Posted: 2017/01/04
The Event Cinema Association will be holding their Annual Conference & Awards (#ECACon2017) on Friday 3rd February 2017 at the QE11 Centre near Parliament Square in Westminster, London. Now in its fourth year, the conference is the only event of its kind in the world and aims to bring together the brightest and best of the Event Cinema industry to network and, for the first time, to experience actual Event Cinema presentations by ECA associates. The highly coveted ECA Awards are now held annually to recognise excellence in exhibition, distribution and outstanding contributions to the Event Cinema industry. There will be a packed day of workshops, including "An Event Cinema Masterclass" which will be aimed at students and graduates looking to learn more about this sector. Other workshops include "The Art of Negotiation", "Training the Supply Chain" and an intense hour-long session titled "Pushing The Boundaries", exploring novel and unique events and achievements in this sector in the last twelve months... Ticket numbers are strictly limited so don't miss out! Details here ...or read more on Melissa Cogavin's LinkedIn blog.

Posted: 2017/01/03
BVE is the UK's leading Entertainment and Media Tech Expo, an all-encompassing event that also covers the Connected Media, AV Systems Integration, Live Production, VR and creative sectors. This year's show will be held at ExCeL London from Tuesday 28th February to Thursday 2nd March. On Day 1 of the seminar programme, HDDC's Peter Wilson will be involved in a panel discussion on "High Dynamic Range (HDR) Delivery"... Details here.

Posted: 2016/10/11
The Event Cinema Association (ECA) in association with Folkets Hus och Parker will be hosting a conference at the stunning art-deco Rio Bio Cinema in Stockholm, Sweden, on Friday 14th October. ECACon:Stockholm will be a full one-day event focusing on the expanding Scandinavian event cinema market, "with special focus on how to create 'a night out' from a Scandinavian perspective". A panel of experts from Sweden, Norway, Denmark, Finland, UK and the Netherlands will participate in a series of discussions, debates and seminars on the technological and practical issues of creating, distributing and marketing EC content. Tickets are on sale from the ECA website - Spaces are strictly limited, so it's first come, first served!. Further information can be obtained by emailing or or, for an even more detailed overview, read Melissa Cogavin's article "Curious About Scandinavia?" on the LinkedIn blog.

Posted: 2016/10/10
You can now get further information on our Creative Skillset training courses via our new Hiive profile. In particular, you will find details about our upcoming Digital Imaging Technician (DIT) workshop on this page.

Posted: 2016/09/01
Our next Digital Imaging Technician (DIT) seminar and workshop will be held at RED Europe's facility at Pinewood Studios on Tuesday 22nd and Wednesday 23rd November 2016. The Course Leaders will once again be Peter Wilson, Martin Parsons and Meirion Hughes. Further details here.

Posted: 2016/03/03
Hurry! Time is running out for you to book your place on our Digital Imaging Technician (DIT) seminar and workshop at Salford's Media City UK on Wednesday 9th & Thursday 10th March 2016. This article from Definition Magazine should help further explain what the course aims to achieve, and why it might be for YOU!

Posted: 2016/02/01
We are pleased to announce that we will be bringing our popular Digital Imaging Technician (DIT) seminar and workshop to Salford's Media City UK on Wednesday 9th & Thursday 10th March 2016. The course is aimed at existing professional camera crew and post-production personnel who need digital imaging and data management skills to increase their employment prospects. Theoretical training will be given, followed by practical hands-on experience with several commonly-used products from supporting organisations. Details of the actual venue location will follow shortly.

Posted: 2015/11/10
BAD NEWS, GOOD NEWS... Firstly, for reasons too complicated to go into here, we have had to (once again) postpone the "Training for EVENT CINEMA" course that was to have been held this month at the BFI's Stephen Street venue. However, the second Digital Imaging Technician (DIT) seminar and workshop will still go ahead at the BFI Southbank on the 26th and 27th November. Places still available!

Posted: 2015/11/02
On Wednesday 28th October 2015, Peter Wilson of HDDC was one of fifteen industry leaders inducted as Fellows of the Society of Motion Picture and Television Engineers (SMPTE), during a luncheon held at the SMPTE 2015 Annual Technical Conference & Exhibition, Loews Hollywood Hotel in Los Angeles. Peter received his Fellowship award from Wendy Aylsworth, former Vice President of Warner Brothers and a Past President of SMPTE. Read our press release here. Click here to see a picture gallery of the event via SMPTE's Flickr pages.

Posted: 2015/10/19
The Event Cinema Association's Conference 2015 is now underway at the Picturehouse Central. HDDC's Peter Wilson is participating in a morning panel discussion called "Content delivery – Making sense of delivery in a multi-format environment".

Posted: 2015/08/07
HDDC's Peter Wilson is among fifteen industry leaders to be honoured this year as Fellows of the Society of Motion Picture and Television Engineers (SMPTE). Fellowship is "conferred on individuals who have, by proficiency and contributions, attained an outstanding rank among engineers or executives in the motion-picture, television or related industries". New SMPTE Fellows will be inducted on Wednesday 28th October during the Fellows Luncheon, held in conjunction with the SMPTE 2015 Annual Technical Conference & Exhibition at the Loews Hollywood Hotel in Los Angeles. Read more here...

Posted: 2015/07/29
We are happy to announce that we now have rescheduled dates for both of our training courses at the BFI Southbank. "Training for Event Cinema" will now take place on Thursday 12th & Friday 13th November 2015. We are running the second Digital Imaging Technician (DIT) workshop on Thursday 26th & Friday 27th November 2015.

Posted: 2015/07/11
We have also postponed the second Digital Imaging Technician (DIT) seminar and workshop, due to take place at the BFI Southbank on 27th-28th July. Apologies for any inconvenience. We hope to reschedule this course for Autumn 2015.

Posted: 2015/07/11
Due to unforeseen difficulties, we regret that we have had to postpone the "Training for Event Cinema" course, which was due to take place at London's BFI Southbank on the 20th-21st July, until later in the year. Please watch our 'Training' pages or follow us on Twitter for the latest news.

Posted: 2015/07/02
We are now on Twitter! @HDDCTraining

Posted: 2015/07/01
The Society of Motion Picture & Television Engineers (SMPTE) will hold this year's Annual Technical Conference and Exhibition on October 26th-29th at the Loews Hollywood Hotel.

Posted: 2015/06/11
Keep an eye on our TRAINING pages for news of more exciting new courses.

We will be once again be presenting the Digital Imaging Technician (DIT) seminar and workshop at the BFI Southbank on 27th-28th July 2015.

In addition, a brand new, two-day course, "Training For Event Cinema" is being organised by HDDC and supported by Creative Skillset and the Event Cinema Association. The first event will be on 20th-21st July 2015 at the BFI Southbank.

Posted: 2015/01/22
The Launch event for the ECA's Technical Delivery Handbook was, by all accounts, a roaring success. The American show-biz weekly Variety features this report by Robert Mitchell.

Posted: 2015/01/15
On Tuesday 20th January 2015, The Event Cinema Association (ECA) will be hosting a Launch for its long-awaited Technical Delivery Handbook, "a management level, impartial guide to this new market in plain English". The event takes place at the Ray Dolby Theatre, Soho Square, London (11.30am onwards, followed by refreshments). All are welcome!

Posted: 2015/01/14
A belated HAPPY NEW YEAR! We've introduced a new feature on the 'Training Courses, Seminars & Workshops' section of our website - a picture gallery packed with photographs taken at some of our various training courses over the years. There's quite a few there from our most recent "Digital Imaging Technician" workshop at the BFI Southbank in December. Meanwhile, Nick Radlo has written an article about the DIT course, featuring an interview with Peter Wilson. Read it here.

Posted: 2014/11/07
WHAT A DAY, WHAT AN EVENT! The Event Cinema Association website now features an in-depth review of the ECA 2014 Conference, which was held at the Genesis Cinema in East London on Thursday 16th October. This page includes comments from delegates and visitors, details of the Event Cinema Awards winners, as well as a very extensive photo gallery!

Posted: 2014/11/03
On Friday 10th October, SMPTE UK presented this year's Bill Lovell Memorial Lecture at the BBC's Portland Place. It was given by Roderick Snell, co-founder of Snell & Willcox. You can now watch the lecture HERE on the SMPTEconnect YouTube channel. Mr Snell recalls a lifetime spent at the leading edge of moving image technology... and his enthusiasm for helicopters! Stay tuned folks - throughout the forty-six minute presentation, you will also find a number of name-checks for HDDC's own Peter Wilson!

Posted: 2014/10/20
HDDC Ltd in collaboration with Creative Skillset are presenting a new training course "The Digital Imaging Technician", to be held on the 4th-5th December 2014 at the BFI Southbank, London. The course is aimed at existing professional camera crew and post-production personnel who need digital imaging and data management skills to increase their employment prospects. Theoretical training will be given, followed by practical hands-on experience with several commonly-used products from supporting organisations. Further details here.

Posted: 2014/09/16
Patrick von Sychowski's Celluloid Junkie blog carries a review of IBC2014's "Event Cinema: More Than Just TV On The Big Screen" forum over here. He singles out Peter Wilson's "loud voice" for helping make this session such a success! The Event Cinema Association's own conference is being held at the Genesis Cinema in East London on Thursday 16th October... Meanwhile, Celluloid Junkie also presents an overview of the "smorgasbord of information" that was the EDCF Global Update session.

Posted: 2014/09/08
The EDCF have announced another action-packed programme for this year's "BIG SCREEN" sessions at IBC. Full details here

Posted: 2014/08/11
Details about the forum "Event Cinema: More Than Just TV On The Big Screen" have now been added to the IBC 2014 website. In his role as a member of the Event Cinema Association board of directors, Peter Wilson is also involved in producing the ECA Technical Delivery Handbook, a management-level, impartial guide to the new market of Event Cinema.

Posted: 2014/07/28
An annual fixture of IBC at the RAI in Amsterdam, the European Digital Cinema Forum's Global Update Session will this year be on Sunday 14th September (from 16:00 in room E102). In a crowded and fast moving session, leading Digital Cinema practitioners will share their experience and address a number of issues relating to the latest business and technology developments. As part of this EDCF session, HDDC's Peter Wilson will be presenting a discussion on Screen Brightness. He is also contributing to a presentation called "Event Cinema: More Than Just TV On The Big Screen" on Saturday 13th September (from 12 noon in the Auditorium).

Posted: 2014/07/16
"Hot Topics" and "Works In Progress"... On Friday 27th June, the BKSTS Education & Training Group held their 7th summer Annual Event at BFI Southbank. The format was slightly different this year with a number of leading experts giving an insight into some current "Hot Topics" of interest to new entrants into the cinema industry. HDDC's Peter Wilson gave a presentation on the role of the Digital Image Technician in modern cinema production.

Posted: 2014/04/24
The EDCF TECHNICAL SUPPORT GROUP is meeting at the BFI Southbank London on Wednesday April 30th. Registration and information here. This year's annual EDCF UPDATE SESSION at IBC will be on Sunday September 14th (16:00—18:30). Details to follow.

Posted: 2014/04/04
«Etes-vous à l’heure de la 4K/UHD?» The Mesclado homepage is currently carrying this promotional video for "4K/UHD: Business Realities vs Technological Speculation?". HDDC's Peter Wilson is among those seen speaking about Ultra High Definition formats... "4K/UHD: the clock is ticking! Are you ready?"

Posted: 2014/03/25
Late news!?! Today (Tuesday 25th March), Mesclado and SMPTE are presenting a ninety-minute webcast entitled "The Top Twelve Things That Make 4K UHD". It is being hosted by Mesclado's François Abbe and HDDC's Peter Wilson. The discussion will "present an overview of the current environment and detail the migration towards UHD resolutions.". This webcast is intended to be fully interactive (real-time video user feedback) and will incorporate the most up-to-date data and practical examples. The sessions are being recorded for eventual release as an edited podcast or DVD.

Posted: 2014/03/10
HDDC's Peter Wilson has been appointed as a Board Member of the Event Cinema Association (ECA), a non-profit organisation which supports and promotes Event Cinema on behalf of exhibitors and distributors, raising awareness with the general public. In this age of Digital Cinema and live satellite broadcast, venues can now offer a broad range of entertainment from ballet to sport, comedy to live music, opera to theatre, museums to art gallery exhibitions, giving audiences the thrill of a live event from the comfort of their local cinema. Peter will be chairing the Technical Delivery Handbook working group, involving participants from every link in the production chain, from content providers through to exhibitors.

Posted: 2014/02/24
On Wednesday 19th February, the BKSTS (International Moving Image Society) held its annual prestigious Bernard Happé Lecture & Awards Ceremony at the London Film Museum, County Hall, Southbank. The event was attended by leading industry personalities and the Guest of Honour was Baroness Floella Benjamin OBE DL, who presented the awards on behalf of the Society. HDDC's Peter Wilson was inducted as a Fellow of the Society "for his tireless effort to ensure that the UK film industry technical requirements are represented internationally and particularly for his work at the EDCF". Read the Press Release here (PDF file 342 KB)

Posted: 2014/02/22
Mesclado's YouTube Channel now includes video footage of the 4K/UHD Seminar held at the Paris Dock Pullman on the 29th January 2014. You can watch complete clips featuring HDDC's Peter Wilson here, here and here... While following Mesclado's Twitter feed during the conference, we were amused to find that if you click on the erroneous tag '@HDDC', it will connect you with something called Hungry Dingo Day Care (who appear to be a defunct US punk rock band)!

Posted: 2014/01/11
To coincide with the seminar in Paris (see below), HDDC Ltd. in partnership with Mesclado are publishing a new study "4K/UHD: Business Realities vs. Technological Speculation?". This document will help answer the many questions surrounding 4K/UHD, thus providing a greater understanding of the transition to these new resolutions. Mesclado have identified all the elements essential for future native end-to-end 4K/UHD production/post-production/distribution in film, broadcast and other digital formats (Rich Media, Global Media). The study examines the current state of the market and assesses new and future technological advances. Details and abstract available here.

Posted: 2014/01/06
Mesclado (Architects and Consultants for Sustainable Broadcast Systems), in partnership with SMPTE, are presenting a one-day seminar, with hands-on workshops, called "Masterclass «4K/UHD»" at the Paris Dock Pullman on the 29th January 2014. HDDC's Peter Wilson will give the keynote address "The Foundations of 4K and UHD", as well as co-present a talk on 4K/UHD post-production techniques with Cédric Lejeune (Workflowers) and host a workshop session on 4K/UHD capture (optics and sensors). Further details here.