Two-Time Golden Globe® Nominee Ewan McGregor Will Narrate Humpback Whales A New Underwater Adventure Documentary By Macgillivray Freeman Films, Presented By Pacific Life

December 18, 2014 – 4:24 pm | Permalink

Splashing into IMAX® 3D and Giant Screen theaters beginning February 13th

LOS ANGELES – December 18, 2014 –MacGillivray Freeman Films (MFF) today announced that two-time Golden Globe® nominee, Ewan McGregor, will narrate Humpback Whales, an underwater 3D adventure documentary for IMAX and other giant-screen theaters directed by two-time Academy Award®-nominated filmmaker Greg MacGillivray (The Living Sea, Dolphins, Everest). The film, presented in association with Pacific Life, will be released beginning February 13th, 2015.

Legendary documentary filmmakers, MacGillivray Freeman Films, bring their exhilarating giant-screen storytelling to one of the most enormous and vastly fascinating creatures on earth in Humpback Whales – an immersive ocean adventure that invites audiences to dive first-hand into the mysterious realm of these 55-foot, 50-ton aquatic mammals. In a splashing, gliding, musical mix of 3D imagery, underwater splendor and scientific exploration, the film asks the compelling question: what might life be like from a humpback’s point of view. Once feared as monsters, and very nearly hunted to extinction, today humpbacks are in the midst of a slow but remarkable recovery.

Humpback Whales marks the prolific large-format film company’s first entertainment-focused film exclusively on whales. The MacGillivray Freeman Films team took it as an occasion to apply all of their cumulative cinematic experience to the telling of one of the most compelling wildlife stories of our time: how humpbacks were brought back from the brink of destruction to set off a new wave of scientific discovery and human fascination with their one-of-a-kind, gargantuan beauty.

“We are thrilled to have Ewan McGregor narrate Humpback Whales,” says Director Greg MacGillivray. “He is a tremendous talent and his passionate narration will help to bring the audience on this incredible immersive journey with these complex and astounding creatures. We hope the film excites and inspires people to better understand the humpback whale, as this mammal is critical to the ecological health and survival of the ocean.”

“We are proud to be part of bringing this film to life and helping to educate the public about these truly amazing animals,” said Tennyson Oyler, Vice President of Brand Management & Public Affairs for Pacific Life. “Our partnership with Humpback Whales helps showcase that the whale is more than just a company logo for us. It demonstrates our ongoing commitment to the future.”

Often hailed as one of the finest actors of his generation, Ewan McGregor consistently captivates audiences with a diverse line-up of roles across a multitude of genres, styles and scope. From his breakthrough role as the heroin-addicted Mark Renton in Irvine Welsh’s Trainspotting, to the legendary “Obi-Wan Kenobi” in Star Wars Episode I: The Phanton Menace, to starring as “Christian” opposite Nicole Kidman in the Oscar and BAFTA award-winning musical Moulin Rouge, McGregor’s career has been highlighted by a continuous string of bold and daring performances. McGregor can currently be seen on stage, making his Broadway debut as “Henry” in Tom Stoppard’s Tony® Award-winning play “The Real Thing,” directed by Sam Gold, opposite Maggie Gyllenhaal. The play opened on October 30, 2014 and will run until January 4th, 2015 at the American Airlines Theatre in New York.

McGregor’s upcoming film roles include Mortdecai the film adaptation of Kyril Bonfiglioli’s book “The Great Mortdecai Moustache Mystery,” opposite Johnny Depp. Lionsgate is set to release the film on January 23rd, 2015. He is upcoming in Rodrigo Garcia’s Last Days in the Desert which is set to premiere at the Sundance Film Festival in January. He will also star in Gavin O’Connor’s Jane Got a Gun, out September 4, 2015, where he plays the leader of an outlaw gang. The film also stars Natalie Portman and Joel Edgerton. Among McGregor’s additional upcoming film roles are the action crime-drama Son of a Gun where he plays a notorious criminal who has escaped from prison, and the political thriller Our Kind of Traitor opposite Stellan Skarsgard as well as Don Cheadle’s Miles Davis biopic. McGregor is a devoted and influential philanthropist, and serves as a Goodwill Ambassador for UNICEF UK, a non-profit organization dedicated to providing long-term humanitarian and developmental assistance to children and mothers in developing countries.​​

About Humpback Whales
A MacGillivray Freeman film presented by Pacific Life, Humpback Whales is directed by Greg MacGillivray (The Living Sea, Dolphins, Everest) and produced by Shaun MacGillivray (To The Arctic, Grand Canyon Adventure). Filmed with 15perf / 65mm IMAX® cameras, Humpback Whales is written and edited by Stephen Judson (Everest, To The Arctic) with a musical score by Steve Wood (Journey to the South Pacific, To The Arctic). www.humpbackwhalesfilm.com

About MacGillivray Freeman Films
MacGillivray Freeman Films is the world’s foremost independent producer and distributor of giant-screen 70mm films with 38 giant-screen films to its credit. Throughout the company’s 50-year history, its films have won numerous international awards including two Academy Award® nominations and three films inducted into the IMAX Hall of Fame. MacGillivray Freeman’s films are known for their artistry and celebration of science and the natural world. It is the first documentary film company to reach the one billion dollar benchmark for worldwide box office. www.macgillivrayfreemanfilms.com.

About Pacific Life
Offering insurance since 1868, Pacific Life provides a wide range of life insurance products, annuities, and mutual funds, and offers a variety of investment products and services to individuals, businesses, and pension plans. Pacific Life counts more than half of the 100 largest U.S. companies as its clients. For additional company information, including current financial strength ratings, visit www.PacificLife.com. Pacific Life refers to Pacific Life Insurance Company and its affiliates, including Pacific Life & Annuity Company. Client count as of June 2014 is compiled by Pacific Life using the 2014 FORTUNE 500® list.

New poster, images from The Great Apes

December 18, 2014 – 1:00 pm | Permalink

nWave Pictures Distribution has released a new poster and images from the Giant Screen film, The Great Apes.

The film brings us face to face with some of the world’s rarest primates. Featuring chimpanzees, bonobos, orangutans and the magnificent mountain gorillas, the film captures the emotional connection we all experience when encountering such extraordinary creatures.

The film is currently playing in IMAX, Giant Screen, and other specialty theaters.



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Museum Exhibition Veteran Greg Krogen Joins D3D Cinema

December 18, 2014 – 12:12 pm | Permalink

Evanston, IL (Dec. 18, 2014) – D3D Cinema is pleased to announced the hiring of museum industry veteran Greg Krogen as Vice President of Theater Sales and Business Development. Krogen comes to D3D with 13 years of experience creating and touring traveling exhibitions to museums, science centers, zoos, and aquariums around the world. During his tenure at Minotaur Mazes, he oversaw numerous exhibition tours and played a key role in multiple development partnerships with non-profit and for-profit organizations. Krogen is passionate about supporting informal institutions by providing memorable, content driven experiences with strong revenue potential.

“We are very excited about Greg joining D3D Cinema,” said Don Kempf, President of D3D. “Our company is very proud of the new museum and aquarium-based digital theaters that we have opened over the past several years, and we are now stepping up further in our efforts to expand the market for educational documentary programming and exhibition. I am confident that Greg can really play a big role in all of this.”

“I’m excited to bring D3D Cinema’s extensive film library and digital theater innovations to museums around the world,” said Krogen, “and the newly-launched Cinefolio program for medium and small institutions is a must-do, all-access pass to 3D cinema that I can’t wait to share.”

ABOUT D3D CINEMA
D3D Cinema offers complete digital 3D cinema solutions and services to museum and attraction industry clients worldwide, providing a unique partnership approach to cinema design and 3D content production built around four core capabilities – theater design and installation; touring exhibition theaters; an award-winning library of 3D content; and custom signature film production. Comprised of institutional theater specialists, D3D excels in bringing first-to-market immersive cinema technologies to its clients, offering technology-agnostic consultation, strategic planning, installation, content production & distribution, operational support, and ongoing service. D3D is headquartered in Evanston, IL with offices in Philadelphia, Ottawa, Canada and Valencia, Spain.
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Journey To Space Unveils New Era of Deep Space Exploration in Dramatic Giant Screen Film Format

December 12, 2014 – 2:46 pm | Permalink

K2 Films, Inc., a wholly-owned subsidiary of K2 Communications, and Giant Screen Films have teamed up to tell the exciting story of what the next chapter of space exploration will bring both near-term and long-term. Through visually stunning imagery, and in collaboration with leading space experts, Journey To Space showcases the exciting plans NASA and the space community are working on and the challenges they must overcome to carry out missions, once considered science fiction, and now science fact, such as landing astronauts on Mars. The film calls attention to the reality that the space program did not die with the end of the Shuttle Program in 2011. It is instead, vibrantly alive.

The Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum in Washington, D.C., was selected for the World Premiere, with additional theaters throughout the U.S. and worldwide committed to show the film in both 2D and 3D over the coming months, beginning in February. The film captures the spirit of human exploration and describes how it is at the core of our own DNA.

“No longer science fiction, a human mission to Mars is in the planning stages, and major steps are being taken to make it a reality within a generation,” said Bob Kresser, CEO of K2 Films “Our goal in making this film was to tie together the actual hardware being built with the tremendous planning under way that will make the next steps in space exploration the most far-reaching in our history.”

The names of the new machines that will carry out these missions will soon enter our lexicon.

– “Orion” is NASA’s first spacecraft designed to carry humans on long-duration deep space exploration missions. Orion will take humans to interplanetary destinations beyond low Earth orbit and return them safely back home. For instance, a round-trip to Mars via Orion will take two-and-a-half years as compared to the Apollo trips to the moon, which took 12 days.

– “Olympus,” an inflatable transit habitat, is an early concept, 45 ft. – 50 ft. diameter module that would provide astronauts the work area and living space necessary for long-duration missions. Smaller versions have already flown in space, and a full-scale version is shown undergoing ground testing

– The Space Launch System, or “SLS,” is the giant rocket that will carry both of the previously mentioned spacecraft and provides the enormous lift necessary to send them on many historic missions. SLS will also carry the needed Mars landers and ascent vehicles to get astronauts to the surface of Mars and back up to the Orion mothership for their return trip to Earth. SLS will generate over nine million pounds of thrust and can launch hardware into orbit equivalent to the weight of 22 elephants.

Journey To Space also gives a fitting tribute to the Shuttle Program and the 355 astronauts who flew on the 135 Shuttle missions. This historical chapter in the film is in the first one-third of the movie and describes how the Shuttle took many of the big steps that helped us understand how to live and operate in space. In fact, it’s the lessons learned during those many steps that have enabled the future missions covered in the film.

The film also gives a strong overview of the Shuttle’s last major project – the launch and assembly of the International Space Station (ISS). The ISS is a joint collaboration of 15 nations and is operating 24/7 providing a true home and science lab in space like no other. ISS crews’ tours of duty have averaged six months, and NASA will begin one-year duration missions starting in 2015. Researchers expect the one-year mission to yield beneficial knowledge on the medical, psychological and biomedical challenges explorers may face as they venture to an asteroid, Mars and beyond.

Overall, Journey To Space provides a timely review of how NASA has been transitioning from the end of the Space Shuttle Era to a much more ambitious future that will forever change how we live and operate in space as a species.

To view the trailer online, click the following link: https://vimeo.com/113317048

To download the trailer, click the following Dropbox link: https://www.dropbox.com/sh/po22xfg9in4rj9g/AAANn9GiWIyYQ5i-4s1J9GOna?dl=0

About K2 Films
Recognized as leaders in Giant Screen documentary cinema, K2 Films, Inc., a wholly-owned subsidiary of K2 Communications (K2), brings a wealth of success and experience in all aspects of production, global distribution and marketing. Additionally, K2’s distribution arm counts more than 65 large screen format films in its library for non-theatrical distribution, plus more than 25 films for digital and large format theater distribution.

K2 also operates the only comprehensive Giant Screen consumer/fan website, BigMovieZone.com. For more information, consult www.k2communications.com.

About Giant Screen Films
Since 1997, Giant Screen Films (GSF) has established itself as a pioneer in the large-format industry, producing and distributing films that push the boundaries of the medium. Through the magic of immersive sight and sound technologies, GSF’s productions challenge the imaginations of children and adults, offering an inspiring perspective on the world and an unforgettable theater experience. Meaningful educational collaborations and partnerships extend each film’s impact far beyond the theater. The company is recognized as one of the world’s leading and most active large-format producers and is based in Evanston, Ill. For additional information, visit www.gsfilms.com.

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Images from Living in the Age of Airplanes

December 11, 2014 – 5:35 pm | Permalink

National Geographic Studios has released the first images from upcoming film, Living in the Age of Airplanes.

The film takes audiences on an epic journey through 18 countries and across all seven continents as it presents a unique perspective on how the airplane has changed the world.

Living in the Age of Airplanes opens in IMAX, Giant Screen, and other specialty theaters April 10, 2015.



Twin Otter seaplane flying over the shallow waters of the Maldives. Screenshot from the film “Living in the Age of Airplanes,” to be released by National Geographic Studios on giant screens and digital cinemas worldwide April 10, 2015.


Director of Photography Andrew Waruszewski (right) framing a shot with Producer/Director Brian J. Terwilliger (left) in Rome, Italy, for the new film “Living in the Age of Airplanes,” to be released by National Geographic Studios on giant screens and digital cinemas worldwide April 10, 2015. Photo by Matt Reilly.


Producer/Director Brian J. Terwilliger and Director of Photography Andrew Waruszewski on location at Kona Airport, Hawaii, for the new film “Living in the Age of Airplanes,” to be released by National Geographic Studios on giant screens and digital cinemas worldwide April 10, 2015. Photo by Matt Reilly.


Runway in the savannas of Kenya. Screenshot from the film “Living in the Age of Airplanes” to be released by National Geographic Studios on giant screens and digital cinemas worldwide April 10, 2015.

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National Geographic Studios to Release Original Film ‘Living in the Age of Airplanes’ to Giant Screen, Digital, IMAX® and Museum Cinemas Worldwide

December 11, 2014 – 5:22 pm | Permalink

Film is narrated by Harrison Ford; original score is composed by James Horner

WASHINGTON (Dec. 11, 2014)—National Geographic Studios has acquired the global theatrical rights to the film “Living in the Age of Airplanes,” which takes audiences on an epic journey through 18 countries and across all seven continents as it presents a unique perspective on how the airplane has changed the world. It will be available to 15/70 flat and dome film screens and to all digital screens when it is released worldwide on April 10, 2015.

Produced and directed by Brian J. Terwilliger (“One Six Right”), “Living in the Age of Airplanes” is narrated by actor and pilot Harrison Ford and features an original score by Academy Award®-winning composer and pilot James Horner (“Avatar,” “Titanic”). The film was shot in 95 locations around the globe, from remote places like the South Pole and the Maldives to historically significant sites of ancient civilizations. The narrative weaves together the profound ways that aviation has transformed our lives, connecting countries and cultures while expanding horizons and minds.

“Since we were all born into a world with airplanes, it’s hard to imagine that jet travel itself is only 60 years old, just a tick on the timeline of human history,” said Terwilliger. “Yet practically overnight, our perception of crossing continents and oceans at 500 mph has turned from fascination to frustration. I want to reignite people’s wonder for one of the most extraordinary aspects of the modern world.”

“‘Living in the Age of Airplanes’ is the perfect film for National Geographic,” said Mark Katz, president of distribution for National Geographic Studios. “Its visuals are breathtaking, it tells an amazing story and will engage audiences on a variety of levels, from adventure to geography to exploration and more, which aligns completely with National Geographic’s mission to inspire, illuminate and teach.”

For more information, visit www.airplanesmovie.com.

About the National Geographic Society

With a mission to inspire, illuminate and teach, the National Geographic Society is one of the world’s largest nonprofit scientific and educational organizations. The member-supported Society, which believes in the power of science, exploration and storytelling to change the world, reaches over 600 million people each month through its media platforms, products and events. National Geographic has funded more than 11,000 research, conservation and exploration projects, and its education programs promote geographic literacy. National Geographic Studios is the video/film production arm of the Society, which creates research-based television, film and digital entertainment content. For more information, visit www.nationalgeographic.com and find us on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Google+, YouTube and Pinterest.

About Terwilliger Productions

Terwilliger Productions is an independent production company based in Los Angeles that produces high-quality, thought-provoking films. The company is best known for the aviation documentary “One Six Right,” a film that celebrates local airports as unsung heroes, which was distributed worldwide. For more information, visit www.terwilligerproductions.com.

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Ocean Explorer Dr. Sylvia Earle to Narrate IMAX® Theater Film “Jean-Michel Cousteau’s Secret Ocean”

December 8, 2014 – 3:20 pm | Permalink

3D Entertainment Distribution to Release Documentary Worldwide As Of March 2015

LOS ANGELES and LONDON, Dec. 8, 2014 /PRNewswire/ — 3D Entertainment Distribution announced today that renowned oceanographer Dr. Sylvia Earle will narrate the upcoming giant screen film “Jean-Michel Cousteau’s Secret Ocean,” directed by Jean-Michel Cousteau and produced by Ocean Futures Society and 3D Entertainment Films. The 40-minute underwater documentary explores the ocean as never before. It is slated for a staggered release worldwide in 3D and 2D, 15-perf./70-mm film and digital formats beginning in March 2015.

“From the start, my wish was that the narrator of ‘Secret Ocean’ be profoundly connected to the message of marine exploration & conservation, and we could not have better fulfilled that mission,” said Jean-Michel Cousteau. “Dr. Sylvia Earle is not just the voice of the film. She is a voice for the ocean.”

“I am delighted to be narrating the first documentary for IMAX® and digital 3D cinemas directed by my longtime friend and fellow ocean explorer, Jean-Michel Cousteau,” said Dr. Earle. “Since I began diving over 60 years ago, I’ve had the frustration of knowing that there was always more beyond what I could see, but technology is key to being able to see the ocean with new eyes. This extraordinary giant screen experience is so spectacular, audiences won’t simply watch the film; they’ll live it. ‘Secret Ocean’ allows us all to better understand life in the sea, the heart of our planet, and perhaps develop a desire to protect it. With knowing comes caring, but first we need to know.”

Called “Her Deepness” by the New Yorker and the New York Times, “Living Legend” by the Library of Congress, first “Hero for the Planet” by Time Magazine and, most recently, named a “Champion for the Earth” by the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), Dr. Earle is an oceanographer, explorer, author and lecturer with experience as a field research scientist, government official, and director for corporate and non-profit organizations. Formerly Chief Scientist of the US National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), she has led more than 100 expeditions and logged more than 7,000 hours underwater, including leading the first team of women aquanauts during the Tektite Project in 1970, participating in ten saturation dives and setting a record for solo diving in 1000 meters (3,300 feet) depth. Her research concerns marine ecosystems with special reference to exploration, conservation and the development and use of new technologies for access and effective operations in the deep sea and other remote environments. Earle is also the recipient of more than 100 national and international honors.

Filmed over 3 years at locations around the globe, “Jean-Michel Cousteau’s Secret Ocean” provides a compelling, breakthrough look at a secret world within the ocean that is perhaps the biggest story of all—that the smallest life in the sea is the mightiest force on which we all depend. Alongside marine biologist Holly Lohuis, the son of ocean pioneer Jacques Cousteau invites audiences to dive into this whole new world that will leave viewers in awe of the beauty and diversity of the oceans – the source of all life on our planet – and inspire an even stronger desire to protect what they have either seen for the first time, or perhaps re-discovered.

Visit the official film website at www.SecretOcean-theFilm.com

About Ocean Futures Society
Jean-Michel Cousteau’s Ocean Futures Society was founded to explore the oceans, inspiring and educating people throughout the world to act responsibly for their protection and to celebrate their vital importance to the survival of all life on the planet. Ambassadors of the Environment represents the Society’s commitment to prepare the next generation for the responsibilities they will inherit to manage the planet’s biosphere. For more information, visit the website at www.oceanfutures.org.

About 3D Entertainment Films & 3D Entertainment Distribution
3D Entertainment Films and 3D Entertainment Distribution respectively specialize in the production and distribution of innovative films for IMAX® theaters and digital 3D cinemas worldwide. Based in London (UK) and Los Angeles (CA), the Company is dedicated to immersing audiences of all ages in engaging, story-driven 3D experiences that inspire and educate. For more information about our company, please visit http://www.3DEfilms.com.

Press Contact:
Alexandra Body, 3D Entertainment Distribution, +1-323-284-4131, alexbody@3defilms.com

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New images from The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies

December 4, 2014 – 3:15 pm | Permalink

Warner Bros. Pictures has released new images from The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies.

The film brings to an epic conclusion the adventures of Bilbo Baggins, Thorin Oakenshield and the Company of Dwarves.

The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies opens in IMAX 3D theaters December 17, 2014.



(Top to bottom) CATE BLANCHETT as the Elf Queen Galadriel and IAN McKELLEN as Gandalf in the fantasy adventure “THE HOBBIT: THE BATTLE OF THE FIVE ARMIES,” a production of New Line Cinema and Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Pictures (MGM), released by Warner Bros. Pictures and MGM. Courtesy of Warner Bros. Pictures. ©2014 WARNER BROS. ENTERTAINMENT INC. AND METRO-GOLDWYN-MAYER PICTURES INC. (US, CANADA & NEW LINE FOREIGN TERRITORIES) ©2014 METRO-GOLDWYN-MAYER PICTURES INC. AND WARNER BROS. ENTERTAINMENT INC. (ALL OTHER TERRITORIES) ALL RIGHTS RESERVED.


MARTIN FREEMAN as Bilbo in the fantasy adventure “THE HOBBIT: THE BATTLE OF THE FIVE ARMIES,” a production of New Line Cinema and Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Pictures (MGM), released by Warner Bros. Pictures and MGM. Courtesy of Warner Bros. Pictures. ©2014 WARNER BROS. ENTERTAINMENT INC. AND METRO-GOLDWYN-MAYER PICTURES INC. (US, CANADA & NEW LINE FOREIGN TERRITORIES) ©2014 METRO-GOLDWYN-MAYER PICTURES INC. AND WARNER BROS. ENTERTAINMENT INC. (ALL OTHER TERRITORIES) ALL RIGHTS RESERVED.


(L-r) RICHARD ARMITAGE as Thorin and MARTIN FREEMAN as Bilbo in the fantasy adventure “THE HOBBIT: THE BATTLE OF THE FIVE ARMIES,” a production of New Line Cinema and Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Pictures (MGM), released by Warner Bros. Pictures and MGM. Courtesy of Warner Bros. Pictures. ©2014 WARNER BROS. ENTERTAINMENT INC. AND METRO-GOLDWYN-MAYER PICTURES INC. (US, CANADA & NEW LINE FOREIGN TERRITORIES) ©2014 METRO-GOLDWYN-MAYER PICTURES INC. AND WARNER BROS. ENTERTAINMENT INC. (ALL OTHER TERRITORIES) ALL RIGHTS RESERVED.

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Giant Screen Lasers Arrive at Moody Gardens

December 4, 2014 – 1:56 pm | Permalink

MOODY GARDENS LAUNCHES FIRST INSTITUTIONAL GIANT SCREEN 6P LASER THEATER

D3D Cinema and Moody Gardens are pleased to announce the grand opening of the MG3D laser theater, the first institutional giant screen 6P laser projection system in the world. The 6P laser illuminated 4K 3D dual projector system is manufactured by Christie Digital Systems. The 6P eyewear is designed and manufactured by Infitec GmbH. The 1.4 gain premium white screen provided by MDI.

“This installation marks a great step forward for giant screen projection technology – and Moody Gardens has once again taken a pioneering step with D3D to create a truly great theater experience for their audience,” said Don Kempf, president of D3D Cinema. “Their continuing willingness to forge ahead with new cinema technology and branding will help push the museum cinema market forward into a new era of cinema clarity, brightness and profitability. This industry has been waiting for lasers for a long time.”

“There is a bit of nervous excitement with being the first institutional theater in the world to implement laser technology,” added John Zendt, President and CEO of Moody Gardens. “But, when I walked into the theater and saw my screen light up like never before, I was thrilled! And that first impression was only at 75% of our brightness capability. I can now happily invite my giant screen colleagues to come and see firsthand what D3D, Christie and Infitec are capable of delivering on an 80 foot screen. To be first to market is very exciting. But the results themselves are amazing and it is an experience our guests will certainly appreciate.”

Christie’s laser system provides unparalleled image quality using a pair of state-of-the-art 4K laser projection heads, a 6P modular laser light farm with fiber-optic delivery, and Christie 4K 3D high-bitrate IMBs. “We can confidently say that Christie’s 6P laser design is a real breakthrough for the industry,” said Don Shaw, senior director of product management, Christie. “Our non-flashing 6P architecture is without question the most light-efficient 3D technology on the market, providing 4 times the 3D brightness versus the competition, and enhanced color gamut and a remarkable contrast ratio as well. On a speckle-free premium white screen, Moody Gardens has achieved a peerless cinematic presentation.”

Infitec’s new 6P glasses deliver unsurpassed efficiency characteristics, delivering a startling 90% efficiency. The 80 foot wide MG3D Theater is now capable of light levels many times brighter than its 3D 70mm system and capable of over 16 foot-lamberts in 3D (measured through Infitec’s glasses), far exceeding any ‘ultra-bright’ industry standards.

“We’re thrilled to be a part of this project,” said Markus Fritz, COO of INFITEC GmbH. “We had to move a few mountains to make this happen but the results are incredibly gratifying. INFITEC is now uniquely positioned to provide 6P eyewear technology as giant screen venues turn to laser 3D in the coming years. Moody Gardens is now a flagship theater for us, and we will continue to improve on efficiency capabilities and giant screen eyewear designs in 2015.” “I’m so happy with the final result the brightness and clarity is amazing” added Ronald La Faver, President of INFITEC Inc. “The vision of INFITEC on a pure laser based system came true.”

This latest collaboration between D3D and Moody Gardens builds on a longstanding partnership. In January 2011, D3D and Moody co-hosted the first annual Digital Cinema Symposium, showcasing 4K projection technology on a giant screen for the first time, including the first 4K vs. 70mm split screen shootout. The following year, at the 2012 Digital Cinema Symposium, D3D showcased the first 4K 3D demonstration, 11.1 3D audio, high frame rate 3D as well as a prototype laser on a giant screen, all industry firsts. The 2012 event was a milestone, marking the first time that industry professionalsoverwhelmingly acknowledged a digital presentation exceeded the quality of a 70mm film in a side-by-side comparison. A case study was recently published by D3D & Moody Gardens illustrating the financial benefits and qualitative success of digital presentation and rebranding.

ABOUT D3D CINEMA
D3D Cinema offers complete digital 3D cinema solutions and services to museum and attraction industry clients worldwide, providing a unique partnership approach to cinema design and 3D content production built around four core capabilities – theater design and installation; touring exhibition theaters; an award-winning library of 3D content; and custom signature film production. Comprised of institutional theater specialists, D3D excels in bringing first-to-market immersive cinema technologies to its clients, offering technology-agnostic consultation, strategic planning, installation, content production & distribution, operational support, and ongoing service. D3D is headquartered in Evanston, IL with offices in Philadelphia, Ottawa, Canada and Valencia, Spain.
www.d3dcinema.com

ABOUT CHRISTIE DIGITAL SYSTEMS
Christie Digital Systems USA, Inc. is a global visual technologies company and is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Ushio, Inc., Japan, (JP:6925). Consistently setting the standards by being the first to market some of the world’s most advanced projectors and complete system displays, Christie is recognized as one of the most innovative visual technology companies in the world. From retail displays to Hollywood, mission critical command centers to classrooms and training simulators, Christie display solutions and projectors capture the attention of audiences around the world with dynamic and stunning images.
www.christiedigital.com

ABOUT INFITEC
INFITEC GmbH, founded in 2002 and located in Ulm, Germany, is the leading technology for premium 3D projection displays. The company holds the rights of the INFITEC stereoscopic 3D technology, which are licensed, amongst others, to Dolby Inc. for use of the technology in 3D Digital Cinema. Beside this INFITEC delivers premium 3D experience to a variety of other applications like virtual reality, simulation, rental and staging, home cinema and theme parks.

ABOUT MOODY GARDENS
Moody Gardens is a public, non-profit educational destination utilizing nature in the advancement of rehabilitation, conservation, recreation and research.
www.moodygardens.org

Five clips from The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies

December 4, 2014 – 1:35 pm | Permalink

Five clips have been released from The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies.

The film brings to an epic conclusion the adventures of Bilbo Baggins, Thorin Oakenshield and the Company of Dwarves.

The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies opens in IMAX 3D theaters December 17, 2014.

Attack the City



Have You Not Had Your Fill of Death?



I’m Not Alone



I’m Not Asking You to Allow It



The Dwarves Are Out of Time



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