Canada In The Spotlight As Guest Country At DISCOP Johannesburg 2018

DISCOP, the leading content, adaptation right and project market dedicated to Africa and the Middle East, today announces that Canada will the Guest Country of its Johannesburg edition slated from 14 to 16 November.

This announcement was made possible thanks to the Canada Media Fund (CMF) and the National Film and Video Foundation (NFVF), an agency of the the Department of Arts and Culture of the Republic of South Africa, who have launched a dedicated incentive for the co-development of audiovisual projects between Canadian producers and South African producers.

The total amount of funding available through the Incentive is approximately CAD $120,000 or ZAR 1,200,000 with each funding organization contributing half of the funds.

“In the past 20 years, we’ve seen content produced between Canadian and South African creators hit international markets with great commercial success and critical acclaim. Producers in both countries have partnered to tell stories that are culturally-relevant to audiences in both countries and around the world,” said Valerie Creighton, President and CEO, CMF. “Through our matching fund with the National Film and Video Foundation of South Africa, we have further enabled the development of strong partnerships between producers in both countries. As we aim to create yet more partnerships between Canadian and South African producers, we look forward to participating in DISCOP Johannesburg 2018 where Canada will be Guest Country.”

NFVF Acting CEO, Shadrack Bokaba has this to say of the partnership, “The relationship between South Africa and Canada is very special, it was the first audio-visual co-production treaty to be signed, stemming from shared values of equality, democracy, peace, security and prosperity. The treaty has allowed the union between South Africa and Canada to continue to grow and forge new partnerships while cementing and enhancing old ones. The recently renewed Canada Media Fund partnerships is one such partnership aimed at fostering the development of content that is able to travel and find audiences across the globe.

It is therefore encouraging to witness South African content markets like DISCOP honour the relationship in this manner. We look forward to creating more opportunities for collaboration.”

The tribute to Canada will be marked by the presence of the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation who will be in Johannesburg to present PANORA.TV its new B2B online platform facilitating transactions, from searching and shopping, to contract generation, payment processing and content delivery.

Canadian producers and government representatives attending DISCOP Johannesburg 2018, including André Ferreira, Communication Manager of the CMF, will be hosted at the “MADE IN CANADA PAVILION”, a networking and communications hub that will provide visibility and market exposure to Canadian delegates.

Two important sessions scheduled in the context of DISCOP’s sidebar NEXT GEN development and knowledge-transfer program will also examine coproduction and distribution opportunities between Canada and South Africa.

1500+ delegates are expected to take part in DISCOP Johannsburg 2018 including 400+ acquisition and development executives representing broadcasters, premium cable channels, mobile operators and streaming platforms operating in Sub-Saharan Africa and 200+ global and regional distributors will also be at the market to showcase their latest offerings and seek new representation deals.

In a move to accelerate the development of a sustainable production and distribution ecosystem across Africa and the Middle East, DISCOP content, adaptation right and project markets are held several times a year in strategic regional industry hubs.

For more information, www.discop.com

MINECON Earth Party & Live Web Broadcast At Emperors Palace – 29 September 2018

Floating Tree, in conjunction with Nu Metro Cinemas and PlayEZ Esports gaming, are pleased to announce that they will be hosting an official MINECON Earth Party at Emperors Palace, Johannesburg this Saturday, 29th of September 2018 for all Minecraft players. MINECON is an annual event hosted by Mojang where players can get together and celebrate everything about their favorite game.

The best way to experience the live MINECON Earth web broadcast is with your friends, family and other Minecraft players in front of Nu Metro’s giant Xtreme cinema-screen.  The Xtreme cinema at Nu Metro Emperors Palace boasts powerful 360-degree Dolby Atmos sound (including overhead speakers), a three-storey-high curved screen (one of the largest cinema screens in South Africa) and a phosphoric laser projector that can display 70-trillion colours with 4K Ultra HD quality. With popcorn in hand and epic sound and screen-quality immersing you in the experience, this is something that no Minecraft player would want to miss.

MINECON Earth is being hosted by Mojang’s Lydia Winters and five popular YouTube presenters.  The show is shrouded in mystery but will include news and information about Minecraft updates and many other surprises.

In addition to the live broadcast, there will be interactive Minecraft gaming across multiple platforms including PC, console and mobile hosted by PlayEZ Esports in their state-of-the-art gaming lounge.  This is a perfect opportunity to meet and play live with other Minecraft players.  There will be plenty of Minecraft merchandise at the exhibitor’s stands, giveaways and other surprises too.

Tickets are only available online at Quicket – qkt.io/minecon.  Gaming and other activities start from 2:30pm.  The live broadcast begins at 6pm and the event will conclude by 8pm.  The event is family friendly and all ages are welcome.  Further information is available on our websites – floatingtree.co.za or playezesports.com

Minecraft is the second best-selling game of all time with over 122 million units sold and over 74 million active monthly players.  Mojang was acquired by Microsoft in 2014.  Floating Tree: MINECON Earth Party is under a one-time only license from Mojang, and is not organized, managed or hosted by Mojang. Floating Tree is operating this event on its own accord with no supervision or support by Mojang.

Academy’s Science And Technology Council Adds 6 New Members

David Ayer, Rod Bogart, Theo Gluck, Leslie Iwerks, Colette Mullenhoff and Jeff Taylor have accepted invitations to join the Science and Technology Council of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, bringing the Council’s 2018–2019 membership roster to 25.

Ayer is a director, producer and screenwriter whose credits include “Bright,” “Suicide Squad,” “Fury,” “Sabotage,” “End of Watch,” “Street Kings” and “Harsh Times.” He also wrote screenplays for several acclaimed features, including “S.W.A.T.,” “Dark Blue,” “Training Day,” “The Fast and the Furious” and “U-571.” Ayer is the co-founder of the independent studio Cedar Park Entertainment. He became a member of the Academy’s Directors Branch in 2017.

Bogart is an imaging science technologist who has worked for such companies as Industrial Light & Magic, Pixar and HBO. At ILM, he was instrumental in the design, implementation and deployment of the industry standard OpenEXR image format, which is at the core of ACES (Academy Color Encoding System). As the lead color scientist at Pixar, he pioneered file-based workflows with Pixar’s image mastering team and contributed to the design of the system that became the Society of Motion Picture and Television Engineers Interoperable Master Format (SMPTE IMF). Bogart is a member of the Academy’s Visual Effects Branch, SMPTE and the Visual Effects Society (VES).

A 28-year veteran with Walt Disney Studios, Gluck is the director of library restoration and preservation. Since 2004, he has guided the studio’s restoration program and coordinated the digitization and preservation of a significant portion of the nitrate negatives on the studio’s classic animated features and shorts. During his tenure at Disney, he was part of the post-production team for Disney Character Voices International, and prior to that was the manager of film operations for Buena Vista Pictures Distribution. Gluck is an Academy Member-at-Large and serves on Science and Technology Council’s committees for technology history and education and public programs.

Director-producer Iwerks earned an Oscar® nomination for the documentary short “Recycled Life” and an Emmy® nomination for “The Pixar Story.” For more than a decade, she has produced, directed and edited feature and short documentaries, television specials, tributes, corporate films and digital content. Other credits include “Citizen Hearst,” “Industrial Light & Magic: Creating the Impossible,” “The Hand behind the Mouse – The Ub Iwerks Story,” and such environmental and social issue documentaries as “Pipe Dreams” and “Downstream.” She is a member of the Academy’s Documentary Branch, the Producers Guild of America and the International Documentary Association.

Mullenhoff is a research and development engineer at Industrial Light & Magic. In 2014, she was recognized with an Academy Technical Achievement Award for her contributions to the ILM Shape Sculpting System. Her software has been used in the production of numerous films, including “Ready Player One,” “Transformers: Dark of the Moon” and “Pirates of the Caribbean: At World’s End.” She became a member of the Academy’s Visual Effects Branch in 2017.

Taylor is chief engineer of post production at Universal Studios, where he invented MediaSeal, serving as the product director and receiving three additional patents. He has designed numerous multi-audio-format re-recording stages (Atmos, DTS-X, IMAX), ADR and Foley rooms, screening theaters and Universal’s BluWave Audio facility. In his 38-year career, he also worked for The Droid Works, a division of Lucasfilm Ltd., where he wrote software for and trained editors on the EditDroid picture editing system; consulted on the digital technology transformation of the animation department at Walt Disney Pictures Animation Group; and was an early pioneer of the SDDS system at Sony Pictures. Taylor is a member of the Academy’s Sound Branch, Audio Engineering Society (AES), SMPTE and the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences.

The Council co-chairs for 2018–2019 are Wendy Aylsworth and Visual Effects Branch governor Craig Barron.

The Council’s 17 other returning members are Academy president John Bailey, Nafees Bin Zafar, Maryann Brandon, Rob Bredow, Annie Chang, Bill Corso, Douglas Greenfield, Rob Hummel, Andrea Kalas, Academy governor John Knoll, Ai-Ling Lee, Beverly Pasterczyk, Cary Phillips, Douglas Roble, Leon Silverman, Academy governor Michael Tronick and Steve Yedlin.

Established in 2003 by the Academy’s Board of Governors, the Science and Technology Council provides a forum for the exchange of information, promotes cooperation among diverse technological interests within the industry, sponsors publications, fosters educational activities, and preserves the history of the science and technology of motion pictures.

Disney Africa & Art Eye Unveil Mickey The True Original Art Collaboration

10 SA Artists lend their unique take on the global icon
#Mickey90Africa

Today Disney Africa, in association with Art Eye Gallery, launched the Mickey the True Original Art Collaboration where ten six-foot Mickey Statues where unveiled, each brought to life by ten highly talented South African artists.

Each statue has been designed, painted and crafted to show each artist’s unique take on Mickey Mouse, who is celebrating his 90th anniversary this year. From vivid colour palettes, spray paint graffiti stylings, to pantsula outfits and shweshwe prints, each interpretation is a celebration of the global icon in a truly proud South African way.

The ten artists include Cassius Khumalo, Colbert Mashile, Dominic Tshabangu, Lee Scott Hempson, Louis van den Heever, Nika Mtwana, Phumzile Buthelezi, Toni Bico, Trevor Coleman and Welcome Danca.

“For nine decades, Mickey Mouse has bound generations together more than any other animated character. His iconic status and global appeal has also inspired countless artists over the decades,” says Christine Service, Senior Vice President and Country Manager of The Walt Disney Company Africa. “The Mickey the True Original Art Collaboration continues this inspiration, but with a truly South African interpretation of Mickey’s charm and universal appeal.”

“No matter what age, every person has a connection with Mickey Mouse and, when Disney approached Art Eye to collaborate on this venture, we were thrilled to be given the opportunity to follow in the footsteps of the likes of Damien Hirst, Diego Rivera and so many more who were inspired by this character,” comments Ty Selmon, Director of Art Eye Gallery. “To give this unique local take on Mickey allows us to give him an honorary South African status, bringing to life the unique and eye catching interpretation, sights and imagery that only this country can produce.”

Fans will be able to see the statues in real life as they travel the country as part of the Mickey the True Original South African Exhibition, inspired by Mickey’s status as a ‘true original’ and his global impact on popular culture. The exhibition will travel to 3 cities and delight fans and families alike as they journey with Mickey over the years. Featuring 4 sections highlighting Mickey’s innovation, his evolution, influence on fashion and also pop culture, the exhibition is in collaboration with Samsung and Edgars, and will visit:

  • Sandton City, Centre Court: 28 September – 14 October
  • Gateway Theatre of Shopping, Expo Explore Court: 19 October – 11 November
  • Canal Walk Shopping Centre. Centre Court: 16 November – 26 November

The Mickey The True Original campaign includes a series of global festivities honouring nine decades of Mickey Mouse, his heritage, personality and status as a pop-culture icon.  In South Africa, a number of initiatives are underway to join these celebrations including the exhibition, a two-hour star-studded special to air on M-Net 101 later in the year, amazing retail activations and more.

Mickey’s birthday is celebrated in honour of the release of his first theatrical film, Steamboat Willie, on 18th November 1928, at the Colony Theatre in New York City. Since then, he has starred in more than 100 cartoons and can currently be seen on Disney Channel (DStv, Channel 303) in the Mickey Mouse cartoon series and on Disney Junior (DStv, Channel 309) in Mickey and the Roadster Racers.

South African fans are encouraged to share their own Mickey Mouse moments, inspirations and more on social media using the hashtag #Mickey90Africa.

 

‘Sisters Of Wilderness’ Launches Outreach And Audience Engagement Programme

‘Sisters of the Wilderness’ Launches Outreach and Audience Engagement Programme

Saturday, 22 September, in Celebration of World Rhino Day & South Africa’s Heritage Month

Sisters of the Wilderness, the social impact feature-length documentary, which recently won best South African Feature Documentary at the Durban International Film Festival and qualifies for an Oscar consideration, is the foundation for an outreach and audience engagement programme that will use multiple communication platforms to raise awareness, inspire, communicate and engage audiences worldwide.

The outreach programme launches on World Rhino Day (22 September) at Nondumiso and Shiyikosi Schools near the Northern part of Hluhluwe where the film is set, with another screenings in Somkhele at the Isolesizwe Film Festival, organised by well-known conservationist Sheila Berry, schedule for Heritage Day on 24 September. These screenings are followed by screenings in the midlands communities that are home to the main characters in the film, with the first being shown at the Midlands Community College on 25 September.

The film, which follows the healing and transformation journey of five young Zulu women in the wilderness, is set in South Africa’s iconic and highly important natural and cultural heritage gem, the Hluhluwe-iMfolozi Park, in KwaZulu-Natal. It highlights the threat to this valuable wilderness and its wildlife – the rhino, elephant and other species.

“We chose to launch our impact programme on South Africa’s Heritage Month and World Rhino Day because these two occasions are closely related to the themes in the film and to the project social impact goals,” says project Creator and Producer, Ronit Shapiro of One Nature Films.

“It is very important for us to start the programme in the communities bordering the Hluhluwe-iMfolozi park since one of our key impact goals is to help in the efforts to save the iMfolozi Wilderness from the threat of illegal hunting and unsustainable mining,” adds Ronit.

“We believe that communities can play a major role in the efforts to protect South Africa’s natural and cultural heritage, and we hope that through the film and a facilitated discussion after the screening, young people and community members will be empowered to get involved and find solution to issues affecting them and wild nature in their surroundings.”

Each screening will be facilitated by local community members who have many years of experience in education, community engagement and are actively working in areas related to the themes in the film: women empowerment and wilderness conservation.

“We worked closely with these facilitators during the film production and provided them with specific materials for the facilitation sessions. They bring to the audience engagement a wealth of knowledge and wisdom from their day to day work as educationalists, wilderness / nature guides, and cultural advocates,” explains Shapiro.

The screenings will be followed up by an interactive discussion about the themes that the film highlights. The audience will also be asked to fill out feedback questionnaires to help with the impact evaluation.

In addition to the screenings in KwaZulu-Natal, the film is also joining the ‘Ignite Your Rights’ outreach tour, organised by the non-for-profit Sunshine Cinema, which uses free solar-powered interactive impact screenings to stimulate young people’s engagement. The tour starts in South Africa in October and then continues on to communities in Zimbabwe, Zambia and Malawi.

“We are in conversations with several other organisations in South Africa that work with young people, and we are looking forward to enhance our outreach through collaborations with like-minded organisations. We are also actively looking for funding and sponsors to support our expanding programme. Anyone interested can contact us if they wish to get involved,” says Shapiro.

The film continues its film festival screenings in South Africa at the Cape Town International Film Market and Festival, the Jozi film festival and the Mzansi Women Film Festival.

Screening Dates / Times:

Jozi Film Festival  www.jozifilmfestival.com
Sunday 30 September, 2pm, Olive Tree Theatre
Sunday 30 September, 8pm, Bioscope Independent Cinema

Cape Town International Film Market and Festival filmfestival.capetown
Wednesday 10 October, 2pm, SK Nouveau 5
Saturday 13 October, 6pm, Nu Metro 4

Mzansi Women Film Festival   October 26 – 28  screening times TBC

DStv Honours Our Diversity… And Similarities

September is Heritage Month and we’re celebrating this special time by releasing a fascinating, South African-produced documentary on M-Net City and DStv Catch Up.

Entitled So Where Do I Come From, the show centres around DNA and gene mapping – technologies that reveal some incredible truths about people and our shared history. In the words of geneticist, and associate producer of the show, Dr Himla Soodyall: “We can change our language, culture or place of abode in the space of a generation, but our genes will always remain an indelible record of our ancestral past.”

While South Africa is a country renowned for rightly celebrating its diversity, there is also a lot that we have in common “Thanks to this documentary,” says Yolisa Pahle, CEO for General Entertainment at MultiChoice, “understanding the things that we have in common should unite us without taking away from the power of our diversity.  So Where Do I come from is the  story of the fundamental building blocks of life – our DNA.”

And there’s no escaping the truth of our past, as gene mapping reaches back into the annals of time; going back an astonishing 170 000 years! So Where Do I Come From tested the DNA of several well-known South Africans – such as former President, Nelson Mandela – and the results were astonishing.

Don’t forget to tune into this riveting documentary on Heritage Day, Monday, 24 September at 3pm on M-Net City or watch it on Catch Up on your decoder or DStv Now from 24 September, or on Catch Up Plus on your internet-connected DStv Explora. DStv Premium, Compact Plus and Compact customers will be able to watch this unique documentary.

Disney Launches Mickey the True Original Campaign

“I only hope that we never lose sight of one thing – that is was all started by a mouse” – Walt Disney

DISNEY HONOURS 90 YEARS OF MICKEY MOUSE WITH LOCAL FESTIVITIES

South Africa joins global celebrations of Mickey the True Original
#Mickey90Africa

Today Disney Africa announced the local launch of the Mickey the True Original campaign, joining the global festivities honouring 9 decades of Mickey Mouse, his heritage, personality and status as a pop-culture icon.

As 18 November 2018 marks 90 years since his first appearance in Steamboat Willie in November 1928, a series of world-wide celebrations will be taking place this year and South Africa is no different.

The campaign will come to life with engaging content and events that embrace Mickey’s impact on the past, present and future. The local festivities kick off in earnest this month, leading up to Mickey’s 90th anniversary on 18 November 2018 and beyond:

  • An exclusive local design project where ten highly talented South African artists will apply their own inspiration and artistic interpretation on 6-foot Mickey Mouse statues.
  • Once revealed to the public, the statues will form part of the Mickey the True Original South African Exhibition, inspired by Mickey’s status as a ‘true original’ and his global impact on popular culture. The exhibition will travel to 3 cities and delight fans and families alike as they journey with Mickey over the years. Featuring 4 sections highlighting Mickey’s innovation, his evolution, influence on fashion and also pop culture, the exhibition is in collaboration with Samsung and Edgars, and will visit:
    • Sandton City, Centre Court: 28 September – 14 October
    • Gateway Theatre of Shopping, Expo Explore Court: 19 October – 11 November
    • Canal Walk Shopping Centre. Centre Court: 16 November – 26 November
  • Samsung continues their collaboration with Disney as they honour Mickey’s 90th anniversary nationally at all Samsung and Edgars Stores. Entitled Unlocking the Imagination, fans are encouraged to visit these stores, take a selfie with a giant Mickey plush toy using their Samsung Galaxy Note9 and stand a chance to win not only a giant Mickey plush, but also an international family trip. Visit www.Samsung.com for more information
  • Mickey’s 90th Spectacular, a two-hour prime-time special, will be screened on M-Net 101 later this year. The elegant affair will feature star-studded musical performances, moving tributes and never-before-seen short films. Superstars from music, film and television will join the birthday fun for the internationally beloved character.
  • In addition, look out for special programming on Mickey’s birthday (18 November) across Disney Channel (DStv, Channel 303), Disney XD (DStv, Channel 304) and Disney Junior (DStv, Channel 309).
  • In retailers, Edgars will be stocking a complete collection of trendy fashion, accessories and footwear for the whole family, inspired entirely by Mickey Mouse.
  • Mickey will be the central theme of an in-store campaign nationwide this November and December, with brand new products, apparel, toys, as well as titles from Disney Publishing Worldwide, including books, arts & crafts and comics
  • Discovery Vitality and Disney are celebrating healthy, happy families this festive season by offering helpful and exciting tips and tricks on how to eat nutritious, yet delicious, foods, all inspired by Mickey. There’s also a trip to Disneyland Paris up for grabs. Log on to www.discovery.co.za/vitality for information.
  • And much more – check the press for updates

“Binding generations together more than any other animated character, Mickey Mouse is the “True Original” who reminds people of all ages of the benefits of laughter, optimism and hope,” says Christine Service, Senior Vice President and Country Manager of The Walt Disney Company Africa. “With his universal appeal and ability to emotionally connect with generations all over the world, no other character quite occupies a similar space in the hearts and minds of a global fan base and we are thrilled to be sharing these local festivities.”

Mickey’s birthday is celebrated in honour of the release of his first theatrical film, Steamboat Willie, on 18th November 1928, at the Colony Theatre in New York City. Since then, he has starred in more than 100 cartoons and can currently be seen on Disney Channel (DStv, Channel 303) in the Mickey Mouse cartoon series and on Disney Junior (DStv, Channel 309) in Mickey and the Roadster Racers.

South African fans are encouraged to share their Mickey Mouse moments on social media using the hashtag #Mickey90Africa.

‘The Exorcist’ 45th Anniversary, ‘The War Room’ 25th Anniversary, ‘A Christmas Story’ Headline The Academy’s Fall Screenings

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences announced its fall programming lineup for both Los Angeles and New York. A full event schedule and ticket information can be found here: www.oscars.org/fall-at-the-academy.

Schedule is as follows; participants listed will be in attendance (schedules permitting):

SEPTEMBER

Edgar G. Ulmer’s “Detour” (1945) – September 17, 7:30 p.m.
Linwood Dunn Theater, Hollywood
With special guest Arianne Ulmer Cipes.  Restored by the Academy Film Archive and The Film Foundation in collaboration with Cinémathèque Royale de Belgique, the Museum of Modern Art and the Cinémathèque Française. Restoration funding provided by the George Lucas Family Foundation.

Women in Indie Animation – September 21, 7 p.m.
Academy at Metrograph, New York City
With filmmakers Signe Baumane, Emily Hubley, Candy Kugel and Debra Solomon.  Moderated by Oscar®-winning producer Peggy Stern.

“Food, Inc.” (2009) – September 24, 7:30 p.m.
Samuel Goldwyn Theater, Beverly Hills
With Oscar-nominated director Robert Kenner, Oscar-nominated producer Elise Pearlstein, film subject Carole Morison, chef Roy Choi, Food Forward founder and executive director Rick Nahmias.  Moderated by chef, author and radio host Evan Kleiman.  Presented in partnership with the International Documentary Association (IDA), Participant Media and River Road Entertainment.

“Salesman” (1969) – September 27, 7:30 p.m.
Linwood Dunn Theater, Hollywood
With special guest Rebekah Maysles.  Featuring a 35mm print restored by the Academy Film Archive and The Film Foundation, with funding provided by the George Lucas Family Foundation.  Presented in partnership with the International Documentary Association (IDA).

OCTOBER

4th Annual Careers in Film Summit – October 6, 9 a.m.-5 p.m.
Samuel Goldwyn Theater, Beverly Hills
Academy members and film professionals share their expertise on careers in the motion picture industry in this day-long series of panel discussions.

“The War Room” (1993) 25th Anniversary – October 9, 7:30 p.m.
Samuel Goldwyn Theater, Beverly Hills
With Oscar-nominated directors Chris Hegedus and D.A. Pennebaker, and producers R.J. Cutler, Wendy Ettinger and Frazer Pennebaker.  Additional panelists to be announced.

45th Student Academy Awards – October 11, 7 p.m.
Samuel Goldwyn Theater, Beverly Hills
The winning student filmmakers will receive their medal placements – gold, silver, bronze – in seven award categories. Gold medal-winning films will be screened after the ceremony.

An Evening with special effects artist Tom Savini – October 13, 7 p.m.
Academy at Metrograph, New York City
In-person appearance by producer, actor and special effects artist Tom Savini (“Dawn of The Dead”), featuring clips from his films and onstage conversation.  Followed by a presentation of “From Dusk Till Dawn” (1996).

“The Exorcist” (1973) 45th Anniversary – October 22, 7:30 p.m.
Samuel Goldwyn Theater, Beverly Hills
With Oscar-nominated director William Friedkin and Oscar-nominated actress Ellen Burstyn.

NOVEMBER

Academy Nicholl Fellowships in Screenwriting Awards & Live Read – November 8, 7:30 p.m.
Samuel Goldwyn Theater, Beverly Hills
An ensemble of actors (to be announced) will read selected scenes from the winning scripts.

“The Barefoot Contessa” (1954) – November 16, 7 p.m.
Academy at Metrograph, New York City
With film critic and author Karina Longworth.

DECEMBER

“A Christmas Story” (1983) – December 10, 7:30 p.m.
Samuel Goldwyn Theater, Beverly Hills
With actor Peter Billingsley.

Tickets for Los Angeles-based events are $5 for the general public and $3 for Academy members and students with a valid I.D. and will be available online at Oscars.org.  Tickets to “Academy at Metrograph” events can be purchased via Metrograph’s website and are $15.  Doors open one hour prior to each event.  All ticketed seating is unreserved.  For more information, visit Oscars.org or call (310) 247-3600.

Blackmagic Design Announces Advanced New Blackmagic RAW Codec

Revolutionary new and modern codec that’s easier to use and much better quality than popular video formats, but with all the benefits of RAW.

Blackmagic Design today announced the public beta of Blackmagic RAW, a new and very modern codec that combines the quality and benefits of RAW with the ease of use, speed and file sizes of traditional video formats. Blackmagic RAW is a more intelligent format that gives customers stunning images, incredible performance, cross platform support and a free developer SDK.

The Blackmagic RAW public beta will be demonstrated on the Blackmagic Design IBC 2018 booth at #7.B45. Customers can download the public beta for use with URSA Mini Pro cameras via the Blackmagic Camera 6.0 Beta Update. In addition, DaVinci Resolve 15.1 Update, which includes support for Blackmagic RAW, is also available free of charge from the Blackmagic Design website.

Blackmagic RAW has been in development for years and is a next generation codec that features multiple new technologies such as an advanced de‑mosaic algorithm, extensive metadata support, highly optimized GPU and CPU accelerated processing and more. It can be used from acquisition throughout post production for editing and color grading, all from a single file.

Traditional RAW codecs have large file sizes and are processor intensive, making them hard to work with. Video file formats are faster, but suffer quality problems due to the use of 4:2:2 video filters that reduce color resolution. Blackmagic RAW solves these problems with an intelligent design that moves part of the de-mosaic process into the camera where it can be hardware accelerated by the camera itself. This results in incredibly efficient encoding that gives customers the same quality, bit depth, dynamic range and controls as RAW, but with much better performance and smaller file sizes than most popular video codecs. Because the processor intensive partial de-mosaic is done by the camera hardware, software such as DaVinci Resolve doesn’t have to do as much work decoding the files. In addition, GPU and CPU acceleration make decoding of frames incredibly fast, so you get extremely smooth performance for editing and grading.

Blackmagic RAW is much more than a simple RAW container format. Its intelligent design actually understands the camera and the sensor. This means the image data, along with the unique characteristics of the image sensor, are encoded and saved into the Blackmagic RAW file, giving customers much better image quality, even at higher compression settings, as well as total control over features such as ISO, white balance, exposure, contrast, saturation and more.

In addition, Blackmagic RAW uses Blackmagic Design Generation 4 Color Science for superior imaging that results in reproducing extremely accurate skin tones and gorgeous, lifelike colors that rival those of cameras costing tens of thousands of dollars more. Images are encoded using a custom non-linear 12-bit space designed to provide the maximum amount of color data and dynamic range.

Blackmagic RAW also makes it easy for any software developer to access all this technology. The free developer SDK lets any third party software application add Blackmagic RAW support on Mac, Windows and Linux. The Blackmagic RAW developer SDK automatically handles the embedded sensor profile metadata, along with Blackmagic Design color science, for predictable and accurate image rendering that yields consistent color throughout the entire pipeline.

Blackmagic RAW features two types of file compression. Customers can choose either constant quality or constant bitrate encoding options, depending on the kind of work they are doing. This lets them prioritize image quality or file size. Constant quality uses variable bitrate encoding so complex frames are encoded at higher data rates to preserve detail and maintain the highest possible quality. Blackmagic RAW Q0 has minimum quantization and yields the highest quality, while Blackmagic RAW Q5 uses moderate quantization for more efficient encoding and a smaller file size. Blackmagic RAW 3:1, 5:1, 8:1 and 12:1 use constant bitrate encoding to give customers the best possible images with predictable and consistent file sizes. The ratios are based on the unprocessed file size of a single frame from the camera’s sensor, making it easy to understand the relative amount of compression being used.

The pristine camera native quality of Blackmagic RAW Q0 and 3:1 are perfect for effects heavy feature film and commercial work. Blackmagic RAW Q5 and 5:1 are extremely high quality making them great for episodic television and independent films. Blackmagic RAW 8:1 and 12:1 offer high quality and speed, making it suitable for productions that wouldn’t normally consider shooting RAW. Now, more customers than ever will be able to use high quality RAW images in an incredibly efficient way that was impossible before.

“Blackmagic RAW could entirely change the workflow going from camera through post production,” said Kees Van Oostrum, Director of Photography and President of the American Society of Cinematographers. “A superb image quality, fine detail and incredibly small file sizes could possibly make Blackmagic RAW the go to format for filmmakers. It will be an important change for post because the editorial team can work with the camera original files, which are fast enough to use for everyday editing. That means less confusion in regards to creative choices I make at the camera. The images can now travel throughout the entire workflow because we’re shooting, editing and grading with the same files! Blackmagic RAW could be a game changer in the way films, television shows and commercials are made.”

Blackmagic RAW dramatically simplifies and speeds up post production workflows. DaVinci Resolve 15.1, which was also released today, includes full support for Blackmagic RAW. The performance of Blackmagic RAW is much faster in DaVinci Resolve than any other RAW format. This makes editing, color correction and visual effects incredibly fast. In addition, working with single files instead of folders full of still image sequences greatly simplifies media management. When the RAW settings are changed in DaVinci Resolve, a .sidecar file can be generated or updated if one already exists. When opened in other software applications that support Blackmagic RAW, the .sidecar file, which contains the RAW settings made in DaVinci Resolve, will be automatically used to display the image. If the .sidecar file is removed then the file will be displayed using the embedded metadata instead. This innovative new workflow gives customers a non-destructive way to change RAW settings while working between different applications.

Featuring a fully scalable design and completely modern CPU and GPU acceleration, Blackmagic RAW is optimized for AVX, AVX2 and SSE4.1 enabled processors, multi-threaded, works across multiple CPU cores and is GPU accelerated with support for Apple Metal, CUDA and OpenCL. Frame decoding and image processing is extremely fast, making it super smooth for editing, color correction and visual effects in DaVinci Resolve. Another benefit of media being stored as single files, and not image sequences, is it makes media management easier and file copying much faster.

The free Blackmagic RAW Developer SDK is available on Mac OS, Windows and Linux. This SDK takes care of all the work for developers, so adding support for Blackmagic RAW to third party software applications is easy and fast. Developers get access to GPU and CPU accelerated algorithms for decoding files, along with unique information about the camera’s image sensor so their applications can accurately decode and display the files. The SDK features highly descriptive and flexible metadata options designed to support today’s modern workflows. Metadata is embedded directly in the .braw file or it can be stored in a .sidecar file. Metadata is important because it contains the RAW settings along with information for the slate, iris, focus, focal length, white balance and a lot more. The metadata in .sidecar files can be used on top of the embedded metadata without overwriting it. Blackmagic RAW also supports frame based metadata so customers can access values, such as focus distance, that often change on a frame by frame basis.

“Blackmagic RAW is the world’s only truly modern, high performance, professional RAW codec that is open, cross platform and free,” said Grant Petty, Blackmagic Design CEO. “It’s exciting because customers can get the visually lossless image quality of RAW with the speed of traditional video workflows. Best of all, there are no hidden licenses or ongoing fees. Blackmagic RAW has been designed to provide the industry with an open, elegant and standardized high quality image format that can be used across products and in customer workflows absolutely free!”

Availability and Price
Blackmagic RAW is available today as a public beta via the Blackmagic Camera 6.0 Beta Update for URSA Mini Pro. The final release of Blackmagic RAW is expected to ship in several weeks’ time once further testing is complete.

The DaVinci Resolve 15.1 Update, which features support for Blackmagic RAW, has also been released and can be downloaded today free of charge from the Blackmagic Design website.

Press Photography
Product photos of URSA Mini Pro, and all other Blackmagic Design products, are available at www.blackmagicdesign.com/sa/media/images

About Blackmagic Design
Blackmagic Design creates the world’s highest quality video editing products, digital film cameras, color correctors, video converters, video monitoring, routers, live production switchers, disk recorders, waveform monitors and real time film scanners for the feature film, post production and television broadcast industries. Blackmagic Design’s DeckLink capture cards launched a revolution in quality and affordability in post production, while the company’s Emmy™ award winning DaVinci color correction products have dominated the television and film industry since 1984. Blackmagic Design continues ground breaking innovations including 6G-SDI and 12G-SDI products and stereoscopic 3D and Ultra HD workflows. Founded by world leading post production editors and engineers, Blackmagic Design has offices in the USA, UK, Japan, Singapore and Australia. For more information, please go to www.blackmagicdesign.com/sa

Tumi Morake To Release Highly Anticipated Debut Book

Tumi Morake modelled her public persona on her mother – a charming and contentious woman who used her big, bold voice to say what others were afraid to utter.  It’s the personality that Tumi took on stage in the mostly male space of stand-up comedy, and the one that gave her the courage to comment about apartheid on air.

But there’s only so much you can find out about Tumi from the stage, the screen and the internet… Tumi Morake is proud to announce the release of And Then Mama Said, her highly anticipated debut book, which will be on the shelves from the first week of October. The book is the voice of Tumi in private, as well as a behind-the-scenes perspective of a pioneering South African star who has been deeply loved and viciously hated by her audiences.

Tumi gets frank about the race row at Jacaranda FM; the Jaguar car accident that cyber bullies said she deserved; the body-shaming she endured on the set of Our Perfect Wedding; and her tumultuous relationship with her beloved husband.

Throughout her story, she carries the voice of her mother, and with it the indispensable life lessons that made her who she is today.

The book is a must-read for fans of Tumi Morake; a look behind the scenes of the entertainment industry and its scandals; an inspiring read of her rise from humble beginnings to fame and fortune and a sneak into issues of racism and cyberbullying.

And Then Mama Said is the real, unfiltered story of Tumi Morake.  The book is now available for pre-sale on various online platforms.  Visit www.penguinrandomhouse.co.za for links.

About Tumi Morake

Tumi Morake is an award-winning South African stand-up comedienne, television host and actress.  She also wears the hats of TV producer and writer; wife and mother of 3.  Morake cut her teeth as a writer on SABC’s flagship sitcoms and broke into television acting through those channels.  She is dubbed as one of South Africa’s queens of comedy, headlining on local and international stages.  Morake has dabbled in radio and remains one of South Africa’s most sought-after acts.  She also sits on the board of directors at Summat Training Institute and St. Aquinas College.