama sound, and 6-track uncompressed digital sound, 3-strip Cinerama & Cinemiracle, Todd-AO, Super Panavision 70, Panavision Super 70, Panavision, 2k digital projection, large variety of blowups, video-to-film, film-to-video

Thomas Hauerslev
Film Programmer

More in 70mm reading:

Gallery: 2008
Gallery: Grenhalgh
Gallery: Rayton
WSW Home
Through the Years
The Best of WSW

Academy of the WSW

Creating the WSW
Planning the WSW
Projecting the WSW
Projecting CINERAMA

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Reel Solutions
Bill Lawrence, Head of Cinema: The Widescreen Weekend is a celebration of all that is extraordinary in large format film and has become a highlight on the film festival calendar. I get quite a lot of feed-back from our guests in the form of letters, e-mails and phone calls. People are very happy, they had a great time and they think Pictureville Cinema has a nice atmosphere and is a nice place to visit. They generally have a good time here.

Read full text: Creating the Widescreen Weekend

Tony Cutts & Duncan McGregor, Heads of Projection:
The audiences clearly prefer the curve to the flat screen. Generally, we have a difficult job explaining the difference between the formats and what film goes on which screen. "Why don't you show this on the curve?" they often ask.

Read full text: Projecting the Widescreen Weekend

Read full text: Planning the Widescreen Weekend
Read full text: Widescreen Weekend 2008 - what the audience thought about it
Read full text: Widescreen Weekend 2008 Program

Gallery: Bradford, Widescreeen Weekend 2008
Gallery: Bradford, Widescreeen Weekend 2008 By Richard Greenhalgh
Gallery: Bradford, Widescreeen Weekend 2008 By Paul Rayton

Program 2008

Friday, 7. March
10:00 – 11:55 “This is Cinerama” (1:55) + intermission. On the curve in 3-strip Cinerama with 7-track magnetic stereo
13:30 "The Great Escape"
18:30 Cinematic Sound Formats: with Dion Hanson
19:30 "2001: A Space Odyssey" in 70mm Cinerama on the curve with the D-150 lens + screen talk with Jan Harlan .

Saturday, 8 March
10:00 “Windjammer” on the curve in 3-strip Cinemiracle with 7-track magnetic stereo
13:30 The Bigger Picture - Tony Sloman
14:45 "The Sand Pebbles"
18:00 The Making of "How the West Was Won"
19:30 "STAR!" On the curved screen in a new Todd-AO 70mm DTS print

Sunday, 9 March
10:00 – 12:30 Cineramacana including the odd surprise. Academy of the Widescreen Weekend and Audience on stage
13.00 Screentalk: Kenneth Branagh + "Hamlet" 70mm
18:00 "Honeymoon"
20:30 "Blade Runner"

Monday, 10 March
10.30 "Edward Scissorhands" 70mm + "Brainstorm" 70mm

Pictureville Cinema, Bradford

Thomas Hauerslev, Editor The 70mm Newsletter: The Pictureville cinema, the jewel of British cinema in Bradford, West Yorkshire in the heart of Great Britain, is one of three cinemas equipped to show Cinerama in the original 3-strip format. The huge screen is wide and deeply curved. It’s the perfect framework to present 70mm with 6-track sound in Super Technirama 70, Todd-AO and Ultra Panavision 70.

Read full text: Pictureville Cinema, Bradford, England

Why is 70mm so special?

"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.

Film Festival Rates 2008 29th February until 15th March:

The Midland Hotel is providing a ‘package’ for attendees, which will be on a 2, 3 or 4 night basis. Rates are as follows and will not be available any cheaper elsewhere.

Bed & Breakfast for 2 nights @ £46.00 per person per night sharing a Standard Double/Twin bedroom.

Bed & Breakfast for 3 nights @ £42.00 per person per night sharing a Standard Double/Twin bedroom. 3 night reservation will be upgraded, subject to availability, and will be given a complimentary bottle of wine in their bedroom upon arrival.

Bed & Breakfast for 4 nights @ £38.00 per person per night sharing a Standard Double/Twin bedroom. 4 night reservation will receive the above and Dinner complimentary on one of the evenings.

*Premium bedroom supplement of £10.00 per person per night.

*A single supplement of £30.00 applies per room per night.

Dinner will be available from £16.95 per person, per night with a Special Themed Menu running throughout the festival.

Bookings are to be made directly through the Midland Hotel and festival guests will be advised to quote “Bradford International Film Festival” when booking.

Details for contacting the Midland are + 44 1274 735 735
Pictureville Seating lay-out. Click to enlarge

Widescreen Weekend Passes went on sale on Jan 14th but we cannot sell them on the web because we need to know which seats you require. If you want to book email Jennifer Hall. and you will be contacted shortly. Go to NMM and download booking form. Pass prices are £70 full price and £45 concession price.

to Bradford from March 7 - March 10, 2008.

Accommodation and the Weekend Pass

FULL PRICE FULL PASS - £70. CONCESSION PRICE (Senior Citizen or student) FULL PASS - £45

This includes a reserved seat for every event/film during the weekend, but all delegates must state which events they want to go to. If there are any events they do not want to attend, it means we can sell that seat to a member of the public. If an event sells out, it means we don't have empty seats, even though they have been covered by a pass.

Individual screenings will be £5,00 / £3,30.

65/70mm Workgroup
Third Session
The 3rd 65/70mm Workshop will take place on Sunday March 9th from 2.30pm to 4pm. This is your chance to input into the continuing promotion of 65mm production and 70mm exhibition, with an emphasis on practical ideas and a willingness to challenge the status quo!

All welcome - please gather in the Pictureville cafe-bar.
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