Grant gives 2007 Sundance Film Festival Grand Jury Prize Winner 'Manda
Bala' resources to develop interactivity using Microsoft HDi and publish to HD DVD and other digital delivery scenarios.
Mer informasjon i linken;PARK CITY, Utah, Jan. 20 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Today at the 2008 Sundance Film Festival, Microsoft Corp., together with Sundance Institute presented the Microsoft HDi Grant to director Jason Kohn and producer Jared Goldman for their 2007 Sundance Film Festival Grand Jury Prize-winning documentary "Manda Bala (Send a Bullet)."
Worth an estimated $100,000, the grant provides Kohn and Goldman with resources to author
"Manda Bala" in pristine high definition and develop immersive interactive experiences
using Microsoft's industry-leading HDi technology. HDi technology enables filmmakers to complement their work with features such as picture-in-picture director's commentary and character biographies that enhance the home viewing experience.
The grant also includes support for production of the finished product on HD DVD along with other digital delivery scenarios.
"We put several years into making 'Manda Bala,' and this grant lets us explore the digital canvas of HD DVD and HDi and express the work we've done in entirely new ways," Kohn said. "Considering all the extra footage we have to work with and the award-winning capabilities of HDi on HD DVD, Jared and I are excited to get started."
"We've always believed that the creative community behind filmmaking would best define how HDi should be used, and this grant is meant to put the technology in the hands of the people who will explore its full potential," said Jordi Ribas, general manager of the HD DVD Group at Microsoft.
"Sundance Institute has long been an important part of Microsoft's history with digital media technologies, and we look forward to continuing to work together to advance the spirit of independent film."
Microsoft Continues Support of Independent Films.
The HDi Grant further extends Microsoft's support of independent films, which also includes the 1,000 HD DVD Indies Project announced earlier this year with Amazon.com Inc.'s CreateSpace.
Due to its heritage in DVD, as well as the inherent authoring and disc replication efficiencies over other optical formats, HD DVD can scale to support the independent film community in a cost-effective way.
The 1,000 HD DVD Indies Project was designed
to provide independent filmmakers with free access to HD DVD authoring and on-demand replication.
A number of Sundance films are already taking part in this program, including the acclaimed comedy from David Wain, "The Ten"(City Lights Home Entertainment); "Manda Bala" (City Lights Home Entertainment);
"We Are the Strange;" and the Sundance Channel original series "Big Ideas for a Small Planet."
Microsoft and Sundance Institute Award HDi Grant to Bring Leading Interactive Capabilities to Independent Films
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01-21-2008, 12:38 #21
01-21-2008, 12:46 #22
En interessant filosofering over format krigen som drar frem poenget at ingen kjenner fremtiden.
Is This The End For Blu-Ray? | Scientific Blogging
Submitted by Hank on 19 January 2008 - 11:51am. Technology
Yes, you read that right. I said Blu-ray. Ever since the defection of Warner Bros. from HD-DVD to Blu-ray a few days before the Consumer Electronics Show(CES), every expert who knows anything at all about this industry has predicted the demise of HD-DVD. And they're wrong.
The most important reason is that no one is an expert on the high-definition marketplace. The industry barely even exists so people making projections based on expert knowledge of laser disc or DVD figures are only slightly more accurate than Voodoo shamen sorting chicken bones.
You just can't rely on recent sales in a nascent industry and extrapolate a projection from it. Projections about what people will or will not do at this stage are even less accurate than political exit polls.
01-21-2008, 17:17 #23