Industry Report: Digital
The state of play of the first steps in what will be a mammoth change
Does technological innovation benefit culture? What will be the culture that today's digital generation be taught, create and pass on? What is the impact of these new technologies on the creative industry sphere? What will the audiovisual landscape be like with all these interconnected services and terminals? Is simply referencing cultural works enough to prescribe culture? Is intellectual property soluble in the digital world?
4th edition of Crossmedia Days organized in Paris on 18-19 June to enable European professionals of the field to meet and network. Over 900 professionals from 24 countries attended these 2 days dedicated to Crossmedia. Cineuropa met some of the new talents present at the event.
The documentary filmmakers and media producers who are venturing out into the world of transmedia or interactive storytelling have advanced storytelling, but have spent much time, elbow grease, and sweat on their projects. As more producers seek to make more dynamic interactive projects, what should they keep in mind? Here are 9 things to keep in mind.
Our TVs are digital, our films films are "on demand" and our internet is faster than ever. But what is the real impact of these new technologies have on more "traditional" media like DVD and terrestrial television? Cineuropa explored this subject while waiting for the latest numbers from the European Audiovisual Observatory to be released following the workshop organised as part of the Marché de film at Cannes.
Transforming Hollywood aims to turn the spotlight on media creators, producers and executives and place them in critical dialogue with top researchers from across a wide spectrum of film, media and cultural studies to provide an interdisciplinary summit for the free interchange of insights about how transmedia works and what it means
BBC Worldwide’s Gary Woolf moderated this session on producing content for digital. Orange’s gaming and transmedia head, Jean-François Rodriguez, kicked off with a trailer for Alt-Minds, a transmedia game/series coproduced by Lexis Numérique and written by Eric Viennot.
Little Hobbits seem to have a big impact-not only in the mythology of Middle Earth, but in the real world, where the release of the much-anticipated film "The Hobbit" is expected to bring major changes to the movie theater business, potentially requiring new investments in digital projection technology in order to support the film's higher frame rates.
Power to the Pixel's fifth annual Cross-Media Forum gathers some of the leading figures in international cross-media. They are coming to London to share their ideas and experience with people working in sectors which touch on all aspects of cross-media creation, financing and distribution.
Michael Gubbins, former Editor in Chief of Screen International and consultant specialising in film and media with a particular focus on digital change, gave a speech about «Cinema and New Technologies» during the seminar European Animated Features Growing Stronger organised by Cartoon from the 22nd to the 24th of November in Munich.
In 2004 there were thirty digital screens in Europe. Today they have grown to almost seven thousand: has the digital revolution taken place? Yes and no, considering that despite the undeniable boom starting in 2009 and continuing throughout 2010, four fifths of the Continent’s total screens still rely on 35mm.What certainly has come about is the “3D revolution”.
According to Pacific Media Associates (PMA), the worldwide market information experts on front projectors, the worldwide front projector market will grow to a total of 8.65 million units in 2010 from its 2009 level of 6.33 million units
Eastman Kodak Company announced that it has developed revolutionary laser projection technology that delivers both 2D and bright 3D images within today's stringent technical standards for digital motion picture presentation
The European Commission launched a reflection paper on a European Digital Single Market and launched a public consultation calling for fresh ideas for a more vibrant market for online distribution of creative content. The paper highlights the importance of copyright as a basis for creativity in, Europe's cultural heritage.
Digital cinema is gaining ground in Europe. According to the figures provided by MEDIA Salles, the number of digital screens equipped with DLP Cinema or Sony 4K technology increased during 2008 by 70% to 1 529 digital screens as of 1 January 2009.
Isabelle Denis, Director of Mediatoon Interactive, presented the different strategies her group had been using to be present on the new digital platforms and explains why a multi-platform approach is inevitable when looking at the evolution in the consumption habits.
Véronique Cayla, director general of the National Film Centre (CNC) gave a speech on the transition to digital projection in European theatres during the Dijon Film Meetings. CNC can provide a tool for economic stimulation of the financing condition of the digital shift
CNC and ALPA have realized a study on the audiovisual offer in French downloadable form internet. The films proposed are more and more various, while there is a diversification of the sources of piracy.
The article is a summary of the Power To The Pixel Conference which was held at the London Film Festival. A new generation of filmmakers, distributors and marketers discussed the myriad ways that the digital revolution is upending the traditional methods of film distribution, and that a new way of reaching audiences is becoming viable and infinitely malleable.
The latest report from media analysts argues that Europe has reached a tipping point for digital cinema development and is ready for a wide-scale roll-out, although it would be naive to suggest that the conversion to digital is proving easy. There are also signs that commercial progress is faster in the UK than elsewhere.
2006 was the year of exceptional growth of digital screens. Asia and Europe continued to grow as in the past, whilst North America took a stride forward with the growth of 1,031%. The article presents a forecast according to which it is estimated that 35mm will be overtaken in 2013.
The article summarises a debate on the transition “of the photochemical and analogue universe to the digital era” which took place during the 15th Rencontres de Beaune. The participants expressed their concerns and fears about the technological progress and possible strategy of adaptation. The keys to financing a digital equipment were discussed as well.
There are currently two important questions that have simultaneously led to a re-think about the role of cinema over the next ten years: the enlargement of the EU in 2004, and the digital revolution faced by cinema operators. The article focuses more on the second issue and presents possible risks and benefits from the digitalization.
In September 2003, for the 14th edition of the European market of animation films, the Cartoon Forum, Varese was turned into the cartoon capital. The article presents a list of future projects for the short and medium term. There is also an interview with Max Gusberti, the deputy director of RAI Fiction, and Manuel Cristobal, the producer of the first European 3D animated feature length film.