UK Film Council To
Install 250 D-Screens
LONDON – The United Kingdom Film Council’s
lottery-funded distribution and exhibition fund announced
on July 22 plans to install 250 digital projectors at nearly
150 cinema sites nationwide.
The new equipment, designed to showcase
specialty fare, will complement existing 35mm projectors,
to be presented in either format.
“In this new landscape, specialized
cinema can now react fully to the market and have the flexibility
to grow a
market alongside 35mm,” noted fund head Peter Buckingham. “This
scheme is open to every exhibitor and distributor who is
interested in growing, or is already working in, the specialized
In return for providing cinema owners with
the digital technology, the Film Council aims to claim
a certain amount
of screen time for its own specialty selections.
The council also announced that a central
independent consortium needed to operate the digital circuit
and provide the necessary
technology would form later in the year.
NIST To Provide
DCI Tech Expertise
HOLLYWOOD – The National Institute
of Standards and Technology (NIST) became in July an official
with studio-backed Digital Cinema Initiatives (DCI).
Scientists and engineers from NIST were
set to provide DCI with technical expertise in the digital
arena via test
patterns and procedures that measure brightness, contrast,
resolution and other variables that influence image quality.
The group was expected to work closely with
the Digital Cinema Lab, run by University of Southern California’s
Entertainment Technology Center (In
Focus, February 2003).