Genghis Khan might seem an unlikely hero for our times but he is currently enjoying a wave of popularity in the cinema, first with Sergei Bodrov’s Oscar nominated Mongol and now world renowned theatre director Andrey Borisov offers us another view of the man Time magazine named “Man of the Millennium.”
Mosfilm Cinema Concern is set to expand its world-class Sound Studios complex this June with the opening of a newly reconstructed building housing four new state-of-the art sound studios. The new studios are a unique acoustic project developed by English acoustic architect Andy Munro and will offer a Dolby Premier-class large mixing studio, foley studio and two studios of ProTools system digital edition making the new facility one of the best and most modern in Europe.The project is just one part of an ongoing, multi-million dollar investment programme carried out over the past 10 years that has made Mosfilm Cinema Concern’s Sound Studios both the largest and the best equipped sound studios in Russia and one of the best in Europe.The Mosfilm Sound Studios are presently housed in a modern four storey building covering 6000 square meters. This includes 12 studios which provide a full range of sound facilities: music recording, dialogue recording studios, foley, electronic synthesis and soundtrack restoration. Mosfilm also offers a number of sound libraries of foley and music, Pro Tools operating rooms, Dolby final mixing, mixing for DVD and TV in all formats as well as three music recording studios and a mastering studio for recording music of all formats and genres. Formerly many Russian producers preferred to edit or mix the material shot by Russian companies abroad. But today Mosfilm’s Sound Studio offers producers all the latest equipment found in any European film studio as well as operators who are first class professional specialists. Mosfilm’s music studio became one of the best in Europe after a large-scale modernization overseen by the famous English acoustic architect Mr. Roger D’Arcy. Mosfilm’s mixing studios became the first studios in the world to be granted a Dolby-Premier certificate from Dolby Laboratories in 2006. Mosfilm is especially proud of this achievement. The certification procedure included particularly stringent testing of studio acoustics, compliance with monitoring standards (both for sound and picture), the analysis of equipment stock and quality of its installation, the testing of the accuracy of synchronization systems as well as the examination of the competence of operating personnel.In December 2007 Mosfilm finished a major modernization of its electronic synthesis, foley and soundtrack recording facilities. This was prompted by the growing demand for creating specific sound effects for new movies. It is not exaggerating to say that Mosfilm is the only modern sound effects facility in Russia. All this is the result of a complex modernization of Mosfilm’s technical capabilities that has been a priority business development direction for the studios for the past 10 years.
Recently the volume of production at Mosfilm has grown significantly as a result of both the boom in the film production business in Russia and Mosfilm’s own expanding and increasingly competitive technical facilities. The Sound Studios barely keeps pace with demand from all the existing projects and the foley studio which is unique in Russia with its technical and acoustic capabilities is constantly fully booked.
Mosfilm also carries out the work for distribution of foreign films in Russia, with dubbing, rerecording and prints all made using Mosfilm’s facilities. Thanks to Mosfilm the Russian audience has seen such popular films as There Will Be Blood, Juno and No Country for Old Men with high quality Russian dubbing and prints. This highlights the achievements of both the studios’ professional specialists and its modern equipment.
FNE would like to correct information published on 19 February under the headline Nine Miles Down Wraps in Hungary
The festival boasts both a national and international competition but it is the 12 films in the national competition that draw international visitors and hungry fest programmers from around the world.
Cinema Concern Mosfilm is both Russia’s oldest and its newest film studio. Founded in 1923 the studio combines a proud history that includes the greatest names in world cinematography with state-of-the art production facilities that today host the demanding professional producers of Russia’s booming film and television industry. Foreign producers are also increasingly discovering the advantages of working with Mosfilm when they shoot in the Russian capitol.
Russian director Karen Shakhnazarov’s new film Vanished Empire (www.mosfilm.ru) looks set to make its mark on the international festival circuit with this warm and very real story of young love set against the background of student life in the 1970’s when it seemed the USSR would last forever.
Kornél Mundruczó's Delta won the main prize for best feature film at Hungarian Film Week in a year that most critics said was dominated by Hungarian documentaries. In his acceptance speech, Mundruczó described Delta as a breakthrough for him. Offers from international festivals are rumoured to be already pouring in
The Hungarian Filmlab is already celebrating its Oscar victory even though the awards ceremony has not taken place yet. Both Joseph Cedar's Beaufort (Israel) which was nominated for a foreign-language Oscar and Srdan Golubovic's Serbian thriller The Trap which was short-listed did all their laboratory work at the Budapest-based Hungarian Film Lab.
This year's Hungarian Film Week underlines the overwhelming success of the Hungarian Motion Picture Act, which is now in its fourth year of operation. The system of support it introduced for the Hungarian film industry is obviously thriving both artistically and financially.
Estonian film is enjoying a production boom both at home and abroad, thanks partly to the XD Cam SONY format as well as an innovative financing scheme that could become a model for producers throughout Central Europe.
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