Film: "Hannah Montana"

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(Photo left) HANNAH MONTANA & MILEY CYRUS: BEST OF BOTH WORLDS CONCERT “©Disney Enterprises, Inc. All rights reserved. Miley Cyrus stars in the big screen version of the sold out American concert tour, “Hannah Montana & Miley Cyrus: Best of Both Worlds Concert.”

“Who woulda thought that a girl like me Would double as a superstar?

You get the best of both worlds.” —“Best of Both Worlds,” Miley Cyrus Fans of the hugely popular “Hannah Montana” TV show will get the chance to experience the thrill of a front row seat to see their favorite singer, songwriter and actress, Miley Cyrus, perform her nationally sold-out HANNAH MONTANA & MILEY CYRUS: BEST OF BOTH WORLDS CONCERT on the big screen—for one week only—with this very special Disney Digital 3-DTM presentation.

The exclusive event comes to theaters across the U.S. and Canada from February 1 through February 7, 2008. Shot during her 69-city, standing-room-only concert tour, the film brings a whole new dimension to the pop idol, as state-of-the-art 3-D captures up close, and with stunning clarity, the music, persona and inside world of both Miley Cyrus and her rocking alter ego, Hannah Montana.

With rapidly rising stars, Jonas Brothers, as her special guests and a stage filled with dancers, pyrotechnics and video imagery, HANNAH MONTANA & MILEY CYRUS: BEST OF BOTH WORLDS CONCERT showcases the exuberant magnetism that has led the 15- year-old singer and actress to become a multimedia sensation and attracted legions of fans all over the world.

In addition to its viscerally real concert footage, the film includes a “backstage pass” peek at Miley’s life on tour. HANNAH MONTANA & MILEY CYRUS: BEST OF BOTH WORLDS CONCERT is directed by Bruce Hendricks (“ESPN’S Ultimate X: The Movie”) and produced by Art Repola (“ESPN’S Ultimate X: The Movie”) from the concert-tour phenomenon that was conceived, produced and specially designed to be shot in 3-D by lauded choreographer Kenny Ortega (“High School Musical,” “High School Musical 2”). The film’s director of photography, Mitchell Amundsen (“Transformers” and Martin Scorsese’s upcoming “Shine a Light”), simultaneously uses seven state-of-the-art, high- definition 3-D digital cameras provided by Cameron/Pace Designs—a pioneer in delivering the most captivating and immersive imagery available. The other directors of photography are Rodney Taylor and Reed Smoot. Also joining the filmmaking team is renowned editor Michael Tronick, A.C.E. (“Hairspray”).

The Tour That Became a Phenomenon

Long before tickets to Miley Cyrus’“The Best of Both Worlds Tour” sold out in a flash and became one of the hottest commodities in entertainment, Walt Disney Pictures decided to capture her live performance in a specially designed, cutting-edge Disney Digital 3-DTM concert film. Perhaps no one could have predicted the unprecedented pop-culture phenomenon her shows would become, with literally millions of anxious young fans clamoring to get a close-up glimpse of their idol.

But it has been clear for some time that Miley Cyrus—and her rock star alter ego, Hannah Montana—was emerging as one of the most relatable, likable and, most of all, inspirational young female superstars of a new generation. With upbeat songs that combine confidence, dreams and the exhilarating idea that kids can create their own futures, Miley has won the hearts of fans, in part, because even within her wildly fun fantasy life as Hannah Montana, she’s a very real 15-year-old, whose persona and songs reflect a well-adjusted teen’s view of life.

Now, with HANNAH MONTANA & MILEY CYRUS: BEST OF BOTH WORLDS CONCERT, Miley gets the chance to invite audiences to get to know her and her electrifying performance style even better—with a movie that provides the equivalent of a prized front-row seat as well as a backstage pass to the show that highlights her as both a musical superstar and an American teenager coming into her own.

“I’m really excited that fans will have a chance to get to know the person underneath the wig,” says Miley.

“I love writing music, playing guitar, singing and dancing as much as I love acting.” Miley, the daughter of country star Billy Ray Cyrus, first came to the fore less than two years ago when, after an extensive series of hard-fought auditions, she won the lead role in the “Hannah Montana” television show, which quickly earned some of the highest ratings ever for a Disney Channel Original Series.

Now in its second smash season, the show features Miley as a Malibu teen who leads an ordinary teenage life dealing with high school, crushes and social concerns by day but transforms into the glamorous, powerful pop star Hannah Montana whenever she hits the stage.

The success of the “Hannah Montana” show is huge, but it is just the beginning of Miley’s phenomenal rise. Her rapid ascent continued with the “Hannah Montana” soundtrack, released on Walt Disney Records, which shot to number one on the Billboard Top 200 and then went double platinum in less than two months. Then, in the fall of 2006, Miley went out on her first concert tour. She quickly sold out her dates in all 22 cities, setting attendance records in huge stadiums.

Along the way, her uplifting and sparkling persona sparked an entire multimedia world, spanning from video games to clothing lines. All of these accomplishments led up to 2007’s “The Best of Both Worlds Tour,” which, as suggested by its title, is designed to bring audiences both the best of Hannah Montana while, at the same time, introducing them to the real Miley Cyrus.

Miley incorporates her own distinct singing and songwriting style in an action-packed show conceived, produced, designed and choreographed by the Emmy® Award-winning creative mastermind Kenny Ortega, who is also responsible for the record-setting “High School Musical” and “High School Musical 2” phenomenons.

Joining Miley as her special guests on the tour are Jonas Brothers, the platinum-selling music phenomenon headed by three teenaged brothers—Nick, Kevin and Joe. In August of 2007, the Jonas Brothers debuted at number five with their much anticipated album, “Jonas Brothers,” which takes their trademark catchy hooks and power guitars into more mature songwriting territory, with tunes that are soulful and danceable and lyrics that are emotionally rich yet always evoke the brothers’positive vibe. Jonas Brothers will embark on their own “Look You in the Eyes” headline tour January 31, in an exclusive multimillion-dollar deal with concert powerhouse Live Nation

Jonas Brothers recently had break-out performances on the American Music Awards and Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rocking Eve and will perform their new single “When You Look Me in the Eyes” on “Ellen” January 21. AOL recently announced their top searches for 2007.

Jonas Brothers ranked number four in the “Top Bands” category, topping such acclaimed bands as Linkin Park and U2.

Capturing the Tour in State-of-the-Art Hi-Def 3-D

From the beginning, the mission of the HANNAH MONTANA & MILEY CYRUS: BEST OF BOTH WORLDS CONCERT film was to bring audiences the electrifying experience of seeing Miley Cyrus live—from the vantage point of the very best seat in the house, a seat so incredible, it could give a fan all the angles.

With its sharp, crisp imagery and lifelike appearance, Disney Digital 3-DTM proved to be a great medium for transporting audiences directly into the center of Miley’s dynamic performance. Bruce Hendricks knew that delving into 3-D would involve challenges, especially for Miley, who would have to perform several shows with a whole team of cameras getting up close and personal and following her every move on stage.

“Unlike the normal 2-D process, 3-D is best served shooting close and wide. So the performers can’t be too conscious of the cameras, no matter how near they are,” explains Hendricks.

“That’s not easy for anyone, but Miley was terrific.” The artistic and technical process began long before the tour kicked off, as Hendricks forged a rare creative collaboration with the show’s director and choreographer, Kenny Ortega, who kept the 3-D shoot in his mind even as he came up with the vibrant staging and compelling dance moves that make Miley’s performances so much fun.

“Production designer Michael Cotten and I worked closely with Bruce to always ensure that we had a production look that would serve the 3-D aspect of the project,” Ortega explains.

“Ultimately, the entire design of the tour, including the choreography, lights, video and stage design factored into maximizing the potential of the 3-D.” With the show specially crafted to be experienced in three dimensions, Hendricks would need the latest state-of-the-art equipment to capture every inch of what was happening on stage...and beyond. That’s why he turned to Vince Pace—whose company, PACE, is the world’s leading innovator in advanced 3-D and Digital Cinema Systems—to develop a photographic system that would help translate the show onto the screen with its live-wire atmosphere intact.

Ultimately, Hendricks, Pace and cinematographer Mitchell Amundsen set in motion a custom-crafted system utilizing the groundbreaking Fusion 3-D cameras recently invented by PACE—running seven at a time in the middle of Miley’s show—to film the movie. Pace was thrilled to be able to put his cutting-edge camera system at the service of bringing audiences a you-are-there experience with the performer that so many are yearning to see. “Miley is such a young, energetic, fun performer; she’s a real joy to watch in 3-D,” he comments.

Pace originally designed the highly advanced Fusion 3-D cameras used to film HANNAH MONTANA & MILEY CYRUS: BEST OF BOTH WORLDS CONCERT with Academy Award®-winning filmmaker James Cameron, who has been a leading pioneer in expanding the creative possibilities of 3-D. These cameras, which work on principles similar to human eyesight, are able to provide a depth of field and perspective never before seen in movie theaters.

Cameron first used them to create acclaimed underwater documentaries, but more recently, filmmakers like Hendricks have started exploring how the Fusion 3-D cameras can bring hard-to-capture events, such as sports and concerts, to life in a way that harnesses the full emotional thrill of an in-the-moment experience. “James Cameron and I set out to change entertainment as we know it by designing the tools necessary to shoot a new form of 3-D, one that is based more on experience than effect,” Pace explains.

“These cameras operate much like a person. They have two eyes, in this case two high-definition cameras, and a very powerful brain, that for us is the computer in the system. In a sense, our cameras capture the image just like a human person witnesses an event. Our images give the viewer the ability to experience exactly what it was like to be there.” Filming Miley took the Cameron/Pace cameras into new territory that pushed their limits. “We used the cameras on this film like an orchestra uses different instruments. Depending on what Bruce wanted for a particular shot, I would choose the right camera for the job.

This is the first time that this has been done with 3-D,” notes Pace. He adds that the film also marks the first time that a project captured in 3-D was also edited in 3-D, which occurred under the aegis of sought-after-editor Michael Tronick. While envisioning, coordinating and shooting the film was a considerable technical challenge for Hendricks and his entire team, he notes that it was also a serious blast for them— in large part because Miley herself was such a pleasure and so cooperative, even with the creative intensity of the project.

“Miley is just really focused and professional,” Hendricks summarizes, “and the undeniable fact is that her instincts are great as an entertainer—and getting to capture that in the moment was always exciting.”

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• Audio CD (June 26, 2007)
• Original Release Date: June 26, 2007
• Number of Discs: 2
• Format: Enhanced, Soundtrack
• Label: Disney

Tweens aren't often heralded for their good judgment and excellent taste (Heelys--hello), but if any young starlet can redeem them, it's Hannah Montana. On this, the second soundtrack from the Disney Channel series, Miley Cyrus takes her cues from her TV alter ego, who has an alter ego of her own. --Tammy La Gorce, Amazon

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