The Telegraph (UK) has a long and detailed appreciation of what goes into the Met Live event cinema productions, both from an artistic and technical perspective.
The technical proficiency is breathtaking. Each transmission uses 10 to 12 high-definition cameras (one of which is robotic, attached to a track along the edge of the stage), making sure that every angle, from close-ups of the orchestra pit to long shots of the set, is covered. No wonder the Met won an Emmy in 2009 for developing live HD.
When I was there in New York, listening to Natalie Dessay’s faultless Amina, I soon forgot that the place had been turned into a TV studio. That production required Dessay to walk up the auditorium in the sleepwalking scene (as you can see in the clip below). The producers had the editing worked out in military detail – the framing and flow of the scene was sophisticated and seamless.
The article is well worth reading in full and don’t be put off by the silly headline. LINK
Australia: The COO of Hoyts is stepping down.
Chief operating officer Matthew Liebmann is departing the Hoyts Group on Friday amid a head office restructure.
The COO role is being eliminated as part of a “flattening” of the management structure, according to Damian Keogh, who was appointed CEO last month.
Keogh thanked Liebmann for his dedication and service over the past six years, particularly in the development of the corporate sales department, Hoyts Rewards loyalty program, introducing people, culture and performance practices for the cinema team and assisting in the development of the Metro by Hoyts cinema in New Zealand. LINK
UK: The invention of the inflatable outdoor screen is greatly responsible for the renewed interest in (pop-up) drive-in cinemas in the UK and Ireland, me thinketh.
For the very first time, the Chorley Carnival Committee organised a spectacular, 30ft American-style drive-in movie screen to be erected in the grounds of Botany Bay in a bid to raise funds for this year’s festivities.
The packed out event saw musicals Grease and Mamma Mia entertain the crowds with family favourites Monsters University and Despicable Me 2 also shown over the two day event for younger viewers. LINK
Apparently the most popular film was…Grease. Always Grease.