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Merging Creativity with Technical Expertise; Director Nicholas Peterson Signs with E.M.A.
News: Merging Creativity with Technical Expertise; Director Nicholas Peterson Signs with E.M.A.National commercial, television and feature film company E.M.A. (Envision Media Arts) continues the expansion of its diverse directorial roster with the signing of talent Nicholas Peterson. Peterson was welcomed to E.M.A. by EP/President of Commercial Production Andrew Halpern and President/CEO Lee Nelson. The Director has just wrapped a music video for artist Ray Goren. Peterson’s latest commercial for Chrysler launched the brand-new Chrysler 200. His new short horror film entitled “The Visitant,” starring Amy Smart (“Crank” 1 & 2) and Doug Jones (“Hellboy,” “Pan’s Labyrinth”), produced by Jon Heder (“Napoleon Dynamite”), will be hitting the film festival circuit this Fall.
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EMA Signs Commercial & Music Video Director Shane Drake To Company’s Growing Roster
News: EMA Signs Commercial & Music Video Director Shane Drake To Company’s Growing RosterCommercial & Music Video Director Shane Drake has signed with national production company EMA (Envision Media Arts). The signing comes just on the heels of Drake winning the prestigious “Video Of The Year” Award from the Academy of Country Music for a recent music video he directed for Tim McGraw, featuring Taylor Swift and Keith Urban.
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2014 NAB Show Creative Master Series Keynote to Discuss The Evolution of "Transcendence"
Oscar®-winning Cinematographer Wally Pfister to go Behind the Scenes of Directorial Debut with Cinematographer Jess Hall
NAB Show, the world’s largest annual conference and expo for professionals who create, manage and distribute entertainment across all platforms, will host, in partnership with the International Cinematographers Guild, Director Wally Pfister and Cinematographer Jess Hall, BSC in the Creative Master Series keynote presentation, as they give attendees a behind-the-scenes look into the hotly-anticipated sci-fi film “Transcendence” starring Johnny Depp.
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Best Picture Winner 12 Years A Slave Originated on KODAK Film
Spirit Award Winners Also Have Kodak Moment
In the 86-year history of the Academy Awards®, no best picture winner has ever been made without motion picture film technology – a streak that continued with 12 Years a Slave winning the 2014 Oscar®.
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Gerry Graf of Barton F. Graf 9000 To Chair The 2014 AICP Next Awards Judging Panel
Call For Entries Now Open
Matt Miller, President and CEO of the Association of Independent Commercial Producers (AICP), today announced that Gerry Graf, Founder and Chief Creative Officer of Barton F. Graf 9000, will serve as the 2014 AICP Next Awards Judging Chair, and Master of Ceremonies at the AICP Next Awards presentation. The AICP Next Awards will be held at the NYU Kimmel Center on Tuesday, June 10th. It is the kickoff event for AICP Week, which also includes the AICP Show:
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Tool Signs Famed Feature Director Marc Forster for Commercials
News: Tool Signs Famed Feature Director Marc Forster for CommercialsTool is pleased to announce the addition of award-winning director Marc Forster to its commercial roster. With a notably versatile range of films to his credit, Marc Forster has persistently evaded categorization, having helmed a slate of major motion pictures of varying scale and genres for studios and independents alike, starring many of the industry’s premier talent.
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Hone Your Film Production Skills at Manhattan Edit Workshop’s Digital Cinema Bootcamp
Work with the latest camera technology and learn best practice shooting techniques at MEWshop’s hottest class in digital filmmaking
Manhattan Edit Workshop (MEWShop), the cutting-edge authorized digital training destination for post-production and content creators, announced today that registration is now open for its most popular workshop, the Digital Cinema Bootcamp. Held on September 7th and 8th and taught by master filmmakers and technologists, Josh Apter (founder Manhattan Edit Workshop) and Jem Schofield (founder theC47), the Digital Cinema Bootcamp is a hands-on intensive workshop featuring the very latest in digital cinema gear from Canon and Digital Bolex. In addition to learning the ins and outs of the latest camera technology, Apter and Schofield will share shooting techniques and helpful tricks as well as discuss the infinite accessories and best practices for using cutting edge digital cinema filmmaking tools.
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Envision Media Arts (EMA) Welcomes 9-Time, Emmy Award-Winning Director/DP Scott Duncan To Diverse Roster
News: Envision Media Arts (EMA) Welcomes 9-Time, Emmy Award-Winning Director/DP Scott Duncan To Diverse RosterEnvision Media Arts (EMA) has welcomed multi Emmy Award-winning Director/Cinematographer Scott Duncan to the company’s diverse roster of talent. An incredibly unique filmmaker, Duncan has traveled the world shooting commercial and advertising campaigns, as well as television. He joins EMA’s Commercial Division, newly headed by EP/ Commercial Division President, Andrew Halpern.
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Winners Announced For 2013 Los Angeles Film Festival
Best Performance, Short Film and Music Video Award Winners Also Revealed
Film Independent, the non-profit arts organization that produces the Los Angeles Film Festival and the Spirit Awards, announced the jury and audience award winners for the 2013 Festival at the Awards Brunch, hosted by CHAYA Downtown for the fourth year. Actor Mary Elizabeth Winstead was on hand to present the awards. The LA Film Fest, presented by Film Independent, in conjunction with Presenting Media Sponsor Los Angeles Times, Host Partner L.A. LIVE and Premier Sponsors DIRECTV and American Airlines, ran from Thursday, June 13 to Sunday, June 23in downtown Los Angeles.
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ASC Announces Winners of Savides Student Heritage Awards
The American Society of Cinematographers (ASC) announced the winning films in the 2013 ASC Harris Savides Student Heritage Awards last night in a ceremony here at the organization’s clubhouse. The awards are designed to showcase the artistic abilities of the next generation of filmmakers, with a focus on their cinematographic abilities.
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Kodak Goes Behind-the-Scenes With Acclaimed Cinematographers at Cine Gear Expo
Eric Alan Edwards, Giles Nuttgens and Rachel Morrison Headline Panels
Kodak will host two discussions with acclaimed cinematographers at this year’s Cine Gear Expo on the Paramount Lot in Los Angeles. On Friday, May 31, at 5:15 p.m., Kodak will sit down with award-winning cinematographer Giles Nuttgens, BSC for a conversation in the Paramount Theater. On Saturday, June 1, at 11:45 a.m., the “Sundance in Summer” panel will feature Eric Alan Edwards (Lovelace) and Rachel Morrison (Fruitvale Station) in The Sherry Lansing Theater.
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Filmmakers Jeffrey Williams and Dan Greenberger Present "Man Up, Little Boy" Short Film Starring Bradley Whitford at Dances with Films Festival June 5 in Hollywood
News: Filmmakers Jeffrey Williams and Dan Greenberger Present "Man Up, Little Boy" Short Film Starring Bradley Whitford at Dances with Films Festival June 5 in HollywoodEmmy Award-winning “West Wing” cast member Bradley Whitford, whose new ABC comedy series “Trophy Wife” debuts this Fall, stars in a new, independent, dark comedy short film entitled “Man Up, Little Boy.” The 8-minute film will make its debut during the “Dances with Films” Festival held at Hollywood’s Chinese Theatres, and will be presented there on Wednesday, June 5, at 5PM.
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Envision Media Arts (EMA) Signs Up-And-Coming Talent Director Jason House; Shoots Projects For Ford & Honda
News: Envision Media Arts (EMA) Signs Up-And-Coming Talent Director Jason House; Shoots Projects For Ford & HondaEnvision Media Arts (EMA) signs up-and-coming talent Director Jason House. Selected by “Filmmaker Magazine” last month for a screening of emerging filmmakers and a profile in the indie film publication, House has already completed a series of commercial projects via EMA for Ford, Honda and Eli Lilly.
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Feature Films on Kodak Dominate Academy Awards®
Independent Spirit Award Winners also have Kodak Moment
Argo’s best picture win topped off a successful night at the Academy Awards® for movies originating on Kodak film. In the 85-year history of the awards, no Oscar®-winning best picture has ever been made without motion picture film technology.
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American Society of Cinematographers to Honor Dean Semler with Lifetime Achievement Award; Rodney Charters, Robby Müller and Curtis Clark Will Also Receive Tributes
News: American Society of Cinematographers to Honor Dean Semler with Lifetime Achievement Award; Rodney Charters, Robby Müller and Curtis Clark Will Also Receive TributesDean Semler ASC, ACS; Rodney Charters, ASC, CSC; Robby Müller, NSC, BVK; and Curtis Clark, ASC will be honored by their peers during the 27th Annual American Society of Cinematographers (ASC) Outstanding Achievement Awards to be held February 10 at the Hollywood & Highland Grand Ballroom. Semler will receive the 2012 ASC Lifetime Achievement Award; Müller will be presented with the International Achievement Award; Charters gets the Career Achievement in Television Award; and Clark collects the President’s Award.
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Academy Award-Winner Dustin Lance Black Joins Bully Pictures to Direct and Create Content in the Advertising World
News: Academy Award-Winner Dustin Lance Black Joins Bully Pictures to Direct and Create Content in the Advertising WorldAcclaimed director/writer/producer enters advertising market.
Academy Award-winner Dustin Lance Black has joined Bully Pictures for exclusive representation as a commercial and interactive content director. Black a director, writer, producer and nationally-recognized civil rights activist, won numerous awards including an Oscar, a Writers Guild of America Award and an Independent Spirit Award in 2009 for his screenplay for the critically acclaimed feature Milk. He has also garnered television nominations for his work on the HBO series Big Love and his teleplay for Pedro. As a director, Black’s credits include the recently released feature film Virginia, starring Jennifer Connelly and Ed Harris, the feature documentaries My Life with Count Dracula and On the Bus, and a television series for the TLC/BBC networks called Faking It. His arrangement with Bully Pictures marks the first time that Black has made himself available to direct for advertising.
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Manhattan Edit Workshop and theC47 Present: The Filmmaker's Intensive 2012
Learn the art and science of documentary film from top working professionals in the industry; Early bird special ends Monday, July 16th
Manhattan Edit Workshop (MEWshop) and theC47 are excited to announce The Filmmaker’s Intensive (TFMI), an annual two-week program that takes aspiring filmmakers out of their day-to-day environments and allows them to fully immerse themselves in the art and science of making movies. This year's program is specifically designed to provide each student an intense education in non-fiction filmmaking from some of the best documentarians in the industry.
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POV Films Nominated for 16 Emmy® Awards: A Record for the Series Celebrating Its 25th Season on PBS
Armadillo,' 'Better This World,' 'Enemies of the People,' 'Last Train Home' Nominated for Best Documentary
POV (Point of View), public television's premier showcase for independent documentaries, has received 16 nominations in the 2012 News & Documentary Emmy® Awards, an all-time high for the series celebrating its 25th season on PBS. The nominees were announced today by the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences. POV came in second to CBS' "60 Minutes" in nominations. Four POV films, Armadillo, Better This World, Enemies of the People and Last Train Home, were nominated for Best Documentary. Four other films received nominations: the feature-length Mugabe and the White African and Where Soldiers Come From and the shorts Flawed and Miss Devine (featured in the StoryCorps Animated Series). PBS received 37 nominations in total.
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Canon U.S.A. Launches New Program To Benefit Film Independent Filmmakers At The 2012 Los Angeles Film Festival
News: Canon U.S.A. Launches New Program To Benefit Film Independent Filmmakers At The 2012 Los Angeles Film FestivalCanon U.S.A., Inc., a leader in digital imaging solutions, today launched the new Canon Filmmaker Award Program in partnership with Film Independent, the non-profit arts organization that produces the Spirit Awards and the Los Angeles Film Festival. Open to eligible Film Independent Fellows, Los Angeles Film Festival alumni, and Spirit Awards Nominees and Winners, the program is designed to help emerging filmmakers ‘leave no story untold.’
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Bodega's HELLO LONESOME on DVD on May 29th
New York/San Francisco-based content creation/production company Bodega is proud to announce the DVD release, through Film Movement, of indie feature film Hello Lonesome starring James Urbaniak (American Splendor), Lynn Cohen (Sex and the City), Sabrina Lloyd (Aaron Sorkin’s Sports Night), Harry Chase, and Nate Smith. The Spirit Award-nominated film weaves together the worlds of six flawed yet endearing individuals as they explore those age-old human desires: to love and be loved. The film, which received the Best Ensemble Jury Award at the 2010 Los Angeles Film Festival, will be available for purchase in retail locations in the U.S. and Canada and streaming online through iTunes, Amazon, Hulu and Netflix on May 29, 2012.
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Technicolor customers dominate 84th Oscars
In what will assuredly be remembered as a night celebrating French cinema (both current and classic), two films dominated the 84th Academy Awards.
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2012 Film Independent Spirit Awards Filmmaker Grant Winners Announced
Spirit Award Winners To Be Revealed on Saturday, February 25 Premiere broadcast on IFC at 10:00 p.m. ET/PT
Film Independent, the non-profit arts organization that produces the Spirit Awards and the Los Angeles Film Festival, announced the winners of its four Spirit Awards filmmaker grants today at its annual Spirit Awards Nominee Brunch held at BOA Steakhouse inWest Hollywood. Mark Duplass and Sarah Paulson hosted the casual event and handed out the honors.
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Bodega’s Adam Reid Nominated For 2012 Film Independent Spirit Award For "Hello Lonesome"
News: Bodega’s Adam Reid Nominated For 2012 Film Independent Spirit Award For "Hello Lonesome"New York/San Francisco-based content creation/production company Bodega Executive Creative Director Adam Reid was recently nominated for the 2012 Film Independent Spirit Awards for his first feature film "Hello Lonesome" starring James Urbaniak, Lynn Cohen, Sabrina Lloyd, Harry Chase, and Nate Smith.
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The Colonie Adds Editor Tom Pastorelle; Plans Further Expansion
News: The Colonie Adds Editor Tom Pastorelle; Plans Further ExpansionAward-winning editor has cut spots for McDonald’s, Blue Cross/Blue Shield and other top brands
The Colonie, the post production boutique, has added editor Tom Pastorelle in the first step in their expansion. An award-winning editor, Pastorelle arrives from Foundation Content where he cut commercials, music videos and other work, the former including spots for such brands as McDonald’s, Hampton Inn and Blue Cross/Blue Shield. He also has experience in features and short films in a career that began with the editorial house Cutters.
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Createasphere Presents Roger Deakins, ASC, BSC in Conversation with American Cinematographer
Oscar® Nominee off to Universal City for March 3rd Entertainment Technology Expo
Createasphere’s Entertainment Technology Expo - the industry-leading event that brings together experts, exhibitors, sponsors, and attendees that share a vested interest in understanding and shaping the future of the industry - will present esteemed cinematographer Roger Deakins, ASC-BSC in a Conversation with American Cinematographer’s Jon Witmer.
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SHOOTERS Post & Transfer adds Smoke Artist to Roster
Shooters Post & Transfer, the full-service creative post house, has just added Smoke/Flame Artist Mark Longchamps to its creative team. Longchamps brings more than 15 years of editorial and broadcast design skills as well as feature film experience to Shooters’ lineup.
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Company 3 Salutes Independent Filmmakers at the 2010 Sundance Film Festival
Company 3, known for its work on blockbuster films such "Star Trek," "Terminator: Salvation" and Tim Burton's upcoming "Alice in Wonderland," congratulates the independent films at the Sundance Film Festival that came through our shop.
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Company 3 Congratulates Independent Filmmakers
Company 3, known for its work on blockbuster films such "Star Trek," "Terminator Salvation" and Tim Burton’s upcoming "Alice in Wonderland," congratulates celebrated independent films that came through our shop.
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COLLECTIVE Production Honored with Silver Creativity Annual Award for 'Robin Hood Responds'
NY Production House Honored for Excellence in the Category of Consumer TV, Campaign
The 39th Creativity Annual Awards (CAA) recently recognized COLLECTIVE with Silver honors for the production company's powerful integrated PSA campaign Robin Hood Responds, which broke summer 2009. Among a field of entries from 37 countries and 37 U.S. states, COLLECTIVE was recognized in the category of Consumer TV, Campaign.
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Offhollywood South Launch Brings Advanced Motion Picture Production/Post-Production Services to Louisiana
Baton Rouge Company Offers Wealth of Experience, Latest Technologies, and End-to-End Production/Post-Production Services to Popular Production Market
Leading digital cinema company Offhollywood announced today that it has officially launched Offhollywood South in Baton Rouge, La. The company will offer advanced end-to-end motion picture production and post-production services, backed by expertise in the latest digital technology offerings.
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Offhollywood Returns to Park City With Three Indie Pics
Provides Innovative Production Solutions, Technical Support, Workflow Design, and Post-Production Services for Sundance and Slamdance Entries
Leading digital cinema company Offhollywood is off to Park City, Utah, this week for the Sundance Film Festival premiere of indie films "Toe to Toe" and "Mystery Team," both finished at the company's New York facilities, and for the Slamdance Film Festival premiere of "Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Undead."
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2008 L.A. Film Festival & L.A Times Select Inmotion Studios To Create Opening Sequence
inMotion Studios Inc., (www.inmotionstudios.com) a Los Angeles based film and broadcast design firm was chosen to create and produce the animated graphic opening sequence for the prestigious 2008 Los Angeles Film Festival (www.lafilmfest.com).
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Sweetwater Digital Selects 32 Fujinon HD Lenses
Los Angeles, CA-based Sweetwater Digital Productions has acquired a complement of 32 Fujinon HD lenses for the company’s new high-end production truck, “Cobalt.”
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Gen Art Film Festival Presented by Acura
Seven Features, Seven Shorts & Seven Parties Slated for April 2nd – April 8th
The 13th Annual Gen Art Film Festival, presented by Acura, kicks off on April 2, 2008 in New York City. The Gen Art Film Festival Presented by Acura’s unique format showcases seven features and seven shorts from emerging filmmakers which are followed by seven premiere parties.
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2007 Los Angeles Film Festival Makes Sneak Peaks Available on DivX Stage6
Previews Available to View or Download in High-Quality DivX Media Format
DivX, Inc. (NASDAQ:DIVX) and Film Independent’s Los Angeles Film Festival announced today the launch of a video channel on Stage6™ which will host Festival previews for viewing or downloading in the high-quality DivX® media format.
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News: "Taxi To The Dark Side" Wins Best Documentary at Tribeca
Version2's Sloane Klevin worked closely with Oscar nominated director Alex Gibney, director of Enron: The Smartest Guys in the Room, to cut the murder mystery, Taxi to the Dark Side.
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News: Version2 Takes a Tribeca Bound Taxi to the Dark Side
Version2's Sloane Klevin worked closely with Oscar nominated director Alex Gibney, director of Enron: The Smartest Guys in the Room, to cut the murder mystery, Taxi to the Dark Side.
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News: Filmmaker Marc Singer Takes Panasonic AG-HV2X00 Solid-State HD Camcorders "In Country" For Documentary On Elite Marine Platoon
Acclaimed "Dark Days" Documentarian Hosts Blog from Iraq As First Embedded Civilian to Film Special Forces Unit
Equipped with three Panasonic AG-HVX200 DVCPRO HD solid-state camcorders, heralded filmmaker Marc Singer recently departed for a tour of duty in Iraq with the Marine Corps Force Reconnaissance Platoon to film an upcoming documentary feature profiling the elite special forces unit.
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News: Secrets Of The Dead: Gangland Graveyard, Premiering November 16th On PBS, Is First National Tv Show Shot With
Emmy Award-Winning Cinematographer Larry Engel Serves as DP, Writer, Director
When the documentary “Gangland Graveyard” for Thirteen/WNET New York’s Secrets of the Dead series premieres on Wednesday, November 16th, it will mark the first airing of a national television show that was shot in the tapeless Panasonic DVCPRO P2 series solid-state memory format.
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News: Indie Director Noah Kadner's Feature Film Formosa
Formosa's Hollywood Premiere Screening To Take Place at Renaissance Hollywood Hotel, Saturday, October 8, 2005, 8:15 p.m.
Formosa (www.formosamovie.com), the multi-award winning new comedy/drama from first time feature director Noah Kadner, whose filmmaking resume includes visual effects work on big budget films like X-Men and The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen, has been selected to kick-off the opening night special event and awards ceremony at the upcoming 2005 FAIF Film Festival (Foundation for the Advancement of Independent Films) in Hollywood, Saturday October 8, 2005.
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