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Introducing – Tools for Cinema Quality Assurance


Cinema Test Tools for the Non-Technical Manager 

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 Online Managers Online 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. 

Lens Tangents | DCinema Acquisition

Capture – with lens or microphone, perhaps moving electrons around with a stylus, or perhaps conversion from an analogue form. Regardless, the beginning is acquisition.

Wexler Medium Cool and Coming Home July 2

Wexler at Aero Theatre - July 2, 2009       
Haskell Wexler, ASC, will be the guest of honor at the American Cinematheque’s Aero Theatre for a double-feature presentation of Medium Cool (1969) and Coming Home (1978) on July 16 at 7:30 p.m.

Wexler wrote, directed and photographed Medium Cool, and he shot Coming Home for director Hal Ashby.

Ticket prices are $10 general admission, $8 for senior citizens and students (with current school ID), and $7 for American Cinematheque members. Tickets are on sale now at and at the Aero Theatre, 1328 Montana Ave., Santa Monica.

Taken from the notice on the ASC website at: Wexler at Aero Theatre

3-Strip Technicolor before Black Narcissus

Designing for 3-Strip Technicolor - July 7, 2009

Director of photography John Hora, ASC, will join visual-effects artist Harrison Ellenshaw and production designer Tom Walsh to discuss “Designing for 3-Strip Technicolor” prior to a screening of Black Narcissus (1947) at the Egyptian Theatre, 6712 Hollywood Blvd., Los Angeles, on July 26 at 5:30 p.m.

The program is a special presentation by the Art Directors Guild. Alfred Junge won an Academy Award for art direction for Black Narcissus, which was his final collaboration with Michael Powell and Emeric Pressburger. Jack Cardiff, BSC, also won an Academy Award for his work on the picture, which is considered a landmark in color cinematography.

Tickets are $10 for general admission, $8 for senior citizens and students (with current school ID), and $7 for American Cinematheque members. Tickets can be purchased online at or in person at the box office.

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To see the original news release, Clik Here: ASC: The American Society of Cinematographers

Bigger Chips and Smaller Systems

Graph-Camera Sensor d/r

Discontinuity. Game-Changing. Every 12 months is a new story for sensors and cameras, and this year it seems to be "How can we shape the larger end of the professional pyramid?"

Sony, then Panasonic, then Red. Capturing the flag of feature coolness is the marketing dream, with hopes of turning that into a quarter's worth of profits. If one group gets to hold the flag longer, as Panasonic did with their ______________, they might make a profit. One just hopes that the engineering team doesn't get complacent when they should be making the next version of cool.

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The Hugh Heinsohn Report

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Hugh Heinsohn writes: 

Here are a few companies I recommend you check out at NAB. Call or SMS me on my mobile phone if you want to meet up: +1 503 360 4844


Digital Vision: South Hall, Lower Level, Stand SL8514. DV is well known for their expertise with image processing. They will have the latest version of their Film Master DI system as well as the new Phoenix system — the only complete digital remastering solution for film and video archive sources for all formats (including 4k Digital Cinema and Blu-ray). They’ve also added a lot of great new functions for the DVO image processing toolkit, including an excellent new Upscale filter, an Inverse Telecine algorithm and a Re-Timing function.

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The technology of acquisition explained; from cameras and lenses, to memory and local storage, from storyboarding and or read it here.

Storage. It wasn't that long ago that trying to get a 9 Gig RAID working on a sophisticated LAN was monumental, if not impossible. 9 years perhaps?

Now, terabyte drives are here. Enough to go with holographic storage soon?

There is a thrust for acquisition to take on some of the aspects of post. We are way to conservative for something fancy like that. But, we'll let you modern people talk about it.

Camera, but virtual. 

Film has higher resolution, no matter what that means. It is important.

We are hoping that we won't be talking much about how many electrons in the full well capacity, but we might...never know. There is just so much new coming out, that cameras and their accessories need a whole category by themselves...and here it is.