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Six SMPTE Members Earn Honors From AMPAS
Larry Hornbeck and David W. Gray Receive Oscars® at Scientific and Technical Awards Ceremony
The Society of Motion Picture and Television Engineers® (SMPTE®), the worldwide leader in motion-imaging standards and education for the communications, media, entertainment, and technology industries, today announced that SMPTE members have been recognized with top awards — including two Oscars® — from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (AMPAS). The Academy's Scientific and Technical Awards honor the men, women, and companies whose discoveries and innovations have contributed in significant, outstanding, and lasting ways to motion pictures.
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Pictorvision to Host Digital Cinema Society Seminar on Aerial Cinematography
News: Pictorvision to Host Digital Cinema Society Seminar on Aerial CinematographyPictorvision, leading aerial cinematography specialists for both manned and unmanned operation, announces that in collaboration with the Digital Cinema Society it will host a seminar on the exploration of the world of professional aerial cinematography. The event will take place at Pictorvision’s headquarters in Van Nuys on Saturday morning, March 7th starting at 9:00 am.
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Steven Tiffen, Jeff Cohen and Michael Fecik Honored with Scientific and Technical Academy Award® of Commendation
News: Steven Tiffen, Jeff Cohen and Michael Fecik Honored with Scientific and Technical Academy Award® of CommendationRecognized for efforts in developing infrared-reducing dye-based filters for digital cameras, the honorees received the Academy’s Special Plaque during the Scientific and Technical Awards presentation
Steven Tiffen, Jeff Cohen and Michael Fecik of The Tiffen Company, a leading manufacturer of award-winning imaging accessories, were honored with the Scientific and Technical Academy Award of Commendation during the Academy’s Scientific and Technical Awards presentation on February 7.
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Art Directors Guild Gallery Exhibit Opens Sat, Feb. 28
News: Art Directors Guild Gallery Exhibit Opens Sat, Feb. 28The Art Directors Guild (IATSE Local 800) Gallery 800 announces its second art exhibition of 2015, "Landscapes,” opening Saturday, February 28, 2015 with a hosted reception from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. Located in the heart of the famed NoHo Arts District, Gallery 800 showcases guild members’ personal art in a series of shows throughout the year. The public will have the opportunity to meet the artists and preview their art. The “Landscapes” reception will feature more than 60 original art pieces, a hosted bar, live music featuring the “Do Drop In” jazz trio and refreshments.
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Canon U.S.A. Improves Upon Performance, Operability And Usability With New HJ24ex7.5B Broadcast ENG Lens
New Multipurpose HD ENG Lens Delivers World’s Widest Angle and Highest Zoom ratio in its class*, and features a 7.5mm Wide-End Focal Length and 180mm Tele-End Focal Length
Canon U.S.A., Inc., a leader in digital imaging solutions, announced today the launch of the Canon HDTV Zoom Lens HJ24ex7.5B i, an affordable, high-quality portable telephoto HD lens for high-end Electronic News Gathering applications. As the successor to the Canon HJ22ex, one of the market leaders in its class, the new HJ24ex7.5B lens boasts a 24x zoom ratio with the highest magnification and longest focal length in its class*. Improving overall lens mobility and operator comfort, the new lens design decreases both size and weight from its predecessor, and has the balance point closer to the camera body, allowing for easier handling and less operator strain in the field.
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PS Production Services Lights Up "Fifty Shades of Grey"
News: PS Production Services Lights Up "Fifty Shades of Grey"PS Production Services, a SIM Group company, provided lighting and grip equipment to the production of the new film Fifty Shades of Grey from director Sam Taylor-Johnson and Universal Pictures. The lighting and grip package included more than 100 fixtures supplied through PS’s facility in Vancouver.
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Filmmakers depend on Codex for Marvel’s Agent Carter TV series
News: Filmmakers depend on Codex for Marvel’s Agent Carter TV seriesCodex supports first ARRIRAW workflow on TV series
Codex , the industry leader in high-end digital recording and workflow equipment for motion picture and TV production, today revealed how Codex equipment is playing a key role in the making of the hit ABC television series Marvel’s Agent Carter. Codex has provided digital recording for director of photography Gabriel Beristain’s cameras, and has consulted with visual effects supervisor Sheena Duggal on the lens mapping, to assist VFX production. According to Duggal, this is the first TV show to use ARRIRAW for main unit photography. Marvel’s Agent Carter marks the first time an ARRIRAW workflow has been used extensively in series television.
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Call for Papers Extended for SMPTE Australia 2015 (SMPTE15)
Proposals for Papers, Sessions, and Workshops for Delivery at the Biennial SMPTE Australia Conference & Exhibition, 14-17 July in Sydney, Will Now Be Accepted Until 1 March
The Society of Motion Picture and Television Engineers® , the worldwide leader in motion-imaging standards and education for the communications, media, entertainment, and technology industries, today announced that the SMPTE Australia Section has extended the call-for-proposals deadline for the biennial SMPTE Australia Conference & Exhibition (SMPTE15), Persistence of Vision — Defining the Future.
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Autodesk & Shotgun Play a Supporting Role for Academy Award Nominees
It’s Academy Awards Season - Great Artists with Great Technology Are Creating Great Movies : Autodesk and Shotgun Software Are CG Tools of Choice for All 5 Best VFX and 7 Best Picture Academy Award Nominees
The role of technology in the service of great storytelling continues to evolve, and this year's Academy Award nominees reflect the impressive artistry of the global computer graphics industry. From Best Pictures and VFX, to Best Cinematography, Animated Features and Shorts, Autodesk Inc. (NASDAQ:ADSK) media and entertainment software played a supporting role in the creation of many of this year's most acclaimed movies. The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences also recognized Autodesk technology with a Scientific and Technical Achievement Award (Sci-Tech Award).
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Motion Picture Sound Editors (MPSE) Present the 2015 Golden Reel Awards
News: Motion Picture Sound Editors (MPSE) Present the 2015 Golden Reel AwardsMotion Picture Sound Editors Present the 2015 Golden Reel Awards
(Hollywood, California--February 16, 2015) The Motion Picture Sound Editors today presented the 62nd MPSE Golden Reel Awards at a black-tie ceremony at the Bonaventure Hotel in Los Angeles. Golden Reel Awards recognizing outstanding achievement in sound editing were presented in 20 categories encompassing feature films, long-form and short-form television, animation, documentaries and other media. Supervising Sound Editor Craig Henighan presented the annual MPSE Filmmaker Award to Darren Aronofsky. Re-Recording Mixer Greg Orloff presented the Career Achievement Award to Supervising Sound Editor Skip Lievsay.
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Marshland Wins TEN Goya Awards
News: Marshland Wins TEN Goya AwardsVersatility, power and technological innovation all in one system - Everything went like clockwork from start to finish with Mistika.”
Confirming its well-deserved place as Spain's film of the year with a coveted Best Picture Goya, Marshland , post produced entirely using SGO's Mistika, has won TEN Goya® Awards.
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Art Directors Guild to Host Oscar Panel on Feb. 21
This year’s Oscar®-nominated Production Designers and Set Decorators from The Grand Budapest Hotel, The Imitation Game, Interstellar, Into the Woods and Mr. Turner will discuss their craft at the Art Directors Guildand Set Decorators Society of America’sninth annual The Art of Production Design panel on Saturday, February 21 at3 p.m. Held at the Egyptian Theatre, the panel is in association with the American Cinematheque and is sponsored by The Hollywood Reporter.
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SMPTE Issues Call for Papers for the SMPTE 2015 Annual Technical Conference & Exhibition
Deadline for Online Submission of Proposals Is June 26
The Society of Motion Picture and Television Engineers® , the worldwide leader in motion-imaging standards and education for the communications, media, entertainment, and technology industries, is seeking proposals for technical papers for the SMPTE 2015 Annual Technical Conference & Exhibition (SMPTE 2015), Oct. 26-29 in Hollywood, California. The proposed papers must be informational and address technical theory, research, innovation, application, or practice specific to any of the evolving technologies associated with the media technology industry. The proposals themselves, comprising a topic heading, paper title, and one-page abstract, must be submitted no later than June 26.
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SMPTE to Produce Documentary on Evolution of Motion-Imaging Technology and the People Behind It
Treatment Completed by Chris Kenneally, Randall Dark to Begin Production With Director Howard Lukk
The Society of Motion Picture and Television Engineers® (SMPTE®), the worldwide leader in motion-imaging standards and education for the communications, media, entertainment, and technology industries, is producing a documentary on the intriguing history of motion-imaging technology to celebrate the Society's centennial anniversary in 2016. SMPTE has named motion-imaging technology and creative visionary Randall Dark as producer. Howard Lukk, former vice president of production technology at The Walt Disney Studios, will serve as director on the initial project. Chris Kenneally, who is best known as the writer and director for the acclaimed documentary "Side by Side," produced by Justin Szlasa and Keanu Reeves, already has completed the initial treatment for the film.
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CANON IS DEVELOPING POWERSHOT G3 X PREMIUM COMPACT CAMERA, FEATURING 1.0-inch SENSOR AND 25x OPTICAL ZOOM LENS
News: CANON IS DEVELOPING POWERSHOT G3 X PREMIUM COMPACT CAMERA, FEATURING 1.0-inch SENSOR AND 25x OPTICAL ZOOM LENSCanon U.S.A., a leader in digital imaging solutions, today announced that its parent company, Canon Inc., is developing a new addition to the Company’s G-series lineup of premium compact cameras—the PowerShot G3 X—and will display a prototype of the camera at CP+ Camera & Photo Imaging Show 2015, to be held from February 12th-15th at the PACIFICO YOKOHAMA Exhibition Hall in Yokohama, Japan.
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CANON U.S.A. ANNOUNCES NEW EF 11-24mm f/4L USM ULTRA WIDE-ANGLE ZOOM LENS
New Optical Array Delivers Images with Tremendous Depth and Linear Perspective
Canon U.S.A., a leader in digital imaging solutions, is proud to introduce the superb new Canon EF 11-24mm f/4L USM ultra wide-angle zoom lens designed to deliver high quality, minimally distorted images throughout the entire zoom range. Featuring the widest angle of view ever achieved for a rectilinear full-frame Digital SLR lens*, and a minimum focusing distance of 11 inches (at 24mm), this new lens is ideal for professionals who want the ultimate in creative image expression with sharp, crisp detail whether shooting entire buildings from a close position, entire stadium shots from a high-vantage point, large group photos at a scenic wedding or even astrophotography. Cinematographers will be equally as impressed with the lens’ ability to retain straight lines.
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The New Powershot Sx410 Is And Powershot Elph 350 Hs Cameras With Upgraded Features Help Users Enhance Their Photographic Abilities
The PowerShot SX410 IS Digital Camera Features a Compact Body with an Impressive 40x Optical Zoom Lens, while the Stylish PowerShot ELPH 350 HS Offers a 20.2 Megapixel CMOS Sensor, Built-in Wi-Fi and NFC Capabilities
Canon U.S.A., Inc., a leader in digital imaging solutions, today announced the new PowerShot SX410 IS and PowerShot ELPH 350 HS[i] compact digital cameras. Weighing just .4 ounces more and measuring only .2 inches longer than its predecessor, the PowerShot SX410 IS camera boasts an upgraded 40x optical zoom range , making it a convenient choice for users who want to combine portability and telephoto reach into one powerful digital camera. The PowerShot ELPH 350 HS is a high performance stylish compact digital camera with a 12x optical zoom lens (equivalent to 25-300mm) and an impressive 20.2 megapixel[ii] CMOS sensor, with built-in Wi-Fi® and Near Field Communications (NFC) capabilities.
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Canon U.S.A. Announces New EOS Rebel DSLR Cameras Featuring 24.2 Megapixels And Wireless Functionality
The new EOS Rebel T6s and EOS Rebel T6i 1 DSLR cameras combine affordability with workhorse imaging features and functionality
Canon U.S.A., Inc., a leader in digital imaging solutions, today announced the addition of two new DSLR cameras to its popular EOS Rebel lineup: the EOS Rebel T6s Digital SLR camera, and the EOS Rebel T6i Digital SLR camera. Featuring a newly developed 24.2 megapixel Canon CMOS imaging sensor, both cameras deliver the highest resolution available amongst EOS models with an APS-C format sensor. Additionally, the cameras feature built-in Wi-Fi® and NFC™ capabilities – a first for the Canon EOS Rebel system – making snapping and sharing high-quality, treasured images seamless.
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CANON U.S.A. Introduces The World’s Highest Resolution* Full-Frame DSLR Cameras: EOS 5DS And EOS 5DS R
Featuring Canon’s Newly Designed 50.6 Megapixel Full-frame CMOS Sensor and Dual DIGIC 6 Image Processors, New DSLRs Deliver Ultra-high Resolution Images and Enhanced Features
Canon U.S.A., Inc., a leader in digital imaging solutions, is proud to introduce the Canon EOS 5DSi and Canon EOS 5DS Ri Digital SLR cameras featuring the world’s highest resolution* among 35mm format DSLRs. Providing photographers with uncompromising image quality, these new EOS models incorporate a newly designed Canon 50.6 megapixel full-frame CMOS image sensor and Dual DIGIC 6 Image Processors for superb image quality and processing speed. Perfect for commercial, studio, portrait, landscape and architectural photography, or anyone looking for an affordable alternative to medium format, the ultra-high resolution of these new models allow for large-format printing and extensive cropping capability while maintaining fantastic image quality.
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Rising Sun Pictures Artists Win Two VES Awards for "X-Men: Days of Future Past"
News: Rising Sun Pictures Artists Win Two VES Awards for "X-Men: Days of Future Past"Studio’s work on the film’s Quicksilver “Kitchen” scene also nominated for an Academy Award and a BAFTA Award.
Rising Sun Pictures artists were honoured with two awards last night at the 13th Annual Visual Effects Society Awards in Los Angeles. CG Supervisor Dennis Jones won the VES Award for Outstanding Virtual Cinematography in a Photoreal/Live Action Motion Media Project for work on the film X-Men: Days of Future Past. He shared the award with Previsualization Supervisor Austin Bonang, Virtual Production Supervisor Casey Schatz and Cinematographer Newton Thomas Sigel.
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AJA Releases v1.1 Firmware for CION Production Camera
News: AJA Releases v1.1 Firmware for CION Production CameraField-Upgradeable Update Offers New Features and Improvements
AJA Video Systems today released v1.1 firmware for the new CION 4K/UltraHD and 2K/HD production camera. The camera started shipping just over one month ago, and this software update increases the Exposure Index (EI) values to EI 320, EI 500, EI 800 and EI 1000, as well as offering improved highlight handling capabilities.
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Ikegami HDK-97ARRI cameras capture the action at PUR & Friends Mega Concert
News: Ikegami HDK-97ARRI cameras capture the action at PUR & Friends Mega ConcertTV Skyline, one of Europe's largest and most successful mobile television production companies, chose Ikegami HDK-97ARRI cameras to broadcast the recent PUR & Friends 2014 annual concert from the massive Veltins Arena in Gelsenkirchen. Working in partnership with Neoxfilm, TV Skyline captured the performance for transmission by executive producer, Sky Germany.
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Kodak Finalizes Deals with Hollywood Studios
News: Kodak Finalizes Deals with Hollywood StudiosKodak announced today that it has finalized new film supply agreements with all six major Hollywood studios. As part of these agreements, Kodak will continue to provide motion picture film to 20th Century Fox, Walt Disney Co., Warner Bros. Entertainment Inc., NBC Universal Inc., Paramount Pictures Corp. and Sony Pictures for their movie and television productions.
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Codex workflow popularity reflected in 2015 Awards season nominations -
News: Codex workflow popularity reflected in 2015 Awards season nominations -Codex digital recording and workflow products harnessed by 14 motion pictures in this year’s Oscar, Golden Globe, BAFTA and ASC Awards nominations
Codex , the industry leader in high-end digital recording and workflow equipment for motion picture and TV production, today announced a dramatic increase in the number of motion pictures, nominated at the 2015 Oscar, Golden Globe, BAFTA and American Society of Cinematographers (ASC) awards, that used Codex products in their production and post production pipelines.
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Netflix's Chris Fetner to Share Industry Insights in Keynote at SMPTE15 Australia Conference
News: Netflix's Chris Fetner to Share Industry Insights in Keynote at SMPTE15 Australia Conference
Fetner Will Discuss the Global Media Marketplace and the Technologies Shaping Decision-Making and Growth at Netflix
The Society of Motion Picture and Television Engineers® (SMPTE®), the worldwide leader in motion-imaging standards and education for the communications, media, entertainment, and technology industries, today revealed that Chris Fetner, director of global content partners operations at Netflix, will present the opening keynote at the biennial SMPTE Australia Conference & Exhibition (SMPTE15). This year's event, Persistence of Vision — Defining the Future, will be held 14-17 July at the Entertainment Precinct at Moore Park in Sydney.
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Awards News - Marshland leads the Spanish Academy with 17 Goyas
News: Awards News - Marshland leads the Spanish Academy with 17 GoyasPost produced entirely using SGO's Mistika, suspense thriller Marshland is Spain's film of the year, nominated for seventeen Goya Awards. Best Special Effects nominee for his role as colorist and digital effects supervisor, Juan Ventura Pecellín remarked, Mistika's impressive capabilities helped us to achieve a 100% realistic look which was nothing less than spectacular.”
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2015 HPA Tech Retreat® Unveils Expanded Session Schedule
The Hollywood Post Alliance® (HPA) has announced the final schedule for the 2015 HPA Tech Retreat®, February 9th to 13th, 2015 in Indian Wells, CA. The Tech Retreat is a relaxed yet focused gathering where engineering, technology and strategic business leaders join top creative talent to explore and debate the most compelling topics facing the media and entertainment industry today. The event offers four solidly scheduled days of sessions, demonstrations and events, and delivers a forward looking perspective on an industry continuing its dynamic and rapid transformation of how content is created, finished, distributed and arrived.
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ATLANTA’S JOHN SHARAF PHOTOGRAPHY INVESTS IN TWO VARICAM 35 4K CAMERA/RECORDERS FOR RENTAL/PRODUCTION
News: ATLANTA’S JOHN SHARAF PHOTOGRAPHY INVESTS IN TWO VARICAM 35 4K CAMERA/RECORDERS FOR RENTAL/PRODUCTIONCinematographer John Sharaf, principal of Atlanta digital production facility John Sharaf Photography, has purchased two Panasonic VariCam 35 4K camera/recorders that are immediately available to the region’s burgeoning production community.
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Director Of Photography Michael Minock Shoots Narrative Short, ‘Don’t Look Away,’ With Varicam 35 4K Camera/Recorder
News: Director Of Photography Michael Minock Shoots Narrative Short, ‘Don’t Look Away,’ With Varicam 35 4K Camera/RecorderFlorida-based cinematographer Michael Minock recently shot a narrative short about human trafficking, Don’t Look Away, with Panasonic’s new VariCam 35 4K camera/recorder. The 25-minute film will be submitted to film festivals and provided free of charge to organizations that specialize in caring for and rehabilitating victims of the crime.
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The SIM Group to Hold Annual Technology Showcase January 29th in Toronto
News: The SIM Group to Hold Annual Technology Showcase January 29th in TorontoThe SIM Group will host leading manufacturers of cameras, lenses, lighting, post production gear and workflow systems at the 10th Annual SIM Technology Showcase slated for January 29th in Toronto. The popular event provides members of the production and post-production communities with a unique opportunity to examine innovative new products, witness leading edge technology demonstrations and find out from the experts how these new tools and workflows can benefit their businesses.
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Original's David Wild Finds Sunshine of the "Darkest Day" in New Campaign for Ford
News: Original's David Wild Finds Sunshine of the "Darkest Day" in New Campaign for FordTeam Detroit’s documentary spot and short film series profiles real people who use solar energy to power their cars.
Even on the shortest day of the year, the owners of Ford hybrid and electric cars are able to draw enough energy from the sun to power their vehicles according to an uplifting new ad for the automaker.
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Call for Papers Opens for SMPTE Australia 2015 (SMPTE15)
Proposals for Papers, Sessions, and Workshops for Delivery at the Biennial SMPTE Australia Conference & Exhibition, 14-17 July in Sydney, Will Be Accepted Until 15 February
The Society of Motion Picture and Television Engineers®, the worldwide leader in motion-imaging standards and education for the communications, media, entertainment, and technology industries, today announced that the SMPTE Australia Section has opened the call for papers for the biennial SMPTE Australia Conference & Exhibition (SMPTE15), Persistence of Vision — Defining the Future.
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HOLLYWOOD COSTUME Exhibition Shines with ARRI L-Series
News: HOLLYWOOD COSTUME Exhibition Shines with ARRI L-SeriesARRI is proud to support the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences' groundbreaking multimedia exhibition HOLLYWOOD COSTUME in Los Angeles with over 25 L-Series LED Fresnels. Curated by costume designer Deborah Nadoolman Landis, the show takes visitors on a journey that tells the story of costume design from early Charlie Chaplin to MAN OF STEEL. Lighting Designer Trevor Stirlin Burk was tapped to enhance the exhibition by illuminating the costumes and environment. Watch this video for an exclusive look at HOLLYWOOD COSTUME and listen to Burk explain how it was lit with the ARRI L-Series.
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RED Expands Global Support With Authorized Rental Houses & Dealers
RED Digital Cinema has magnified the reach of their global support through the addition of new Authorized Rental House and Dealer programs. With demand continuing to grow internationally, the choice to provide those markets with evolved methods of support was clear.
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Modern VideoFilm Supports Sundance World Premieres
News: Modern VideoFilm Supports Sundance World PremieresFacility provides final color grading services for “The End of the Tour” and “Zipper.” It also restores award-winning doc “Paris is Burning” for 25th Anniversary screening.
Modern VideoFilm provided post-production services for two films making their world premieres at this month’s Sundance Film Festival. They include The End of the Tour,James Ponsoldt’s drama about a 1996 encounter between Rolling Stone journalist David Lipsky and novelist David Foster Wallace, and Zipper, Director Mora Stephens’s film about a federal prosecutor battling addiction.
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Orad and Kronomav Bring Curved Tracking to Virtual Studios
News: Orad and Kronomav Bring Curved Tracking to Virtual StudiosOrad and Kronomav announced today that they have added the Kronomav K2 robotized curved dolly to the list of Orad Virtual Studio and Augmented Reality, and Kronomav robotic system integrations. With support for curved tracking, broadcasters have the ability to move within the studio on a straight and curved rail, opening up endless possibilities for creating rich virtual studio productions and immersive graphics for real studios.
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Kodak Product Grants To Be Presented at Slamdance and Sundance
New KODAK Director’s Award, WIF Product Grant to be Presented at Slamdance & Sundance
Kodak will once again support the independent filmmaking community at the Slamdance and Sundance Film Festivals, which run concurrently in Park City, Utah, beginning Jan. 21.
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Cinematographer-in-Residence: Mandy Walker ASC at UCLA
Cinematographer Mandy Walker joins UCLA School of Theater, Film and Television as a Kodak Cinematographer in Residence, teaching the next generation of film students what it means to be a successful director of photography.
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Location Managers Guild of America's 2nd Annual Awards, Saturday March 7
News: Location Managers Guild of America's 2nd Annual Awards, Saturday March 7The 2nd Annual Location Managers Guild of America (LMGA) Awards, honoring the outstanding and creative contributions of location professionals in feature films, television and commercials will take place on Saturday, March 7, 2015, at the Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts in Beverly Hills.
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ASC Names Spotlight Nominees
News: ASC Names Spotlight NomineesThe American Society of Cinematographers (ASC) has nominated three cinematographers for the Spotlight Award. This award is designed to recognize outstanding cinematography in features and documentaries that are typically screened at film festivals, internationally or in limited theatrical release. The winner will be announced at the 29th Annual ASC Awards on February 15, at the Hyatt Regency Century Plaza.
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Company 3 Uses DaVinci Resolve to Grade Ridley Scott’s 'Exodus: Gods and Kings'
News: Company 3 Uses DaVinci Resolve to Grade Ridley Scott’s 'Exodus: Gods and Kings'Blackmagic Design today announced that DaVinci Resolve was used at Deluxe Creative Services' Company 3 by colorist Stephen Nakamura to grade 20th Century Fox’s epic adventure “Exodus: Gods and Kings.”
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Rising Sun Pictures Shares Academy Award Nomination for "X-Men: Days of Future Past"
News: Rising Sun Pictures Shares Academy Award Nomination for "X-Men: Days of Future Past"Studio’s work on the film’s Quicksilver “Kitchen” scene also garners BAFTA, VES and AACTA nominations.
Rising Sun Pictures Visual Effects Supervisor Tim Crosbie is part of the team nominated for an Academy Award for Best Achievement in Visual Effects for the film X-Men: Days of Future Past. Crosbie supervised the team of RSP artists involved in creating the film’s exuberant “Kitchen” scene where time appears to stand still as the speedy Quicksilver darts about the Pentagon cafeteria to foil guards attacking a group of mutants. Also named in the nomination are Richard Stammers, Lou Pecora and Cameron Waldbauer.
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Sachtler Launches Premium Bags Range
News: Sachtler Launches Premium Bags RangeSachtler, part of Vitec Videocom, a Vitec group company, has announced the launch of its new range of Premium Bags, in line with the phase out of the group’s Petrol Bags brand.
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Guillermo del Toro to Receive Distinguished Artisan Award at the MUAHS Awards, Feb 14
News: Guillermo del Toro to Receive Distinguished Artisan Award at the MUAHS Awards, Feb 14Guillermo del Toro, award-winning director, screenwriter, producer and novelist, will receive this year’s Distinguished Artisan Award from the Make-Up Artists and Hair Stylists Guild at their Awards ceremony, as announced today by Guild President Sue Cabral-Ebert.
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American Society of Cinematographers to Honor Barbra Streisand
News: American Society of Cinematographers to Honor Barbra StreisandAward-winning actress-director-producer-writer-singer Barbra Streisand will receive the American Society of Cinematographers (ASC) 2015 Board of Governors Award. The Oscar®-winning filmmaker and entertainer will be honored during the 29th Annual ASC Outstanding Achievement Awards gala here on February 15 at the Hyatt Regency Century Plaza.
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SetMeUp Delivers Fast, Powerful and Affordable On-Set Acquisition, Storage and Management Capabilities
News: SetMeUp Delivers Fast, Powerful and Affordable On-Set Acquisition, Storage and Management CapabilitiesSetMeUp integrates Cinedeck and axle Video technologies for multi-channel capture/playback, radically simple content management, plus 18TB of ingest storage
Cinedeck and axle Video (www.axlevideo.com) today launched SetMeUp (www.setmeup.tv), a complete, pre-packaged, cost-effective HD and 4K/UHDTV on-set workflow solution enabling acquisition/playback, radically simple media management and ingest storage for live and episodic broadcast TV production.
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NEWS: Visual Effects Society Announces Nominees for 13th Annual VES Awards
Dawn of the Planet of the Apes Leads the Feature Film Nominations; Big Hero 6 and The Boxtrolls are Top Animated Film Contenders; Game of Thrones Leads the Broadcast Field
Today, the Visual Effects Society (VES), the industry’s professional global honorary society, announced the nominees for the 13th Annual VES Awards, the prestigious yearly celebration that recognizes outstanding visual effects artistry and innovation in film, animation, television, commercials and video games and the VFX supervisors, VFX producers and hands-on-the-keys artists who bring this work to life. Nominees were selected by VES members via events hosted by its nine sections - Australia, Bay Area, London, Los Angeles, Montreal, New York, New Zealand, Toronto and Vancouver. The VES Awards will be held on February 4th at the Beverly Hilton Hotel.
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Press Release: Big Block and Digitas Go On The Road for GMC.com
News: Press Release: Big Block and Digitas Go On The Road for GMC.comBig Block Brings Innovative Design and Filming Techniques To Digital Launch of 2015 GMC Sierra HD
Big Block and Digitas Boston were in high gear for the online launch of GMC’s 2015 Sierra 2500 Denali HD truck. It was essential that the design and content of their collaboration on GMC’s digital marketing for the Denali HD capture the attitude, refined luxury and powerful capabilities of this upper echelon brand for a sophisticated buyer demographic.
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Canon U.S.A.’s Larry Thorpe Honored With Television Academy Lifetime Achievement Emmy® Award
Canon U.S.A. Inc., a leader in digital imaging solutions, is proud to announce today that Senior Fellow Larry Thorpe has received the Charles F. Jenkins Lifetime Achievement Award, honoring an individual whose ongoing contributions have significantly affected the state of television technology and engineering. The award was presented during the 66th Primetime Emmy Engineering Awards ceremony in Las Vegas, NV.
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Camera Support Relies on Cartoni Fluid Heads to Help Its Clients Produce Great Live Television.
News: Camera Support Relies on Cartoni Fluid Heads to Help Its Clients Produce Great Live Television.Camera Support in Burbank is one of the leading suppliers of gear to television productions in Southern California. Founded by veteran cameramen Randy Gomez and Engineer, Gary Taillon, the company supplies camera packages and specialty equipment to a number of popular shows produced before live audiences.
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ASC Reveals Feature Film Nominees
News: ASC Reveals Feature Film NomineesBirdman, The Grand Budapest Hotel, The Imitation Game, Mr. Turner and Unbroken Vie for Top Honors from American Society of Cinematographers
Five directors of photography will vie for the American Society of Cinematographers Award in the theatrical motion picture category at the organization’s 29th Outstanding Achievement Awards ceremony.
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Ikegami Electronics U.S.A. Marks 50th Anniversary
News: Ikegami Electronics U.S.A. Marks 50th AnniversaryLeading Broadcast Technology Innovator Celebrates 50 Years in the United States Since December, 1964
Ikegami , a leader in HD cameras, monitors, and production equipment for TV broadcasters, networks, and other HD content creators, is proudly marking the 50th Anniversary of its American subsidiary, Ikegami Electronics U.S.A., Inc.
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"Game of Thrones" Colorist Joe Finley Joins Chainsaw
News: "Game of Thrones" Colorist Joe Finley Joins ChainsawAward-winning colorist Joe Finley, whose credits include the HBO series Game of Thrones, has joined Chainsaw, a division of The SIM Group. A veteran with more than 20 years of experience in features and episodic television, Finley will work out of a DI theater at Chainsaw’s Hollywood facility, newly equipped with a state-of-the-art Da Vinci Resolve grading system. He is currently grading the fifth season of Game of Thrones.
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Nominees Announced for Art Directors Guild Awards
News: Nominees Announced for Art Directors Guild AwardsCeremony to Take Place January 31, 2015 at Beverly Hilton Hotel There is a TIE in the Awards or Events Special Category resulting in six Nominees
The Art Directors Guild today announced nominations in 11 categories of Production Design for theatrical motion pictures, television, commercials and music videos competing in the Art Directors Guild’s 19th Annual Excellence in Production Design Awards. The nominations were announced by ADG Council Chair Marcia Hinds and Awards co-producers Dave Blass and James Pearse Connelly.The black-tie ceremony revealing winners will take place on Saturday, January 31, 2015, from the International Ballroom of the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Beverly Hills with comedian Owen Benjamin serving as host.
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Ben Consoli's DIY DOP with Adam Starr
News: Ben Consoli's DIY DOP with Adam StarrIN THIS EPISODE: Today we welcome Director of Photography Adam Starr. I call him the DIY DOP because his unconventional and home made camera and lighting tricks have been used on countless commercials, corporate videos and feature films. Adam teaches us his unusual techniques for white balance and in-camera effects plus some inexpensive lighting tricks that will amaze you.
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Miller Camera Support, LLC Announces a New Winner of LP '54 Classic Tripod as Abelcine Continues 25th Anniversary Extravaganza
News: Miller Camera Support, LLC Announces a New Winner of LP '54 Classic Tripod as Abelcine Continues 25th Anniversary ExtravaganzaAbelCine Celebrates 25 Years with Exclusive Giveaway at East Coast Location
When professional products and services provider AbelCine recentlyhosted its 25th anniversary celebration at its Manhattan facility, Miller Camera Support, LLC, a leader in the production of innovating camera support solutions, was pleased to auction off one of its LP ’54 Classic Tripods to freelance documentary camera operator and commercial second assistant camera Emilie Jackson.
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Crew Boston Lights "Antique Roadshow" Field Segments with Zylight
News: Crew Boston Lights "Antique Roadshow" Field Segments with ZylightIn the field, there are few “normal” lighting setups – the only constants for the EFP crew of Antiques Roadshow, the popular PBS series produced by member station WGBH in Boston, are different locations and tight shooting schedules. Between May and August, the Antiques Roadshow crew shot in eight different cities across the country for the show’s 19th season, which will begin airing in January 2015.
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yU+co Creates 22-Story Projection Mapping Spectacular for Grand Park's N.Y.E. L.A.
News: yU+co Creates 22-Story Projection Mapping Spectacular for Grand Park's N.Y.E. L.A.Groundbreaking display will envelop City Hall in sound and 3D imagery in the culmination of The Music Center’s annual New Year’s celebration.
On New Year’s Eve, Los Angeles residents will have an opportunity to witness one of the largest 3D digital mapping displays in Los Angeles history. As part of The Music Center’s 2nd Annual Grand Park’s N.Y.E. L.A. event, L.A.’s historic City Hall will be transformed into a towering digital sculpture. With content conceived by Garson Yu, artistic director of the award-winning design studio yU+co, in collaboration with the Grand Park team, the spectacular multimedia display will combine cutting edge 3D projection mapping, interactive sound, and a powerful narrative celebrating Los Angeles, its culture and its people.
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Fourth annual Sun Valley Film Festival offers up innovative slate of world premiere movies, new programs, thought-provoking panels, and lively parties
News: Fourth annual Sun Valley Film Festival offers up innovative slate of world premiere movies, new programs, thought-provoking panels, and lively partiesThe Sun Valley Film Festival, recognized by USA Today as one of the “Great Places for a Film Festival,” will roll out the red carpet for filmmakers and movie lovers, March 4th-8th, 2015, to celebrate the art of filmmaking and provide another great reason to visit Hollywood’s original ski Shangri-La.
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Katy Perry “Fairytale” Edited by Union’s Laura Milstein
News: Katy Perry “Fairytale” Edited by Union’s Laura MilsteinCoverGirl Spot Directed by Jonas Akerlund and Created via GREY
Katy Perry’s lashes are in full bloom in a new spot directed by Serial Pictures’ Jonas Akerlund and edited by Laura Milstein of bicoastal Union. Created via GREY, “Fairytale” has a breezy, playful and romantic air. Perry’s natural exuberance, coupled with Akerlund’s fanciful execution and graphics/design , is a perfect fit for the launch of the brand’s new Full Lash Bloom Mascara.
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Territory Editor Dave Crosslin Shows His Quirky Sides For 5-hour ENERGY's Off-Beat Campaign
News: Territory Editor Dave Crosslin Shows His Quirky Sides For  5-hour ENERGY's Off-Beat CampaignDirector Nicolas Hill & Lucky Airlines, The LA + Detroit-Based Production Company, Brings Home The Spots’ Over-The-Top Comedic Energy
Territory editor Dave Crosslin’s talent and wry sense of humor were tapped for 5-hour ENERGY’s off-kilter campaign for the popular energy shot, directed by Nicolas Hill. Lucky Airlines, the Los Angeles and Detroit-based production company, also collaborated on the concepts for the spots, which are a departure from the tone of the company’s previous campaigns – bringing an over-the-top style and comedic energy to the popular brand.
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Grass Valley Earns 2014 Engineering Emmy Award for Industry-Changing LDK 6000 Camera
On January 8, 2015, the Television Academy will present its 66th Primetime Emmy Engineering Awards in Las Vegas, and Grass Valley, a Belden Brand, will be one of only five recipients recognized for technical achievement. The LDK 6000 DPM CCD Multiformat HDTV Camera System, first introduced at the NAB Show in 2000 by Philips, which was subsequently acquired by Grass Valley, is being honored as a game-changer for its ability to capture multiple video formats and frame rates without physically changing the image sensor.
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Chainsaw Builds on a Legacy of Excellence in Servicing Awards Shows
News: Chainsaw Builds on a Legacy of Excellence in Servicing Awards ShowsHollywood post facility provides editorial and other services for some of the most popular awards shows on TV, including the Academy Awards, The Kennedy Center Honors and the Golden Globes.
The arrival of the New Year marks the start of Awards Season in Hollywood as various groups and organizations gear up to honor the best achievements of the previous year. It’s a busy time for many companies in the industry, from caterers and fashion designers to talent agencies and publicity firms. Among those most caught up in the frenzy is Chainsaw. The post production facility, a division of The SIM Group, provides creative editorial and other post production services for many of the season’s most popular awards shows, including the Golden Globes and the Academy Awards.
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Vitec Group Acquires SmallHD
News: Vitec Group Acquires SmallHDCompany Brings Quality Field Monitors To Vitec Product line-up
The Vitec Group today announced that it has acquired SmallHD, the North Carolina company known for its high-quality, high-definition, on-camera field monitors used by videographers, cinematographers, camera assistants and other creative professionals across the filmmaking world. SmallHD will be incorporated into the Vitec Group’s Videocom division, complementing its existing brands.
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Award-wining cinematographer Mandy Walker named 2014 Kodak Cinematographer-in-Residence at UCLA School of Theater, Film and Television
News: Award-wining cinematographer Mandy Walker named 2014 Kodak Cinematographer-in-Residence at UCLA School of Theater, Film and Television• Award-winning cinematographer Mandy Walker, ASC, ACS (the upcoming Jane Got a Gun, Red Riding Hood, Australia, Shattered Glass), has been named the 2014 Kodak Cinematographer-in-Residence at the UCLA School of Theater, Film and Television (UCLA TFT).
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Token Creek Steps Up Image Quality with FUJINON Lens Addition
News: Token Creek Steps Up Image Quality with FUJINON Lens AdditionMadison, WI-based Token Creek Mobile Television has added three XA99x8.4 ultra-wide field production lenses and four HA18x5.5 HD zooms to complement Grass Valley LDX80 cameras on its Sioux truck. The lenses have already been used for coverage of the Minnesota Vikings National Football League home games, National Basketball Association (NBA) play and PAC12 college football.
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SIM Group Acquires Toronto's Pixel Underground
News: SIM Group Acquires Toronto's Pixel UndergroundLatest expansion enables the company to deliver state-of-the-art post production services to Canadian, U.S. and European producers through Toronto facility.
Continuing its rapid expansion, the SIM Group has acquired Toronto post-production facility Pixel Underground and its associated companies FINI Films and stationEX. The move gives SIM Group the ability to deliver complete post production and media distribution services in the Toronto market; Pixel Underground is one of Ontario’s leading providers of post-production services for television including for such shows as Mayday , Motives & Murders: Cracking the Case (Discovery), Nowhere to Hide (Investigation Discovery US) , Food Truck Face Off (Food Network) and American Pickers (History).
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Canon EOS C300 Cinema Cameras and EF-Series Lenses Used to Shoot Challenging Dramatic Documentary Series Chicagoland
News: Canon EOS C300 Cinema Cameras and EF-Series Lenses Used to Shoot Challenging Dramatic Documentary Series ChicagolandEarly in his career as a combat cameraman covering the 1973 Arab-Israeli War, Mark Benjamin relied on film and video formats to shoot award-winning feature-length documentaries for major networks and independent producers. For his assignments, each format provided the performance Benjamin needed at the time. For his latest project – Chicagoland, an eight-part unscripted CNN series examining public safety and education – he needed a cinema-quality HD camera that was adjustable to a variety of shooting situations, and capable of large single-sensor cinematic picture quality. Other important requirements included high mobility, light weight, easy operation, compact size, extreme low-light image capture capability, long record times and battery life and compatibility with a wide range of lenses for creative shooting options. The production’s needs were met using the EOS C300 Digital Cinema cameras and EF-series lenses from Canon U.S.A., Inc.
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ASC Names TV Nominees
HBO's Game of Thrones Leads the Pack
Highlighting excellence in television cinematography, the American Society of Cinematographers has named its nominees for the organization’s 29th Annual Outstanding Achievement Awards. The winners will be announced on February 15, 2015, at a gala held at the Hyatt Regency Century Plaza.
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Canon Cinema EOS Products Capture Sebastian Junger’s The Last Patrol
Canon U.S.A. Inc., a leader in digital imaging solutions, is proud to announce that Academy Awardâ-Nominated director Sebastian Junger and cinematographer Rudy Valdez chose Canon EOS Digital Cinema cameras and lenses for their new documentary The Last Patrol, the third installment of Junger’s trilogy of war documentaries. The pair of filmmakers relied on the Canon EOS C300 Digital Cinema camera to capture The Last Patrol, which premiered on HBO on November 10, 2014 and is currently airing on HBO.
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BBC Hit Daytime Drama Moving On Shot With Blackmagic Production Camera 4K
News: BBC Hit Daytime Drama Moving On Shot With Blackmagic Production Camera 4KBlackmagic Design today has announced that the long standing daytime drama Moving On has returned to BBC One for a new series and was filmed entirely on the Blackmagic Production Camera 4K.
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Cutting-Edge "Numbers in Nature" Interactive Exhibit at MSI Chicago Showcases Leviathan's Dazzling Talents and Capabilities
News: Cutting-Edge "Numbers in Nature" Interactive Exhibit at MSI Chicago Showcases Leviathan's Dazzling Talents and CapabilitiesThe Museum of Science and Industry, Chicago, is the largest science museum in the Western Hemisphere, offering exhibits like an enormous U-505 submarine and a full-scale home of the future. The institution recently unveiled its permanent "Numbers in Nature" exhibit, representing its latest collaboration with conceptual design company Leviathan. Masterfully using innovative technologies and artistic approaches in ways that are earning rave reviews, the exhibit lets visitors explore the recurrence of patterns and mathematics in the natural world through a cutting-edge film presentation and myriad interactive installations.
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Panavision Rolls out Primo 70 Lenses at Camerimage
News: Panavision Rolls out Primo 70 Lenses at CamerimagePanavision, the company behind the world's best cinema lenses for 60 years, is showcasing their new line of Primo 70 lenses optimized to work with today's larger sensor digital cameras. The lenses are being exhibited here at the 22nd edition of the Camerimage International Film Festival, a premier event for directors of photography.
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Cinematographer Lol Crawley to Headline Kodak Panel at Camerimage
News: Cinematographer Lol Crawley to Headline Kodak Panel at CamerimageKodak Panel to Focus on the Modern Film Workflow
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Band Pro to Honor Director Enzo Castellari at 2014 Open House Event
News: Band Pro to Honor Director Enzo Castellari at 2014 Open House EventBand Pro Film & Digital, Inc. has announced they will honor Italian Director Enzo Castellari at this year’s One World Open House event on Thursday, December 11th, 2014 at Band Pro’s Burbank headquarters.
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News: FilmLight Discusses Colour from Set to Screen at Camerimage 2014
News: News: FilmLight Discusses Colour from Set to Screen at Camerimage 2014Daniele Siragusano, FilmLight’s workflow specialist, leads session on productive and creative workflows
FilmLight today announced that it will host a workshop entitled ‘BLG: Colour from Set to Screen’ at Camerimage 2014, the International Film Festival of the Art of Cinematography . The session, which will take place on Sunday, 16 November at 15:30 in the Opera Nova Seminar Room, will be lead by Daniele Siragusano, FilmLight’s workflow specialist.
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USC Training Filmmakers on OptiTrack Mocap Technology
News: USC Training Filmmakers on OptiTrack Mocap TechnologyWorld’s Leading Institution for Research and Training in Digital Arts Installs OptiTrack Prime 41 Systems in its Performance Capture Stage and in Two New Labs
Renowned for educating some of the most distinguished filmmakers in the world, the USC School of Cinematic Arts (SCA) shapes the future of media content with its research on the science behind digital arts. Ahead of the Fall 2014 semester, the school installed state-of-the-art OptiTrack motion capture and tracking systems in three key locations within the Robert Zemeckis Center for Digital Arts. In addition to outfitting its revamped performance capture (PCAP) stage with OptiTrack technology, SCA established two new labs with integrated motion capture: a World Building Media Lab directed by award-winning 5D co-founder Alex McDowell and the world's first university IMAX® theater.
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LEADER test instrument chosen for Digital Cinematography seminar
News: LEADER test instrument chosen for Digital Cinematography seminarA multi-display test instrument from LEADER's LV538X family formed a central element of the summer 2014 Digital Cinematography seminar at Maine Media College in Rockport, Knox County, on the US east coast. The course explained the advantages of using modern digital technology for film and video production, including the structure of analog waveforms which is still central to the knowledge-base of successful digital film and television content producers.
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SIM Digital Founder Rob Sim Presented with DGC's Honorary Life Membership Award
News: SIM Digital Founder Rob Sim Presented with DGC's Honorary Life Membership AwardSIM Group Founder Rob Sim Presented with DGC's Honorary Life Membership Award
The Directors Guild of Canada presented its 2014 DGC Honorary Life Member Award to SIM Group President and CEO Rob Sim at the annual DGC Awards Gala in Toronto. The award is presented each year to an individual, member or non-member, whose outstanding contribution to the industry has had a major beneficial impact on the Guild and Guild members.
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Suzanne Lezotte Joins The SIM Group as Director of Marketing
News: Suzanne Lezotte Joins The SIM Group as Director of MarketingIndustry veteran will lead marketing and communications for SIM Digital, PS Production Services, Bling Digital and Chainsaw.
The SIM Group today announces the appointment of Suzanne Lezotte as Director of Marketing. In this position, Lezotte will take the lead in creating a streamlined marketing solution for the company’s divisions, which include SIM Digital, PS Production Services, Bling Digital and Chainsaw.
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Award-Winning Filmmaker Kevin Railsback Makes Panasonic AJ-PX270P2 HD Handheld His Primary Camera For Nature Shoots
News: Award-Winning Filmmaker Kevin Railsback Makes Panasonic AJ-PX270P2 HD Handheld His Primary Camera For Nature ShootsProminent Director of Photography Kevin Railsback, who specializes in nature and wildlife cinematography, recently invested in Panasonic’s AJ-PX270 P2 HD camcorder as his primary camera.
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ICG President Steven Poster to Teach Masterclass on Donnie Darko Cinematography
News: ICG President Steven Poster to Teach Masterclass on Donnie Darko CinematographySteven Poster, ASC, national president of the International Cinematographers Guild, will present a Masterclass at the Made in NY Media Center by IFP in DUMBO, Brooklyn on November 15, starting at 10 a.m.
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Emerging Cinematographer Judy Irola Wins Nat Tiffen Award 2014 for Excellence in Cinematography Education
News: Emerging Cinematographer Judy Irola Wins Nat Tiffen Award 2014 for Excellence in Cinematography EducationPresented by the International Cinematographers Guild, professor and department chair at USC’s School of Cinematic Arts is honored for excellence in cinematography education
The Tiffen Company, a leading manufacturer of award-winning imaging accessories, congratulates Judy Irola, professor and Conrad Hall Chair of Cinematography at USC’s School of Cinematic Arts, who is the honored recipient of this year’s Nat Tiffen Award for Excellence in Cinematography Education. The award was presented as a part of the International Cinematographers Guild’s Emerging Cinematographer Awards.
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Award-Winning Broadcast Journalist Frank Mottek to Host SMPTE 2014 Honors & Awards Ceremony
The Society of Motion Picture and Television Engineers® , the worldwide leader in motion-imaging standards and education for the communications, media, entertainment, and technology industries, today announced that award-winning television and radio news anchor Frank Mottek will host the SMPTE 2014 Honors & Awards Ceremony, sponsored by IMAX with support from TV Pro Gear, Canon, and EIKI. The Oct. 23 evening event is being held in conjunction with the SMPTE 2014 Annual Technical Conference & Exhibition (SMPTE 2014) at the Loews Hollywood Hotel in Los Angeles.
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Colorfront Transkoder Delivers The Cutting-Edge At SMPTE 2014
News: Colorfront Transkoder Delivers The Cutting-Edge At SMPTE 2014Colorfront continues leadership in UHDTV and IMF/DCP mastering capabilities
Colorfront, the Academy and Emmy Award-winning developer of high-performance dailies and transcoding systems for motion pictures, high-end episodic TV and commercials, will set new performance standards and demonstrate a host of cutting-edge features for Ultra High Definition Television (UHDTV) post production, plus IMF authoring and DCP digital cinema mastering, during SMPTE 2014, Hollywood, CA, 20-23 October (Colorfront booth #311).
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Visual Effects Society Names Marvel Studios EVP Victoria Alonso as VES Summit Keynote Speaker
Academy Award-winning VFX Artists, Cinematographers and Production Designers Headline Visual Imagery Panel; Industry Leaders Host 14 Interactive Business Roundtables
Today, the Visual Effects Society (VES), the industry’s professional honorary society, announced Victoria Alonso, Executive Vice President of Visual Effects and Post Production, Marvel Studios as Keynote Speaker at its 6th annual Summit, Networking and Visual Imagery Evolution.” The interactive forum on Saturday, October 18th will bring together top creatives, executives, thought leaders and visionaries from diverse disciplines to explore the dynamic evolution of visual imagery and illustrate new pathways to creativity and problem solving in a TED Talks–like atmosphere.
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Calabash Animation Captures 3D Magic For Flutterbye
News: Calabash Animation Captures 3D Magic For FlutterbyeAward-Winning Animation Studio Blends CG With Live Action To Capture Fairytale World Of Popular Line Of Girls Toys
For toys as unique as the Flutterbye flying fairies, an equally dramatic ad is as important as double AA batteries. That’s why Spinmaster, makers of Flutterbye, reteamed with Calabash Animation to make “The Magic Is Brighter” – a new :30 ad that expertly blends CG animation and live action in a whimsical new spot aimed at girls whose eyes still widen at the thought of fairies and pixiedust.
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Codex Launches to International Space Station on SpaceX Rocket
News: Codex Launches to International Space Station on SpaceX RocketCodex, the industry leader in high-end digital recording and workflow equipment for motion picture and television production, is excited to announce that a 4K Codex recording system has been launched into space for a forthcoming IMAX production, and will orbit the Earth for the next twelve months.
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Freefly Delivers the MōVI Ring
News: Freefly Delivers the MōVI RingFreefly Systems, known for its pioneering next generation handheld camera stabilizers, is now delivering the new MōVI Ring accessory for Freefly’s MōVI M5, M10 and M15 handheld 3-axis stabilizers.
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Creative Audio Post Relies on TSL Microphone to Record Sounds for First 3D Movie Ever Filmed in Antarctica
News: Creative Audio Post Relies on TSL Microphone to Record Sounds for First 3D Movie Ever Filmed in AntarcticaWhen shooting the first ever 3D movie in Antarctica, Antarctica, on The Edge, director Jon Bowermaster was faced with innumerable physical and technological challenges due to the hard conditions of the frigid continent. In order to minimize potential sound problems created by the harsh weather and mechanical noises, Bowermaster decided to shoot the entire movie M.O.S (without sound), knowing that he would turn to New York based Creative Audio Post later on to recreate realistic sounds during the post production phase.
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Nice Shoes and BBDO Craft a Natural Look for CVS Rebrand
News: Nice Shoes and BBDO Craft a Natural Look for CVS RebrandBBDO put together an all-star team to produce “We Wish” and “Deep Breath,” the broadcast spots that launched the rebrand of CVS Caremark as CVS Health. Led by BBDO producer Regina lannuzzi, the team included RSA director Jake Scott, Crew Cuts editors Sherri Margulies and Danielle Sclafani, and Nice Shoes colorist Chris Ryan.
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FUJINON Lenses Capture U.S. Open Action in F&F's GTX-17 Mobile Unit Debut
News: FUJINON Lenses Capture U.S. Open Action in F&F's GTX-17 Mobile Unit DebutMobile production company orders 17 new FUJINON HDTV lenses to meet growing business demands; Total of 29 FUJINON lenses ordered this year
To deal with recent record-breaking business—including several major sporting events this past month —Clearwater, FL-based F&F Productions pushed its HD mobile fleet to the limit with help from its arsenal of FUJINON lenses from the Optical Devices Division of FUJIFILM North America Corporation. Following up on the company’s order of 12 lenses earlier this year, F&F Productions placed an order for 17 new FUJINON lenses, including nine XA99x8.4 ultra-wide field lenses, four HA18x5.5 ENG wide-angle lenses, and four HA23x7.6 telephoto ENG lenses, bringing the total number of FUJINON lenses it has ordered over the last four months to 29 units.
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Kaminski, Papamichael and Pfister Roll Out Advanced Filmmaking
News: Kaminski, Papamichael and Pfister Roll Out Advanced FilmmakingMaster cinematographers Janusz Kaminski, Phedon Papamichael, ASC, GSC and Wally Pfister, ASC have introduced Advanced Filmmaking, an online series of instructional videos designed to inspire and inform aspiring filmmakers. In addition to extensive interviews with the principals, Advanced Filmmaking offers more than 12 hours of informative chats with a wide range of colleagues including Alexander Payne, Wim Wenders, and many others.
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Freefly Systems Now Shipping The MōVI M5 Travel Case
News: Freefly Systems Now Shipping The MōVI M5 Travel CaseFreefly Systems, known for its pioneering next generation handheld camera stabilizers, unveils the new MōVI M5 Travel Case.
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Shane Hurlbut’s 26-City Cinematography Tour
Shane Hurlbut, A.S.C., has announced his highly anticipated filmmaking tour, The Illumination Experience. This tour is ideal for any filmmaker seeking industry insight on cinematic lighting and cinematography. Shane’s Illumination Experience will be traveling to 26 North American cities from September 14 to November 16, 2014.
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Camerimage Film Festival Reveals Juries for 2nd Annual 3D Films Competition
CAMERIMAGE, the International Film Festival of the Art of Cinematography, has assembled a distinguished roster of esteemed individuals from the world of cinema to serve as jurors in its 3D Films Competition category. The popular 3D Films Competition returns for the second year to the Festival, which takes place November 15th – 22nd in Bydgoszcz, Poland.
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American Society of Cinematographers To Honor Four Outstanding Filmmakers
News: American Society of Cinematographers To Honor Four Outstanding FilmmakersJohn Bailey, Bill Roe, Phil Méheux and Matthew Leonetti to be Feted at Annual ASC Awards
John Bailey, ASC; Bill Roe, ASC; Phil Méheux, BSC; and Matthew F. Leonetti, ASC will be recognized by their fellow cinematographers during the 29th Annual American Society of Cinematographers (ASC) Awards for Outstanding Achievement on February 15, 2015, at the Hyatt Regency Century City. Bailey will receive the Lifetime Achievement Award, Roe the Career Achievement in Television Award, Méheux earns the International Award, and Leonetti will be recognized with the Presidents Award.
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International Cinematographers Guild Names Special Awards Recipients
The International Cinematographers Guild (ICG, IATSE Local 600) has announced the recipients of special awards as part of the ICG’s Emerging Cinematographer Awards (ECA). The special awards will be presented during the ECA opening event at the American Society of Cinematographers Clubhouse in Los Angeles on September 26. The 18th annual Emerging Cinematographer Awards ceremony will be held at the Directors Guild of America Theater on September 28, where actress Stefanie Powers will be a guest speaker.
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Zac Cavaliero's Animated Short Wins Reel 13 National Competition - Earning It A Broadcast Debut on Thirteen-WNET
News: Zac Cavaliero's Animated Short Wins Reel 13 National Competition - Earning It A Broadcast Debut on Thirteen-WNETAs A Growing Number of Feature Films Continue to Tap His Talent As A Previz Artist, Shot Designer, FX Artist and Modeler, The Young Filmmaker Continues To Evolve As A Multi-Disciplined Talent
Zac Cavaliero's short film, 'The Frank Job,’ showcasing the cinematographer's skills as a character animator was Reel 13's voters' choice this week, earning it a slot on national broadcast television on Thirteen-WNET's Saturday evening line up. The film's storyline is a new twist on the classic tale of 'Frankenstein,' with the lead character, an inept yet determined mad scientist, artfully crafted by Cavaliero into an animated character with features befitting his eccentric personality.
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SIM Group Launches Operation in Northern Ontario
News: SIM Group Launches Operation in Northern OntarioThe SIM Group’s new source for cameras, lighting, grip, and other production and post-production gear will be located at Muskoka North Film Studios.
The SIM Group, a leading Canadian supplier of technology to the film and television industry, is opening a new location in Northern Ontario.
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