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Christie Brings Canada’s Wonderland Mountain to Life with Spectacular Projection Mapping Show

Millions of visitors flock through the gates of Canada’s Wonderland, just north of Toronto, Canada every season and since 2011 – the theme park’s 30th anniversary – Christie® technology has been mesmerizing visitors with ‘Starlight Spectacular’ – a 9 ½ minute projection mapping display that brings Wonderland Mountain to life each evening.

Four Christie Roadster S+20K 3-chip DLP® projectors equipped with Christie Twist Pro™ display fire breathing dragons, the changing seasons, ripple effects in a kaleidoscope of colors, and a mountain that appears to crumble – among other imagery.

“Wonderland Mountain is the centerpiece of the park and for our anniversary last year, we wanted to do something unique in Canada. Once we knew it was technically feasible, we hired Tantrum Design and Visual Effects to provide the content,” said Doug McBoyle, manager, technical and event services, Canada’s Wonderland. “This is the second year of the production and we are looking at some major and exciting changes for 2013.”

Projecting on a mountain, with its intricate curves and juts, presented a unique set of challenges but Christie technology proved more than capable. McBoyle said his biggest concern was making sure the content would look clean when projected onto the irregular surface.

“We looked at different options but Christie has the edge with its Christie Twist Pro package,” said McBoyle. “Christie Twist Pro was the key selling feature because there is such an uneven surface on the mountain filled with edges and obstructions.”

A single license of Christie Twist Pro™ supports an unlimited number of projectors per array and offers unlimited grid lines, advanced edge blending and blends masking. The optional software upgrades also features rotate and flip capabilities, gradient previews of edge blends, and a brightness uniformity controller.

“Without Christie Twist Pro, we wouldn’t have been able to develop or create the images we did. The Twist Pro solidified our ability to project coherent images on the mountain. The software has the convergence points we need to get a nice and even projection surface; it is amazing how clear and how aligned the projected images are.”

McBoyle said the park wanted to give people eye-candy and have them walk away saying, ‘I have never seen anything like that before … that was amazing.’

“We wanted to create the perfect kiss goodnight where the guests walk away feeling good about what they just saw. And I think we achieved that because the performance gives them 9 ½ minutes at the end of their day to regroup, see a spectacular show and then go home having had a great day.

“I can’t emphasize enough how the Christie staff of Dave Muscat (Sr. Director of Sales, Canada) Geoff Chick (Central and Western Regional Sales Manager) and Kyle Killing (Field Application Specialist) really came to the table. Without them, we wouldn’t have been so successful. Christie’s Canadian office and manufacturing facility is just two hours away and that was a huge deal for us. Not only is the Christie product great, we have manufacturers’ support so close by.”

BEXEL WRAPS UP BIGGEST SUMMER OF SPORTS TO-DATE

BURBANK, CA—This summer, Bexel, a unit of the Vitec Group’s Services Division and a leading worldwide provider of broadcast services and solutions, supported more sports broadcasts than any other summer in its history, successfully providing major broadcasters with equipment and engineering expertise during the 2012 UEFA European Football Championship (Euro 2012), 2012 Summer Olympics, 2012 Summer Paralympics and 2012 U.S. Open. Working together with SOS Global Express, the team (and equipment) traveled more than 12,000 miles in three months. more

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Christie Demonstrates Its Leadership at ShowEast as the Most Reliable and Trusted Partner for Exhibitors Facing a Rapidly Transforming Cinema Industry

Cost Effective and Financially Accessible Solutions and Services to Deliver Premium Movie Experiences to All Types of Exhibitors are Showcased by Christie.

Christie today unveiled its fall lineup of reliable and economical cinema solutions at the annual ShowEast conference held at the Westin Diplomat Resort & Spa in Hollywood, Florida. Leading the way and already shipping is the Christie Solaria One, aimed at emerging markets and community theaters whose screen sizes are less than 10.6 meters (35 feet) wide. This DCI-compliant solution is the first based on Texas Instruments’ (TI) (NASDAQ: TXN) recently developed S2K DLP Cinema chipset to begin shipping in quantity.

“Christie is proud to offer solutions that generate positive, long-term revenues by providing customers with superior projection technologies and the very best in customer service and after-sale support,” said Craig Sholder, vice president, Christie Entertainment Solutions. “From small screens to ultra-large, premium-experience screens, Christie’s presence at ShowEast is defining the industry for 2013, with solutions like Christie Solaria One and Christie Duo, as befits a thought-and technology leader in the cinema industry.”

In addition to comprehensive solutions on display in Christie booth #915, Christie is a co-sponsor of the International Day activities, including its Awards Luncheon on November 5, which Jack Kline, president and chief operating officer, Christie Digital Systems USA, Inc., will address.

The Seven Zones in Christie’s Booth Showcase Choices for Exhibitors
Visitors to the Christie booth will have the opportunity to experience the firm’s cornerstone digital cinema offerings, whose scope encompasses new formats and technologies, backed by turnkey service and support for all of an exhibitor’s operations. Seven zones will amply demonstrate Christie’s commitment to be a trusted, one-stop shop for all exhibitor needs.

Zone 1: Christie Solaria One:
“The announcement of the high-value Christie Solaria One projector is indicative of Christie’s continuing digital cinema technology leadership, as the company advances the ‘democratization of digital’ trend that will end in all audiences across the globe having access to the finest in digital cinema and alternative content,” said Kathryn Cress, vice president, Global and Corporate Marketing, Christie.

A complete projection solution for screens up to 35 feet, it comes with a zoom lens, custom-designed Xenon lamp, and a Christie Integrated Media Block (IMB) with its own easy-to-operate Screen Management Software (SMS). The Solaria One is brightest in its class, since it projects 8000 lumens in the DCI color space, 9000 for alternative content and in its Solaria One+ variation, projects 9000 lumens in the DCI color space and10,000 for alternative content. Shipping DCI compliant in November, this affordable solution confirms that now all cinemas can make the move to digital projection. It is 3D ready, HFR upgradeable and has washable/reusable filters. Combined with the premium audio and visual playback capabilities of Christie SKA-3D, exhibitors can release the full playback potential of their digital cinema investments.

Zone 2: Christie Duo:
Christie Duo generates twice the brightness for super large 2D or 3D screens, allowing cinema exhibitors to offer a differentiated, premium movie-going experience to their patrons. Christie Duo is a dual-projection system using patented mirror system configurations, projecting simultaneous left-eye and right-eye images, which reduces 3D switching artifacts for better and more comfortable viewing of 3D presentations. The Christie Duo integration kit can be purchased with either a 2K or 4K Christie Solaria Series digital cinema projector or as a standalone integration kit if the exhibitor already has Christie projectors. Included in the solution is Christie DuoAlign, an auto-calibrating image alignment software and camera kit that easily aligns the images from both projectors, within seconds, to deliver a completely seamless movie experience. Low upfront costs and no ongoing revenue sharing requirements deliver a high performance and financially accessible premium large screen movie experience that exhibitors can brand.

Zone 3: Christie Avias-TMS:
The Christie Avias-TMS Theater Management System (TMS) provides simple and efficient centralized management of a multiplex’s entire projection operation. An interactive TMS will be showcased at the booth.

Zone 4: Lamp Lounge:
Christie Xenon lamps deliver a superior cinema experience, achieving longer life and lower operating costs than alternatives. Their brightness provides the brightest illumination possible, creating great 3D content projection. Xenon technology also affords the best image quality, producing light that is closest to natural sunlight, which in turn delivers the most life-like and natural colors. No other illumination source can produce light like that. Reliability is a given, with its natural gas element and ease of use aiding Xenon lamps to perform dependably, for a long time.

Christie Managed Services Exhibits Complement Cinema Offerings
Christie Managed Services offer a wide range of capabilities for managing all cinema equipment including projection systems and lobby digital signage. Exhibitors partner with Christie at every stage – from the design and selection, pre-staging and testing, to deployment, maintenance support, online training, remote monitoring and reporting. Customers such as ArcLight Cinemas, Coming Attractions and Southern Theatres trust Christie’s Network Operations Center (NOC) to keep their equipment running, 24/7/364.

“Southern Theatres chose to partner with Christie’s Managed Services team because they offer a comprehensive solution that includes NOC monitoring, preventative maintenance, and emergency services, giving us a cost effective one-stop shop for our digital projection support,” said Jack Wagner, director of facilities, Southern Theatres, LLC.

Visit Christie Managed Services at Zones 5, 6 and 7 at the Christie booth to experience the full solution and support offerings available to exhibitors.

Zone 5: In-lobby digital signage: Design, build, deploy and support
Experience what a theater lobby could be with eye-catching digital signage such as digital box office, digital posters and digital menu boards. Displayed on Christie FHD551-X tiled LCD flat panels, view how Christie Managed Services will design, build, deploy and support a digital signage network that’s right for exhibitors. Allure Global Solutions, a valued enterprise software solutions partner, will be on hand to demonstrate how together it and Christie support every digital signage project stage, from strategy and content requirements to equipment selection and POS software integration to synchronized deployment and post deployment support strategy.

Zone 6: Network Operations Center: 24/7 remote monitoring
Christie’s state-of-the-art NOC, featuring remote monitoring and reporting, technical phone support, preventative servicing, on-site emergency response and critical spares replenishment programs, safeguards customers’ visual technology displays, keeping them running 24/7/365. Christie’s Managed Services team of customer service and technical field experts seek to understand the support customers need for their digital projectors or in-lobby displays and, regardless of system’s manufacturer, take a technology agnostic approach to finding solutions to issues. That’s what sets Christie apart.

Visitors can experience a video demonstration of Christie’s state-of-the-art Network Operations Center on display on award-winning Christie MicroTiles.

Zone 7: Online cinema training: Empowering theater operational staff
Preview Managed Services’ new online cinema training, which provides access to not only online training, but technical resources and courseware that will increase the productivity and core knowledge of a cinema’s operational staff. Christie’s up-to-date training modules help technicians stay current on system enhancements and advancements in operational and service techniques. Find out how Christie Managed Services’ online cinema training website can empower an exhibitors technical and projection personnel to fix basic system issues, saving time, effort and money. Additionally, the Managed Services team will showcase their customized boothless projection system as part of a complete customized solution. This turnkey boothless solution provides a special lift system that enables projectors to be positioned out of the way during normal operation and lowered for maintenance, freeing up space for seating that would normally have been taken up by the projection booths.

Christie’s Commitment to HFR
The two main goals of Christie’s HFR activities are to help the industry develop the best HFR content and the best delivery system for HFR content. The first goal involves assisting leading-edge filmmakers and post-production companies in perfecting HFR movie creation, so the industry has the most engaging, entertaining content possible. The second goal is to assist exhibitors in showing these 3D HFR movies in all their glory. To these ends, Christie is helping create the standards for 3D HFR movies through formal and informal technology-development alliances with major producers and directors, post production facilities, studios and technology partners. On the exhibitor’s front, Christie provides one-stop shopping for all the hardware, software and services that enable exhibitors to deliver a filmmaker’s vision in stunning 3D HFR quality.

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The 7th Annual Hollywood Post Alliance Awards Winners Unveiled

Post Production Gala Brings Recognition to Innovation and Artistry

(Los Angeles, CA) In a gala celebration last night, winners of the 2012 HPA(r) Awards were recognized for the outstanding contributions they have made in helping create the features, programs, spots, and entertainment seen around the world. The Hollywood Post Alliance(r) – the professional organization for the post production community – presented the 7th Annual HPA Awards to a sold out audience of industry insiders and luminaries. Industry professionals were honored in 12 creative categories as well as a number of special awards including Engineering Excellence, HPA Judges Award for Creativity and Innovation in Post Production, and the prestigious Charles S. Swartz Award for Outstanding Contribution in the Field of Post Production, which had been announced earlier.

Ray Dolby, Founder and Director Emeritus of Dolby Laboratories, received the Charles S. Swartz Award for his profound impact on the post production industry and innumerable contributions to image and sound recording technology. Sound Designer, Editor and technology visionary, Walter Murch, A.C.E. was on hand to present to his friend and colleague.

The winners of the 2012 Hollywood Post Alliance Awards are:

Outstanding Color Grading – Sponsored by Dolby Laboratories
Outstanding Color Grading using a DI process – Feature Film

“The Iron Lady”
Rob Pizzey // Company 3

Outstanding Color Grading – Television

“Game of Thrones – The Prince of Winterfell”
Joe Finley // Modern VideoFilm

Outstanding Color Grading – Commercial

Chrysler “Halftime in America”
Siggy Ferstl // Company 3

Outstanding Editing – Sponsored by Avid Technology

Outstanding Editing – Feature Film

“Hugo”
Thelma Schoonmaker, A.C.E. // Sikelia Productions

Outstanding Editing – Television

“Downton Abbey – Series 2 Episode 7″
John Wilson, A.C.E. // Carnival Film & Television

Outstanding Editing – Commercial

MasterCard “Tango”
Chris Franklin // Big Sky Editorial

Outstanding Sound – Feature Film

“The Adventures of Tin Tin”
Chris Ward, Brent Burge, Michael Hedges, Christopher Boyes and Andy Nelson // Park Road Post Production

Outstanding Sound – Television

“Grimm – Pilot”
Mark Lanza, Larry Mann, Alan Decker and Nello Torri // Universal Sound

Outstanding Sound – Commercial

Nissan Leaf “Gas Powered Everything”
Jimmy Hite // Margarita Mix Santa Monica

Outstanding Compositing – Feature Film

“Marvel’s The Avengers”
Nelson Sepulveda, Alan Travis, Peter Demarest and Chris Bayz // Industrial Light & Magic

Outstanding Compositing – Television

“NCIS: Naval Criminal Investigative Service – Rekindled”
Bob Minshall, Mark Intravartolo, Jeremy Jozwik and Carrie Smith // Encore

Outstanding Compositing – Commercial

Chevy “2012 Silverado”
Benjamin Walsh, Dominik Bauch and Nicholas Kim // Method Studios

A number of special awards, which had been announced earlier, were bestowed during the evening including:

Charles S. Swartz Award
for Outstanding Contribution in the Field of Post Production:

* Ray Dolby, Dolby Laboratories

Engineering Excellence Award:

* Cinnafilm – Tachyon(tm)
* Crossroads Systems – StrongBox
* Dolby Laboratories – Dolby(r) Atmos(tm)
* Sony Electronics – F65 Camera

HPA Judges Award for Creativity and Innovation in Post Production:

* Gradient Interactive – Sandbox

For further information about the Hollywood Post Alliance, contact: 213.614.0860, or visit hpaonline.com.

About the Hollywood Post Alliance(r)
Hollywood Post Alliance (HPA) serves the professional community of businesses and individuals who provide expertise, support, tools and the infrastructure for the creation and finishing of motion pictures, television, commercials, digital media and other dynamic media content.

About the HPA(r) Awards
The HPA Awards were created to foster awareness of post production, promote creative and technical excellence, recognize the achievements of post production talent, and build involvement in the Hollywood Post Alliance.

The HPA Awards were presented with generous support from Premier Sponsor: NAB Show; Foundation Members: Avid Technology, Company 3, Deluxe, Dolby Laboratories, EFILM, Encore and Stereo D; Bronze Sponsor: RED Digital Cinema and Supporting Sponsors: Chainsaw, Inc., Sony Electronics and The Hollywood Reporter.

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Christine Purse, chris@ignite.bz or
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XPAND 3D Helps American Conservation Film Festival Raise Environmental Awareness Through Sponsorship for Second Consecutive Year

SHEPHERDSTOWN, West Virginia – For the second consecutive year, XPAND 3D will be sponsoring the 3D portion of the American Conservation Film Festival in Shepherdstown, West Virginia.

The American Conservation Film Festival is an annual event held in Shepherdstown, WV, a vibrant arts community 70 miles west of Washington, DC and Baltimore, Maryland. ACFF features films from a diverse group of conservation filmmakers from around the world.

On Friday, November 2, the American Conservation Film Festival will host “3D Friday at the Frank Center” at Shepherd University. The event will feature two 3D films: ICE BEAR and The Predator Coast. For both screenings, XPAND is providing its Infinity active 3D system.

The XPAND Infinity 3D glasses provide up to 38% transparency and a 3000:1 contrast ratio. The glasses’ lightweight ergonomic designs ensure long-wearing comfort, and their wide 3D viewing angle provides an optimal 3D image across the entire cinema. All new XPAND cinema systems and glasses fully support HFR (High Frame Rate) double and single flash at 96fps, 120fps, 144fps, 192fps, 240fps and even variable frame rate.

“As a company that is not only committed to advancing the state of the art in 3D technology but also to supporting the artists and producers who comprise the film industry, XPAND 3D is honored to once again sponsor the American Conservation Film Festival,” said Maria Costeira, CEO, XPAND 3D. “We are proud to support such a socially conscious organization and are thrilled that moviegoers will experience these 3D films in the most immersive and stunning 3D available!”

For more information on the American Conservation Film Festival, please visit www.conservationfilm.org

For more information on XPAND 3D, please visit www.xpand.me

About XPAND 3D:
XPAND 3D is the global leader in 3D technologies for cinema, with systems used by over 5,000 3D cinemas in more than 50 countries. XPAND 3D is also the 3D solution of choice for home, business, post-production, education, military, medical and professional 3D applications. XPAND 3D designs, manufactures and OEMs a range of consumer electronics 3D solutions that are driving the 3D revolution. XPAND is committed to advancing the state-of-the art in technology to provide consumers, businesses, educators and medical professionals with the comprehensive advantages of stereoscopic 3D. XPAND provides glasses on a linear scale from the most advanced and feature-packed for sophisticated surgical, training and home theater to more ruggedized and affordable for cinema and mass market use. X6D Limited is a global company whose products and services are marketed under the XPAND brand name.

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