June 13, 2017—IMAX will lay off roughly 100 full-time employees as part of a company-wide effort to rein in costs, Variety reports. The layoffs will take place across nearly every division, including its finance, marketing, and entertainment arms, as well as staffers in its China joint venture. The layoffs took place on Monday and are expected to result in a one-time impairment charge of approximately $15 million related to severance packages and other costs associated with the job cuts. Read the full report from Variety here.
June 5, 2017—IMAX today released five thought-provoking documentaries as part of its In Focus program, which cultivates young filmmakers and provides them an opportunity to tell compelling stories that promote change through film. Today’s release of the eight-minute documentaries—available on IMAX’s and UN Environment’s websites—coincides with the United Nations’ World Environment Day, the largest annual event for global actions to protect the environment. Experience the interactive Multimedia News Release, including the short films, here.
June 2, 2017—D3D Cinema, in partnership with Christie®, is proud to announce that the Museum of Science and Industry, Chicago (MSI), opened their new laser-illuminated, ultra-high resolution dome projection system to visitors on Memorial Day to great acclaim from both audiences and local media outlets.
May 25, 2017—Aircraft Carrier, directed by veteran IMAX-format filmmaker Stephen Low (Rocky Mountain Express, Fighter Pilot) and produced and distributed by K2 Communications and Giant Screen Films, held its world premiere at the Smithsonian National Air & Space Museum in Washington DC, on May 24. A public launch follows at the Smithsonian and in a number of other markets on May 26. Aircraft Carrier is a giant screen, immersive film packed with adrenaline-laced visuals and human stories that pay stirring tribute to the crucial role modern aircraft carriers play in maintaining the freedom of the seas, and keeping the sea lanes open for commerce.
May 5, 2017—All astronauts learn basic photography as part of their astronaut candidate training. But most of the IMAX space films astronauts had to be trained in the mechanical complexities of shooting film—65mm film.TV Tech Global interviews celebrated cinematographer James Neihouse, ASC, on what it takes to train astronauts to shoot an IMAX film in space. Read the James Neihouse interview here.
May 2, 2017—From the LA Times: "To get the maximum visual effect for his upcoming World War II movie Dunkirk, Christopher Nolan relied on a $1-million, 54-pound Imax camera that was mounted to the front of a fighter plane and submerged off the coast of France...Four Hollywood releases this year were shot with Imax cameras, up from three last year and just one in 2015. Currently, less than 15% of the roughly 30 movies released annually in Imax theaters use the company’s film and digital cameras, partly because they are more expensive than conventional equipment. But Imax is aggressively marketing its high-end cameras to filmmakers in an effort to boost that share." Read the full article here.
May 2, 2017—Variety doesn't often review giant screen films, but film critic Peter Debruge calls Amazon Adventure "spectacular" and a "triumph" and says, "Slee’s film boasts such a high level of writing, acting, and overall production polish that youngsters may be fooled into thinking they’re watching a mindless blockbuster, when in fact, they’ve actually been fooled into thinking." Read the full Amazon Adventure review in Variety here.
April 27, 2017—Sean B. Carroll, an evolutionary biologist and executive producer of the new film Amazon Adventure, tells Smithsonian Magazine how he shaped a compelling visual narrative for viewers while sticking close to the scientific facts.
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