Your best sound experiences in cinemas today probably involve a Dolby 5.1 sound set up. This means you have 6 separate channels of sound. Left, Centre, Right, Left Surround and Right Surround make up the 5, and the .1 comes from a subwoofer or “low frequency effects” channel. From the summer, however, Dolby are rolling out their new theatrical 7.1 system. The two extra channels added here will be Back Left Surround and Back Right Surround.
This system has been developed by Dolby, apparently in collaboration with Disney Pixar who will debut 7.1 with Toy Story 3 in “select cinemas”.
The Dolby press release is trying to ride on the coat tails of 3D’s success a little, I feel:
Dolby Surround 7.1 brings a more exciting sensory experience to audiences for 2D and gives content creators control over audio placement in a theatre when mixing 3D movies. The ability to compose audio with visual elements of 3D allows content creators to immerse the audience deeper into the movie with dramatic realism.
Read more: Pixar Futures: Toy Story 3 to Debut New Dolby Sound System, The Bear and the Bow Renamed? | /Film http://www.slashfilm.com/2010/03/16/pixar-futures-toy-story-3-to-debut-new-dolby…
20th Century Fox has announced that a third film in the live-action/cg hybrid Alvin and the Chipmunks franchise will hit theaters in 2011. Titled Alvin and the Chipmunks 3D, the film will hit theaters on December 16, 2011. The film will be up against Steven Spielberg’s The Adventure’s of Tintin: Secret of the Unicorn, which opens one week later on December 23rd.
Read more: Alvin and the Chipmunks 3D Announced | /Film http://www.slashfilm.com/2010/03/10/alvin-and-the-chipmunks-3d-announced/#ixzz0h…
While many countries offer direct public financing for films, in the United States the primary form of public film funding comes through tax credits.
The state of Florida is considering a new tax incentive bill to draw film production to the state, and a provision in the bill would allow denial of tax breaks to films that feature ‘non-traditional family values.’ What does that phrase mean, exactly? No one knows.
As the Palm Beach Post reports, the $75m bill is a priority for the state’s Republican majority in the House, and has already passed through one committee with unanimous approval. The House Finance and Tax Council, is next. If approved, the state’s allowance for a 2% tax break for ‘family-friendly’ films would become a 5% break, and films could be disallowed on the basis of a very vague language.
Read more: WTF: Florida Film Incentive Bill Could Deny Tax Credits to Films with ‘Non-traditional Family Values’ | /Film http://www.slashfilm.com/2010/03/08/wtf-florida-film-incentive-bill-could-deny-t…