Introducing – Tools for Cinema Quality Assurance

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Cinema Test Tools for the non-Technical Manager – Post Installation Quality Assurance Has Begun

Cinema Test Tools is a free resource for the cinema industry, tuned most particularly for the non-technical manager. The tools include several DCPs, all with interesting means of testing the sound and picture quality for the interested by lightly trained staff. The lessons on sound and light are written to provide a foundation to communicate with the technician who must respond quickly and well to the information that they discover.

The key is a free Managers Walk Through Checklist that correlates with the many DCPs. It helps bring an understanding of the many nuances of the auditorium's situation in a straightforward way. 

Camera, but virtual. 

Radiohead "House of Cards" Data

Not camera, not CGI. 

Play the Google Code Instrument with the Radiohead data from 3 data gathering shoots.

In Radiohead's new video for "House of Cards" from the album "In Rainbows", no cameras or lights were used. Just data.

See the video and learn more about the technology behind it.

VFX Unions: Scott Ross Vs. Scott Ross

An excellent article on effects editors as artist needing portable benefits, employers who respect labor laws, and retirement plans...

VFX Unions: Scott Ross Vs. Scott Ross

Here is some news, while VFX facilities and Scott Ross have talked the talk about giving artists portable benefits, respecting labor laws, and creating retirement plans, The Animation Guild has walked the walk for almost the past 60 years.

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7 classic Improvs

This had to be placed somewhere, so that it didn't get lost in the internet:

The Top Seven Classic Movie Moments You Didn't Know Were Improv

3D Ethics–Imagine Imagina 2010

Imagina 2010 logoAfter the "24/7 3D Fest" of CES reporting and Avatar, it is interesting to note 3D with a different focus.

Work on an Ethical Charter for 3D began in 2008, under the auspices of the Institut géographique national of France, the Principality of Monaco, the Federal Office for Topography of the Swiss Confederation, the Republic and Canton of Geneva, Lyon’s Urban Planning Agency, the city of Montreal and the Géovision-Avenir urban design and planning agency.

There will be a presentation signing at Imagina 2010, at the Monaco Chamber of Economic Development stand on 4 February.

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Hubble Commander Altman with Dykstra, Deschanel

Deschanel, Dykstra at Academy - June 29, 2009

Director of photography Caleb Deschanel, ASC (The Right Stuff), and visual-effects supervisor John Dykstra, ASC (Star Wars), will host “Astronaut as Filmmaker,” a discussion about the close relationship between NASA and motion pictures, on July 14 at the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences’ Samuel Goldwyn Theater, 8949 Wilshire Blvd., Beverly Hills, at 8 p.m.

Panelists will include Commander Scott Altman, who recently returned from a mission to the Hubble Space Telescope that he and other astronauts documented with digital and Imax 3-D cameras.

Tickets are $5 and can be purchased online at www.oscars.org or in person at the box office. For more information, call (310) 247-3600

Taken from the ASC Website at: Deschanel, Dykstra at Academy