GSCA Launches Wiki for Giant Screen Production and Postproduction Workflow

April 7, 2016 – 1:37 pm | Permalink

GSCA is pleased to announce the launch of its Giant Screen Picture and Audio Production and Post-Production Workflow (P3W) Wikis, the online companions to the P3W document published in September 2015. Both the Wikis and document outline the generally accepted practices and workflows used in the giant screen filmmaking industry to make films efficiently, effectively, and with the highest-quality images. These P3W guidelines were designed as a roadmap to assist first-time and seasoned filmmakers in navigating the critical and complex worlds of production and post-production for the giant screen and to promote industry best practices.

The P3W interactive Wikis allow users to click on an individual box of the workflow diagram and be taken directly to its textual description. The P3W Wikis also allow users to comment and add their thoughts and perspectives on specific elements.

“We’re excited to provide this invaluable resource to filmmakers interested in making films in the immersive giant screen format,” says GSCA Executive Director Tammy Seldon. “There’s much about filmmaking for the giant screen that is different from other formats and that filmmakers need to consider from the very beginning so they make good decisions throughout the entire filmmaking process. The P3W Wikis and document are excellent tools to help them through that process.”

The P3W resources are the result of months of hard work by members of GSCA’s Technical Committee and the Production & Post-Production Task Force. P3W will be reviewed periodically by the Technical Committee, allowing it to expand and change its perspective as technology and the tools of capture, production, and post-production evolve.

GSCA members may access the P3W resources with their member login, and nonmembers will be issued a login to access them upon request.

The GSCA P3W Wiki and document are available at the following link: GSCA P3W Resources

Questions about P3W should be directed to Tammy Seldon at tammy@giantscreencinema.com.

IMAX® and Giant Screen Theaters connect on Earth Day with film about growing food and sharing.

April 7, 2016 – 1:22 pm | Permalink

[Las Vegas, Nevada] [April 6, 2016] – Watermelon Magic is a tender film about young Sylvie who sees the magic in growing her own food and sharing it with others. The film is great for audiences of all ages. The film colorfully highlights Sylvie’s passion to grow watermelons from seed-to-flower-to-fruit.

The plants ‘magically’ grow and come to life with special time-lapse sequences created from more than 200,000 still images animated to motion – an expert technique which gives this film a unique and dynamic style.

The film explores the elementary scientific concepts of the life cycle of plants. Through humor and drama, audiences experience the challenges and rewards of farm-to-table and community supported agriculture.

Watermelon Magic will be shown on Earth Day Weekend, (April 22-24) at the following Theaters:
Pacific Science Center IMAX Theater – Seattle, Washington
IMAX Victoria – Victoria, BC, Canada
Science North IMAX Theater – Sudbury, Ontario, Canada
Telus World of Science IMAX Theater – Edmonton, Alberta, Canada
Springs Preserve – Las Vegas, Nevada
Hastings Museum RealD 3D Theatre – Hastings, Nebraska

Each theater will have seeds to give to visitors compliments of Seeds of Change. Theaters are conducting an online social media contest to give away a beautiful Gift Basket including a DVD and Book autographed by the producer and Sylvie; plus, and lots of garden tools and playful items.

Visit the Official Earth Day Page for Showtimes and Ticket Details:
http://www.biganddigital.com/earth-day-screenings-of-watermelon-magic/.
Like the Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/WatermelonMagic/
Follow the film on Twitter: https://twitter.com/WatermelonMovie
The Official Film website can be found at: www.watermelonmagic.com

Watermelon Magic is available at the Earth Day Theaters listed above and at these museums/attractions for school group bookings through December 2016:
The Henry Ford – Dearborn, Michigan
Cinema Malecon – Guayaquil, Ecuador – Spanish soundtrack
Kentucky Science Center – Louisville, Kentucky
OMSI – Portland, Oregon
The BIG E – Gaffney, South Carolina
Washington Pavilion – Sioux Falls, South Dakota
Whitaker Center – Harrisburg, Pennsylvania

A new Spanish soundtrack is now available for Watermelon Magic. The film will open in Ecuador at Cinema Malecon on April 20 in Spanish and is available to other Theaters.

About Spring Garden Pictures
Spring Garden Pictures creates fresh, fun media that cultivates individual and community connections to the world around us. The mission this non-profit film organization is to inspire children of all ages to positive action in their communities by invoking wonder in their environment. Spring Garden Pictures was founded by Richard Hoffmann and Donyale Reavis in 2009, when they saw the need for innovative science-themed children’s programming. By creating story-based films, Spring Garden Pictures hopes to spark the interest of children in science subjects so that they will become lifelong learners.

BIG & Digital, LLC – Distributor
Founded in 2009 and led by giant screen industry veteran Tina Ratterman, BIG & Digital distributes family-friendly 15/70mm and digital content to museums and attractions worldwide.
www.biganddigital.com

AEON ENTERTAINMENT CO. LTD. ENTERS IMAX BUSINESS IN JAPAN

April 7, 2016 – 12:53 pm | Permalink

IMAX Forges Partnership with One of Japan’s Leading Exhibitor

SHANGHAI – Apr. 7, 2016 – IMAX Corporation (NYSE:IMAX), and AEON Entertainment Co. Ltd., today announced an agreement for an IMAX® theatre to be located at the AEON Cinema multiplex at the AEON Mall Odaka in Nagoya, Japan. The deal marks IMAX’s first agreement with AEON Entertainment – one of Japan’s top exhibitors and subsidiary of AEON Group, the nation’s largest retailer.

“IMAX not only delivers the world’s best cinematic experience, it is also a globally-recognized premium brand that will serve as an anchor attraction at the AEON Cinema Odaka,” said Mr. Kazuo Maki, President of AEON Entertainment Co. Ltd. “As we expand our exhibition business, we look forward to future collaborations with IMAX.”

“We are excited to join forces with AEON Entertainment – a subsidiary of the AEON group – an influential player in Japan’s entertainment and retail sector,” said IMAX CEO Richard L. Gelfond. “We believe that today’s agreement, which puts us in business with five of Japan’s top six exhibitors, will help accelerate our network expansion in the third-largest box office market in the world.”

About AEON Entertainment Co., Ltd.
AEON Entertainment was established on July 1, 2013 as a result of a merger between Warner Mycal Corporation and AEON Cinema Corp. The Company operates 83 theatres and 702 screens in its cinema complex chain nationwide.

Under the corporate philosophy of “Contribute to the development of a dream-inspiring future and a rich regional culture as an expert in creating impression”, AEON Entertainment offers customers extraordinary and emotional experiences by providing a variety of video content and services as an entertainment platform beyond the bounds of an exhibitor.

About IMAX Corporation
IMAX, an innovator in entertainment technology, combines proprietary software, architecture and equipment to create experiences that take you beyond the edge of your seat to a world you’ve never imagined. Top filmmakers and studios are utilizing IMAX theatres to connect with audiences in extraordinary ways, and, as such, IMAX’s network is among the most important and successful theatrical distribution platforms for major event films around the globe.

IMAX is headquartered in New York, Toronto and Los Angeles, with offices in London, Tokyo, Shanghai and Beijing. As of Dec. 31, 2015, there were 1,061 IMAX theatres (943 commercial multiplexes, 19 commercial destinations and 99 institutions) in 67 countries. On Oct. 8, 2015, shares of IMAX China, a subsidiary of IMAX Corp., began trading on the Hong Kong Stock Exchange under the stock code “HK.1970.”

IMAX®, IMAX® 3D, IMAX DMR®, Experience It In IMAX®, An IMAX 3D Experience®, The IMAX Experience®, IMAX Is Believing® and IMAX nXos® are trademarks of IMAX Corporation. More information about the Company can be found at www.imax.com. You may also connect with IMAX on Facebook (www.facebook.com/imax), Twitter (www.twitter.com/imax) and YouTube (www.youtube.com/imaxmovies).

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FOX’S X-MEN: APOCALYPSE TO LAUNCH WIDE INTERNATIONALLY IN IMAX® 3D STARTING MAY 18

April 7, 2016 – 12:47 pm | Permalink

LOS ANGELES – April 6, 2016 – IMAX Corporation (NYSE: IMAX) and Twentieth Century Fox, a division of 21st Century Fox (NASDAQ: FOX), today announced that X-Men: Apocalypse, the newest installment in the worldwide blockbuster franchise from director Bryan Singer, will be digitally re-mastered into the immersive IMAX® 3D format and released into IMAX® theatres in virtually all international territories beginning May 18.

X-Men: Apocalypse — which reunites Singer with the all-star cast of the global smash hit X-Men: Days of Future Past, including James McAvoy, Michael Fassbender and Jennifer Lawrence, along with franchise newcomers Oscar Isaac and Olivia Munn — will be released in more than 50 overseas IMAX markets, including such major territories as Australia, Brazil, Mexico, Russia, Taiwan, South Korea and the U.K.

“After the record-setting worldwide success of Deadpool earlier this year, we are thrilled to keep the momentum going with our partners at Fox by offering overseas movie-goers the opportunity to see X-Men: Apocalypse — the most thrilling installment yet of this global and iconic franchise — in IMAX® 3D,” said Greg Foster, Senior Executive Vice President, IMAX Corp. and CEO of IMAX Entertainment.

The IMAX® 3D release of X-Men: Apocalypse will be digitally re-mastered into the image and sound quality of The IMAX Experience® with proprietary IMAX DMR® (Digital Re-mastering) technology. The crystal-clear images, coupled with IMAX’s customized theatre geometry and powerful digital audio, create a unique environment that will make audiences feel as if they are in the movie.

About X-Men: Apocalypse
Following the critically acclaimed global smash hit X-Men: Days of Future Past, director Bryan Singer returns with X-Men: Apocalypse. Since the dawn of civilization, he was worshipped as a god. Apocalypse, the first and most powerful mutant from Marvel’s X-Men universe, amassed the powers of many other mutants, becoming immortal and invincible. Upon awakening after thousands of years, he is disillusioned with the world as he finds it and recruits a team of powerful mutants, including a disheartened Magneto (Michael Fassbender), to cleanse mankind and create a new world order, over which he will reign. As the fate of the Earth hangs in the balance, Raven (Jennifer Lawrence) with the help of Professor X (James McAvoy) must lead a team of young X-Men to stop their greatest nemesis and save mankind from complete destruction. Bryan Singer directed, from a script by Simon Kinberg and story by Singer, Kinberg, Michael Dougherty and Dan Harris. Kinberg produced, along with Hutch Parker and Lauren Shuler Donner.

About IMAX Corporation
IMAX, an innovator in entertainment technology, combines proprietary software, architecture and equipment to create experiences that take you beyond the edge of your seat to a world you’ve never imagined. Top filmmakers and studios are utilizing IMAX theatres to connect with audiences in extraordinary ways, and, as such, IMAX’s network is among the most important and successful theatrical distribution platforms for major event films around the globe.

IMAX is headquartered in New York, Toronto and Los Angeles, with offices in London, Tokyo, Shanghai and Beijing. As of Dec. 31, 2015, there were 1,061 IMAX theatres (943 commercial multiplexes, 19 commercial destinations and 99 institutions) in 67 countries. On Oct. 8, 2015, shares of IMAX China, a subsidiary of IMAX Corp., began trading on the Hong Kong Stock Exchange under the stock code “HK.1970.”

IMAX®, IMAX® 3D, IMAX DMR®, Experience It In IMAX®, An IMAX 3D Experience®, The IMAX Experience® and IMAX nXos® are trademarks of IMAX Corporation. More information about the Company can be found at www.imax.com. You may also connect with IMAX on Facebook (www.facebook.com/imax), Twitter (www.twitter.com/imax) and YouTube
(www.youtube.com/imaxmovies).

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IMAX SIGNS LARGEST DEAL IN INDIA; FIVE-THEATRE AGREEMENT WITH INOX LEISURE LTD.

April 7, 2016 – 11:59 am | Permalink

One of India’s Largest Exhibitors Enters IMAX Business

NEW YORK – April 5, 2016 – IMAX Corporation (NYSE: IMAX) and INOX Leisure Limited (INOX), one of the largest exhibition chains in India, announced an agreement for five IMAX® theatres. The theatres will be added to existing INOX multiplexes in the cities of Mumbai, Bangalore, Delhi and Kolkata. The agreement represents the largest theatre deal for IMAX in India and brings the total number of IMAX theatres in the country to 20, with nine currently open and 11 contracted to open.

“We’ve always said India is potentially a huge opportunity for us,” said IMAX CEO, Richard L. Gelfond. “Now is the time to grow in this strategically important market and this deal serves as an important first step. We believe that INOX adding IMAX theatres to its most successful complexes – which are situated in top-tier cities – will help us expand our network in India at a more rapid pace.”

“We have built our business on our commitment to create a premium customer experience and we view our partnership with IMAX as an extension of this strategy,” said Alok Tandon, CEO, INOX Leisure Ltd. “By associating ourselves with the IMAX brand and offering our guests a completely immersive cinema experience, we will continue to strengthen our position. We are particularly excited about shaping the future of cinema in India through such initiatives.”

About INOX Leisure Ltd.
INOX Leisure Limited (INOX) is amongst India’s largest multiplex chains with 107 multiplexes, 420 screens spread across 57 cities and 19 states.

INOX unveiled its first multiplex in 2002 at Pune (Maharashtra) and since then, there has been no looking back. Today, after three acquisitions (Calcutta Cinema Pvt. Ltd. in 2007, Fame India Ltd. in 2011 and Satyam Cineplexes Ltd. in 2014) and a healthy organic growth, INOX takes pride in being a 100 percent 3D enabled multiplex chain which is HFR (High Frame Rate) ready with a state-of-the-art 2k / 4k digital projection systems.

For easy and convenient ticket booking, INOX offers online booking on www.inoxmovies.com and through its smartphone applications. For movie updates and various offers, one can follow us on Facebook (www.facebook.com/INOXLEISURE) Twitter (www.twitter.com/INOXLEISURE) and Instagram (www.instagram/inoxmovies)

About IMAX Corporation
IMAX, an innovator in entertainment technology, combines proprietary software, architecture and equipment to create experiences that take you beyond the edge of your seat to a world you’ve never imagined. Top filmmakers and studios are utilizing IMAX theatres to connect with audiences in extraordinary ways, and, as such, IMAX’s network is among the most important and successful theatrical distribution platforms for major event films around the globe.

IMAX is headquartered in New York, Toronto and Los Angeles, with offices in London, Tokyo, Shanghai and Beijing. As of Dec. 31, 2015, there were 1,061 IMAX theatres (943 commercial multiplexes, 19 commercial destinations and 99 institutions) in 67 countries. On Oct. 8, 2015, shares of IMAX China, a subsidiary of IMAX Corp., began trading on the Hong Kong Stock Exchange under the stock code “HK.1970.”

IMAX®, IMAX® 3D, IMAX DMR®, Experience It In IMAX®, An IMAX 3D Experience®, The IMAX Experience®, IMAX Is Believing® and IMAX nXos® are trademarks of IMAX Corporation. More information about the Company can be found at www.imax.com. You may also connect with IMAX on Facebook (www.facebook.com/imax), Twitter (www.twitter.com/imax) and YouTube (www.youtube.com/imaxmovies).

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Shout! Factory Announces Its First 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray™ Release Journey To Space As Seen In IMAX® And Giant Screen Theatres Arriving June 7, 2016

April 4, 2016 – 3:12 pm | Permalink

 

Los Angeles, California – Shout! Factory will Journey To Space for its first foray into a line of new, immersive, Giant Screen films in the visually stunning 4K Ultra HD™ format. The film will be released June 7, 2016, on Blu-ray, and in a 4K UHD + 3D Blu-ray + Blu-ray 2-disc combo.

This dazzling film illustrates just how exciting and ambitious NASA’s next era promises to be. In showcasing the goals NASA and the space industry are working towards, including space travel to Mars and capturing asteroids, the film puts an end to the perception that the space program died with the end of the Space Shuttle Program.

Beautifully narrated by film and television legend Sir Patrick Stewart, and featuring extensive interviews with astronauts Chris Ferguson (Commander of the final shuttle mission) and Serena Aunon (a new astronaut chosen for future flights), Journey To Space also puts into historical context the magnificent contributions made by the Space Shuttle program and its daring space pioneers during their 135 missions.

Journey To Space offers spectacular space footage and gorgeous views of Earth as it shows operations in space, such as deploying and repairing the Hubble Space Telescope, and building the International Space Station (ISS). These incredibly important programs taught us how to live, build and conduct science in space. The ISS will continue to be in operation until 2024, and the film shows how it is building a foundation for the next giant leaps NASA will be taking, leaps that will forever change how we live and operate in space as a species. An impressive and realistic depiction of how astronauts plan to travel to Mars and back as part of a two-and-a-half-year mission concludes this sensational film.

The spirit of human exploration is at the core of man’s DNA. Journey To Space endeavors to remind us all of the incredible accomplishments the brave men and women of the Space Shuttle program have achieved so far, and to inspire younger generations to dream of new horizons in space.

Journey To Space is co-produced by K2 Films, Inc. and Giant Screen Films. The film is written and directed by Mark Krenzien, produced by Don Kempf, Mark Kresser and Andy Wood, co-produced by Ed Capelle, executive produced by Bob Kresser and edited by Dale Beldin.

Currently playing in select theaters, Journey To Space is available for pre-order now on amazon.com and shoutfactory.com.

With high dynamic range (HDR) and Dolby Atmos®, the 4K UHD disc delivers incredible picture clarity and immersive audio for the optimal home entertainment experience. Shout! Factory is joining industry leaders and major consumer electronic companies on the forefront of this new content. Shout!’s 4K Ultra HD offerings feature spectacular cinematic adventures produced by world-renowned MacGillivary Freeman Films, K2 Communications, SK Films, The Stephen Low Company, and Giant Screen Films. These critically acclaimed and award-winning movies, all of which shot in IMAX® technology and released in IMAX® and Giant Screen Theatres across the country, include Journey To Space (narrated by Sir Patrick Stewart), Humpback Whales (narrated by Ewan Mcgregor), Flight Of The Butterflies, Rocky Mountain Express, Wonders Of The Arctic (Narrated By Victor Garber) And The Last Reef: Cities Beneath The Sea.

These releases are produced in conjunction with Ryan Mullins at Big Picture Digital Productions.

Shout! Factory, LLC is a diversified media company devoted to producing, uncovering, preserving and revitalizing the very best of pop culture. Founders Richard Foos, Bob Emmer and Garson Foos have spent their entire careers sharing their music, television and film favorites with discerning consumers the world over. Shout! Factory’s entertainment offerings serve up feature films, classic and contemporary TV series, animation, live music and comedy specials. Shout’s audio division boasts GRAMMY®-nominated box sets, Broadway cast albums, new releases from storied artists, lovingly assembled album reissues and indispensable “best of” compilations. In addition, Shout! Factory maintains a vast digital distribution network which delivers video and audio content to all the leading digital service providers in North America. Shout! Factory also owns and operates Shout! Factory Films, Shout! Factory Kids, Scream Factory™, Shout! Factory TV, Timeless Media Group, Biograph Records, Majordomo Records and Video Time Machine. These riches are the result of a creative acquisition mandate that has established the company as a hotbed of cultural preservation and commercial reinvention. Shout! Factory is based in Santa Monica, California. For more on Shout! Factory, visit shoutfactory.com

IMAX REPURCHASES MORE THAN 1.6 MILLION SHARES IN THE FIRST QUARTER OF 2016

April 4, 2016 – 2:05 pm | Permalink

NEW YORK – April 4, 2016 – IMAX Corporation (NYSE:IMAX), today announced that the Company repurchased 1,627,645 shares in the first quarter of 2016, which includes 181,227 shares purchased in connection with the Company’s long-term incentive plan. The Company purchased the shares at an average price of $30.98 for a total value of $50.4 million.

To date, the Company has repurchased $81.9 million under its $150 million repurchase program, which was announced in 2014.

About IMAX Corporation
IMAX, an innovator in entertainment technology, combines proprietary software, architecture and equipment to create experiences that take you beyond the edge of your seat to a world you’ve never imagined. Top filmmakers and studios are utilizing IMAX theatres to connect with audiences in extraordinary ways, and, as such, IMAX’s network is among the most important and successful theatrical distribution platforms for major event films around the globe.

IMAX is headquartered in New York, Toronto and Los Angeles, with offices in London, Tokyo, Shanghai and Beijing. As of Dec. 31, 2015, there were 1,061 IMAX theatres (943 commercial multiplexes, 19 commercial destinations and 99 institutions) in 67 countries. On Oct. 8, 2015, shares of IMAX China, a subsidiary of IMAX Corp., began trading on the Hong Kong Stock Exchange under the stock code “HK.1970.”

IMAX®, IMAX® 3D, IMAX DMR®, Experience It In IMAX®, An IMAX 3D Experience®, The IMAX Experience®, IMAX Is Believing® and IMAX nXos® are trademarks of IMAX Corporation. More information about the Company can be found at www.imax.com. You may also connect with IMAX on Facebook (www.facebook.com/imax), Twitter (www.twitter.com/imax) and YouTube (www.youtube.com/imaxmovies).

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This press release contains forward looking statements that are based on IMAX management’s assumptions and existing information and involve certain risks and uncertainties which could cause actual results to differ materially from future results expressed or implied by such forward looking statements. These risks and uncertainties are discussed in IMAX’s most recent Annual Report on Form 10-K and most recent Quarterly Reports on Form 10-Q.

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BMZ Review: Wild Africa

March 31, 2016 – 1:23 pm | Permalink

Wild Africa
By Ann Coates

The new film from BBC Earth, Wild Africa, is as much an exploration of Africa as it is about water. Using water as vehicle, the film journeys through the various and diverse habitats of Africa. A pleasant and intriguing look into Africa’s ecosystems, water acts as a driving force, providing abundance when it arrives and destitution when it disappears.

This expedition through Africa naturally spends some time establishing itself with landscape shots. But the film truly comes alive when it focuses on the wildlife within these habitats. Close-ups and 3D effects bring animals to the fore like a good Giant Screen film should do. The examinations of these animals from mountain gorillas to flamingos to elephants is not as in-depth as other BBC documentaries. Nevertheless, the film can perhaps act as a good starting point for inquisitive minds.

The compelling animals shots is most effective in possibly the best sequence of the film. We watch wildebeest and its nemesis the crocodile contend in a life or death battle. Capturing the stalking ability of the croc reveals the inherent tension of the hunt, yet we are neither posed to side with wildebeest or crocodile. The film merely presents this everyday drama as it is without judgement.

The film could have benefitted with more scenes like this detailing animal life, but we are mostly given some charming episodes with other wildlife, pretty enough but not as engaging. Nevertheless, Wild Africa is filmed very well detailing these remote habitats vibrantly in both their times of life-giving prosperity and barren desolation

Tribute to Craig Blower: Our Shooting Star

March 28, 2016 – 4:08 pm | Permalink

We see them in our night sky, streaking across the blackness in a dynamic display of light. They appear for a moment, and we are mesmerized by them, transfixed upon their bold display.

Craig Blower, in some ways was like that shooting star, living a dynamic life that streaked across our routine lives, touching each of us with joy and endless optimism. He was active in volunteering through the Rady Children’s Hospital, Breath of Hope and Rotary. He continuously gave of himself, and even in the face of his battle with lung cancer, his boundless humor and energy, instilled in us a sense of hope.

Craig came to the Fleet in the spring of 1999, from Express Computer Supply, where he served as the general manager of three offices with 70 employees and annual revenues of $60 million. Before that, he served as vice president of operations for Beta Corporation in the San Diego area. He graduated with honors from University of California, Santa Barbara. He is a past president of the Computer and Electronics Marketing Association (CEMA).

In the giant screen world, perhaps the person that knew him best, was Jeff Kirsch. He had this to share about Craig.

Craig Blower was not only a superb Museum Executive; he was the finest person I have ever worked with and a true friend. He worked tirelessly, both at The Fleet and other not for profits in the Community, for the betterment of all San Diegans. It pains me to think that he is no longer with us, but I am comforted to know that Craig will be forever remembered for his goodness by all he touched.

– Jeffrey W. Kirsch, Executive Director Emeritus, Reuben H. Fleet Science Center

We could have filled a book with heartfelt sentiments from friends and colleagues. Here are just a select few.>

I first met Craig around the time I entered the industry in 2000. I was very young and brand new to giant screen, but Craig treated me with respect from day one. I did not immediately catch his humorous side, but did notice how hard he worked and how good he was at what he did. Over the years, our relationship evolved and he was always one of my favorite people to deal with on the theater side. I will never forget his constant refrain, “Butts in Seats!” His warm smile, and his unfailing zest for life (even in his final months and days) were and will always be a reminder to me of the attitude we ought to have in our lives.

– Mark Kresser, President, K2 Communications

What a terrible loss. Craig was one of the rare ones whom you just couldn’t help but really like – despite his good looks, athleticism, charm, smarts, wit and winning smile. In his role as the key contact at RH Fleet, he was unfailingly gracious, straightforward and supportive of those of us who are foolish enough to produce and distribute films in this market. One only has to read the extraordinary blog that he wrote during his journey through cancer treatment to feel the openness, warmth and humour of this wonderful man. We will all miss him very much.

– Jonathan Barker, CEO, SK Films Inc.

Craig was an integral member of the GSCA and to the Giant Screen industry as a whole. He had a tireless energy and was dedicated to the craft of education and entertainment in our format. His constant positive attitude brought a genuine sense of optimism to association events, and his sense of humor kept us constantly asking him to participate in panels and discussions. His Business As Usual, Day at a Time attitude will continue as a constant reminder to GSCA’s staff and members to always look to the bright side. We will miss Craig tremendously.

– Tammy Seldon, Giant Screen Cinema Association

Craig Blower is an inspiration — and I say “is” not “was” on purpose. His willingness and ability to lend a hand to people in need, his humor, and his talent still resonate today and will be around for a long time.

It is way too early to lose Craig. I think there must have been a clerical error in heaven. Craig dedicated so much of his time and spirit to helping sick children: hospital visits, summer camps, fund raising. It just doesn’t make any sense that Craig should leave us now. When you spent time with him and his wife Kim, your cheeks hurt from laughing and smiling so much. I have very muscular cheek muscles now.

I met Craig in September 2001 at the Chicago GSTA. He was a late arrival to an informal gathering at the bar and he was so hungry he accepted our offer to share some of the appetizers we had ordered. I made of fun of him for doing that all night. But the joke was on me because, as a result, I had to continue the tradition of buying his meal every time we were together from that date on. For the next 15 years. Whether it was a nice restaurant in Mission Beach or an Arby’s at a truck stop in Virginia.

Craig wrote the most incredible family Christmas letters. Every year, he would pick a theme and tell the story of his family using hundreds of puns related to the theme. All, the most warm spirited and heartwarming way. That tradition became the foundation for his “get fuzzy” blogs over the past 3 years.

Craig brings out the best in everyone and he will for a long long time.

– Mike Lutz, IMAX Corporation

How often have we heard, ‘last but not least?’ But in this instance, Craig has set the bar so high, that I do feel that I fall into the ‘least’ category. I have known Craig since he entered our business in 1999. No matter how full his plate was, Craig would always take time for a friend. And, with Craig, we were not just colleagues, we were his friends. His smile was contagious. He would make you feel like all was right in the world, with one grin! I feel honored to have known Craig and to have been his friend.

– Ed Capelle, Senior Vice President, Distribution, K2 Communications

Craig had touched us all (yes…I know if he was reading this, he would insert a joke here). He was a person of great courage and unquenchable optimism. He provides us with a roadmap for how we should strive to live our lives…smile, laugh, give more than you take, and leave the world better than you found it. He was (and is) a person that inspires us to be better. At the next GSCA conference, there will be many clinks heard in the bar, as we toast the fond memories of our good friend. Craig…we miss you.

BATMAN V SUPERMAN: DAWN OF JUSTICE SCORES RECORD-SETTING $36 MILLION OPENING WEEKEND IN IMAX® THEATRES WORLDWIDE

March 28, 2016 – 12:09 pm | Permalink

Film Receives Widest-Ever Global Launch in IMAX, Resulting in Best IMAX Opening for a March Release

LOS ANGELES, March 28, 2016 /PRNewswire/ — IMAX Corporation (NYSE: IMAX) today announced that Warner Bros. Pictures’ Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice opened with a record-setting $36 million on 945 IMAX screens globally — the widest-ever day-and-date debut for an IMAX release — resulting in the best-ever worldwide launch for a film outside the summer and Christmas play periods, as well as the highest opening for a March release, surpassing Alice in Wonderland (with $15.3 million). Overall, Batman v Superman now stands as the third-largest global opening for IMAX behind Star Wars: The Force Awakens — which earned $47.5 million during opening weekend — and Jurassic World (with $44.1 million).

Domestically, Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice also saw the highest IMAX opening in March, with $18 million on 388 IMAX screens, which translates into a powerful $46,000 per-screen average. The film kicked off the domestic weekend with particularly strong presales, continuing that momentum with sell-outs throughout the weekend.

International IMAX weekend results for Batman v Superman reached a benchmark $18 million (also a March record) on 557 IMAX screens, including China, where IMAX contributed an estimated $7 million on 272 screens. Other markets that saw notable results include: France, the U.K., the Netherlands, Brazil, Ecuador, Australia, Hong Kong and the United Arab Emirates.

Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice represents the ultimate superhero movie showdown; given our rich history with these characters and Zack’s use of our cameras, we are pleased that IMAX fans around the world have responded to his version of The IMAX Experience® in this record-setting way,” said Greg Foster, Senior Executive Vice President, IMAX Corp. and CEO of IMAX Entertainment. “We’d like to extend a huge congratulations to our friends and long-time partners at Warner Bros., Zack Snyder, Charles Roven and Deborah Snyder for this phenomenal achievement. We are honored to have been a part of this film in such a meaningful way and look forward to its continued global success.”

Director Zack Snyder captured several sequences of Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice with IMAX’s extremely high-resolution cameras. As a result of this, only in IMAX® theatres do sequences filmed with IMAX cameras expand vertically to fill the entire screen, delivering IMAX audiences greater scope and breathtaking image quality.

The IMAX® release of Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice was shown in its digitally re-mastered format, which includes the image and sound quality of The IMAX Experience® with proprietary IMAX DMR® (Digital Re-mastering) technology. The crystal-clear images, coupled with IMAX’s customized theatre geometry and powerful digital audio, create a unique environment that will make audiences feel as if they are in the movie.

About IMAX Corporation
IMAX, an innovator in entertainment technology, combines proprietary software, architecture and equipment to create experiences that take you beyond the edge of your seat to a world you’ve never imagined. Top filmmakers and studios are utilizing IMAX theatres to connect with audiences in extraordinary ways, and, as such, IMAX’s network is among the most important and successful theatrical distribution platforms for major event films around the globe.

IMAX is headquartered in New York, Toronto and Los Angeles, with offices in London, Tokyo, Shanghai and Beijing. As of Dec. 31, 2015, there were 1,061 IMAX theatres (943 commercial multiplexes, 19 commercial destinations and 99 institutions) in 67 countries. On Oct. 8, 2015, shares of IMAX China, a subsidiary of IMAX Corp., began trading on the Hong Kong Stock Exchange under the stock code “HK.1970.”

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About The Film
From director Zack Snyder comes Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, starring Oscar winner Ben Affleck (Argo) as Batman/Bruce Wayne and Henry Cavill as Superman/Clark Kent in the characters’ first big-screen pairing, as well as Oscar nominees Amy Adams (American Hustle), Jesse Eisenberg (The Social Network), Diane Lane (Unfaithful), and Laurence Fishburne (What’s Love Got to Do with It); Oscar winners Jeremy Irons (Reversal of Fortune) and Holly Hunter (The Piano); and Gal Gadot as Wonder Woman/Diana Prince.

Snyder directed from a screenplay written by Chris Terrio and David S. Goyer, based on characters from DC Comics, including Batman, created by Bob Kane with Bill Finger, and Superman, created by Jerry Siegel and Joe Shuster. The film is produced by Charles Roven and Deborah Snyder, with Wesley Coller, Geoff Johns and David S. Goyer serving as executive producers.

Warner Bros. Pictures presents, an Atlas Entertainment/Cruel and Unusual production, a Zack Snyder film, Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice. The film is distributed worldwide by Warner Bros. Pictures, a Warner Bros. Entertainment Company.

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This press release contains forward looking statements that are based on IMAX management’s assumptions and existing information and involve certain risks and uncertainties which could cause actual results to differ materially from future results expressed or implied by such forward looking statements. These risks and uncertainties are discussed in IMAX’s most recent Annual Report on Form 10-K and most recent Quarterly Reports on Form 10-Q.

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