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  1. Applications opened today for the 2021 class of HPA’s Young Entertainment Professionals (YEP) program. For five years, YEP has connected ambitious and talented creative, technical, project management and administrative professionals between the ages of 21 and 32 with mentors and educational offerings that accelerate their professional development. Applications are due Monday, October 12, and applicants will be notified of their status in mid-November. The 2021 YEP class will begin in January 2021. Since its inception in 2015, the YEP program has nurtured the critically important pipeline of young professionals ascending into industry leadership positions. Every year, the number of applications has increased, and YEP alumni continue to move into influential roles in the industry and maintain their relationship with the program and HPA. “We continue to be inspired by the young professionals who apply for and become YEPS,” said Kari Grubin, who co-created the YEP program with fellow WIP Chair and HPA board member Loren Nielsen. “The application process shows us that there are a number of exciting candidates who have long term goals for their careers, and we strongly believe that YEP is the place for them to get guidance and connection.” Nielsen noted, “It’s an understatement to say that this is an unusual time. To help these accomplished young people build their networks, peer groups and knowledge is completely thrilling. We look forward to seeing the class of 2021 take shape.” The YEP program comprises two distinct phases. Phase 1 will run for 5 months (January through May), beginning with the YEP orientation day. Attendance at the YEP orientation is mandatory along with participation in at least one other major event (e.g., the HPA Tech Retreat). YEPs are also expected to attend at least four virtual events or casual meet-ups during the full year program. Phase 2 of the YEP program will begin in May. In addition to receiving free or reduced fee access to YEP and other HPA community events, YEPs will be evaluated by the Mentorship Committee for pairing with an industry leader based on each individual’s participation and overall commitment to the program. At the end of the second phase, YEPs will be evaluated by the Mentorship Committee for eligibility to receive the certificate of completion. During the course of the Young Entertainment Professionals program, each YEP will receive access to the following: • SMPTE Virtual Technical Conference pass – November 9-12, 2020 • YEP Orientation Program • Annual Membership in HPA • Annual Membership in SMPTE • Entrance to the HPA Awards • YEP Roundtable Mentor Event • HPA Tech Retreat Conference Pass • Periodic in-person or virtual YEP events (could include coffee meet-ups, vendor field trips, virtual office hours, online mentor Q&A sessions) • Access to HPA’s virtual event series and members-only content library • Discounted or free admission throughout the year to HPA NET, Women in Post, and YEP events • Digital Certificate of Completion (based on Mentorship Committee Review) Upon successful completion of the YEP program, graduates will receive formal recognition as an HPA Class of 2021 Young Entertainment Professional at a culmination event. Grubin closed with “HPA is a place where those who participate make connections that last a lifetime. Becoming a YEP puts you in a great position to do just that, and if you are able to invest in your YEP experience, it will be an invaluable asset as you build your career. We encourage you to apply.” To be considered for the YEP program, applicants need to complete an online application and present one letter of recommendation. To learn more about the YEP program and HPA, visit www.hpaonline.com.
  2. The Hollywood Professional Association (HPA) announced that its second Industry Recovery Task Force Virtual Global Town Hall will be held on August 26, 2020 from 11 AM to 12:30 PM PDT. As the industry grapples with the complexities of returning to work in the midst of the ongoing pandemic crisis, the need for comprehensive information from direct sources remains strong. The upcoming global town hall will feature another panel of experts from the creative, health and governmental arenas, who will share the latest scientific, technical and creative best practices to encourage a safe return to work. The event is chaired by IRTF Chair Leon Silverman and HPA Board member Craig German. Discussing the upcoming town hall, Silverman noted, “During our first town hall, we clearly learned that our community seeks viable information from credible experts. With nearly 800 people engaged online, we witnessed that the concerns facing our industry are focused on how to stay safe, connected, and creative. With the current situation evolving quickly, the HPA is committed to sharing sharply focused fact based, pragmatic knowledge in real time. For our event on the 26th, we have once again gathered important and informed voices who will help our industry and community get back to work safely and creatively as we navigate this ever changing road ahead.” The panelists bring varied perspectives, experiences and unique points of view to the vital conversations that professionals need in order to understand the changing nature of the pandemic and how it is impacting our work and workflows. Experts from VFX, cinematography, government and health and safety will come together to explore and discuss the most impactful issues we face right now. Panelists include: Moderator Carolyn Giardina – Tech Editor, The Hollywood Reporter Sara Bennett – Oscar winning VFX supervisor and co-founder, Milk VFX Markus Förderer, ASC, BVK – award winning cinematographer Kelly Howard – Senior Safety Engineer, Cal/OSHA Publications, Outreach Unit Robert Legato, ASC – Oscar-winning VFX supervisor, 2nd unit director, and cinematographer Peter Marx – Managing Partner, Biology Works; former CTO, City of Los Angeles The August 26th Industry Recovery Task Force Virtual Global Town Hall is free to attend by registering. Our HPA Town Hall events are designed to encourage global audience questions, interaction and engagement during the event. German remarked: “We want to keep the focus of the conversation on the needs of our entire industry workforce – not just here in LA or New York, but around the world. Understanding how we all move forward during this complex crisis requires a variety of expert perspectives and experiences. We’ll continue to put leaders from multiple disciplines in the viewfinder, enabling our live event attendees and those who watch later to have actionable knowledge from experts they would not normally have access to.” The key objectives of the HPA Industry Recovery Task Force are: To serve as a forum for collaboration, communication, and thought leadership regarding how to resume global production and post production in a sustainable fashion. To understand and influence evolving technical requirements such as the impact of industry remote collaboration, ‘work from home’ and other workflows which have been highlighted by the current crisis. To provide up-to-date information and access to emerging health and safety guidelines that will be issued by various governments, municipalities, unions, guilds, industry organizations and content creators. For further information and registration, including a link to the first Industry Recovery Task Force Virtual Global Town Hall, visit hpaonline.com. Additional details and speakers will be announced shortly. Future dates for HPA Industry Recovery Task Force Global Town Hall events will be announced shortly, including an event in mid-September.
  3. The Hollywood Professional Association (HPA) has announced details of its Industry Recovery Task Force Virtual Global Town Hall, set for Wednesday, July 29, 2020 from 11 AM to 12:30 PM. The Industry Recovery Task Force (IRTF) was formed in May of this year as a critical HPA Board initiative, aimed at understanding how content creation can be enabled in an world impacted by the pandemic crisis. This is the first in a series of virtual Industry Recovery Task Force global town hall events planned for the following months and will feature major voices from the creative, health and political arenas. Industry veteran and IRTF Chair Leon Silverman and HPA Board member Craig German are chairing the event. In focusing on the purpose and form of the July 29 Town Hall, Silverman said, “By bringing together a multi-disciplinary group of experts, the Town Hall will explore the intricacies of building a bridge for the industry to safely return to work. While production has begun in spots around the world, parts of post have never stopped while many have been sidelined. We will address, in a fact-based, expert led discussion, how to stabilize our return and the steps that are required for individuals and companies in our business to safely work and sustain themselves in the process. The Town Hall presents knowledgeable experts whose insights will help guide us and fuel discussion. We decided upon a town hall format not just to present panels, but to encourage dialogue across the global community.” The July 29 Town Hall is a virtual, interactive event, and is free to attend by registering. The event will feature a panel of experts who will share the latest scientific, technical and creative best practices to encourage global community dialogue. HPA President Seth Hallen will introduce the Town Hall. Panelists include: Carolyn Giardina, Tech Editor, Hollywood Reporter, Moderator Michael Cioni, Global SVP of Innovation, Frame.io Doug Kent, President, Westwind Media Steve Rivkin,ACE, President, American Cinema Editors Dr. Daniel Z. Uslan, Co-Chief Infection Prevention Officer for UCLA Health Zev Yaroslavsky, Director, Los Angeles Initiative, UCLA Luskin School of Public Affairs; Past Member, Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors, District 3 (San Fernando Valley and Hollywood) German noted, “The important conversation we’re having is a global one. There are companies and individuals at work, or hoping to return to work, in Mumbai, London, Paris and many spots around the world, as well as NY and LA. We are all directly impacted by these events. By pulling together our HPA community, we aim to encourage a global conversation about the entire process – from pre production through editing, visual effects, archiving – and develop a path that will keep our industry safely and successfully moving forward.” The key objectives of the HPA Industry Recovery Task Force are: To serve as a forum for collaboration, communication, and thought leadership regarding how to resume global production and post production in a sustainable fashion. To understand and influence evolving technical requirements such as the impact of industry remote collaboration, ‘work from home’ and other workflows which have been highlighted by the current crisis. To provide up-to-date information and access to emerging health and safety guidelines that will be issued by various governments, municipalities, unions, guilds, industry organizations and content creators. For further information and registration, visit hpaonline.com. Additional details and speakers will be announced shortly.
  4. LOS ANGELES, (June 18, 2020) – Sohonet, the global experts in connectivity, media services and network security for the media and entertainment industry, announced their partnership with Moxion and its revolutionary platform for HDR Immediates and Cuts. The partnership broadens the range of remote collaboration solutions Sohonet can now offer the production, post and visual effects communities. The partnership will provide the production, post and visual effects communities with a distinct set of tools designed to enable both synchronous and asynchronous remote review to suit every use case. For review discussions that depend on real-time iteration and response, Sohonet ClearView Flex provides teams with a high-quality, secure solution. Moxion Immediates provides an equivalent experience for offline review. “Moxion is a great match for Sohonet, they understand the unique challenges that productions face, and share our vision: to revolutionise the way storytellers create content by making collaboration seamless and more secure,” says Sohonet CEO Chuck Parker. “While real-time review is a key component to the production workflow, often the whole team can’t meet for a live review session. Partnering with Moxion gives our customers space to review content in their own time.” Moxion’s Immediates offers a platform to review footage in HDR minutes after filming on the same devices as ClearView Flex (Apple TV, iPads, laptop). On-set creatives can start on mark-ups immediately and give off-set creatives the same near-real-time HDR access to the content. Additionally, editorial and VFX teams can download the high-resolution proxy to begin adding their magic rather than having to wait for it to arrive hours later after a transcoded dailies workflow. “Offering Sohonet’s real-time tool, Clearview Flex, with our offline review technology makes perfect sense,” says Hugh Calveley, CEO of Moxion. “The ability to harness the power of live review and incorporate it, with the convenience of offline collaboration, will be an extremely valuable toolkit for filmmakers.” “Right now productions are having to navigate a new normal due to COVID-19, with reduced numbers on-set, additional location challenges and more distributed team members. Sohonet and Moxion are perfectly placed to help support them from green-light to wrap,” added Parker.
  5. The American Society of Cinematographers (ASC) Board of Governors has elected a new slate of officers today, elevating Stephen Lighthill to president of the organization. The Board also voted in Vice Presidents Amy Vincent, Bill Bennett, and John Simmons; Treasurer Levie Isaacks; Secretary Gregg Heschong; and Sergeant-at-Arms David Darby. Lighthill takes over the reins from outgoing ASC President Kees van Oostrum, who served the maximum four terms and recently was appointed to lead IMAGO, the international federation of cinematographers. This is Lighthill’s second turn as ASC president, previously serving from 2012-2013. Most recently he held the position of vice president. Lighthill assumes his role at an important time in history, as members continue to advocate for equal rights and diversity, as well as safe production environments amidst the COVID-19 contagion. “This is a challenging moment for filmmaking in general and cinematography in particular,” Lighthill says. “As an organization, we are making plans to put words into action. Through the work of the Future Practices Committee and Vision Committee, I’m ready to lead our Society in responding, and in making our work environments safe, equal and diverse.” Lighthill currently is the Discipline Chair: Cinematography at the American Film Institute Conservatory, where he’s been a strong proponent for gender diversity and supported 100 female cinematography graduates during his tenure. He has also long served as an officer on the National Executive Board of the International Cinematographers Guild (ICG) as well. Lighthill began his career shooting for San Francisco Bay area news programs, as well as national news shows such as 60 Minutes. He segued into documentary cinematography, working on many films including Gimme Shelter and Berkeley in the Sixties, which was nominated for an Academy Award® and won the Audience Award at Sundance. His narrative credits include such television dramas as Vietnam War Story, Earth 2, Nash Bridges among many others. In 2018, Lighthill was honored with the ASC Presidents Award. He is also the recipient of the Society of Operating Cameramen’s (SOC) President’s Award in 2000. The ASC strives to serve its mission of inspiring the next generation of cinematographers and advancing the art of filmmaking through many industry events and initiatives. The Society has over 20 committees leading the organization’s various initiatives, including the recently formed Future Practices Committee to assist and advise on COVID-19 safety on set; the award-winning Motion Imaging Technology Council (MITC) formed in 2003 to understand technology’s ongoing impact on the imaging chain in a way that best serves the creative interests of filmmakers; the efforts of the Vision Committee to encourage and support the advancement of underrepresented cinematographers, their crews and other filmmakers; regional and international ASC Master Classes taught by members; Clubhouse Conversation discussions with members and filmmakers about highly regarded work; and the activities of the Education & Outreach Committee with film schools. ASC was founded in 1919. There are 406 members today who have national roots in some 20 countries. There are also 249 associate members from ancillary segments of the industry. For additional information about the ASC, visit www.theasc.com.
  6. DigitalFilm Tree, a leading post-production innovator and software development company has announced that Nancy Jundi has joined their award-winning team as chief operational officer. Jundi brings a wealth of experience to her new role, with over 20 years of experience guiding entertainment and technology companies (both start-up and global reach) through exceptional growth challenges. She has been an outside consultant to DFT since 2014 and will now be based in DFT’s Los Angeles headquarters, where she will join Founder and CEO Ramy Katrib in pioneering revolutionary new offerings for DFT and the industry. “DigitalFilm Tree has always been education and evolution forward,” says Jundi. “Ramy and DFT pioneered the adoption of file-based post and IT workflows as well as the elevation Final Cut Pro for professional film and television editorial. There are few companies that have avoided grave technological pitfalls or pigeonholes the way DFT has across 20 plus years. It’s a great honor and privilege to be with this team as we once again alter the landscape of our business and how storytellers bring their work to life.” Jundi began her career in investment banking and asset protection before segueing into the entertainment industry. Her experience includes leading sales and marketing at Runaway Edit during its acquisition by The Post Group, where she then joined the team as director of marketing and communications to unify the end-to-end post facilities into TPG’s singular brand narrative. She later co-founded ModeHQ (acquired by Pacific Post) before transitioning into technology and SaaS companies. Since 2012, Jundi’s versatility has allowed her to serve as a consultant to companies in industries as varied as financial technology, healthcare, eCommerce, and entertainment, with brands such as LAbite/GrubHub, Traffic Zoom, and GoBoon. Most recently, she served as interim senior management for CareerArc, where her contributions helped them to secure $30 million in growth equity. Jundi is also a respected lecturer and writer—having spoken at Pepperdine, SXSW, and The L.A. Film Festival, as well as contributed to ACE’s CinemaEditor Magazine and Post Magazine—who is committed to furthering professional education and knowledge-sharing with the next generation. Elsewhere, she is an active volunteer with Together We Rise, and the founder of HumanToo, an outreach program serving homeless communities across America. “Nancy is simply one of the smartest and most creative thinkers I know,” says Katrib. “She is the rare interdisciplinary – the creative and technological thinker that can exist in both arenas with clarity and tenacity. We are fortunate to have her insight and talent at this exciting juncture of our company’s growth.”
  7. The American Society of Cinematographers (ASC) has promoted Andrew Fish to serve as senior editor of its flagship magazine, American Cinematographer. Fish is being advanced from his previous position as associate editor, a title he held for five years, and will continue reporting to the magazine’s editor-in-chief and publisher, Stephen Pizzello. With 2020 marking its 100thanniversary, American Cinematographer is the entertainment industry’s oldest continuously published print journal. Its mission is to serve filmmakers by exploring the artistic thought processes of the field’s most innovative and talented directors of photography, and explaining the technical means by which they realize their creative visions, whether on film or digital media. In fulfilling those goals, the magazine seeks to keep readers abreast of advancements in all facets of motion-picture imaging technology — the tools cinematographers use to ply their trade — and to inform them of visually extraordinary productions, including feature films, television shows, commercials, shorts and music videos. Fish was recently nominated for a Folio: Editorial Excellence Award (“Eddie”) for writing. Over the past decade, American Cinematographer has earned five Folio: Editorial Excellence Awards in the category of B-to-B and Media/Entertainment Publishing, with four honorable mentions.
  8. The American Society of Cinematographers (ASC) has named Terry McCarthy as CEO of the organization. In this newly created role, McCarthy is responsible for all business matters relating to the Society, including events, educational efforts, and publishing. With more than 30 years of experience in journalism, McCarthy is a four-time Emmy® winner and recipient of an Edward R. Murrow Award. He also brings extensive non-profit management experience to the ASC, having previously served as president of the American Academy in Berlin, and prior to that as president and CEO of the Los Angeles World Affairs Council. “Terry’s exceptional background in media and global relationship building will help to guide our ongoing outreach and visibility, and expand our publishing and web activities,” says ASC President Kees van Oostrum. “Our mission is to drive cinematography into the future, steering the conversations around modern image making. The Society and its members are uniquely able to play an important role in maintaining the intentions of filmmakers amidst an expansive landscape of new tools and distribution platforms.” McCarthy has traveled throughout the United States, Europe, Asia and Latin America as a reporter, covering political, military and societal issues for TIME magazine, ABC News and CBS News. He speaks six languages — English, German, French, Spanish, Japanese and Chinese. “It’s an exciting time to step into this role,” says McCarthy. “The entire industry is going through a period of creative disruption. Cinematographers, with one foot in the artistic side and one foot in the technology side, are perfectly placed to play a major role in determining how movies, television and even video games will look in the future. The ASC will shape this discussion through our educational efforts both with our masterclasses, technology committees and public talks at the Clubhouse, as well as in the pages of our magazine, American Cinematographer.” On the heels of announcing ASC’s associate membership with IMAGO, van Oostrum highlights ambitious plans for the ASC moving into 2020. “We plan to further expand our international sessions of the popular ASC Master Classes. We will also program and host our biennial International Summit in June.” McCarthy adds that there will be special events throughout the year to celebrate the 100th anniversary of American Cinematographer. “This magazine continues to have iconic status, and by the end of this year we will have every one of its 1,200 issues available in a searchable online database – a real treasure trove of 100 years of cinematography!” The work of several ASC Committees rounds out the Society’s commitment to advancing the art of cinematography, including the Motion Imaging Technology Council, Vision Committee, and Education and Outreach group. The ASC comprises over 400 members around the world, with over 200 associate members working in allied sectors of the industry. For more information, visit www.theasc.com.
  9. The American Society of Cinematographers (ASC) will bestow its Board of Governors Award to Oscar® and Emmy® Award nominee Werner Herzog. The tribute will be made at the 34th Annual ASC Awards for Outstanding Achievement on Jan. 25 at Hollywood & Highland’s Ray Dolby Ballroom. The ASC Board of Governors Award is given to industry stalwarts whose body of work has made significant and indelible contributions to cinema. It is the only ASC Award not given to a cinematographer and is reserved for filmmakers who have been champions for directors of photography and the visual art form. “Werner Herzog is truly a unique storyteller, and we are honored to recognize him for his prolific contributions to cinema,” said ASC President Kees van Oostrum. Herzog has produced, written, and directed more than 70 feature and documentary films, earning multiple awards and nominations over the past seven decades. He received an Oscar nomination for Best Documentary Feature for his work on Encounters at the End of the World (2009), and Little Dieter Needs to Fly (1997) was Emmy nominated for Outstanding Non-Fiction Special (1997). His extensive list of accolades hail from film festivals (Venice, Sundance, Cannes, Berlinale, etc.) and industry organizations, including the DGA, International Documentary Association, Film Independent, and the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences. A native of Germany, Herzog is known for leading the influential post-war West German cinema movement with Rainer Werner Fassbinder and Volker Schlöndorff. The filmmaker’s career has focused equally on feature films and documentaries, accruing an indelible body of work, such as: Aguirre, the Wrath of God; Auch Zwerge haben klein angefangen (Even Dwarfs Started Small); Fata Morgana; Glocken aus der Tiefe (Bells from the Deep); Grizzly Man; Cave of Forgotten Dreams; Heart of Glass; Nosferatu Phantom of the Night; Fitzcarraldo; Lessons of Darkness; Invincible; The Mystery of Kaspar Hauser and Stroszek; Into the Abyss; Family Romance; and Meeting Gorbachev, among many others. His U.S.-produced films include: Bad Lieutenant - Port of Call New Orleans; My Son, My Son, What Have Ye Done; and Queen of the Desert. Herzog’s films are characterized by a surreal and subtly exotic quality, and he is hailed as one of the most innovative contemporary directors. His volatile love-hate relationship with the brilliant but emotionally unstable actor Klaus Kinski resulted in some of the best work from both men, and both are known for the films on which they collaborated. Herzog celebrated their partnership with the well-received documentary film My Best Fiend. In addition, Herzog occasionally takes acting jobs himself, with notable roles as the stern father in the experimental drama Julien Donkey-Boy, the criminal mastermind in the big-budget action movie Jack Reacher, and most recently as The Client in the Disney+ hit The Mandalorian. Previous recipients of the ASC Board of Governors Award include Jeff Bridges, Angelina Jolie, Denzel Washington, Ridley Scott, Barbra Streisand, Harrison Ford, Julia Roberts, Christopher Nolan, Morgan Freeman, Francis Ford Coppola, Sally Field, Ron Howard, Martin Scorsese and Steven Spielberg, among many others. For information regarding the 34th ASC Awards for Outstanding Achievement in Cinematography, visit www.theasc.com or call 323-969-4333.
  10. The American Society of Cinematographers (ASC) has nominated eight feature films in the Theatrical and Spotlight categories of the 34th ASC Outstanding Achievement Awards. Winners will be named at the organization’s annual awards on January 25 at the Ray Dolby Ballroom at Hollywood & Highland. This year’s nominees are: Theatrical Release • Roger Deakins, ASC, BSC for “1917” • Phedon Papamichael, ASC, GSC for “Ford v Ferrari” • Rodrigo Prieto, ASC, AMC for “The Irishman” • Robert Richardson, ASC for “Once Upon a Time in Hollywood” • Lawrence Sher, ASC for “Joker” Spotlight Award • Jarin Blaschke for “The Lighthouse” • Natasha Braier, ASC, ADF for “Honey Boy” • Jasper Wolf, NSC for “Monos” This is Deakins’ 16th nomination by the Society, which has sent him home a winner four times (“The Shawshank Redemption,” “The Man Who Wasn’t There,” “Skyfall,” “Blade Runner 2049”). Richardson earns his 11th nomination, while Papamichael and Prieto have each been recognized three times in the past by the organization. Sher, Blaschke, Braier and Wolf are first-time nominees. Last year’s Theatrical winner was Łukasz Żal, PSC for “Cold War,” which was also Oscar® nominated for Best Cinematography. The Spotlight Award, introduced in 2014, recognizes cinematography in features that may not receive wide theatrical release. The accolade went to Giorgi Shvelidze for “Namme” in 2019. For information regarding the 34th ASC Awards for Outstanding Achievement in Cinematography, visit www.theasc.com or call 323-969-4333.
  11. Panavision and its family of companies return to the EnergaCamerimage International Film Festival from November 9-16 in Torun, Poland, with an immersive, end-to-end experience for attendees. Torun’s newly renovated Karczma Damroki facility, across the street from the Jordanki Festival Center, will be transformed into an interactive festival space called PanaVillage and will showcase the integrated technologies, products, and services from Panavision, Panalux, Light Iron, LEE Filters, and Direct Digital. “We are giving filmmakers the opportunity to experience our broad array of tools in a simulated production environment,” says Kim Snyder, Panavision president and CEO. “Our global team and product experts look forward to engaging with attendees in a hands-on experience with our end-to-end offerings.” At the PanaVillage, guests will interact with Panavision’s complete ecosystem of cameras and lenses, lighting, filters, gels, grip, and remote systems. Visitors will be able to fully control and monitor an 8K Millennium DXL2 large-format camera mounted on a SuperTechno 30 crane, using an innovative new wireless fiber technology with a range of more than a kilometer (0.6 miles). Mounted in front of a Primo 70 lens, Panavision’s LCND filter offers six stops of variable density. Guests can remotely adjust the camera, iris, and LCND filter while monitoring 4K video inside the PanaVillage on a LINK HDR Cart. Panavision and Light Iron’s LINK HDR system, which debuted at Cine Gear Expo Los Angeles earlier this year, is now being utilized on feature and episodic projects. PanaVillage guests will experience how the Panavision LINK HDR cart and Light Iron LINK HDR dailies and finishing services put the power of creating HDR images into the hands of all creatives – including cinematographers, editors, and colorists – throughout the entire imaging chain. While inside the PanaVillage, attendees will have the opportunity to experiment and craft unique looks using the DXL2 camera and the more compact DXL-M system. A selection of large format lenses, including the T1.4 Panaspeeds, will be available to frame the scene. Guests can illuminate the scene and control the lighting with a variety of Panalux and third-party options. LEE Filters’ full collection of lighting gels, including the expanded range of Zircon LED gels, will be available to further modify the scene. PanaVillage visitors will also encounter LEE Filters’ ProGlass CINE IRND range of neutral-density filters and the LEE100, a lightweight, high-performing 100mm photographic filter mount system. Experts from Direct Digital will be on hand to discuss stills and motion rental services. Guests looking to purchase consumables and merchandise can find the Panastore in the main Jordanki Festival Center. Additional micro-workshops hosted by the Panavision group will be programmed throughout the week and real-time details will be shared on Panavision’s social media accounts. This year, Panavision is proud to sponsor a cinematic retrospective from EnergaCamerimage Lifetime Achievement Award recipient John Bailey, ASC. On November 12 at 15:00h at CinemaCity, Bailey will present insights from his impressive career, spanning more than 40 years with credits including Ordinary People, The Big Chill, In the Line of Fire, American Gigolo, A Walk in the Woods, Mishima, and The Accidental Tourist. Panavision’s long-standing relationship with Bailey resulted in the 2004 creation of the AWZ2, or the “Bailey Zoom,” the first modern zoom to use anamorphic elements in front of the lens. For more information about Panavision’s end-to-end offerings, visit www.panavision.com. To learn more about EnergaCamerimage, go to https://camerimage.pl/en/.
  12. The Hollywood Professional Association (HPA) Awards Committee has announced that the organization’s prestigious Judges Award for Creativity and Innovation will honor the documentary film They Shall Not Grow Old. The award, whose recipient is selected by a distinguished jury of industry luminaries, was conceived to recognize companies and individuals who have demonstrated excellence, whether in the development of workflow, process or project to support creative storytelling, or in technical innovation. The coveted distinction will be bestowed on November 21, 2019 at the 14th annual HPA Awards gala at the Skirball Cultural Center in Los Angeles. They Shall Not Grow Old (2018) is a documentary film directed and produced by Peter Jackson through WingNut Films. Imperial War Museum (IWM) Director General Diane Lees approached Jackson to help shine a light on overlooked footage from the first World War. Alongside his collaborators at WingNut Films and Park Road Post Production, Jackson spent several months considering how to proceed, finally coming to the decision that they would use the words of the British soldiers. The team listened to over 600 hours of audio interviews conducted decades earlier to pull together the common experience of a soldier at war. The film was created using original, mostly unseen footage of World War I gathered from the IWM archive, and audio from BBC and IWM interviews of British soldiers who fought in the War. Comprising footage that is now 100 years old, They Shall Not Grow Old is an emotional and enlightening vision of the experiences of the soldiers who fought. Jackson went to great lengths to ensure every sound heard in the film was as accurate as possible – from the roar of gunfire to the subtle sounds that webbing makes as it rubs against the body. Wherever possible, the actual items, whether original or replica, were used for Foley and dubbing. Footage shot in 1914 – 1919 was silent, so to give the onscreen soldiers a voice, forensic lip readers reconstructed the dialogue and actors were hired for ADR who spoke with the same accents and dialects as those in the footage, regionally identified by their uniform badges. Jackson’s skillful use of archival elements has created not just an emotionally powerful film, but a new storytelling approach to archival footage. Peter Jackson commented, “I am thrilled that the HPA has honoured They Shall Not Grow Old with the Judges Award for Creativity and Innovation. This project was a labour of love for all involved. We set out to find a way to let soldiers of the Great War speak directly to audiences 100 years later - and it’s been very satisfying to see that so many people have listened to them. This global conflict is not ancient history, and there are numerous lessons to be learnt from it, especially today.” The Creativity & Innovation jury, helmed by co-chairs Carolyn Giardina and Joachim Zell, issued a statement saying, “The Jury felt that unique creative and technical innovation was applied to the production, to bring the brutality of war, as well as communicate the strength of the human spirit, to modern audiences. The work involved respectful use of historical material while finding new audiences for these archives.” In addition to Giardina and Zell, jury members included Scott Gershin, Andrea Kalas, JoAnne Kim, and Kees van Oostrum, ASC. In addition to the Judges Award for Creativity and Innovation, the HPA Awards will recognize excellence in 12 craft categories including color grading, editing, sound and visual effects during the gala on November 21, 2019. As announced earlier, the HPA Lifetime Achievement Award will be presented to Robert Legato and the winners of the HPA Engineering Excellence Awards will be recognized. The HPA Awards gala ceremony is a sold-out affair and early ticket purchase is encouraged. Tickets for the HPA Awards are on sale now, online at www.hpaonline.com or by calling +1 (818) 273-1482. For sponsorship information, contact Joyce Cataldo at jcataldo@hpaonline.com. More information about the HPA Awards and the Hollywood Professional Association can be found at www.hpaonline.com. The HPA Awards take place with the support of diamond title sponsor Blackmagic Design, platinum sponsor IMAX; bronze sponsor Fox Post Production Services; supporting sponsors DTS, EFilm, FuseFX, Picture Shop, and Pixelogic; and star sponsor Signiant.
  13. The American Society of Cinematographers (ASC) will celebrate the work of four trailblazing cinematographers at the 34th ASC Awards for Outstanding Achievement. Frederick Elmes, ASC will receive the Lifetime Achievement Award; Donald A. Morgan, ASC will be honored with the Career Achievement in Television Award; Bruno Delbonnel, ASC, AFC will be bestowed the International Award; and Don McCuaig, ASC is the recipient of the Presidents Awards. The accolades will be handed out at the annual ASC awards gala on January 25, 2020, at the Ray Dolby Ballroom at Hollywood & Highland. ASC President Kees van Oostrum notes, “These filmmakers have contributed greatly to the legacy of cinematography over the course of their ongoing careers. They’ve amazed audiences with their compelling visuals and inspired peers and emerging filmmakers. We’re thrilled to honor them with these special awards at our annual celebration.” Elmes is a visionary cinematographer who has made significant contributions to independent cinema. His long career began with collaborations with such pioneering directors as David Lynch (Eraserhead, Blue Velvet, Wild at Heart) and John Cassavetes (The Killing of a Chinese Bookie, Opening Night). His feature film work includes multiple films for directors Ang Lee (The Ice Storm, Ride with the Devil, Hulk) and Jim Jarmusch (Night on Earth, Coffee and Cigarettes, Broken Flowers, Paterson). Other collaborations include Bill Condon (Kinsey), Charlie Kaufman (Synecdoche, New York), Mira Nair (The Namesake) and Jim Sheridan (Brothers). Elmes won Independent Spirit Awards for Night on Earth and Wild at Heart, and earned a third nomination for Blue Velvet. Elmes has also shot acclaimed television projects, receiving an Emmy for his work on The Night Of, an HBO miniseries written and directed by Steve Zaillian, and a nomination for In the Gloaming. His TV credits include the Emmy Award-winning HBO limited series Olive Kitteridge, directed by Lisa Cholodenko, as well as multi-nominated The Looming Tower, a mini-series produced by Hulu/Legendary Television. His current works include an untitled documentary by Bennett Miller, and The Jesus Rolls, a feature film written and directed by John Turturro. Morgan is a 10-time Primetime Emmy winner, earning an impressive 17 nominations from his peers at the Television Academy. Morgan’s Emmy wins include seven for the ABC comedy Home Improvement, two for the Netflix series The Ranch, and a statue for his work on Mr. Belvedere that was shared with George Spiro Dibie, ASC in 1985. His nominations honor his work on the series Bagdad Café, Girlfriends, Retired at 35, Saved by the Bell, Home Improvement, Last Man Standing and The Ranch. Over the course of his successful career, Morgan has culled nearly 130 credits as cinematographer, including lensing over 100 episodes of indelible TV favorites, such as Girlfriends (171), My Wife and Kids (114), Home Improvement (190), and Last Man Standing (150). Morgan also photographed numerous pilots including Hot in Cleveland, Moesha, 227, Reba, The Gregory Hines Show, South Central, The Nanny, Boy Meets World, Mr. Belvedere, The Golden Girls, Soul Man, The Tracy Morgan Show, The War at Home, Rita Rocks, Ground Floor, and The Cool Kids. In addition to episodic TV, Morgan has shot telefilms and specials including a decade of live shows for the NAACP’s Image Awards. From the onset of his career, Morgan has been known for consistently pushing to have diverse crews and is currently inspiring others to do the same in the role of Chairman of Diversity at IATSE Local 600 and as a member of the ASC Vision Committee. Delbonnel is a five-time Oscar nominee for Darkest Hour, Inside Llewyn Davis, Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, A Very Long Engagement, and Amélie. He has received extensive accolades for his work from ASC, BAFTA, Camerimage, European Film Academy, Academy of Cinema Arts and Techniques in France, and critics associations, among others. He studied philosophy before transitioning to filmmaking and has built an indelible body of work that also includes The Ballad of Buster Scruggs, Francofonia, Big Eyes, Dark Shadows, Faust, and Across the Universe. Earlier this year, the Cannes Film Festival bestowed Delbonnel with the Pierre Angénieux ExcelLens in Cinematography Award. His next projects coming to cinemas include The Woman in the Window by Joe Wright, and Joel Coen’s adaptation of Shakespeare’s Macbeth. McCuaig is a veteran cinematographer of both television and motion pictures. He has over 75 narrative TV credits and has shot second unit on countless features. With a stellar reputation and singular ability for photographing second unit, he founded a production company, which was contracted by Fox to provide second unit resources for nearly a decade. His career began at NBC on The Andy Williams Show in the staging department, transitioning to electronic broadcast at ABC, before becoming a newsreel and sports photojournalist for the CBC and Montreal Olympics. He has worked alongside such Hollywood icons as Dinah Shore, Bob Hope, and Perry Como, and is a former governor of the TV Academy. A consummate student, McCuaig credits the ASC as his single-most important, cinematographic resource. In addition to teaching numerous ASC Master Classes, his dedication to the Society includes serving as chairman of the annual Awards Committee. For information regarding the 34th ASC Awards, visit www.theasc.com or call 323-969-4333.
  14. LEE Filters, the premier global provider of filters for photography, cinematography and lighting design, has appointed a trio of industry experts to its North American team. Morgan Prygrocki will be charged with leading the company’s U.S. office as general manager, and Patrick Corcoran and Richard Andres will serve in business development roles for the west and east coasts, respectively. Paul Mason, LEE Filter’s managing director, says, “As LEE Filters continues its worldwide growth, the addition of Morgan, Patrick and Richard demonstrate our commitment to the U.S. market. These talented industry professionals bring a broad range of capabilities to enhance our sales and support services to the professional photographic and cinematography communities. We’re excited to continue to build upon our industry-leading position and develop deeper relationships and partnerships throughout the U.S.” Prygrocki is responsible for all North American business. She comes to LEE with robust industry relationships from her previous senior level roles at Ncam Technologies and RED Digital Cinema. She is based in California at LEE’s Burbank, California, location. “LEE is a trusted brand and dedicated partner in the industry, and I’m excited to lead our North American team in delivering the highest-quality products and services to our customers. With the addition of Richard and Patrick, we are augmenting our presence within the community of artists and creatives who need top-tier tools.” As Business Development Manager–West Coast, Corcoran brings extensive experience working with professional filmmakers. He joins LEE from SHOTOVER camera systems and RED Digital Cinema. Andres, Business Development Manager–East Coast, comes to LEE with more than 20 years of experience in the stills photographic, rental and studio sectors. He previously worked at Foto Care in New York. This expansion follows LEE Filters’ recent addition of Lilian Tran as Social Media and Marketing Coordinator in the U.S. in July, enabling LEE to establish global social media coverage. This week (October 24-26), LEE Filters will be exhibiting at PHOTOPLUS at the Javits Convention Center in New York City. Come meet the new team on Stand #152. For more information about LEE Filters visit www.leefilters.com.
  15. The American Society of Cinematographers (ASC) announced this year’s Student Heritage Award winners at an event at the ASC Clubhouse in Hollywood on October 12. Three student filmmakers were chosen from 12 nominees for demonstrating exceptional cinematography skills in their submitted work. The 2019 winners are: Richard H. Kline Student Heritage Award – Graduate Category: • Lucas Dziedzic from the American Film Institute for “Animals” Richard H. Kline Student Heritage Award – Undergraduate Category: • Oscar Ignacio Jimenez from Brigham Young University for “Gather” Haskell Wexler Student Documentary Award: • Jazleana Jones from Florida State University for “King, Charles” “After watching the nominees’ work, it’s exciting to see how the next generation of filmmakers visually interprets scripts for the screen,” says ASC President Kees van Oostrum. “Our winners took a genuine approach to telling stories that evoked a range of emotions, impressing the jury of ASC members. Their mastery of the art and craft of cinematography is inspiring and bodes well for the future of entertainment.” Designed to encourage and support a new generation, the annual ASC Student Heritage Awards also celebrate the memory of an ASC member. This year’s Undergraduate and Graduate Award was named in honor of Oscar®-nominee Richard H. Kline, ASC (“Camelot,” “King Kong”). The Documentary category is dedicated to multi Oscar®-winner Haskell Wexler, ASC (“Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?,” “Bound for Glory”). Numerous past ASC Student Heritage Awardees have gone on to successful careers in filmmaking and several are now ASC members themselves, including Nelson Cragg, Masanobu Takayanagi, and Lisa Wiegand. For additional information about the ASC, visit www.theasc.com, and follow them on Instagram (@the_asc), or join American Cinematographer on Facebook, Twitter (@AmericanCine), and Instagram (@american_cinematographer).
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