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By Rhea, Marji | American Cinematographer, November 1994 | Go to article overview
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Rhea, Marji, American Cinematographer


Rare Film Posters Auction

Poster Auctions International will be auctioning a collection of 1,000 rare film posters in New York City on November 13. Foremost in the collection is the poster for the 1925 Soviet film Battleship Potemkin, made to commemorate the 20th anniversary of the 1905 uprising. Another poster, promoting the 1924 Soviet film Aelita, Russia's first science-fiction film, is the only known poster in existence for that film. Also in the collection are posters for the French release of 1933's King Kong, the 1924 French film The Inhuman, The Blue Angel, the Italian release of Citizen Kane, the Swedish version of Garbo's Flesh and the Devil, Black Orpheus, the French release of On the Waterfront, and the German release of Cecil B. DeMille's 1919 For Better or Worse.

Special collections will include more than 400 East German posters from 1970 to 1990, 36 posters for West German films from the 1960s, and a group of 215 posters from Czechoslovakia, advertising Eastern films and American films ranging from the silent era to the latest "Americky film Clintem Eastwoodem."

Pre - sale viewing of the posters is free and open to the public from 9:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. on Friday and Saturday, November 11 and 12.

For information: (212) 787- 4000.

SGI Courses

Great Eastern Technology, of Woburn, MA and Olmsted Township, OH, offers a line of courses for technical users, system administrators and maintainers of Silicon Graphics workstations. The courses are taught by professional field service engineers and software programmers. Basic to advanced UNIX classes are offered, as well as basic C and basic to advanced OpenGL programming. Courses are also held for service personnel interested in learning maintenance for advanced Silicon Graphics systems.

Topics covered in system administration and site administration classes range from basic system administration to performance tuning and mixed-environment administration.

For information: Great Eastern Technology, Inc., (800) 875-0025.

Location Search Network

The Eastman Kodak Exchange Location Search Network provides film and commercial production companies with quick access to thousands of still images and pertinent information about those locations. The Directors Guild of America will be participating in the test project, as will ten film commissions, including Arkansas, Australia, Butte County (California), Colorado, Massachusetts, Rochester/Finger Lakes, Tennessee, Utah, Winston-Salem and Wisconsin.

The images and relevant information about the locations are converted to Photo CD file format and are maintained in a data center in Rochester, New York. Locations can be viewed online, in panoramic format, in various sizes and from multiple perspectives. Images can be downloaded and stored on hard drives or optionally written to Kodak writable CD for convenient viewing on computer or TV. Hard copies of images can also be output as photo-realistic thermal prints.

A window can then be used to access such information as names of contacts, production history and any required permits or fees. An online communication bulletin board also allows information to be exchanged directly between the film commission contact and the location scout.

The Location Search Network is one of two major Photo CD initiatives that Kodak launched in Hollywood last September. The company is also participating in pilot image management projects at five major studios including Disney, Twentieth Century-Fox, Paramount Pictures, Sony Pictures, MCA and Warner Bros. Kodak loaned each of the studios Photo CD systems projects, which are designed to make still image film management more effective and efficient.

Part of Fox' pilot project involves scanning about 10,000 images of locations in and around the Los Angeles area. Producers and directors would be able to enter key words and come up with a list of potential sites.

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