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William F. White Launches Education and Training Department
Paul Bronfman, Chairman and CEO of Comweb and William F. White International, in March announced the launch of Whites Education & Training, a new department at WFW specifically dedicated to the empowerment of Canada’s production crews and emerging filmmakers. Through facilitating new opportunities that teach hard skills and best practices, Whites Education & Training aims to foster a higher level work experience for people in the industry. The Department will be spearheaded by Whites Education & Training Manager, Bruce Dale, who has worn various hats throughout his career at WFW since joining the company in 2006. Prior to joining WFW, Dale gained valuable on-set experience working as a production assistant, grip, and camera assistant on various shoots throughout the Greater Toronto Area.
PS Camera Has PX 240 Production Video Recorder
PS Camera now has the Pix 240 Production Video Recorder, which provides QuickTime videos with sync-sound for quick turnaround dailies. The recorder provides video recording for video cameras with HD-SDI inputs, and employs Apple ProRes or Avid DNxHD format. The Pix 240 stores recorded video on removable 2.5” solid-state hard drives and the recorded videos can be accessed on systems operating on both Windows and Mac OS. The PIX 240 has a 5” LCD display which displays images with a resolution of 800 x 480 and provides immediate confirmation of recording, playback, audio metering, and setup menu selections. It supports input audio source selection between embedded HDMI, embedded HD-SDI, or balanced audio and features a LANC connector for connection with a LANC controller for control over start and record options.
Codex Digital Adds ARRI ALEXA Studio Support
Codex Digital, developer of digital media recorders and media management systems for film and television production, in March announced full support for the new ARRI ALEXA Studio. Codex ARRIRAW Plus and the Codex Onboard recorders can record up to 48 fps of ARRIRAW from the ALEXA Studio in 4:3 mode, using Codex’s new high-speed data packs. In 16:9 mode, it is possible to record up to 60 frames per second using regular Codex data packs, as is currently done with the ALEXA and ALEXA Plus. The combination of the ALEXA Studio, with its 4:3 sensor and optical viewfinder, and the Codex Onboard Recorder, is currently being used on films such as Skyfall (Roger Deakins ASC, BSC) and The Lone Ranger (Bojan Bazelli ASC).
Inaugural Tradeshow Promoting Film Production in Ontario Held in LA
The Toronto and Ontario Film Commissions earlier this year held the inaugural Toronto/Ontario On Location in L. tradeshow gathering 40 Ontario-based companies and organizations servicing the film, television, animation and visual effects industry. The event was sponsored by the Ontario Media Development Corporation, the City of Toronto Film and Television Office, FilmOntario, and the Computer Animation Studios of Ontario, and it aimed to promote and showcase the experience, talent, creativity and resources available in Ontario. The event came as the Ontario Film Commission announced that Ontario’s film and television industry recorded its best year ever in 2011, contributing $1.26 billion to the provincial economy – a $300 million increase or 31% over the previous year – according to figures compiled by the Ontario Media Development Corporation. Meanwhile, a new initiative to help build Ontario’s economic growth and job creation in the 3D entertainment sector was launched in late March. 3DOntario, an online initiative, is designed to foster local collaboration and competitiveness and is led by York University’s 3D Film Innovation Consortium (3DFLIC) and Sheridan College’s Screen Industries Research and Training Centre (SIRT). It was developed with the assistance of the Ontario Centres of Excellence, and the support of the Ontario Media Development Corporation on behalf of the Ministry of Tourism, Culture and Sport.