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The Ethel O’Brien Printer. Letters from Walt By Walter P Siegmund During our big move from Pomfret to Brooklyn many things were found which were long hidden and forgotten, including more old Todd-AO files and photos. You will may find the enclosed material of further interest in connection with the printing of the Todd-AO “Process”. These are descriptions and original calculations on various ideas about corrective printing the release prints.
"An Homage To D W Griffith" A short Film In Ultra Panavision 70 By Dan Sherlock The last Ultra Panavision 70 film that was released was reportedly KHARTOUM in 1966. As it turns out, there was one more Ultra Panavision 70 short subject that was made over 20 years later. In 1988, the equipment and lenses were used for a special short subject that was also the only time the format used a speed of 30 frames per second rather than the normal 24 frames per second format.
70mm Presentations - Letters from Directors By Paul Rayton Back in the heydays of 70mm exhibition of movies, it was not uncommon for a projectionist to open a shipping case of a 70mm title and find a "personal" letter from someone associated with the film. Typically it would be signed by the Director, or the Producer. Subjects addressed would be things like the illumination level on screen, and the audio playback level. Apparently many cinemas typically ran sound a bit too low. These messages were typically reminding us projectionists to run the sound at the "Dolby Standard" of a fader setting of "7".
The 2015 European Cinerama Festival Tour Randy Gitsch has announced that Dave Strohmaier and he have been invited to present a slate of motion pictures they’ve digitally re-mastered, in a traveling film festival in four cities in Germany, Austria and Norway. Each venue will program from a roster of available titles, including features and short-subjects originally from 3-panel and 70mm. THE 2015 EUROPEAN CINERAMA FESTIVAL TOUR, as it is now called, will kick off on April 18 with multiple screenings at the Schauburg Cinerama in Karlsruhe, Germany.
Kodak Finalizes Motion Picture Film Agreements with Major Hollywood Studios Kodak announced today that it has finalized new film supply agreements with all six major Hollywood studios. As part of these agreements, Kodak will continue to provide motion picture film to the six major Hollywood studios for their movie and television productions. Kodak has been engaged in broad discussions with prominent filmmakers, studios, independent artists, production companies, and film processors to enable film to remain a fundamental medium.
10th 70mm Festival in Krnov By Johan C. M. Wolthuis Krnov is a little town in the north east of the Czech Republic, on the Opava River, near the Polish border. The city was founded in 1221. Krnov has an 18th-century castle, several churches and abbeys as well as a lookout tower from 1903. The Krnov Synagogue is one of the few large synagogues to have survived the Nazi occupation of Europe. Its industrial center manufactures textiles, beverages and musical instruments.
“Scent of Mystery” Playdate History By David Coles In its original “SCENT OF MYSTERY” incarnation a new sound concept was featured, which unfortunately was never used again. Todd-Belock 8-channel Stereophonic sound was essentially normal 6-track magnetic 70mm sound, but with Perspecta-like encoding on the 6th surround channel. This automatically directed that track to left, right and rear auditorium speakers, as appropriate, during the showing.
70MM Impressions from Oslo By Thomas Hauerslev By far 2015 has been the most successful 70mm festival since the beginning in 2000. Several shows have been sold out, including "South Pacific" and "War and Peace" (1. February). A presentation of the festival appeared on national television with more than a million viewers. Jan have also been interviewed on radio to talk about the festival. 70mm is indeed back and "to be seen on the big screen" in Oslo.
"Inherent Vice" Red Carpet 70mm Premiere in Paris By Jean-Luc Peart Producer JoAnne Sellar, Joaquin Phoenix and Paul Thomas Anderson were present, for the a brief Q&A before the screening. The screening was perfect. It's a blow-up, well done, nice contrast, perfect 70mm projection stability and brightness. 1.85:1 ratio as expected.
German Release of "El Cid" By Gerhard Witte Samuel Bronston's epic premiered in 70mm in Hamburg at the impressive "Ufa-Palast am Gänsemarkt" on 25.05.1962. On the same day the movie also debuted at the Berlin Cinerama Capitol-Filmtheater. "El Cid" ran at the "Ufa-Palast" for 14 weeks until 30.08.1962.
Kinopanorama around the World By Alain Dorange This is a listing as complete as possible of the countries in the world where the Kinopanorama three strip movies were exhibited. From Russia to Belgium. From Sweden to Japan. Kinopanorama was everywhere. Alain Dorange has all the details for you. Get the overview in this page, and send any additional Kinopanorama season to the editor.
Magnificent 70mm Cinemas of Casablanca By Dr HASSAN BELKADY I was happy to hear that you are interested by the DP70s exposed at the hall of my cinema RIF. They have been renewed and they have been running since 2000 until 2013. I created a museum of 35mm and 70mm at the entrance of cinema RIF with Victoria 8 Cinemecanica, Westrex and DP70 projectors from my 3 cinemas ABC, RITZ & RIF in Casablanca.
Miramax Films Presents "El Cid" "El Cid is one of the greatest epic films ever made. Anthony Mann's sense of composition, his use of space, and his graceful camera movements bring to life an ancient tapestry where the transformation of an ordinary man into a legend becomes almost a mystical experience." Martin Scorsese
"REMEMBERING WIDESCREEN" on Blu-ray By Wolfram Hannemann A documentary about a very special "family" gathering which happens once a year in Bradford, UK - the "Widescreen Weekend" at the National Media Museum. If you ever wondered what "Widescreen Weekend" is all about, this brand new documentary may give you all the answers you need. Mostly filmed during 2013's "Widescreen Weekend" at the National Media Museum in Bradford (UK), Wolfram Hannemann's short film concentrates not just on the people running the festival, but on some of the regular delegates as well.
"Search for Paradise" Cue Sheet The soundtrack of a Cinerama feature could be formatted as 6-track stereo, with mono surround or as 7 or even 8 track stereo with stereo surrounds. In some films surround format would change within the feature. The projectionist would follow a cue sheet indicating when sound channels had to be changed during the performance. This is an example from Malmø in Sweden.
70mm, Cinerama and Cinemiracle shown in Sweden By Thomas Hauerslev Which large format films were shown in Sweden in 70mm, Kinopanorama or Cinerama? See the list and let in70mm.com know if you can add more details to it. All contributions: titles, dates and adverts are most welcome. Many 70mm prints are archived in cold conditions near Stockholm at the official Swedish State Film Archive.
Remastering the soundtrack of "The Best Of Cinerama" By Robert Weisgerber Sepia Records and I have started the editing process for a CD release of "The Best Of Cinerama." What makes this different than the other Sepia Cinerama CD's is that the source elements are 35mm 7-track full coats of the production. The full coats are a mixture of the only surviving Cinerama 7-track audio of Act I, with narration and Act II, the music and effects without narration
The Latest Word on DAVID LEAN’S Film of DOCTOR ZHIVAGO By METRO-GOLDWYN-MAYER "Doctor Zhivago" is playing to record breaking business in its second week at the Loew’s Capitol Theatre in New York and the Paramount Theatre in Hollywood with both engagements having the largest advance sales of any Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer roadshow attraction in the history of the company. David Lean’s film of Boris Pasternak’s Nobel Prize winning novel completed its second capacity week at the Loew’s Capitol, January 5, with a smashing gross of $70,224.
Cinema Retro Magazine Goes Curved in Issue #31 By Thomas Hauerslev Cinema Retro is essential reading.The latest issue is no exception. Contributions from Raymond Benson, DVD, books and music CD reviews of films from that era, Gareth Oven takes us back to Pinewoods Past plus the usual entertaining articles about long forgotten films of the 60s and 70s. 64 pages in full (Techni)color. Cinema Retro magazine is unique, and if you are tired of (or don't give a dam about most) contemporary films - and adore the films from the 60s and 70s, THIS is THE magazine for you.
Is it possible that there is still life in the 70mm format? By Bill Kallay It’s an entertaining film and Anderson has clearly loosened up on being too serious. The film is lighthearted, if not a little slow, and the acting is well done. I laughed quite a few times and thought that Joaquin Phoenix commands the screen. I also enjoyed the sense that I felt like I was back in 1970 when the film take place. I was also reminded of how much I miss seeing 70mm in a large theatre.
70mm, Cinerama and Cinemiracle films shown in Norway Edited by Thomas Hauerslev Which large format films were shown in Norway in 70mm, Kinopanorama or Cinerama? See the list and let in70mm.com know if you can add more details to it. All contributions: titles, dates and adverts are most welcome. Many 70mm prints are archived in cold conditions near the Arctic Circle in the official Norwegian State Film Archive.
11th Oslo 70mm Festival, January 2015 By Jan Olsen The Norwegian film institute proudly presents the 11th Oslo 70mm festival 23. January - 4. February 2015. The program is a mix of vintage original prints, blow-ups and restored classics. This festival, dedicated to a movie format that was introduced more than 50 years ago, is a dream for many movie fans around the world.
"Inherent Vice" is released in70mm When private eye Doc Sportello's ex-old lady suddenly out of nowhere shows up with a story about her current billionaire land developer boyfriend whom she just happens to be in love with, and a plot by his wife and her boyfriend to kidnap that billionaire and throw him in a loony bin…well, easy for her to say.
“Interstellar” at the BFI IMAX in London By Ulrich Rostek The IMAX sequences – grainless, razor sharp, and amazingly detailed, backed up by that marvelous almost SENSURROUND -like sound – really gave me that hyper realistic first person experience which I not even sensed with our beloved Cinerama. This visual impression soon dragged me into the movie – not leaving much brain capacity to think about the one or the other logical disruption of the plot and the somewhat overloaded storyline.
65mm Negative Sources and 4K Screens By Paulo Roberto P. Elias Up to the 1970’s anyone who wished to enjoy watching a feature film at home would have to resort to some sort of projector, mostly 16 mm equipment, then rent the film, and learn how to set up everything. The video disc changed all that. The movie industry was still struggling to survive, with theater installations closing down permanently everywhere. Film libraries were beginning to fade way or get stuck forever in the vaults of the studios.
"Great is my Country" in Kinopanorama Otherwise, this Soviet "cinerama," which is being presented here by the Soviet Ministry of Culture in conjunction with the Soviet exhibition at the Coliseum, is a generally handsome and impressive wide-screen-and-color travelogue, notably short on people and propaganda and long on spectacular views.
Europe's Largest Panorama Cinema in Moscow The largest panorama cinema "Mir" [Peace] in Europe opened in Moscow on the 28th of February [probably 1958]. The first audience for the first performance were all the craftsmen and architects who had participated in the construction of this mile stone cinema.
Interstellaring in London By Mark Lyndon And yet, 70mm projection cannot be taken for granted. Even as "Interstellar" is smashing a box office records and Hollywood film directors are committing to 70mm principal photography and prints; there are cinema chains that are removing, yes removing 70mm projection from their houses. Who advises them, the captain of the Titanic?
Introduction of CinemaScope By David Samuelson Fox's introduction of CinemaScope proved to be every bit as momentous as the introduction of sound, and the cinema has benefitted from the continued development and perfection of an imperfect original invention. The fidelity of the sound in "The Jazz Singer" (1927) is a long way from the sound we experience in the cinema today, and so it is with anamorphic lenses. Chretien, Skouras, Sponable and Gottschalk would not believe the image quality we see on our screens today.
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The 11th “Todd-AO 70mm Festival“ will take place from 9-11 October 2015. For three days in October Filmtheater Schauburg in Karlsruhe (Germany) will celebrate the world of LARGE FORMAT film, by offering a series of epic films in 70mm - the HD of film formats.
Once again CINERAMA, Super Technirama 70, DEFA 70, Todd-AO, Panavision 70 and Super Panavision 70 will light up on the large 18 meter curved Cinerama screen.
• "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.
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.
26 Things Movies Taught You By Bill Kallay Rather than wasting bullets, megalomaniacs prefer to kill their archenemies using complicated machinery involving fuses, pulley systems, deadly gasses, lasers and man-eating sharks, which will allow their captives at least 20 minutes to escape.
Sunset Song Filming in 65mm Director Terence Davies has begun principal photography in Scotland on "Sunset Song", a film adaptation of Lewis Grassic Gibbon’s 1932 classic novel. To capture the landscape, the filmmakers have chosen to shoot on 65mm film, a creative decision that the producers say “will ensure depth, clarity and emotional impact on the screen”.
"Violet" Partly Photographed in 8-perf 65mm By Bas Devos, director We shot in an 8-perf format to approach the 4:3 ratio. We wanted to achieve a heightened reality for certain shots. Approx. 12 min in the films final cut is 65mm footage. This includes a monolithic ending sequence of 6½ min. Due to the length of an 8 perf 65mm reel, we had to cut the shot in two parts and stich it together in post to have one fluent 6½ min shot.
“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.”
Introduction to Projection and Wide Film (1895-1930) By Rick Mitchell (posthumously) It is the intention of this book to deal with the subject of “Wide Screen“ as it relates to the mainstream theatrical motion picture industry and its history, with reference, where appropriate, to its effect upon such related areas as documentary, industrial, and non-theatrical production and exhibition. Notable techniques and processes, the events and situations within the industry which precipitated their introduction, and the subsequent loss of popularity of some them will be covered mostly in chronological order as new developments were generally founded upon, or a reaction to, a previous one.
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.
How to Create the Best experience in the Cinema By Thomas Hauerslev Films like "Titanic" and "Braveheart" should have been shot in 65mm simply because they are "big" movies. But shooting in 65mm doesn't need to be limited to the obvious mega productions. Small independent movies would benefit enormously with the sharper picture. I'd enjoy seeing films like "Enemy of the State", "As Good As It Gets" and "You've Got Mail" and many more, shot on 65mm stock and presented in 70mm. I and most of our readership would certainly seek out cinemas presenting films in 70mm.