Digital Rim has global ambitions

Co. to produce, distribute digital pix, vidgames and CGI

Digital Dream Studios (DDS), Rainbow Studios, John Woo and Terence Chang are forming Digital Rim, a company whose aim is to market for digital entertainment worldwide. The facility will be located in Honolulu.

The William Morris Agency was instrumental in forging a strategic alliance among the principals and will advise them on the marketing and distribution of Digital Rim productions worldwide.

Digital Rim will produce and distribute digital pics, videogames and computer-generated imagery (CGI) for film and TV and other entertainment based on digital technology.

The formation of Digital Rim represents the fusion of traditional Hollywood creative expertise with highly advanced computer technology.

Digital Rim will launch its business with the production and distribution of the computer-generated feature film “Ark,” a 3-D CGI project that combines Asian anime techniques with Western creative sensibilities.

The new facility also announced the commencement of production on a console game that will rep Chang and Woo’s inaugural effort for the company. To be developed in concert with game developers and Digital Rim founders Digital Dream Studios and Rainbow Studios, game will feature the latest in technology for Sony’s PlayStation2 and the X-Box from Microsoft.

Digital Dream Studios, founded in 1993, is a digital content and media production company headquartered in Seoul. DDS created and delivered the 3-D TV animation series “Run=Dim” and developed the game “Tiger Woods PGA Tour 2000,” published in the U.S. by Electronic Arts, and “Virtual Korea 2000.” Privately owned, DDS expects to go public in 2001.

Animation and games are the primary business of Rainbow Studios, a new-media company headquartered in Phoenix.

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Gotham’s Kaufman Studios Stage H is the production home of filmmaker Sidney Lumet’s “100 Centre Street,” billed as the only TV series in the world using 24-frame high-definition cameras.

“We wanted a gritty, hard look that gave the viewer a sense of immediacy,” said co-executive producer Debbie Elbin. “By shooting multi-cameras with 24-frame capability on F900 camcorders and switching live, on a switcher designed specifically for ‘100 Centre Street,’ we have been able to attain the look of film with a tremendous cost saving and the ease of videotape editing, all while seeing three cameras at once.”

Working in high-def, the hybrid that crosses the boundaries of film and tape demanded new lighting requirements as well as other technical innovations. The show’s d.p., Ron Fortunatto, and its production designer, Chris Novak, have been working with the K/A/S Lighting team in-studio as well as on location to create the right look.

Scheduled to debut on A&E in January, the drama is set in the courthouses of Lower Manhattan and stars Alan Arkin, Paula Devicq, LaTanya Richardson, Joseph Lyle Taylor and Manny Perez.

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Some 200 film commissioners from around the world will converge on Los Angeles beginning today to learn how to boost their hometown economy with Hollywood film dollars. Sponsored by the Assn. of Film Commissioners Intl., Cineposium 2000 will run through Monday at the Manhattan Beach Marriott Hotel.

At the annual confab, domestic and international film commissioners will learn what attracts movie, TV and commercial filmmakers to shoot their productions on location.

According to AFCI president and Mississippi film commissioner Ward Emling, “The Cineposium goal is continuity of service, so no matter where in the world location production is taking place, producers and local film commissioners will be speaking the same language of production professionalism. At Cineposium, our rookie members will learn from veteran commissioners and industry experts everything from … fundamentals like putting together a location library that is user-friendly and easily accessed over the Web to better negotiation techniques, avoiding potential location disasters through clear communication, and after the shoot turning a movie location into a tourist destination.”

Speakers for a panel Saturday will be producer Patrick Markey, scribes Barbara Turner, Gail Gilchriest and location manager-turned-writer Ken Haber.

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