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  1. 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/.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. 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).
  6. FotoKem has expanded its creative post production services in Santa Monica, furthering the company’s ongoing commitment to filmmakers in the Los Angeles area. By providing access to its talented roster of artists and technical expertise, the expansion provides a convenient location on the west side connected to the company’s Burbank and Hollywood sites. Designed to support an entire pipeline of services, the FotoKem Santa Monica facility is housed on the second floor of 1661 Lincoln Boulevard, just off the 10 freeway, above FotoKem’s premier mixing and recording studio Margarita Mix. For many projects, color grading, sound mixing, and visual effects reviews often take place in multiple locations around town. This facility offers showrunners and filmmakers a new west side post production option. Additionally, the secure, fiber network connecting all FotoKem-owned locations ensures feature film and episodic finishing work can take place in real-time among sites. FotoKem Santa Monica features a DI color grading theater, episodic and commercial color suite, editorial conform bay, and a visual effects team tied to the comprehensive offerings at FotoKem’s main Burbank campus, Keep Me Posted’s episodic finishing facility, and Margarita Mix Hollywood’s episodic grading suites. FotoKem’s entire roster of talented colorists are available to collaborate with filmmakers to ensure their vision is supported throughout the process. Recent projects include Shazam!, Vice, Aquaman, The Dirt, Little, and Good Trouble, among many others. At FotoKem Santa Monica, the creative community is now able to experience the warm and stylish Margarita Mix atmosphere with an inviting tropical atrium, full kitchen with private chef, and multitude of available amenities during post production finishing. Mike Brodersen, CSO of FotoKem, says, “Having these resources on the west side, in the same building as our amazing audio facility, enables us to provide feature and episodic color in Burbank, Hollywood, and Santa Monica simultaneously. Knowing that many of our clients may be working or living in proximity of these areas was a key driver, so we can provide a convenient location to interact with our creative post services, whatever the need.”
  7. RED DIGITAL CINEMA® announced today that its award-winning HELIUM® 8K S35 and GEMINI® 5K S35 sensors will be incorporated into the RED RANGER® camera ecosystem. These two new alternatives create a robust lineup for creators who prefer an integrated, all-in-one system to the more modular RED DSMC2® camera. The RANGER HELIUM 8K S35 and RANGER GEMINI 5K S35 is available now via RED’s global network of resellers, participating rental houses, and directly through RED. The cameras will be on display for the first time at IBC in the RED meeting room on the fourth floor of the Elicium at the RAI Amsterdam, from September 13-17. Designed to meet the needs of high-end productions, the RED RANGER MONSTRO 8K VV has been well received by cinematographers since its launch earlier this year, and remains a rental house-only product. All three sensor variants of the RED RANGER camera system include the same benefits of the compact, standardized camera body, weighing around 7.5 pounds (depending on battery). The system can also handle heavy-duty power sources to satisfy power-hungry configurations, and boasts a large fan for quiet, more efficient temperature management. The RED RANGER camera system consists of three SDI outputs (two mirrored and one independent) allowing two different looks to be output simultaneously; wide-input voltage (11.5V to 32V); 24V and 12V power outs (two of each); one 12V P-Tap; integrated 5-pin XLR stereo audio input (line/mic/+48V selectable); as well as genlock, timecode, USB, and control. Both V-Lock and Gold Mount battery options are supported. As with all current RED cameras, the RANGER can simultaneously record REDCODE RAW plus Apple ProRes or AVID DNxHD or DNxHR at up to 300 MB/s write speeds. It also features RED’s end-to-end color management and post workflow with the enhanced image processing pipeline (IPP2). RED now offers two separate but equally robust product lineups that give content creators more creative choices. The DSMC2 ecosystem continues to provide the most dynamic and modular cinema camera for users who value maximum flexibility, allowing their imaginations to run wild with configuration options. RED RANGER is the perfect option for those that prefer a less complex and more standardized alternative. “In collaboration with rental houses to bring the RANGER MONSTRO to market, we have heard great feedback from customers, inspiring these two new variants,” said RED Digital Cinema President Jarred Land. “We’re excited to offer the RANGER line-up to a wider variety of professional productions and look forward to seeing the amazing images that are created.” RANGER HELIUM and RANGER GEMINI ship complete with: • New Production Top Handle • Shimmed PL Mount • New LCD/EVF Adaptor D with improved cable routing when used on the left side of the camera • New 24V AC power adaptor with 3-pin 24V XLR power cable, which can also be used with 24V block batteries • Lens mount shim pack • Compatible Hex and Torx tools Additionally, RED plans to introduce Canon EF Mount versions of both RANGER HELIUM and RANGER GEMINI later this year. Pricing for the two new variants is $29,950/€27,450/£24,750 for RANGER HELIUM and $24,950/€22,850/£20,650 for RANGER GEMINI. Go to www.red.com/red-ranger for more information, or visit your local RED Authorized Dealer.
  8. The American Society of Cinematographers (ASC) has chosen 12 nominees in three categories of the 2019 Student Heritage Awards. Recognizing exceptional work by cinematography students, the organization designed the ASC Student Heritage Awards to encourage and support a new generation of visual artists. Winners will be announced on October 12. The ASC Student Heritage Awards also celebrate the memory of an exceptional cinematographer and are named each year in honor of esteemed ASC members. This year’s Undergraduate and Graduate Award is named in honor of Oscar®-nominee Richard H. Kline, ASC (Camelot, King Kong). The Documentary category is enduringly dedicated to Oscar®-winner Haskell Wexler, ASC (Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?, Bound for Glory). The 2019 nominees represent seven universities nationwide. The contenders are: Richard H. Kline Student Heritage Award – Graduate Category: • Lucas Dziedzic from the American Film Institute for Animals • Frances Kroon from the American Film Institute for Balloon • Xiaowen Li from the University of Southern California for Crush • Adam Schneider from Chapman University for Skin Hunger • Mengtao Sun from Chapman University for The Perfumer Richard H. Kline Student Heritage Award – Undergraduate Category: • Agustina Biasutto from Pratt Institute for Philotimo • Nathan Cohen from Florida State University for Existent • Kai Dickson from Savannah College of Art and Design for The Fray • Oscar Ignacio Jimenez from Brigham Young University for Gather Haskell Wexler, ASC Student Documentary Award: • Jazleana Jones from Florida State University for King, Charles • Kathryn Boyd-Batstone from the University of Southern California for God Bless the Cook • Bruce Chiu from the University of Southern California for Life on A String Many ASC Student Heritage Award winners have gone on to have successful careers in filmmaking, and several have been invited to be 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).
  9. Following the widely successful launch of the LEE100 Filter Holder in March, LEE Filters has introduced two new products to further enhance the system. The new LEE100 Tandem Adaptor proves invaluable on occasions when one filter holder isn’t enough, and the LEE100 Hood is a versatile and sturdy companion to the ecosystem. The LEE100 Tandem Adaptor Unique to the LEE Filters system, the Tandem Adaptor, which is constructed from aluminium, allows the photographer to use more than one ND grad and rotate each independently, so they can be set at different angles. This allows for far more precise creative control of the exposure in complex lighting situations than one holder alone. To fit, the first LEE100 Filter Holder is attached to the lens via the adaptor ring as normal. The LEE100 Tandem Adaptor then slides into the holder’s outermost slot, and the second LEE100 Filter Holder is attached to the adaptor. The holder closest to the lens can be used with up to three filter slots (one must be used for the Tandem), while the holder that’s attached to the Tandem Adaptor can be configured with one, two or three further filter guides. Both holders can be rotated freely until the desired effect is achieved, and then locked in place to avoid any accidental movement of the filters. The LEE100 Hood Designed to shade the camera’s lens and reduce the risk of stray light and flare spoiling the image, the LEE100 Hood can be used with up to three slot-in filters plus the LEE Filters Polariser. Constructed from a water-resistant reinforced nylon in a collapsible concertina design, it is self-supporting, with no need for intrusive and fiddly rails or guides, and can be adjusted to different angles and extensions for maximum versatility. Simple to set up, the hood comes with an attachment ring that is affixed to the LEE100 Filter Holder via four locking tabs. The hood is then locked securely on to the attachment ring with a lever. It is then attached to the adaptor ring in the usual way. The hood can be rotated independently of the LEE100 Filter Holder, allowing the photographer to use ND grads as normal, while still getting the most out of the hood itself. At its fullest extension, the hood can be used with lenses of around 28mm and a two-slot filter guide without the risk of vignetting. Once it is reduced to half extension, lenses as wide as around 20mm can be used without vignetting. Easy to extend and collapse, and quick to attach and detach, the LEE100 Hood is the ideal addition to the photographer’s kit bag. Pricing The LEE100 Tandem Adaptor is available now to purchase from LEE Filters dealers, with a MSRP of $65. The LEE100 Hood is available to purchase from LEE Filters dealers beginning August 19, with a MSRP of $295.
  10. Pixelworks, Inc. (NASDAQ: PXLW), a leading provider of advanced visual processing solutions, today announced that the Company’s award-winning TrueCut® platform was used to present “The Bravest,” an action-packed drama. The movie, which premiered in Beijing, grossed box office sales of approximately US$85 million in just six days and is now released in both HDR and SDR theaters across China. This debut is the fourth film to be released in China using the TrueCut® platform, and a look into the cinematic opportunities to come for filmmakers using this video platform. “Our ecosystem partners in China have been gearing up for the release of The Bravest over the past few months, and we are thrilled to see its success,” said Richard Miller, Executive Vice President of Technology, Pixelworks. “The TrueCut high frame-rate format enabled the filmmakers to deliver an incredible new experience for cinematic motion, consistently across both HDR and SDR screens.” Premiered on August 1st, “The Bravest” is the first action-packed drama using special effects about local fire fighters in China helping citizens in a major fire utilizing the TrueCut platform. The film features incredible motion clarity and high contrast, while still maintaining a cinematic look. About the TrueCut® Platform Announced in March 2019, Pixelworks’ TrueCut solution is a powerful new cinematic video platform. Used as part of the creative process, TrueCut’s tools enable filmmakers and content providers to take full advantage of today’s incredible cinema, home-entertainment and mobile displays, while ensuring consistent delivery, true to creative intent across devices. TrueCut Motion Grading, an award-winning tool suite in this video platform, is the industry’s first solution to give filmmakers the ability to cinematically fine-tune Motion Blur, Judder and Frame-rate appearance. About Pixelworks Pixelworks provides industry-leading content creation, video delivery and display processing solutions and technology that enable highly authentic viewing experiences with superior visual quality, across all screens – from cinema to smartphone and beyond. The Company has a 20-year history of delivering image processing innovation to leading providers of consumer electronics, professional displays and video streaming services. Pixelworks is headquartered in San Jose, CA. For more information, please visit the company’s web site at www.pixelworks.com. Note: Pixelworks, the Pixelworks logo and TrueCut are registered trademarks of Pixelworks, Inc.
  11. Light Iron, a Panavision company, is excited to announce that award-winning colorist Scott Klein is joining the company. As supervising colorist of numerous groundbreaking episodic series, Klein joins a superior roster of Light Iron artists located in both Los Angeles and New York who provide collaborative, creative expertise on feature films, episodic series and music videos. “While Light Iron was historically known for its capabilities with feature films, we have developed an equally strong episodic division, and Scott builds upon our ongoing commitment to providing the talent and technology necessary for supporting all formats and distribution platforms,” says General Manager Peter Cioni of Light Iron. “We are all aware of the significant growth in original content, and Light Iron is focused on expanding its operation to support the needs of clients. Hiring star talent like Scott is a logical step in our continued efforts to expand our industry-leading roster.” Over the past four decades, Klein has accrued a remarkable list of credits, including Fox’s “Empire,” HBO’s “Deadwood: The Movie,” and Showtime’s “Ray Donovan.” He collaborated on the award-winning series “Bosch,” “True Blood,” “The Affair,” “Halt and Catch Fire,” “Entourage,” and “The Sopranos.” Klein is already a familiar face to many filmmakers who regularly turn to Panavision for its innovative production expertise, optimized camera systems, and unparalleled optics. Klein is also an associate member of the American Society of Cinematographers (ASC). “I really enjoy the artistic collaboration with filmmakers,” Klein says. “It is great to be part of a facility with such a pure passion for supporting the creative through technology. Colorists need strong technology that serves as a means to best express the feelings being conveyed in the images and further enhance the moods that draw audiences into a story. “Light Iron’s association with Panavision further augments the supportive culture – there is amazing fusion between the two companies,” he adds. “It’s an exciting time to join the company as it continues to grow.” Also joining Klein are his colleagues and fellow colorists Daniel Yang, Jesús Borrego, and Ara Thomassian. They join Light Iron after three years together at Warner Bros. and 11 years at Technicolor. The robust roster of bi-coastal Light Iron colorists includes Ian Vertovec, Steven Bodner, Corinne Bogdanowicz, Jeremy Sawyer, Sean Dunckley and Nicholas Hasson, among others. At Light Iron, colorists contribute to projects early in pre-production and closely collaborate with filmmakers to fully understand the creative intentions being conveyed and to be a resource from capture to finish. In addition to growing its team of artists to support the expanding market and client needs, Light Iron has also expanded its physical footprint with a second Hollywood-based location a short distance from its flagship facility. A full breadth of creative finishing services for feature films and episodic series is available at both locations. Light Iron also has locations in Atlanta, Albuquerque, Chicago and New Orleans. For more information, visit www.lightiron.com.
  12. RED DIGITAL CINEMA® today introduced a new DSMC2® GEMINI® Kit offering a comprehensive solution for cinematographers who shoot in a variety of environments. At the heart of the new system is the DSMC2 camera BRAIN with the GEMINI 5K S35 sensor, which leverages dual sensitivity modes to provide greater flexibility in a variety of lighting conditions. Filmmakers can shoot in standard mode for well-lit conditions or low-light mode for darker settings, and operators can easily switch between modes through the camera’s on-screen menu with no down time. RED’s GEMINI delivers incredible dynamic range and produces cinematic quality images. The new DSMC2 GEMINI Kit features: • DSMC2 GEMINI 5K S35 • DSMC2 RED® Touch 7.0” LCD • DSMC2 Outrigger Handle • DSMC2 V-lock with I/O Expander for a variety of input/output selections • S35 AI CANON Mount • IDX Duo C98 Battery and IDX VL-2X Battery Charger • RED Mini-Mag (960 GB) with G-Technology EV Series Reader • Heavy-Duty Camera Case The kit provides a premium bundle that is “ready to shoot” when paired with the user’s chosen lens. The newly packaged system is available for purchase on RED.com and RED Authorized Dealers priced at $27,500/£21,700/€24,950.
  13. Panavision, the world-class provider of end-to-end solutions, will return to Cine Gear Expo (May 31-June 1) at The Studios at Paramount to showcase the latest innovations in the company’s ever-expanding production and post production ecosystem. Panavision, Light Iron and LEE Filters will display an array of integrated technologies and systems at booth S408 on Stage 3 – ranging from lenses, cameras and filters, to state-of-the-art production and post production workflows – that illustrate Panavision’s commitment to providing the most versatile and powerful storytelling tools. “At Panavision, our vision is to support filmmakers with solutions that expand creativity and efficiency,” says Kim Snyder, president and CEO of Panavision. “We’re always focused on adapting the tremendous power of technology to the needs of the visual artist. We’re proud and excited to demonstrate our latest advancements.” Among the breakthroughs on display are Panavision and Light Iron’s new LINK HDR system. Creatives are producing for HDR-capable distribution platforms more than ever before as consumers seek premium viewing experiences. LINK HDR was developed to address the challenge of viewing HDR (high dynamic range) images throughout the production and post production process. Offering HDR and SDR viewing options in tandem, LINK HDR provides cinematographers, directors, editors and creative talent throughout the imaging chain the ability to view their image at the same quality delivered to consumers. The LINK HDR system consists of: Panavision LINK HDR On-Set Cart – a modular cart outfitted with various monitoring configurations that offers creatives the ability to view HDR and SDR live from the camera. Light Iron LINK HDR Dailies – an NLE process that creates HDR and SDR deliverables simultaneously, which allows editors to cut, toggle between, and export in either format. Light Iron LINK HDR Finish – a combination of creative talent, technical expertise, and leading technologies that link the creative decisions made on-set to the HDR mastering process for delivery to various HDR platforms. “As adoption rates of the HDR format rapidly grow, it is more critical than ever for creatives to view a consistent image from on-set through the finishing suite,” notes Light Iron Supervising Colorist Ian Vertovec. “We want filmmakers to have all the tools they need for this new deliverable. The components of LINK HDR were designed with them in mind.” Panavision’s Millennium DXL2 and DXL-M camera systems will also be showcased at the Panavision booth, demonstrating the value of this expanding ecosystem. With new industry developments, the DXL2’s 6G 4K SDI outputs, which allow direct connection to a Teradek Bolt 4K with a single SDI cable, can now be fully utilized. The latest enhancements to the DXL2 also include: an integrated C-Motion F.I.Z. module allowing the use of Arri WCU4 wireless lens control handsets with full lens mapping support; a proxy workflow that allows easy creation of traditional dailies while archiving 8K files for DI and VFX; a wireless audio module adding expanded audio capabilities; and DXL Control for iPhone and Android. The DXL-M, which marries the modularity and connectivity of the DXL with the smaller size and weight of RED’s DSMC2 cameras, is now available to filmmakers. In addition to the Primo HDR viewfinder, DXL menu system and LiColor2, the DXL-M now offers 2x2 SDI outputs delivering two independent monitoring paths across 4x HD-SDI outputs. Along with added accessories, battery elevator and control upgrades, these advancements add to the efficiency and flexibility of the kit. The result is a fully-equipped camera that is conveniently adaptable to any shooting scenario, including drone, remote head shots and situations where space is at a premium. Panavision’s LCND, a variable liquid crystal neutral density filtration system, will be presented with expanded new features. LCND is now wirelessly controllable via the Preston handset and offers functionality that translates to creativity on the set. The ability to maintain a given stop under changing lighting conditions by riding the ND filter instead of the iris adds powerful image control options at the moment of photography. LCND also has manual controls and a 24-hour internal battery built into the single filter tray. Panavision’s longstanding emphasis on delivering superior lens quality and unmatched selection continues to be a priority as it serves the artistic needs of today’s creative community. At Cine Gear, filmmakers can examine the company’s proprietary portfolio of optics, including the Primo-X (weatherproof and compact drone and gimbal solution), Panaspeed (large format, high-speed T1.4 with the classic Primo look), H-Series (vintage portrait look for spherical large format), and UltraVista (1.65x large-format anamorphic) lines, as well as other lenses in Panavision’s large-format offerings. In addition to exhibiting, Panavision, in partnership with RED Digital Cinema, will present a panel featuring Oscar®-nominated cinematographer John Schwartzman, ASC. Panavision’s SVP of Optics Dan Sasaki will join Schwartzman as he discusses his approach to visual storytelling and explores the fusion between visual concepts and tools. Schwartzman will reveal his decision-making process from pre-production to post on such projects as The Highwaymen and the upcoming Last Christmas, on June 1 at 11:45 a.m. in the Sherry Lansing Theater. LEE Filters will highlight the LEE100, a newly updated 100mm filter mount system that boasts lighter weight and improved performance. The LEE100 Filter System incorporates a rotation lock as well as a newly designed clip-on polarizer filter for ease of use. Additionally, LEE’s full collection of lighting gels, including the expanded range of Zircon gels specifically designed for fine-tuning LED fixtures, will be touted, as well as the ProGlass CINE IRND range of neutral-density filters, precisely built to meet the exacting needs of cinematographers. “The advancements on display at Cine Gear exemplify our commitment to providing end-to-end solutions that put creative flexibility in the hands of filmmakers,” says Snyder. “Each tool is conceived as an element of a unified ecosystem designed to deliver customizable solutions to meet any need or budget. We’re looking forward to the opportunity to present the results to our friends and colleagues in the filmmaking community, and we can’t wait to see how they’re used in the visual storytelling of tomorrow.”
  14. Light Iron, a Panavision company specializing in post production services, is again playing an important collaborative role with notable episodic series this season. Customized workflow offerings from Light Iron for BETTER THINGS, THE GOOD FIGHT, THE OA, RAMY, SHRILL, THE MARVELOUS MRS. MAISEL, and WHAT WE DO IN THE SHADOWS, included dailies, digital intermediate, archive, and data services, among other creative and technical contributions. From San Francisco and Los Angeles to New York and Toronto, Light Iron serviced the productions from a range of locations with color and front-end teams involved from pre-production for a smooth and efficient experience. “We are honored to support these outstanding projects,” says Peter Cioni, Light Iron’s General Manager. “Our unique understanding of the demands of episodic schedules coupled with our technical skills in file-based workflows fuels our ability to fulfill the creative vision on time and on budget. Light Iron at its core is focused on innovation and, as part of the Panavision family, we offer our expertise from pre-production through finishing, creating efficiencies throughout the imaging chain.” A closer look at the projects demonstrates the possibilities for end-to-end solutions from Light Iron and Panavision: • BETTER THINGS, season 3 (FX) – Already renewed for a fourth season, BETTER THINGS follows the trials and tribulations of Sam Fox (Pamela Adlon), a single mother and working actor with no filter, raising her three daughters in Los Angeles. The season was shot by Paul Koestner who collaborated with Light Iron’s dailies colorist Gregory Pastore and DI colorist Corinne Bogdanowicz. Panavision Hollywood provided the camera and lens package. • THE GOOD FIGHT, season 3 (CBS All Access) – Entertainment Weekly hails the third installment of THE GOOD FIGHT as “the best show on TV.” Shot by Fred Murphy, ASC, this season was supported by Light Iron with dailies by Andrew Hodgdon and final color from Steven Bodner. The production is also serviced by Panavision New York. • THE OA, season 2 (Netflix) – The first season of THE OA quickly developed a cult fan base. For the highly anticipated second installment, Light Iron worked closely with series DPs Steven Meizler and Magnus Nordenhof Jønck to ensure the work done by dailies colorists Andrew Hodgdon and George Thomas was reflected in the final color grade with Ian Vertovec. Services included location support in San Francisco and Los Angeles. • RAMY, season 1 (Hulu) – Winner of the 2019 SXSW Audience Award, RAMY stars actor-director-comedian Ramy Youssef as the son of Egyptian immigrants in New Jersey. Light Iron worked closely with cinematographers Adrian Peng Correia and Ashley Connor to establish the look in dailies, which transferred seamlessly into the DI where the final color grade was performed by Steve Bodner. Cameras and optics were supplied by Panavision New York. • SHRILL, season 1 (Hulu) – From executive producers Lorne Michaels and Elizabeth Banks and showrunner Ali Rushfield, SHRILL stars Aidy Bryant (from SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE) as Annie, an overweight young woman who wants to change her life — but not her body. Based on the 2016 memoir by Lindy West, Vox calls the series “a quietly tender portrayal of learning how to love yourself.” Light Iron colorist Nick Lareau provided the final color grade in collaboration with cinematographer Joe Meade. • THE MARVELOUS MRS. MAISEL, season 2 (Amazon) – Light Iron worked alongside cinematographers M. David Mullen, ASC and Eric Moynier, returning for the second season of this award-winning series created by Amy Sherman-Palladino. Light Iron’s Aaron Burns handled dailies color and Steve Bodner collaborated with the two DPs during finishing. For camera and lens options, Panavision New York was the go-to resource. • WHAT WE DO IN THE SHADOWS, season 1 (FX) – Based on the feature film of the same name, WHAT WE DO IN THE SHADOWS is a documentary-style look into the lives of four vampires who have “existed” together for hundreds of years on Staten Island. The film’s cinematographer D.J. Stipsen returned for the series, which has earned a 96% rating from Tomatometer critics on Rotten Tomatoes. Christian Sprenger lensed the pilot. Light Iron dailies colorists Gregory Pastore and Jacob Doforno supported early look development in Toronto via the local Panavision facility, which carried over into finishing in the DI by Ian Vertovec. For more information, visit www.lightiron.com.
  15. Light Iron, a Panavision company, has announced Jeremy Sawyer is returning to its Los Angeles facility as a senior colorist. The highly regarded Sawyer brings over 20 years of color finishing experience to his role. He joins Light Iron’s formidable talent roster as the facility manages a growing list of feature and episodic projects. Sawyer previously worked at Light Iron from 2015 to 2018 on such notable projects as I’m Dying Up Here, Easy, The First, Goliath, Mr. Mercedes, and The Walking Dead. His extensive skills in post as well as a passion for photography bring a unique aesthetic to his visual approach. Sawyer’s arrival reunites him with an artistic group of Light Iron colorists, which includes Ian Vertovec, Steven Bodner, Corinne Bogdanowicz, Sean Dunckley, and Nick Hasson, among others. “We are thrilled to have Jeremy back with us,” says General Manager Peter Cioni of Light Iron. “His vast experience managing innovative workflows in combination with his inspired visual instinct marries perfectly with our passion to serve the creative.” “Light Iron fosters a collaborative, artistic environment,” notes Sawyer. “Their dexterity in response to constantly advancing technology and the relationship with Panavision offers an uncommon ability to bring post production to the set, where the intersection of art and science is happening. And being involved early on projects helps to produce an incredible end product. Panavision and Light Iron are at the forefront of making the entire production process smoother, faster, and more efficient, all with a nod toward the creative mindset.” Light Iron colorists integrate with projects during pre-production, working closely with the cinematographer in a unified way to fully understanding the motives for the creative choices being made. “We think of ourselves as artistic partners in the process,” adds Cioni. “Not only can we build complex pipelines with custom tools and applications, but our colorists remain deeply embedded with the decision-making process, ensuring the intended look is carried throughout for maximum benefits to filmmakers.” With multiple locations throughout North America, Sawyer also will be available to remotely collaborate with production teams on location, via the Panavision and Light Iron network. For more information, visit www.lightiron.com.
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