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

Last Updated: March 31, 2014 11:14 pm GMT
(Los Angeles, California--March 31, 2014) 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.

In "Side-by-Side: A conversation with Transcendence Director Wally Pfister and Cinematographer Jess Hall, BSC," Oscar®-winning Director of Photography turned Director, Wally Pfister, will discuss how he worked with cinematographer Jess Hall to realize his vision for the sci-fi thriller “Transcendence.”

Pfister and Hall will delve into the creative language they developed together in pre-production, on set and in post for the eagerly anticipated Warner Bros.' film. Attendees will learn how these methods combined to form the final product, providing a rare inside look into what worked, what didn’t and what they learned from the experience. The session takes place on Tuesday, April 8, from 1:45PM – 2:45PM PST. David Geffner, executive editor of ICG Magazine, will moderate.

“As the landscape of cinema shifts rapidly with the advent of new camera, display and production technologies, it is imperative that today’s creative professionals stay at the cusp of innovation,” said NAB Executive Vice President of Conventions and Business Operations Chris Brown. “We’re proud to host Wally Pfister and Jess Hall as they provide attendees with unique insight gleaned from their work on some of the most innovative films in the industry.”

Wally Pfister is an Oscar®-winning cinematographer who makes his directorial debut on “Transcendence.”

Pfister is best known for his work alongside director Christopher Nolan, which has brought him three additional Oscar® nominations, and numerous other accolades. Pfister and Nolan began their famed collaboration in 1999 on the intriguing drama “Memento,” which Pfister earned an Independent Spirit Award nomination for his work as a cinematographer.

Pfister continued to rise to prominence as one of the industry’s most respected cinematographers. He received Oscar® nominations for Best Cinematography for his work on “Batman Begins,” “The Prestige” and the worldwide blockbuster “The Dark Knight,” before winning the Oscar® in the same category for “Inception.” His many other honors include BAFTA Award nominations and a number of critics groups’ awards. Pfister’s work can also be seen in other films, including “Insomnia,” “The Italian Job,” “Laurel Canyon,” “Moneyball” and “The Dark Knight Rises.” Films on which Pfister has served as Director of Photography have earned a cumulative box office total of more than four billion dollars worldwide.

Jess Hall most recently lensed James Ponsoldt’s award-winning independent drama “The Spectacular Now.” He has also served as the cinematographer on such films as Julian Jarrold’s “Brideshead Revisited,” Edgar Wright’s “Hot Fuzz,” Garth Jennings’ “Son of Rambow,” Jon Amiel’s “Creation,” Ruben Fleischer’s “30 Minutes or Less,” the comedy “The Switch” and a segment of the horror anthology “Grindhouse.”

Born in England, Hall studied film and fine art at London’s esteemed Central Saint Martins and New York University. He began his career working on music videos and commercials with directors such as Rupert Sanders, Guy Ritchie and Ringan Ledwidge. He has also worked on various short films, including John Malkovich’s “Hideous Man” and Chris Palmer’s “The Boy with Chocolate Fingers.”

About the International Cinematographers Guild:
The International Cinematographers Guild (IATSE Local 600) represents more than 7,000 members who work in film, television and commercials as Directors of Photography, Camera Operators, Visual Effects Supervisors, Still Photographers, Camera Assistants, Film Loaders, all members of camera crews and Publicists. The first cinematographers union was established in New York in 1926, followed by unions in Los Angeles and Chicago, but it wasn't until 1996 that Local 600 was born as a national guild. ICG's ongoing activities include the Emerging Cinematographer Awards and the Publicists Awards Luncheon. The Guild also publishes the award-winning ICG Magazine. http://www.cameraguild.com

About NAB Show:
NAB Show, held April 5-10, 2014 in Las Vegas, is the world's largest electronic media show covering filmed entertainment and the development, management and delivery of content across all mediums. With more than 93,000 attendees from 156 countries and 1,550+ exhibitors, NAB Show is the ultimate marketplace for digital media and entertainment. From creation to consumption, across multiple platforms and countless nationalities, NAB Show is home to the solutions that transcend traditional broadcasting and embrace content delivery to new screens in new ways. Complete details are available at http://www.nabshow.com.


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