Showing posts with label Press Releases. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Press Releases. Show all posts

Monday, December 20, 2010

“Makarios: A Rising Tide”

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Randall Dark Productions and Austin Ridge Productions To Co-Produce the Story of Makarios

Randall Dark Productions, LP in association with Austin Ridge Productions, gathered a small crew and travelled through various remote villages in the Puerto Plata region of the Dominican Republic in late October in an effort to capture the story of a unique school called Makarios.

Directed and produced by HD Pioneers, Randall Dark and Kristen Cox, the documentary footage was captured in High Definition using two cameras. The crew spent 4 days shooting over 22 hours of footage. “We were shooting in tiny villages tucked into sugar cane fields where there was no electricity. I had to be very deliberate with our shoot schedule because we were limited to the amount of battery life we had. In order to make as small an impact as possible, we were minimalistic in our lighting and shooting approach,” said Kristen Cox, producer.

Makarios is a school that serves the poorest of the poor in the region. It provides opportunity for the next generation through education and dissolves bitter hatred by educating Dominican and Haitian children together. “These are the kinds of stories that need to be told; it’s why I became passionate about High Definition in the first place! When you look at these adorable little faces and learn that they only get to eat when they go to school, it’s going to break your heart. This technology opens a window to the world for viewers and will ignite a passion in them to help,” explained Randall Dark, director.

“Makarios: A Rising Tide” is currently in post production and is destined for completion early next year. Dark is in negotiations with broadcasters who are interested in airing the final program. La Cie has joined as a partial sponsor.

Sunday, May 30, 2010

Chinese children get private Disney screening


For Immediate Release

May 29, 2010
Macao, China

The final day of the Macao China International Digital Cinema Festival and Entertainment Technology Expo ended with over a hundred children from the city of Macao enjoying a private screening of Disney's "Tinker Bell And The Lost Treasure." A special digital cinema was created in the Venetian Hotel for this event that showcased the Cantonese version the film.

After the screening, the Producer, Sean Lurie accepted questions from the young audience. " It was great fun to watch the children enjoy our movie,” said Lurie, “but what was amazing was that one of the questions I was asked was whether the next installment would come out in 3D.”

Festival Artistic Director Randall Dark stated that " The mandate of our Festival is not just to involve industry professionals but also the local community. Seeing all those children take part in our event was probably the most important moment for me during the festival."

Read more about the first digital cinema festival in China at the official website:
Macao China International Digital Cinema Festival & Entertainment Technology Expo


Producer Sean Lurie (Disney's "Tinkerbell and the Lost Treasure") and Randall Dark field questions at a private screening for Chinese children.

Tuesday, May 11, 2010

WealthTV taps Randall Dark Productions for 3D content

3D Content Production underway for Lifestyle and Entertainment Network

SAN DIEGO, CA – May 10, 2010 – WealthTV, the premier luxury lifestyle and entertainment network, today announced that it has concluded a deal with Randall Dark Productions to produce a travelogue in 3D. The initial 3D episode scheduled for airing on WealthTV later this summer, will capture the awe-inspiring natural wonders of the Smoky Mountains along with thrilling theme park attractions and exciting entertainment found in three Tennessee cities.

Read the entire press release here.

Thursday, September 24, 2009

Official Press Release

After more than two years of long plane rides, official meetings and some great Chinese food, I am proud to announce The Macao, China International Digital Cinema Festival and Entertainment Technology Expo. The event takes place December 3rd - 5th 2009.

See the press release below.

Regards,

Randall P. Dark
Artistic Director
The Macao, China International Digital Cinema Festival and Entertainment Technology Expo

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Macao, China International Digital Cinema Festival & Entertainment Technology Expo Makes Bow in December
Createasphere, Burma Road & Randall Dark Productions Announce First Ever Film Fest & Tech Expo in Macao, China

September 25, 2009 (Burbank, CA) On December 3-5, 2009 in China’s glamorous Macao, filmmakers, broadcasters, experts and technology companies will gather for the country’s first ever content creator-entertainment technology centered event. China has recently begun to broadcast in high definition and as Chinese broadcasters and content creators acclimate to the change, there is great interest and opportunity in entertainment technology and its effect on every stage of the process, from creative through final delivery. The Macao, China International Digital Cinema Festival and Entertainment Technology Expo will interweave the leading entertainment companies and broadcasters in China with global leaders in technology, manufacturers and world-class content creators.

The Expo launches with the full support of the Macao government and many renowned Chinese filmmakers and leaders. The Expo will include an exhibition area featuring top technology companies and manufacturers, a conference program of panels and speakers who will address creative topics as well as the implications of emerging technologies on storytelling, social events and networking, and a digital cinema film festival. In addition to evening events and sponsored lunches, a closing night gala is planned. Exhibitors, panels, and films will be announced soon and a full schedule will be on-line later this month.

The team behind the event includes Createasphere, Randall Dark Productions and Burma Road Productions; a highly qualified group that brings a deep understanding of the implications of emerging technologies on creative industries. Createasphere (HD EXPO) has presented top notch technology and creative events in the US since 2001; Randall Dark is a bona fide high definition pioneer who took this early knowledge into a successful career as a producer & director; and Burma Road is headed by writer-producer Jeff Greene, whose credits include the Chinese documentary "Chennault & the Flying Tigers," one of the most watched documentaries ever made in China, with 400 million views to date, Greene has been producing in China for over 15 years and has offices in Kunming, Macao and Los Angeles. Most recently, Greene has developed a major motion picture for a Hollywood studio that is slated to begin production in China in 2010. Key leaders in the Chinese entertainment and broadcast industries have been invited and are expected to attend the event.

Randall Dark noted that, “What drove high definition to the U.S. consumer was the evolution of quality content created using the emerging technology. We have had over twenty years to discover and cultivate the relationship between the artist and the technologist. This annual event is specifically designed to expand the relationship globally. High definition in China is the next frontier.”

Kristin Petrovich, President of HD EXPO - Createasphere, noted, “For those of us who work in the community of content creators and entertainment technologists, China’s massive and rapidly growing economy simply cannot be ignored. There is so much going on there that we need to experience and, conversely, our decade plus experience in high definition and cutting edge technologies like 3D could be very beneficial to the Chinese at this critical moment. Whether you are in China, Calcutta, or Burbank, the global content creators and technological experts need to share information. We believe that this is a powerful opportunity for that kind of community building, set in a magnificent place with key partners.”

For further information about The Macao, China International Digital Cinema Festival and Entertainment Technology Expo, visit www.createasphere.com/china or call 818.842.6611.

About The Macao, China International Digital Cinema Festival & Entertainment Technology Expo
Premiering December 3-5, 2009, The Macao, China International Digital Cinema Festival & Entertainment Technology Expo is the first exposition and festival of its kind to be presented in Macao, China. The three-day event brings together a global gathering of the entertainment content and technology communities to share ideas, explore technologies and foster thought leadership through collaboration at the dawn of high definition broadcasting in China. The Macao International Digital Cinema Festival & Entertainment Technology Expo is a collaborative presentation of US- based Burma Road Productions, Randall Dark Productions (
www.randalldark.net) and Createasphere (www.createasphere.net).

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Friday, March 20, 2009

Keynote address at Creative Storage Conference '09

2009 Creative Storage Conference Announces Randall Dark Keynote

San Jose, CA—March 18, 2009—The Third Annual Creative Storage Conference (CS09) will be held in conjunction with the 2009 NAB Show at the Flamingo Hotel in Las Vegas on April 19, 2009. Conference registration is now open at www.creativestorage.org.

Randall Dark will be the afternoon keynote speaker. Randall was the co-founder and creative force behind HD Vision Studios in Los Angeles. He is a member of the Television Arts and Sciences Academy and he is distinguished with top honors from the International Electronics Cinema Festival and is one of a select few members of the Consumer Electronics Association’s Academy of Digital Pioneers. His presentation is called Dealing With the Angst. Randall says we are now entering an era where video tape will no longer be the medium of choice for capture, manipulation or archiving. His talk addresses how to conquer the fears of the transition to digital hard drive technology from the view point of a nonbeliever who is coming into this world kicking and screaming.

For additional information on the conference call 408-871-8808 or email info@creativestorage.org.

About Coughlin Associates: Coughlin Associates puts on the Creative Storage Conference through the Entertainment Storage Alliance. Coughlin Associates provides digital storage and applications consulting, market and technology analysis and conference organization services. More information is available about Coughlin Associates at www.tomcoughlin.com.

Monday, October 20, 2008

Seeing Red


NEWS RELEASE

Randall P. Dark is presently shooting with the RED camera for Dark Red Images.  The footage will be used for creating short demonstration pieces and adding to his already extensive High Definition Library.

Over the next 3 weeks he will crisscross the country shooting in the following locations: 

 - Dallas / Fort Worth, Texas
 - Miami, Florida
 - Jackson Hole, Wyoming
 - Grand Teton National Park
 - Toronto, Canada

For more information about the Red footage or Dark Red Images, contact Randall P. Dark.

Saturday, January 26, 2008

Dark to judge inaugural Greenlight Awards at SXSW


The search to discover the Best Original Digital TV Series is in motion. SXSW along with ON Networks(www.onnetworks.com) is recognizing this new category by introducing The Greenlight AwardsTM.

The Greenlight Awards will honor the Best Original Digital Production and the Best Original Series Idea with prizes of up to $10,000. Finalists will be reviewed by a panel of prominent industry and new media judges including actor Luke Wilson, indie writer/director Richard Linklater, HD pioneer Randall Dark, TV Week’s Daisy Whitney and founder of Smashface Productions Zadi Diaz.

Winning content will be celebrated at an exclusive event held during SXSW. Submissions are free and must be received by February 15, 2008.

Monday, December 10, 2007

Dark to produce Smokejumpers

MEGALOMEDIA SIGNS RANDALL DARK TO PRODUCE SMOKEJUMPERS

(Austin TX- December 10, 2007) - The Austin based independent production company MEGALOMEDIA Inc., announced today the signing of acclaimed producer Randall Dark to produce on the series titled Smokejumpers. Dark is a High Definition (HD) pioneer and the president and founder of Randall Dark Productions.

"Randall Dark has such a presence and long history in the industry, we are excited for the opportunity to work together on this series," said Megalomedia's President and Smokejumpers' Executive Producer, Jonathan Nowzaradan. Dark will help produce an extraordinary new television series that takes you inside the lives of the elite men and women few who parachute in the most remote and dangerous areas of our country to battle wild land fires.

"The creative team at Megalomedia understands how to tell compelling stories," Dark said, "and as I have said for many years the best way to capture and see all of this is in true high definition.” Dark will also be joining producers Tom Mireles and Graham Davidson along with director Jeff Keels to bring the series to life.

About Megalomedia
Established in 2002, Megalomedia is a full-service television and film studio creating original, non-fiction television content from idea to the screen. Having recently wrapped production on the feature documentary, The World's Heaviest Woman, which airs on Channel 4 in the U.K. and later on TLC, they are also in production on other feature documentaries, including The Voice Gods of Hollywood and Aftershock: the Politics of a Natural Disaster along with the 10-part series, Smokejumpers.
www.megalomedia.com

About Randall Dark
Dark is considered to be one of the leading experts in High Definition. For more than 15 years he was the creative and marketing force behind HD Vision Inc. and HD Vision Studios. Recently he formed Randall Dark Productions to create television shows, independent films, commercials, documentaries, music videos, industrials or any other project in which HD is the medium of choice.
www.randalldark.net

Thursday, December 6, 2007

Filmmaker Award

MAXELL HONORS INDEPENDENT FILMMAKER RANDALL DARK FOR HIS ACHIEVEMENTS IN FILM

Make-A-Wish Foundation® of Central and South Texas Receives $5,000 Donation

Fair Lawn, NJ, Dec 6, 2007 – Maxell Corporation of America recognized Randall Dark, CEO of Randall Dark Productions, last week for his work on the comedy motion picture, “Closing Escrow.” As part of the recognition for his achievements, Dark, who recently relocated from Los Angeles, California to Austin, Texas, identified the Make-A-Wish Foundation® of Central and South Texas charity to receive $5,000 from Maxell in his honor.

As a high definition technology pioneer, Dark received a glass trophy featuring the Maxell “Blow Away” icon, unlimited Maxell HD product for use on his next project, and money to donate to a charity of his choice. Dark’s support for the Make-A-Wish Foundation in his new residence of Texas continues his partnership with charities that benefit children. As a result of Dark’s donation, a child with a life-threatening medical condition will get their wish granted.

Dark is recognized globally as an expert in emerging technologies, being among the early adopters of HD technology in 1986 and founding his own production company in 1991. Dark’s film, “Closing Escrow,” entirely filmed on Maxell HDCAM, presents a comical look at the real estate industry. “HD is the very best technology in filmmaking, allowing me to preserve, duplicate and edit media without compromising quality, “said Dark. “Maxell’s products provide a superior digital picture, while maintaining a high level of reliability, durability and overall performance.”

About the Make-A-Wish Foundation®
The Make-A-Wish Foundation grants the wishes of children with life-threatening medical conditions to enrich the human experience with hope, strength, and joy. With the help of generous donors and more than 350 volunteers, the Make-A-Wish Foundation® of Central & South Texas has granted more than 2,300 wishes to children in 40 counties since 1985. During the last year, volunteers and donors made it possible for 195 children to experience the magic of a wish. For more information about Make-A-Wish, visit www.centralandsouthtexas.wish.org.

About Maxell
Maxell Corporation of America, a technology and marketing leader, is a full line manufacturer of digital media products for consumer, professional and data storage markets. Maxell is a recognized brand for over thirty years that delivers a comprehensive line of digital tape and disc-based recording media products for consumer audio, video, camcorder and data storage applications. The company also manufactures and markets a wide range of consumer battery products, as well as a full line of electronics care, maintenance, and accessory products including headphones, plasma TV cleaners, and iPod/MP3 cases and speakers. www.maxell.com

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Tuesday, May 1, 2007

Randall Dark Productions Opens In Los Angeles and Austin, Texas

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

RANDALL DARK PRODUCTIONS OPENS IN LOS ANGELES AND AUSTIN, TEXAS
High Definition Director and Producer, Randall P. Dark announced the opening of his company in LA and now Austin, Randall Dark Productions effective May 1st, 2007. The mandate of his company is to create and bring to market Digital, High Resolution content of the highest quality standard.

"Technology has been changing at lightning speed. There seems to be a better camera or editing system out almost weekly. My new company will allow me to be more flexible in choices for my productions and for my clients." says Mr. Dark.

The road to Randall Dark Productions started just over 20 years ago when Dark started working in HD on a Mini-Series that was being shot in Toronto. Hooked on the attributes of this emerging technology, Dark founded HD Vision a few years later in New York. The company set out on a goal to be an integral part of the growth of digital content world wide. Carrying the HD torch when most people found the risk too hot to handle, Dark became an undisputed pioneer of the technology and the images his company generated have literally helped set the standards by which new televisions are judged to this day. In 2002, Randall launched HD Vision Studios in Los Angeles and emerged as a creative and marketing force whose innovative approach to business had wide appeal.

Tuesday, April 17, 2007

Newest Projects shot with Maxell HDCAM

RANDALL DARK PRODUCTIONS' NEWEST PROJECTS SHOT WITH MAXELL HDCAM TAPES

LAS VEGAS, April 17 -- Maxell Corporation of America's Professional Media Products Division has extended it's relationship with Randall Dark and his new enterprise, Randall Dark Productions, to provide performance based media that meet the demand for his latest high-definition productions including a Won-G rap video and numerous travel documentaries with footage available through FootageBank.

Randall Dark Productions have been chosen to direct and produce the video for the upcoming single release for "We Must Pray" by rap sensation Won-G featuring The TrollMates, a Tween super group and guest rap artist, Hood Surgeon, son of the legendary Dr Dre.

The video will be shot in Los Angeles with Maxell HDCAM media to capture the first collaboration between Won-G, The TollMates and Hood Surgeon. The high-definition footage on Maxell tape will allow the group to artistically bring to life its message and reach its audience in a vivid and compelling medium.

Maxell media has also been extensively used by Randall Dark Productions in a series of travel documentaries, and stock footage video available through FootageBank. HD footage has been recently captured by Dark using Maxell HDCAM across a diverse set of destinations, climates and shooting environments in Europe, China, Wyoming, and Hawaii.

"Our demanding schedule calls for reliability in the products we use and I trust that Maxell tapes including the HDCAM product will stand up to my difficult shot locations and time sensitive projects and provide me with quality footage regardless of the environment or pace of assignments," said Randall Dark. "We will continue producing HD film projects at an unprecedented rate. The playing field is leveled and high-quality content can be brought to market very quickly and inexpensively."

Maxell HDCAM videocassettes utilized by Dark and his production company feature ultra-high-performance binder systems to achieve exceptional durability, essential to resilience in the volatile environments of ENG/EFP recordings. The binder systems also help Maxell HDCAM perform well during long-term archiving. The 1/2" metal particle tape cassette incorporates super-fine Ceramic Armor Metal particles (0.1 micron size) to achieve an exceptional output level and to surpass the low noise requirements of HDCAM's 7-to-1 compression algorithm. Maxell HDCAM videocassettes feature a recording density 1.4 times greater than Digital BETACAM for superior digital and video archiving performance.

The small cassette lineup of HDCAM includes 6, 12, 22, 32, and 40 minute cassettes, while the large cassette lineup includes tapes that run 64, 94 and 124 minutes.

Friday, May 26, 2006

Novalux teams up with Dark for demo content

Digital TV Designline
(05/26/2006 10:36 AM EDT)

SUNNYVALE, Calif., -- Novalux, Inc., developer of Novalux Extended Cavity Surface Emitting Laser (NECSEL) (tm) technology, will demonstrate prototype high-definition (HD) rear-projection laser television (RPTV) during Society for Information Display (SID) 2006, June 6 - 9, in San Francisco, California.

"Our SID demo marks the debut of speckle-free, bright, color-saturated prototype laser TV based on our NECSEL technology," said Greg Niven, Novalux vice president of marketing. "To showcase the system's performance, we've tailored several minutes of high-definition content. This will give viewers the chance to see what laser TV provides-better color, contrast and brightness than other competitive technologies, even on large home theater screens."

Novalux worked with producer Randall Dark to create high-definition demo content. Dark, founder of Los Angeles-based HD Vision Studios, is considered one of the most accomplished producers in the high-definition field. "Randall Dark represents the best in the HD television entertainment industry," said Niven. "We're excited to have worked with him on our custom content. We'd like demo viewers to see that laser TV is the only display technology that truly generates lifelike image quality."

Novalux first introduced concept NECSEL-based RPTVs during the 2006 Consumer Electronics Show (CES). These early units demonstrated the expanded color gamut and striking image contrast that laser technology provides. The company's latest prototype displays even higher brightness, color-balanced, speckle-free, high-definition images on a 52-inch screen. Ultimately, Novalux aims to enable home theater systems that marry over 200% of NTSC color coverage, high-brightness, high-resolution images, a thin, wide viewing angle architecture, and unsurpassed light source lifetime-all for a price tag of under a thousand dollars.

Lasers have long been recognized for their potential as illumination sources for projection applications due to their wide color gamut and high light energy efficiency. Historically, however, lasers have lacked the power, the small form factor and cost performance to realize laser-based projection TVs. NECSEL lasers overcome these obstacles, making them an ideal light source for next-generation RPTVs and home theater front projectors.

NECSEL devices are housed in a revolutionary package smaller than a matchbox. All NECSEL light sources produce color-saturated output, allowing them to reach a larger color space than competitive lighting technologies. And NECSEL sources provide bright, speckle-free output, resulting in clear, vibrant images unattainable by any other lighting technology. Additional advantages include long lifetime, instant-on and low ├ętendue.

Novalux will hold its SID 2006 laser TV demos from June 7-9 at the Marriott Hotel in downtown San Francisco. Other opportunities to learn about Novalux and NECSEL technology include the Projection Summit 2006 in Orlando, Florida, where Greg Niven will present "Status, Costs and Trends in Lasers for Displays" on June 5; the SID 2006 Investors Conference, where Novalux Chairman and CEO Jean-Miche Pelaprat will present "Novalux's Role in the Emerging Laser Display Market" on June 7; and the SID 2006 Symposium, where Greg Niven will present "Low-Cost Lasers for Projection Displays" on June 9.

About Novalux:
Founded in 1998, Novalux has developed proprietary Novalux Extended Cavity Surface Emitting Laser (NECSEL) technology. NECSEL technology combines mass volume manufacturability with excellent optical performance. NECSEL device attributes include bright, reliable, consistent, speckle-free light output from a compact, low-cost package, making them ideal for current- and next-generation display applications.

For more information about Novalux, please contact Vice President of Marketing Greg Niven at (408) 773-3433, or visit www.novalux.com.

Monday, April 24, 2006

Press release on Closing Escrow

HD Movie Shot on Maxell Tape - Closing Escrow

Las Vegas, NV (April 24, 2006) - Closing Escrow, a comedy film about real estate, has been accepted at the Dallas Video Festival, the largest video festival in the nation. Randall Dark, an undisputed leader in the High Definition (HD) industry and the Executive Producer of the new film, convinced the Director Armen Kaprelian to shoot his first feature entirely in HD. The movie was shot entirely on Maxell tape.

"Randall Dark has long been the primary visionary and advocate for high-definition TV," said Bart Weiss, Director of the Dallas Video Festival. "In Closing Escrow he brings together his passion for HD to produce this entertaining film. In a time when HD is reaching the low-budget- indie masses and people are buying HD televisions at home, a new feature from this technology-advanced team helps move the aesthetic further."

Weiss has seen a significant increase in submissions in HD over the last several years. Over the past five years, there has been an increase of 15-20% of entries shot in HD. Weiss forecasts that number will jump dramatically to 40% this year with the entries submitted to the Festival.

Closing Escrow was shot entirely on Maxell tape, using 62 Maxell HD Cam tapes and 3 Maxell D-5 tapes. "It's an easy choice when I decide what tape I'm going to use for my projects. Maxell tape has been consistent and reliable. It gives me the superior results I'm seeking, and the quality of my projects is always the best."

"High definition is an incredible art form. I strongly feel that HD's time has come. Seeing truly is believing with the quality of the HD picture," said Dark.

Closing Escrow is about three quirky families seeking to buy their next home. The Dallas Video Festival is being held August 8-13, 2006, at the Dallas Theater Center, as well as other venues in Dallas.

About Maxell
Maxell Corporation of America, a Hitachi-Maxell, Ltd. Company, is a leading full-line manufacturer of professional digital and analog audio and video media; computer data storage media; media products for consumer audio, video and camcorder applications; and batteries. Maxell also markets a full line of care and maintenance accessories and headphones.

For more information, please visit the Maxell Web site at www.maxell.com.

About Randall Dark
Randall Paris Dark is the creative marketing force behind HD Vision Studios, a complete High Definition Production and Post Production facility equipped with the latest technology, and optimized for producing and finishing independent films, television shows, commercials, documentaries, music videos, industrials or any other project in which HD is the medium of choice.

For more information on Closing Escrow, please visit www.closingescrow.com.

Saturday, February 4, 2006

Dark relies on Canon lenses for Closing Escrow

DIGITAL FILMMAKER RELIES ON CANON WIDE-ANGLE PORTABLE HD LENSES FOR VERSATILITY IN DOCUMENTARY-STYLE PRODUCTION

Flexible Lens Controls Allowed for Quick and Easy Changes in Framing Scenes

LAKE SUCCESS, N.Y., Feb. 14, 2006—Shooting in the unpredictable style of improvisational and documentary filmmaking requires flexible, responsive technology that can easily adjust to sudden changes in the actions of the people in front of the lens. That is why executive producer Randall Dark convinced Creator/Director Armen Kaprelian to use Canon wide-angle, portable High Definition (HD) zoom lenses to shoot their new real estate themed comedy, Closing Escrow. A pioneer in HD production, Dark knew that Canon wide-angle HD lenses on his two Sony CineAlta cameras would not only achieve sharp, high-quality images, but would also enable him to utilize the lenses’ versatile zoom and focus controls to keep up with the fast pace of the actors.

“I’ve used Canon lenses for almost 18 years,” said Dark. “I got the Canon HJ9X5.5B IRSD wide-angle HD lens (recently updated to the Canon HJ11ex4.7B IRSE lens) because it is my zoom workhorse lens. It is a fast lens that gives me the flexibility to be on a wide-shot at the start of a take and go to a tight-shot at the end of a take. This lens is versatile, flexible, reliable, and just incredible.”

The widest portable HD zoom lens on the market, the HJ11ex4.7B IRSE features the optical excellence of Canon’s e-HDxs technology, which employs the exclusive X-Element and Power Optical System for high-quality optics in a robust, compact, and lightweight housing that weighs just 4.10 lbs. The HJ11ex4.7B’s Enhanced Digital Technology eDrive features further enhance the lens’ versatility. With eDrive, users can easily pre-program functions such as zoom and focus settings into the lens for precise, automated repeatability via an easy-to-use LCD menu, assignable “soft” function buttons, and the rocker switch built into the lens grip. Users can program multiple setting or none at all depending on their personal needs and preferences.

“Canon lenses are true to what we’re seeing.” explained Dark. “What I love about them is they give us the raw image—whether it’s the set, the costumes, or the make-up. The image comes out of there raw and as perfect as possible and allows us, at the back end of the camera, to color-time it the way the director sees fit. It’s just a great workflow.”

Dark describes Closing Escrow, his first HD feature with Kaprelian, as a “comedic mock-u-mentary” featuring several popular comedians from television and film. The story called for a large part of the script to be left open for comic improvisation. For Randall Dark, the lens’ wide-angle capabilities made it possible for each impromptu scene to be captured easily and effectively, while maintaining vividly clear images.

“The movie has a script, a loose script with story arcs, but when we got into the scenes, the director let the actors loose and the results are hilarious,” said Dark. “It was the kind of shoot where we didn’t want to stop the momentum to change lenses or to move the camera in to get different framing. So I used my zoom lenses like prime lenses. I could be shooting totally wide and then—in the middle of a take—quickly find the next shot, zoom in, frame it, and carry the scene that way. My Canon HD zoom lens is adaptable to focal length so it’s easy for me to get a shot very quickly without interrupting the flow of what the director and the primary camera are doing. It’s just a different way of shooting. I’m not saying that one method is better or worse than the other, it’s just that I find that this style of cinematography works for me personally.”

Scott Billups, Closing Escrow's director of photography, also had high praise for Canon’s wide-angle HD zoom lenses. “Unlike the relatively constant world of film acquisition, each HD camera comes with a dizzying array of data rates, color space, and format choices. The only constant in the topsy-turvy world of HD production is the unflinching quality of Canon lenses. It’s nice to have a time-proven lens that can resolve every pixel. HD is a far different beast than film; the light becomes your medium and the lens your brush. My ‘brush’ of choice is Canon.”

Canon portable wide-angle HD zoom lenses also provided a solution for the production team’s time and budget constraints. “Especially with independent feature films, it’s all about ‘You’ve got to shoot it, edit it, and get it out there to be seen and sold,’ so there’s a faster turn-around for your investors,” Dark explained. “The director wanted to shoot two cameras and we only had 14 days of principal photography. Time is money and we didn’t have a lot of time to re-set the camera and snap-out lenses. So my two Canon wide-angle HD lenses were perfectly matched with my cameras, allowing the scenes to be executed quickly and efficiently with their rapid zoom speeds of 0.5 seconds and focus speeds of 1.5 seconds. As a result, we were able to shoot 57 hours of HD content in 14 days.”

“As an Executive Producer, if I can control my costs and bring our movies in under-budget because of technology, it’s a win-win,” Dark added, summing up his latest HD feature experience. “Film would have cost us well over a million dollars, but we’re well under a million dollars because we used HD. It’s just an incredible way to make affordable, high quality, great-looking independent features that can be exhibited digitally, or transferred to film for traditional release, and used for all the markets in-between. Finding the right project with the right budget and using the technology the way I’ve come to understand it, I’ve committed myself personally 100 percent. Closing Escrow is my first HD film and, hopefully, there will be many more to come in the future—and Canon will be there.”

About Canon U.S.A., Inc.
Canon U.S.A., Inc. delivers consumer, business-to-business, and industrial imaging solutions. The Company is listed as one of Fortune’s Most Admired Companies in America and is rated #35 on the BusinessWeek list of “Top 100 Brands.” Its parent company Canon Inc. (NYSE:CAJ) is a top patent holder of technology, ranking second overall in the U.S. in 2005, with global revenues of $31.8 billion. For more information, visit www.usa.canon.com.


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Saturday, April 17, 2004

"Iced" puts Maxell tape to the test

Maxell High Definition Tape Proven the Ultimate Medium for Capturing Professional Skiers in Their Natural Habitat

Las Vegas, NV (April 17, 2004) Director Randall Dark’s new skiing documentary, Iced, provides the perfect illustration of the advantages of shooting in High Definition (HD) video with Maxell HD media. Dark and his crew hiked for miles into the wilderness of Jackson Hole, Wyoming’s out-of-bounds skiing territory to find untouched powder, and the most adrenaline-inducing descents, in order to capture the sharp, kinetic images of professional skiers pushing their skills to the limit. Because of the freedoms afforded by HD, Dark was able to simply let his cameras roll, capturing skiers Lance Pickett, Jamie Sunberg, A.J. Cargill and Greg Epstein in all their unrestrained glory as they carved the mountainside during the brief two-day shoot.

“A skiing documentary is a blending of the two different genres – the nature film and the sports film,” said Dark. “In both cases flexibility is the key. Because of the economic benefits of tape over film, and because the logistics of shooting HD are simpler – you can see exactly what you’re shooting by glancing at the monitor – we were able to set up quickly and shoot a vast amount of footage, providing the freedom for those ellusive ‘magic moments’ to happen.”

With HD’s tremendous resolution and the 16:9 aspect ratio, Dark and his cameraman, Dave Nash, were able to capture the skiers as they shredded the wide vistas and untouched snow in rich, vibrant tones. “I was able to capture some of the best-looking HD slow-motion footage I’ve seen,” said Dark.

With the durability and reliability of Maxell’s 40-minute HDCAM videocassettes, which Dark used to both capture and edit his images, worries about tape performance were removed from the equation. With its sturdy, ultra-high performance binder system, which is an essential asset for working in volatile environments, and a recording density of 1.4 times greater than Digital Betacam, Maxell’s HD media guaranteed that the beauty of Dark’s arresting images would be held for posterity.

Iced was produced by Jackson Hole local Jason Winkler in cooperation with HD Vision Studios.

About HD Vision Studios
Co-founded by Randall Paris Dark, who started working in HDTV in 1986 when the High Definition industry was still in its infancy, HD Vision Studios is considered one of the world's leading digital production companies. The company opened in April 2002 to take advantage of the high concentration of entertainment-focused companies in Los Angeles County. HD Vision Studios is led by Dark, Steve Wiener as CEO and Jayme Wing as Editor/VP.

HD Vision Studios is a complete High Definition production and post-production facility for anyone producing motion pictures, independent features, television shows, or any project where HD video is the medium of choice. For more information, visit HD Vision Studios at www.hdvstudios.tv or call (818) 769-7300.

About Maxell
Maxell Corporation of America, a Hitachi-Maxell, Ltd. Company, is a leading full-line manufacturer of professional digital and analog audio and video media; computer data storage media; media products for consumer audio, video and camcorder applications; and batteries. Maxell also markets a full line of care and maintenance accessories and headphones.

For more information, visit Maxell at www.maxell.com.

Monday, March 15, 2004

Wealth TV signs Randall Dark

WealthTV SIGNS HD VISIONARY RANDALL DARK TO PRODUCE
Programs Promise Adventure, Style and Allure

San Diego, CA, March 15, 2004 – Herring Broadcasting, Inc., the parent company of the WealthTV network, announces the signing of acclaimed producer Randall Dark for three signature programs to air exclusively on WealthTV. Dark is a pioneer in the realm of High Definition (HD) television and the president and founder of HD Vision Studios.

"Randall Dark represents the best in the industry when it comes to HD television entertainment. He’s one of the most accomplished producers in his field. We're proud to have him as a partner." said Chris Moore, WealthTV’s Director of Program Acquisitions.

Dark will produce three programs for WealthTV, which will be part of the network's HD lineup. Themes of the programs include high-end fashion, tours of the finest European cities and profiles of the seaports where the most luxurious yachts come to play.

According to Dark, the partnership with WealthTV will yield something special for those who appreciate the finer things in life. "WealthTV is committed to taking viewers on tours of the finest destinations in the world and showing the lifestyles of people we find most intriguing - the wealthy," Dark said. "The best way to see all of this is in true high definition. We’re going to deliver, in style."

About WealthTV
Herring Broadcasting, Inc. is launching the “WealthTV” network on June 1, 2004. WealthTV is a lifestyles and entertainment network designed to have broad appeal, providing a behind the scenes look into how the wealthy achieved and enjoy their success. WealthTV is launching numerous new programs in true high definition (HD) format. Visit WealthTV at www.wealthtv.net

About Randall Dark
Randall Paris Dark is the creative and marketing force behind HD Vision Studios, a complete High Definition Production and Post Production facility equipped with the latest technology, optimized for producing and finishing independent films, television shows, commercials, documentaries, music videos, industrials or any other project in which HD is the medium of choice.

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Wednesday, May 8, 2002

Featured speaker at High Def Expo

Randall Dark Featured Speaker at HIGH DEF EXPO, June 27th

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Los Angeles, Wednesday, May 8, 2002.

HIGH DEF EXPO announced today that Randall Dark, a 16-year HDTV production pioneer and veteran, will be their featured speaker at their upcoming HIGH DEF EXPO event slated June 27th at Barwick Studios in Los Angeles. Randall’s presentation is entitled, "1080i or 24P, Which One Do You Choose"? This along with visual samples displaying the various nuances, Randall will address these issues as ones that must be considered before shooting a HD project.

Alan Young, President of HIGH DEF EXPO is quoted as saying, "With Randall Dark as one of our featured speakers, we hope to educate our attendees on the use of HD formats, and demystify some common misconceptions. Randall’s 16 years' of work exclusively in the HDTV medium distinguish him as both an artistic and technological visionary. Plus, as a writer, director, and producer with over 350 HDTV productions to his credit, Randall Dark will be able to offer an artist's point of view while demonstrating the technological advantages of High Definition".

Randall Paris Dark is the creative and marketing force behind HDVision Studios in Studio City. He is recognized globally as an enthusiastic speaker who tells it like it is. Randall has spoken about High Definition Television issues at events such as: the Tokyo International Film Festival, the National Association of Broadcaster's Convention, the International Electronic Cinema Festival, CES, World Television Forum and NATPE.

from High Def Expo

Thursday, May 18, 2000

IECF honors Dark as industry pioneer

Randall Dark is one of two leaders in the field of high-definition production who have been selected for major awards from the International Electronic Cinema Festival (IECF) in Portland, Oregon May 15-19.

Joe Flaherty, Ph.D. of CBS is the recipient of the Lifetime Achievement Award and Randall Paris Dark of HD Vision was selected to receive the Pioneer Award. The Astrolabium Awards ceremony is May 19 at 11 a.m.

Randall Paris Dark, founder, president and CEO of HD Vision, was selected to receive the Pioneer Award. The Pioneer Award is granted for "contributions the individual has made to HDTV production and/or to the promotion of the IECF from a technical, creative, or business aspect."

Dark is an undisputed pioneer in the HDTV industry. He has over 300 high definition productions to his credit, in a career that began with "Chasing Rainbows," the world's first mini-series imaged in High Definition. As a writer, director, and producer he is able to offer an artist's point of view while demonstrating the technological advantages of high definition.
From January-April 2000 alone, programs he directed and produced have received one Silver and three Bronze Tellys, two Communicator Crystal Awards of Excellence, a Communicator Award of Distinction, an Aurora Gold Award, a Gold Summit Creative Award, an Aurora Platinum Best In Show Award and a Certificate of Merit from the Chicago International Television Festival.

In addition to his experience in high definition, Dark is a theatrical director/producer and published playwright, with memberships in the Society of Motion Picture & Television Engineers, the Academy of Canadian Cinema and Television, and the Playwrights Union of Canada.

The International Electronic Cinema Festival, the oldest and most prestigious forum for recognizing outstanding achievements in digital television and digital cinema, is in the United States for the first time ever in Portland, Oregon. It has been held alternately in Montreux, Switzerland, and Chiba, Japan, since 1987.

read the full press release here

Friday, December 27, 1996

First Commercial Digital High-Definition Television (HDTV) Program Sent for Global Broadcasting Corp. by Vyvx

IRVING, Texas --The first satellite transmission of an all-digital, commercial high-definition television (HDTV) broadcast was sent from Waco to Irving, Texas, on Dec. 14, from 8-9:30 p.m. CST, Global Broadcasting Corporation has announced. The historic two-way HDTV broadcast was the first step in delivering the latest digital technology that is expected to forever change the face and use of television in the United States, according to Global Broadcasting President Howard J. Gunn.

"Tonight's digital programming proved the information delivery power and flexibility of digital television," said Gunn. "The broadcast technology of the future has arrived."

Satellite transmission and local uplinks were arranged by Vyvx, Inc., a leading international provider of integrated fiber-optic and satellite video transmission services, based in Tulsa, Okla. Audience members praised the sharpness, color and depth of the image at the HD Vision Inc. theater at the Studios of Las Colinas in Irving.

"I have never seen a broadcast like this in my life! The pictures were more vivid than those in Life Magazine and National Geographic," said viewer John Eufinger. "I was very impressed, especially since it was live video on a huge screen that was sharper than the movies. The world just got a lot smaller with video like this, available any place, any time."

"The picture and sound, the realism, the facial expressions and the colors were just amazing," added audience member Shannon Adrian. "The interactivity with the audience was a great experience. I don't believe what I just saw; when are you going to do this again?"

"We are seeking rights for additional programming. Our digital receivers can now be placed anywhere in the world, so the possibilities are great," said Gunn. "We can project the most beautiful pictures onto 40-foot screens with stereo sound, and at the same time, the signals can be down-converted to regular analog television for delivery to over-the-air and cable TV broadcasters."

The all-digital programming included a number of broadcast industry breakthroughs that clearly demonstrate how digital television will profoundly impact the viewing audience. The major commercial firsts included: real-time encoding and broadcasting of live wide screen HDTV and Dolby surround sound stereo, HDTV broadcast using standard video satellite transmission from Vyvx, two-way interactive audience participation with the program's hosts, 35mm film to HDTV transfers, and seamless tape roll-ins of several HDTV programs.

Saturday night's historic program originated from Studio A at CBS affiliate KWTX TV Channel 10 in Waco, and was transmitted by satellite arranged through Vyvx to the HD Vision theater in Irving, about 120 miles away. The program opened with a live on-camera audience introduction to high-definition television and Global Broadcasting Corporation by anchorperson Lori Scott. The introduction was followed by a tape-delayed showing of "Over America," a visual salute to the cities, towns and geography of the United States, originally produced in digital high definition by KCTS TV Channel 9 in Seattle, Wash. Ms. Scott then conducted a live interview with Randall Paris Dark, the executive producer of the program and president of HD Vision, Inc. The interview included a two-way discussion between the studio in Waco and the audience in Irving, near Dallas.

"We appreciate that Vyvx was chosen to carry this precedent-setting broadcast, and it is appropriate because of our history of technological innovation in both satellite and fiber optic transmission," said Laura Kenny, Vyvx vice president of marketing. "We are equipped and ready with the latest technology to meet all our customers' video transmission needs."

"What Global Broadcasting Corporation is doing through its digital delivery process will hopefully break the logjam of delivering HDTV to a wide audience," said Dark, of HD Vision, Inc. "We have content, creative new ideas of ways to use this medium, and projects to be shot. Until now, we have had virtually no way to get our high-definition materials to a large live audience without down-converting it to regular analog television, processing it to 35mm film, or recording it onto tape or laser disks."

Global Broadcasting Corp.
Global Broadcasting is a Texas corporation operating in the Dallas Communications Complex at the Studios of Las Colinas in Irving, Texas. The company markets advanced digital video and imaging services over its Virtual Closed Circuit Network of digital video router products, video servers and software management. GBC delivers High Definition Television, advanced Digital Television, lossless JPEG (Joint Photographic Experts Group) medical images and high-quality two-way interactive video and audio programming to entertainment, broadcast, education, medical and business information markets around the world.

Vyvx, Inc.
Vyvx is a leading international provider of integrated fiber-optic and satellite video transmission services. In addition to international satellite transponder space capacity, the company provides television transmission services via satellite and its 11,000-mile US fiber optic network; syndication distribution services; fixed and transportable satellite uplinks and downlinks; and coordination and transmission services for news, sports, business, special events and broadcast advertising. Vyvx is the international video communications unit of The WilTech Group, Inc., a subsidiary of The Williams Companies, Inc., based in Tulsa, Okla. Information on Vyvx may be found on the World Wide Web at http://www.vyvx.com and at http://www.glblaccess.com.

HD Vision, Inc.
HD Vision is a pioneer in high-definition television production. One of only three such studios in North America, HD Vision operates a production/post-production and broadcast facility near the Dallas-Fort Worth Regional Airport, and provides consultation and training to Fortune 500 companies and to the entertainment industry worldwide. Information on HD Vision may be found on the World Wide Web at http://www.hdvision.com.

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