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October 6, 2021—We regret to share the sad news that Mark Peterson, a
veteran of the planetarium and giant screen industries, died of heart
failure on September 2 at the age of 78. During his long and storied
career, he completed over 100 theater projects around the world. His knowledge, wisdom, and advice were crucial to the advancement of the giant screen industry. Even if
you didn't know Mark personally, if you are involved in the giant screen industry,
your life is undoubtedly touched by his work and dedication.
October 5, 2021—Congratulations to BBC Earth and SK Films on winning Best Cinematography for Antarctica at this year's Jackson Wild Media Awards! Cinematographers include Alexander Vail, Hugh Miller, John Aitchison, Rolf Steinmann, Mark MacEwen, John Brown, Bertie Gregory, Pete McCowen, Ted Giffords, Dan Beecham, Espen Rekdal, and Justin Hofman.
This year’s Jackson Wild award submissions included over 750 category entries from nearly 30 different countries. Finalists were selected by more than 150 international judges who together screened over 3,000 hours of media. A distinguished panel of final judges from around the globe selected the 2021 Jackson Wild Media Award Winners directly prior to the Summit. Winners were announced during the Jackson Wild Media Awards Ceremony on Sept. 30, 2021. Antarctica is produced by BBC Earth and distributed by SK Films. Click here for more information about Antarctica.
And click here for a full list of the Jackson Wild Media Award winners.
October 5, 2021—IMAX Corporation has announced that the highly anticipated documentary The Last Glaciers
from award-winning filmmaker Craig Leeson and producer Malcolm Wood,
will hit select IMAX screens on March 22, 2022, immersing viewers in the
cause and effects of climate change over an epic four-year stretch
across Antarctica, the Himalaya, Alps, Andes and more.
September 17, 2021—Cosmic Picture is proud to announce it will distribute Jane Goodall’s Reasons for Hope
an exciting new giant screen film currently in production with the
talented team at Science North, an interactive science museum in Greater
Sudbury, Ontario, Canada. and Northern Ontario's most popular tourist
attraction. The film will be available April 2023 in Digital 2D & 3D for IMAX and giant screen theaters.
September 2, 2021—We are pleased to announce that the Giant Screen
Cinema Association (GSCA) will hold its next annual Film Expo in Los
Angeles on March 8-9, 2022, at the AMC CityWalk IMAX Theatre and
Universal City Hilton. The 2022 Film Expo will be the first in-person
event hosted by GSCA since March 2020. During the COVID-19 pandemic,
GSCA organized the successful Virtual Conference in September 2020, the
Virtual Film Expo in April 2021, and is currently at work on the Virtual
Conference coming up in September 2021. The Film Expo will feature
screenings of new films, films in production, projects in development,
and a technical session highlighting the latest giant screen technology.
Other programming is still being determined and will be announced as it
is confirmed. Registration and film submissions will open in December
2021. GSCA will monitor COVID protocols and plan the event accordingly.
August 4, 2021—Congratulations to all the Jackson Wild Media Awards finalists! Included in this year’s finalists are giant screen productions from GSCA members BBC Studios Natural History Unit and SK Films for Antarctica
, nominated for Ecosystem-Long Form, Original Music Score, Cinematography, and Educational/informational; and Terra Mater Factual Studios and Cosmic Picture for The Arctic: Our Last Great Wilderness
, nominated for Educational/Informational.
July 23, 2021—Cosm, a global experiential media and
immersive technology company, celebrates the grand opening of the
420,000-square foot Shanghai Astronomy Museum. The expertise of Cosm
companies Evans & Sutherland (E&S) and Spitz, Inc. is showcased inside the museum’s world-class planetarium and an adjacent exhibit. Two NanoSeam domes and Digistar 7 bring immersive experiences to life for visitors inside the world's largest museum dedicated to astronomy. Read more
July 22, 2021—After a 14-month closure for its largest ever renovation, the Space Theatre of the Hong Kong Space Museum, which has been thrilling audiences since its inception in 1980, reopened on July 1, 2021. The major part of the renovation was the replacement of the 23-metre-diameter dome screen with a new one comprising 428 aluminum panels that are less than 1mm thick. The panels utilize the latest NanoSeam technology and offer a seamless viewing experience. The screen, together with the six new Christie Mirage 304 projectors, produce sharper and more colorful images. Other facilities of the Space Theatre, including the newly installed Sky-Skan DigitalSky–Dark Matter projection system, audio and sound equipment, the control and production studios have all been upgraded with cutting-edge technologies to provide audiences with exhilarating audiovisual experiences.
July 12, 2021—Achtel Pty Limited, a digital cinema equipment
maker, and XM2 Pursuit, specialists of aerial and ground-based camera
platforms, announced this week that the general rental of the 9x7 is now
available. The 9x7 is a new high-end cinema camera with global shutter
and ground-breaking sharpness. It has unmatched low-light capabilities
and color accuracy that offers superior image quality at a lower cost.
Aimed to replace multi-camera arrays and 70mm film, the 9x7 specifically
targets high-end VFX, VR, Giant Screen and IMAX productions. Advanced
motion control and post workflows combine to provide new opportunities
for film makers.