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  1. Leica Camera has created a fitting tribute to the world of cinema with the new release of the Leica M10-P “ASC 100 Edition”, celebrating the 100th anniversary of the American Society of Cinematographers. Comprised of a Leica M10-P camera and a Leica Summicron-M 35 f/2 ASPH. lens, the memorable set offers two specially tailored Cine Look modes built into the camera’s software that make it a focused professional tool for cinematographers and filmmakers. The set also includes a Leica Visoflex electronic viewfinder and a Leica M-PL-Mount Adapter that allows the use of almost all PL mount cine lenses available on the market. In collaboration with some of the world’s most influential cinematographers and members of the ASC, Leica has developed the new Cine Look feature, which provides directors an exceptional visual experience. The “ASC Cine Classic” mode simulates a classic, analog 35mm motion-picture film look, while the “ASC Contemporary” mode delivers the current digital style of contemporary movies. Additionally, aspect ratios that are used in cinematography can also be selected from the camera’s menu. Once activated, the selected aspect ratio is displayed as a bright-line frame in Live View mode. The Leica M10-P “ASC 100 Edition” offers cinematographers and directors the freedom to view and assess scenes with any desired lens before filming even begins. Founded in 1919, the American Society of Cinematographers is the world’s longest-standing artistic, technical and professional organization dedicated to the advancement of cinematography. Just like Leica, this extraordinary society has influenced and shaped how people of all cultures see the world for more than 100 years. This limited-edition release is a modern take on Oskar Barnack’s original vision of the “Ur-Leica” prototype camera as an aid to cinematography, now reiterated in the unique design of the Leica M10-P ‘ASC 100 Edition’. Reduced simply to the essentials, blacked-out engravings on its black chrome surface accentuates the camera’s minimalistic feel which is further emphasized with the body leathering, similar to that of the Leica SL. The gold-colored anodized finish of the Leica Summicron-M 35 f/2 ASPH. lens reinterprets the brass lens of the original “Ur-Leica” in a contemporary way. The unique aesthetic of the Leica M10-P “ASC 100 Edition” is also complemented by the ASC logo on the top plate. The combination of the included electronic viewfinder, M-PL-Mount Adapter, Cine Look pre-sets and aspect ratio options enables the use of the camera as a director’s viewfinder, making it an extraordinarily versatile and useful tool for filmmakers. And together with the Leica FOTOS App, location scouting can be made much easier, as results can be shared and discussed immediately with everyone involved in the filming project. The Leica M10-P “ASC 100 Edition” will be available in autumn 2019.
  2. RED Digital Cinema® will present a Masterclass featuring Oscar®-winner Guillermo Navarro, ASC at the upcoming BSC Expo in London. Navarro will be discussing his approach to cinematography in the digital age during the seminar that will take place Saturday, February 2, at 16.00. BSC Expo 2019 runs Feb. 1-2 at the Battersea Evolution. Navarro won the Academy Award® for Best Cinematography on Pan’s Labyrinth. His impressive credits also include Desperado, From Dusk Till Dawn, Jackie Brown, Hellboy, Night at the Museum, and Pacific Rim, among many others. He has worked in Hollywood since 1993 and is a frequent collaborator with Guillermo del Toro and Robert Rodriguez. Born and raised in Mexico City, Navarro was a still photographer in his native country before segueing into shooting documentaries and commercials, and directing television. Most recently, he completed principal photography on The Voyage of Doctor Doolitle, slated for release in 2020, using the RED HELIUM 8K S35 sensor. Over at Stand 334, RED will showcase its latest sensor technology, including the MONSTRO® 8K VV and GEMINI® 5K S35. MONSTRO is an evolutionary step in large-format sensor technology with improvements in image quality including dynamic range and shadow detail. GEMINI leverages dual sensitivity modes to provide creators with greater flexibility using standard mode or low-light mode. RED will also demonstrate a real-time 8K workflow using a new REDCODE RAW SDK powered by the NVIDIA QUADRO RTX 6000 GPU. By offloading the compute-intensive decoding and debayering of REDCODE RAW footage onto a single NVIDIA GPU, real-time play back, edit and color-grade of RAW 8K footage is possible. Additionally, RED will display its newest accessories. The new RED® DSMC2 Touch 7.0” Ultra-Brite LCD Monitor is a robust, optically-bonded touchscreen with Gorilla® Glass that provides an intuitive way to navigate menus, adjust camera parameters, and review .R3D clips directly out of the camera. It offers a brighter, high-definition viewing experience for recording and viewing footage on DSMC2 camera systems, even in direct sunlight. The DSMC2 PRODUCTION MODULE mounts directly to the DSMC2 camera body and incorporates an industry standard V-Lock mount with integrated battery mount (DSMC2® Gold Mount will be available soon) and P-Tap for 12V accessories. The module delivers a comprehensive array of video, XLR audio, power, and communication connections, including support for 3-pin 24V accessories. It’s also available as a kit.
  3. Panavision, the world-class provider of end-to-end solutions that power the creative vision of filmmakers, will return to BSC Expo (Feb. 1-2) with a demonstration of the company’s comprehensive and expanding ecosystem for feature film, television and commercial productions. Along with Panalux and LEE Filters, the array of integrated technologies – ranging from lenses, camera systems, and accessories, to filters and lights – illustrates the extent to which Panavision is committed to giving filmmakers the most versatile and creative storytelling tools possible. “Panavision is excited to exhibit our latest innovations at BSC Expo and, in particular, to share how our products and services are designed to work together to help creatives tell their stories,” says Kim Snyder, president and CEO of Panavision. “We are delighted to demonstrate the full extent of this growing ecosystem to filmmakers at BSC Expo.” BSC Expo attendees were among the first in the world to get up close and personal with the DXL2 in 2018, and this year visitors can look forward to discovering a host of new options for the large format camera system. New to the DXL2 this year is an integrated C-Motion F.I.Z. module to allow the use of Arri WCU4 wireless lens control handsets with full lens mapping support. This important development broadens the DXL2 ecosystem for the European market. D2E version 1.0 gave DITs the ability to wirelessly control the LUT and CDL directly in the DXL2 camera. New to the DXL2 ecosystem being shown at BSC Expo is the Comtek Audio Module, which is the basis for the D2E 2.0 enhancement. In addition to the LUT and CDL from D2E 1.0, DXL2 now has the ability to receive audio feeds from the sound mixer via the industry standard Comtek transmitter, turning DXL2 in camera proxies into D2E dailies with colour and sound. Further advancing the popularity of the DXL camera system is the DXL-M Module and accessory kit for Red’s DSMC cameras, which includes expansive power and communication ports, the DXL menu system and LiColor2. Also included is an additional SDI output path giving users two independently controlled outputs as well as clones. Notable to the DXL-M package is the Panavision Primo HDR viewfinder and motorized cinema lenses, which create a unique option for filmmakers not found anywhere else. Cinematographers keen to infuse distinct looks into their storytelling will be eager to see and handle the company’s proprietary portfolio of optics. Panavision’s team will be available at BSC Expo to offer tips and guidance on the large-format lenses on display, which include: Panaspeed, a large format update of the classic Primo look, offering the fastest option @ T1.4; Ultra Vista large format anamorphic optics with a 1.65x squeeze; H Series spherical lens set created with vintage glass for a classic portrait look; and the Primo X, the weather-proof compact and aerodynamic drone and gimbal solution. “Panavision’s array of camera and glass options are meeting the demand for large-format filmmaking and illustrate the unmatched creative agility available to filmmakers,” adds Snyder. Additionally, wireless or wired control of DXL2 and DXL-M is now available for Android alongside iOS devices. The Android DXL Control app allows users the option of wired control in situations where wireless is not ideal, such as aerial, underwater, and for Techno cranes. LEE Filters will be present at BSC Expo to highlight their range of next-generation filters, including the latest Zircon gels for essential fine-tuning LED control and ProGlass CINE IRND, the ultimate in precision Neutral Density filters for cinema. Panalux will present a diverse range of products on practical display lighting the booth. In addition, there will be demonstrations of the Cine Reflect Lighting System by The Light Box illustrating how any light source can be shaped by diffusion reflectors to produce natural looking light and shadows. “As a camera and lens manufacturer that also serves filmmakers as a trusted equipment and service provider, Panavision is uniquely positioned to respond to the needs of the community,” notes Jeff Allen, managing director, EAME, Panavision. “All the technologies displayed at BSC Expo, including gels and lights, can be integrated in any combination and for any type and style of production to help creatives tell their stories with maximum control from the moment of capture through delivery and display.”
  4. Today, RED Digital Cinema® introduces the DSMC2® Touch 7.0” Ultra-Brite LCD Monitor to its line of innovative camera accessories. The new RED® DSMC2 Touch 7.0” Ultra-Brite LCD Monitor is a robust, optically-bonded touchscreen with Gorilla® Glass that provides the most intuitive way to navigate menus, adjust camera parameters, and review .R3D clips directly out of the camera. It offers a brighter, high-definition viewing experience for recording and viewing footage on DSMC2 camera systems, even in direct sunlight. A 1920x1200 resolution display panel provides 2,200 nits of brightness to overcome viewing difficulties in bright outdoor environments, and the high pixel density (at 323 ppi) and 1200:1 contrast ratio deliver exceptional image quality. The Ultra-Brite display mounts to RED’s DSMC2 BRAIN®, or other 1/4-20 mounting surfaces, and provides a LEMO connection to the camera, making it an ideal monitoring option for gimbals, cranes, and cabled remote viewing. Shooters can use a DSMC2 LEMO Adaptor A in conjunction with the Ultra-Brite display for convenient mounting options away from the DSMC2 camera BRAIN. A demonstration of the new monitor, priced at $3,750 (U.S.), can be seen here: https://youtu.be/sF2PmdoAZoM Link to Ultra-Brite images here.
  5. As entertainment industry luminaries prepare to swarm Park City for the Sundance Film Festival, Panavision and Light Iron (Panavision’s post production subsidiary) are proud to announce their collaborations with filmmakers on more than 25 projects screening or competing at the 2019 event (Jan. 24 – Feb. 3). The independent filmmakers behind these unique stories leveraged the innovative services of Panavision and Light Iron to provide a full range of offerings from gear to final deliverables. “We’re honored that independent artists join forces with us to achieve their vision,” says Kim Snyder, president and CEO, Panavision. “We are dedicated to delivering the tools and expertise that content creators need, wherever they are in the world, from pre-production to post.” The 2019 Sundance lineup illustrates Panavision’s enduring commitment to supporting the creative community and reinforces the importance of fostering filmmaking around the world. Across a number of titles, Panavision provided camera, lens and accessory packages, as well as dailies, offline editorial, and final color services from Light Iron. The comprehensive and single-point offerings underscore the company’s dedication to meeting the individual needs of independent filmmakers and their budget demands. Snyder adds, “Panavision’s vast portfolio of cameras and lenses coupled with our technical expertise present filmmakers with a phenomenal mix of options to creatively assemble the right equipment for any job. Additionally, the workflow savvy and creative services from Light Iron provide critical components that ensure quality imagery throughout the entire process.” Here’s a look at some of the highly anticipated productions at Sundance supported by Panavision and Light Iron: U.S. Dramatic Competition Big Time Adolescence (dir. Jason Orley, DP Andrew Huebscher) – Camera rental, Superspeed lenses, Panavision New York. Brittany Runs a Marathon (dir. Paul Downs Colaizzo, DP Seamus Tierney) – Camera rental, Primo prime lenses, Panavision New York. Color by Sean Dunckley, Light Iron New York. Hala (dir. Minhal Baig, DP Carolina Costa) – Camera and optics package, Panavision Chicago. Honey Boy (dir. Alma Har'el, DP Natasha Braier, ASC, ADF) – Camera and optics package, Panavision Hollywood. Luce (dir. Julius Onah, DP Larkin Seiple) – Panavision XL2 camera, G Series lenses, Panavision New York. To the Stars (dir. Martha Stephens, DP Andrew Reed) – Camera rental, Primo Prime lenses, Panavision Dallas. Premieres Animals (dir. Sophie Hyde, DP Bryan Mason) – Camera rental, Superspeed lenses, Panavision Ireland. Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil and Vile (dir. Joe Berlinger, DP Brandon Trost) – Camera rental, C Series anamorphic lenses, Panavision Hollywood. Late Night (dir. Nisha Ganatra, DP Matthew Clark) – Camera rental, Primo Zoom lenses, Panavision New York. Dailies by Light Iron New York. Color by Sean Dunckley, Light Iron New York. Paddleton (dir. Alex Lehmann, DP Nathan M. Miller) – Color by Corinne Bogdanowicz, Light Iron Los Angeles. Photograph (dir. Ritesh Batra, DP Ben Kutchins) – Offline editorial rentals, Light Iron New York. The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind - Opening Night Film (dir. Chiwetel Ejiofor, DP Dick Pope, BSC) – Camera rental, Primo Prime lenses, Panavision Johannesburg. The Tomorrow Man (dir. and DP Noble Jones) – Color by Corinne Bogdanowicz, Light Iron Los Angeles. Top End Wedding (dir. Wayne Blair, DP Eric Murray Lui) – Camera and optics package, Panavision Sydney. Troop Zero - Closing Night Film (dir. Bert & Bertie, DP Jim Whitaker) – Dailies by Light Iron New Orleans. Color by Corinne Bogdanowicz, Light Iron Los Angeles. Velvet Buzzsaw (dir. Dan Gilroy, Robert Elswit, ASC) – Panavision Millennium DXL2, Standard Prime lenses, Panavision Woodland Hills. NEXT Competition Selah and the Spades (dir. Tayarisha Poe, DP Jomo Fray) – Camera and optics package, Panavision New York. Color by Steven Bodner, Light Iron New York. The Wolf Hour (dir. Alistair Banks Griffin, DP Khalid Mohtaseb) – Camera rental and T-series, MAP55, and AWZ2.3 lenses, Panavision New York. WORLD Cinema Dramatic Competition Judy and Punch (dir. Mirrah Foulkes, DP Stefan Duscio) – Camera rental, C Series lenses, Panavision Sydney. Midnight Corporate Animals (dir. Patrick Brice, DP Tarin Anderson) – Color by Nick Hasson, Light Iron Los Angeles. Little Monsters (dir. Abe Forsythe, DP Lachlan Milne, ACS) – Camera rental, anamorphic lenses, Panavision Sydney. Spotlight The Nightingale (dir. Jennifer Kent, DP Radek Ladczuk) – Camera rental, PVintage lenses, Panavision Sydney. Doc Premieres Ask Dr. Ruth (dir. Ryan White, DP David Jacobson) – Color by Nick Lareau. Light Iron Los Angeles. Indie Episodic It's Not About Jimmy Keene (Dir. Caleb Jaffe, DP Noble Gray) – Color by Ian Vertovec. Light Iron Los Angeles. Special Events Lorena (dir. Joshua Rofé, DP Ronan Killeen) – Dailies by Light Iron Los Angeles. Color by Nick Lareau, Light Iron Los Angeles. Now Apocalypse (dir. Gregg Araki, DP Sandra Valde-Hansen) – Camera rental, Primo Prime lenses, Panavision Hollywood. U.S. Narrative Shorts Lockdown (dir. Celine Held and Logan George, DP Caleb Heller) – Rental package, Panavision Woodland Hills.
  6. The American Society of Cinematographers (ASC) has chosen two honorees to be feted for their body of work at the 33rd ASC Awards for Outstanding Achievement. Robert Richardson, ASC will receive the ASC Lifetime Achievement Award, and Jeff Jur, ASC will be bestowed the org’s Career Achievement in Television Award. The presentations will be made at the annual ASC Awards gala on February 9, 2019, at the Ray Dolby Ballroom at Hollywood & Highland. The event will also pay tribute to the society’s centennial in 2019. ASC President Kees van Oostrum notes, “Celebrating the accomplishments of exceptionally talented cinematographers like Bob Richardson for his innovative approach to feature films, and Jeff Jur for his brilliant interpretations in the world of television drama, is especially important in today’s day and age of cinematography. As we celebrate our 100th anniversary, I cannot imagine better role models, as both have inspired us, and their work continues to embolden the next generation of cinematographers.” Richardson’s extensive career has spanned nearly four decades and counting. Along the way, he has garnered three Academy Awards® for his cinematography on Hugo (2012), The Aviator (2005), and JFK (1992), in addition to six Oscar® nominations (The Hateful Eight, Django Unchained, Inglourious Basterds, Snow Falling on Cedars, Born on the Fourth of July, Platoon) and four BAFTAs (Hugo, Inglourious Basterds, The Aviator, Platoon). He has worked alongside some of the most renowned director’s in cinema, including Oliver Stone, Martin Scorsese, and Quentin Tarantino. His most recent film is A Private War, in select theaters now, with Once Upon a Time in Hollywood slated for release next year. Richardson began shooting documentaries in the 1980s. His photography on Crossfire for an English TV station caught the eye of Stone, who enlisted Richardson for Salvador. That led to Platoon, and the beginning of a prolific credit list that includes Wall Street, The Doors, A Few Good Men, Natural Born Killers, Casino, Nixon, The Horse Whisperer, both Kill Bill movies, The Good Shepherd, Eat Pray Love, and Live by Night, among others. Born in Massachusetts, Richardson fell in love with movies and studied at the Rhode Island School of Design, before advancing to the American Film Institute in the late 1970s. He apprenticed with such legendary cinematographers as Sven Nykvist, ASC, FSF and Nestor Almendros, ASC, and continues to amass feature and documentary credits, demonstrating amazing artistry in everything he shoots. Jur has received numerous accolades for his wide range of television credits. He collected Emmy® Awards for his artistry on HBO’s Carnivale (2004) and for HBO’s Bessie (2016), in addition to another nomination for Carnivale in 2005. Jur’s work has also been recognized by the ASC, having won Outstanding Achievement Awards for the Showtime movie Last Call (2003) and Carnivale (2004), and earning nominations for Carnivale (2006), ABC’s Flashforward (2010), and Bessie. Jur studied film at Columbia College in Chicago. After school, he stayed in Chicago, where he was a gaffer and assistant cameraman on commercials, industrial films and documentaries. He photographed a number of American Playhouse telefilms, including Any Friend of Nicholas Nickleby Is a Friend of Mine from 1980 to 1984. In between TV projects, he went on to shoot feature films, such as Dirty Dancing, The Big Picture, The Last Seduction, How Stella Got Her Groove Back, Panic, Joy Ride, and My Big Fat Greek Wedding, among others. Jur’s prolific resume includes episodes of the series Invasion (ABC), Dirty Sexy Money (ABC), Perception (TNT), Dexter (Showtime), Resurrection (ABC), Halt & Catch Fire (AMC), Colony (USA), The Catch (ABC), Westworld (HBO), Lodge 49 (AMC), and How to Get Away With Murder (ABC). He also has an impressive list of television movies from Running Mates (HBO), Zooman (Showtime), Murder: Live! (NBC), and First Time Felon (HBO), to Alone (Showtime), On Thin Ice (Lifetime), and Reconstruction (NBC). For information regarding the 33rd ASC Awards, visit www.theasc.com or call 323-969-4333.
  7. RED Digital Cinema announced it is further simplifying its product portfolio with the availability of the DSMC2® DRAGON-X™ 5K S35 camera. RED also announced the DSMC2 PRODUCTION MODULE and DSMC2 PRODUCTION KIT, which are coming soon in early 2019. The DSMC2 DRAGON-X camera uses the award-winning DRAGON sensor technology found in many of RED’s legacy cameras with a evolved sensor board to enable RED’s enhanced image processing pipeline (IPP2) in camera. In addition to IPP2, the DRAGON-X provides 16.5 stops of dynamic range, 5K resolution up to 96 fps in full format and 120 fps at 5K 2.4:1. Consistent with the rest of RED’s DSMC2 line-up, DRAGON-X offers 300 MB/s data transfer speeds and simultaneous recording of REDCODE® RAW and Apple ProRes or Avid DNxHD/HR. The new DSMC2 DRAGON-X is priced at $14,950 / €13,800 / £12,100 and is also available as a fully-configured kit priced at $19,950 / €18,400 / £16,150. The kit includes: • 480GB RED MINI-MAG • Canon lens mount • RED DSMC2 Touch LCD 4.7” Monitor • RED DSMC2 Outrigger Handle • RED V-Lock I/O Expander • Two IDX DUO-C98 batteries with VL-2X charger • G-Technology ev Series RED MINI-MAG Reader • Sigma 18-35mm F1.8 DC HSM Art Lens • Nanuk heavy-duty camera case Both the camera and kit are available today at red.com or through RED’s Authorized Dealers. RED also announced the new DSMC2 PRODUCTION MODULE. Designed for professional shooting configurations, this accessory mounts directly to the DSMC2 camera body and incorporates an industry standard V-Lock mount with integrated battery mount and P-Tap for 12V accessories. The module delivers a comprehensive array of video, XLR audio, power, and communication connections, including support for 3-pin 24V accessories. It has a smaller form factor and is more lightweight than RED’s REDVOLT EXPANDER with a battery module. The DSMC2 PRODUCTION MODULE is available for order and is expected to ship in early 2019 for $4,750 / €4,350 / £3,800. It will also be available as a DSMC2 PRODUCTION KIT that will include: • DSMC2 PRODUCTION MODULE • PRODUCTION HANDLE • DSMC2 PRODUCTION TOP PLATE The DSMC2 PRODUCTION KIT is also available for order and is expected to ship in early 2019 for $6,500 / €5,950 / £5,200. SCARLET-W owners may upgrade to DSMC2 DRAGON-X for $4,950 / €4,600 / £4,050 through RED Authorized Dealers or directly from RED.
  8. The 13th annual Hollywood Professional Association (HPA) Awards took place tonight, honoring the accomplishments of industry luminaries, behind-the-scenes artists and outstanding engineering teams. The HPA Awards set the bar for creative and technical achievement, recognizing individuals and companies for outstanding contributions made in the creation of feature films, television, commercials, and entertainment content enjoyed around the world. Awards were given to talented individuals and teams working in twelve creative craft categories, including color grading, sound, editing and visual effects for commercials, television and feature film. Victoria Alonso, EVP Production of Marvel, was honored with the HPA Charles S. Swartz Award, and special awards were presented for Engineering Excellence. The many social movements, including #metoo, of the past year that effectively harnessed the power of technology to bring positive change to our industry were also acknowledged during the show. The winners of the 2018 HPA Awards are: Creative Categories Outstanding Color Grading – Feature Film WINNER: “Alpha” Maxine Gervais // Technicolor – Hollywood “Avengers: Infinity War” Steven J. Scott, Charles Bunnag // Technicolor – Hollywood “Red Sparrow” Dave Hussey // Company 3 “The Shape of Water” Chris Wallace // Deluxe – Toronto “The Greatest Showman” Tim Stipan // Company 3 Outstanding Color Grading – Television WINNER: “The Crown – Paterfamilias" Asa Shoul // Molinare “Damnation – Sam Riley’s Body” Paul Allia // Picture Shop “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel – Pilot” Steven Bodner // Light Iron “Game of Thrones – Beyond the Wall” Joe Finley // Sim “The Crossing – Pilot” Tony Smith // Picture Shop Outstanding Color Grading – Commercial WINNER (TIE): Volkswagen – "Kids’ Dreams" Adam Scott // The Mill WINNER (TIE): Zara – "Spring/Summer 2018 Main" Tim Masick // Company 3 Bottega Veneta – "Spring/Summer 2018 Trailer" Tim Masick // Company 3 Tile – "Lost Panda" Tom Poole // Company 3 Audi – "Final Breath" Sofie Borup // Company 3 Outstanding Editing – Feature Film Sponsored by Blackmagic Design WINNER: “A Quiet Place” Christopher Tellefsen, ACE “Coco” Steve Bloom “You Were Never Really Here” Joe Bini “Mission: Impossible – Fallout” Eddie Hamilton, ACE “Believer” Demian Fenton Outstanding Editing – Television (30 Minutes and Under) Sponsored by Blackmagic Design WINNER: “VICE – After the Fall” Kelly Kendrick // Vice “The End of the F***ing World – Episode One” Mike Jones “Vida – Episode 6” JoAnne Yarrow “Barry – Chapter Eight: Know Your Truth" Kyle Reiter “Vice Principals –The Union of the Wizard and The Warrior" Justin Bourret Outstanding Editing – Television (Over 30 Minutes) Sponsored by Blackmagic Design WINNER: “The Defiant Ones – Part 2” Doug Pray, Lasse Järvi “Stranger Things – Chapter Nine: The Gate” Kevin D. Ross, ACE “Game of Thrones – The Dragon and the Wolf” Crispin Green “Westworld – The Passenger” Anna Hauger, Mako Kamitsuna, MPEG, Andrew Seklir, ACE “Counterpart – The Crossing" Dana E. Glauberman, ACE Outstanding Sound – Feature Film WINNER: “The Shape of Water” Christian Cooke, Brad Zoern, Nelson Ferreira, Nathan Robitaille // Deluxe - Toronto “Ant-Man and The Wasp” Katy Wood, Addison Teague, Juan Peralta, Tom Johnson // Skywalker Sound “Avengers: Infinity War” Shannon Mills, Tom Johnson, Juan Peralta, Dan Laurie // Skywalker Sound “Blade Runner 2049” Mark Mangini, Ron Bartlett, Theo Green, Doug Hemphill, Mac Ruth // Formosa Group “Black Panther” Benjamin A. Burtt, Steve Boeddeker, Brandon Proctor // Skywalker Sound Outstanding Sound – Television WINNER: “Altered Carbon – Out of The Past” Brett Hinton, Mark Allen, Owen Granich-Young, Andy King, Keith Rogers // Atomic Sound “Yellowstone – Daybreak” Alan Robert Murray, Tim LeBlanc, Dean Zupancic // Warner Bros. “Waco – Operation Showtime” Craig Mann, Kelly Oxford, Laura Wiest, Karen Vassar Triest, David Brownlow, Beau Borders // Technicolor – Hollywood “Dark – Secret” Alexander Würtz, Achim Hofmann, Jorg Elsner, Christian Bichoff // ARRI Media GmbH Ansgar Frerich // Basis Berlin “Yellowstone – Kill the Messenger” Alan Robert Murray, Tim LeBlanc, Dean Zupancic // Warner Bros. Outstanding Sound – Commercial WINNER: OXFAM – “The Heist No One is Talking About” Neil Johnson // Factory Studios KIA – “Fueled by Youth” Nathan Dubin // Margarita Mix SANE – “Let Me Talk” Anthony Moore, Jack Hallett // Factory Studios Monster – “Opportunity Roars” Tom Jucarone // Sound Lounge ICRC – “Hope” Anthony Moore // Factory Studios Outstanding Visual Effects – Feature Film WINNER: “Avengers: Infinity War” Matt Aitken, Charles Tait, Paul Story, Sidney Kombo-Kintombo, Marvyn Young // Weta Digital “Maze Runner: The Death Cure” R. Christopher White, Daniel Macarin, Phillip Leonhardt, Paul Ramsden, Jeremy Fort // Weta Digital “Blade Runner 2049” Richard Clegg, Axel Akesson, Wesley Chandler, Stefano Carta, Ian Cooke-Grimes // MPC “Rampage” Erik Winquist, Benjamin Pickering, Stephen Unterfranz, Thrain Shadbolt, David Clayton // Weta Digital “Thor: Ragnarok” Kyle McCulloch, Alexis Wajsbrot, Ben Loch, Harry Bardak // Framestore Outstanding Visual Effects – Television (Under 13 Episodes) WINNER: “Game of Thrones – Beyond The Wall” Joe Bauer, Steve Kullback, Ted Rae // HBO Eric Carney // The Third Floor David Ramos // El Ranchito “Altered Carbon – Out of The Past” Everett Burrell, Tony Meagher, Steve Moncur, Christine Lemon, Paul Jones // DNEG “Outlander – Eye of The Storm” Richard Briscoe // Outlander Production Daniel Norlund, Filip Orrby // Goodbye Kansas Aladino Debert, Greg Teegarden // Digital Domain “Black Mirror – Metalhead" Russell McLean // House of Tomorrow Michael Bell, Pete Levy, Steven Godfrey, Stafford Lawrence // DNEG “Westworld – The Passenger” Jay Worth, Bruce Branit // Deep Water FX Bobo Skipper // Important Looking Pirates Kama Moiha // COSA VFX Mike Enriquez // DNEG Outstanding Visual Effects – Television (Over 13 Episodes) WINNER: “Agents of SHIELD – Orientation: Part 1” Mark Kolpack, Sabrina Arnold // Marvel Kevin Yuille, David Rey, Hnedel Maximore // FuseFX “Supergirl – For Good” Armen V. Kevorkian, Gevork Babityan, Kris Cabrera, Jerry Chalupnik, Jason Shulman // Encore VFX “Hawaii Five-O – A’ole e ‘olelo mai ana ke ahi ua ana ia” Adam Avitabile, Daniel Toomey, Michael Kirylo, Ryan Smolarek, Wayne Hollingsworth // Picture Shop “Legends of Tomorrow – The Good, The Bad and The Cuddly” Armen V. Kevorkian, Andranik Taranyan, Jason Shulman, Dan Aprea, Lycee Anaya // Encore VFX “NCIS: LA – A Line in the Sand/Ninguna Salida" Dylan Chudzynski, Michael Carter, Joe Suzuki, Jacob Kuhne // DigitalFilm Tree The following special awards, which were previously announced, were also presented this evening: HPA Engineering Excellence Award The winners of the 2018 HPA Award for Engineering Excellence are: · Blackmagic Design - DaVinci Resolve 15 DaVinci Resolve 15, released at NAB this year, offers a major step forward for the post-production workflow, a significant shift in technically and creatively matched toolsets as well as overall efficiency. The platform, designed to provide a full suite of post-production tools, from ingest to delivery, directly integrated in a single ecosystem, includes significant improvements in quality, functionality and time to delivery. Exchange formats, translation and conform can be eliminated, and last-minute change efficiently managed for feature film, episodic TV and short form productions. · Canon - Visual and Technical Monitoring of HDR Images Canon has seen the need for not only visually seeing HDR images on set, in editorial, and in finishing but also for engineering tools to know exact values of the HDR images and its pixels; compare SDR and HDR images; compare different HDR deliverable systems; out of gamut warnings; and connection to various manufacturers camera metadata. This complete system from Canon ensures that HDR and SDR image creation is easily and accurately be accomplished. · Cinnafilm, Inc. – PixelStrings PixelStrings is a cloud-based video conversion service focusing on ultimate playback quality for media. Leveraging the award-winning framerate conversion, retiming, artifact/noise/telecine correction, and transcode technologies from Cinnafilm, this PaaS enables the mass creation of best-possible video versions while leveraging infinite, GPU-enabled cloud compute power. The platform is a growing hub of other best-of-breed media technologies and is a simple pay-as-you-use toolset available 24/7 though a browser. PixelStings enables the freedom of a predictable OpEx process. · IBM Aspera & Telestream - Telestream Vantage with Lightspeed Live Capture IBM Aspera and Telestream have developed a game-changing solution for high-speed capture and production of live, broadcast quality video from remote locations for faster production turnaround. The API integration of Aspera’s FASPStream streaming technology with Telestream Vantage and Lightspeed Live enables open-file workflows so production teams can work on live video feeds from remote locations in real time, with dramatically lower costs compared to satellite delivery, fiber or on-location production and more flexible deployment options. The HPA Engineering Excellence Award is recognized as one of the most important technology honors in the industry, spotlighting companies and individuals who draw upon technical and creative ingenuity to develop breakthrough technologies. Submissions for this peer-judged award may include products or processes and must represent a step forward for its industry beneficiaries. Honorable Mention was awarded to Samsung for Samsung Onyx. Charles S. Swartz Award The Charles S. Swartz Award is awarded to a person, group, or company that has made a significant artistic, technological, business or educational impact across diverse aspects of the media industry. The award recognizes broad, impactful and lasting contributions that have advanced and/or provided some unique purpose to the larger media content ecosystem. This year’s honoree is Victoria Alonso, respected producer and Executive Vice President, Production for Marvel Studios. More information about the HPA Awards and the Hollywood Professional Association can be found at http://www.hpaonline.com/. The HPA Awards, which are produced by Homerun Entertainment, are made possible through the generous sponsorship of Diamond Title Sponsor Blackmagic Design; Platinum Sponsor IMAX; Bronze Sponsors Avid and Sony Pictures Post; and Foundation Members Avid, Dolby, EFILM, Encore, and Stereo D.
  9. Panavision, a world-class provider of state-of-the art optics, camera systems, lighting, filters, and post production services, will showcase an array of advancements in optics at their Lens Bar at EnergaCamerimage International Film Festival of Cinematography, which runs November 10-17 in Bydgoszcz, Poland. Panavision will also host a conversation with Camerimage Lifetime Achievement recipient Witold Sobocinski, PSC, and explore the benefits of an HDR workflow. Panavision’s workshops will be held on Nov. 13, beginning with the much-anticipated conversation with Sobocinski in the MCK at 11.00. The renowned cinematographer’s credits include “Frantic,” the Oscar®-nominated “The Promised Land,” “The Wedding,” and “O-Bi, O-Ba – The End of Civilization.” He will be joined by his grandsons Piotr Sobocinski Jr. (“Bogowie”) and Michal Sobocinski (“The Art of Loving”) who carry on the family’s cinematic legacy. At 14:00, Panavision will present “Cinematic Change: HDR for Cinematographers.” With 4K HDR as the viewing standard, Panavision experts will discuss how cinematographers can remain in control of their images throughout the workflow based on knowledge of the various post-production options. In the Opera Nova, Panavision’s popular Lens Bar will include demonstrations of the latest large-format and anamorphic lenses available, as well as previews of upcoming, innovative glass options: PanaSpeed – A large-format update of the classic Primo look. At T1.4, PanaSpeed are the fastest large-format lenses available today. T Series – A set of unique anamorphic glass that includes high contrast, well-balanced aberration control, excellent glare resistance, tightly controlled anamorphic squeeze ratio, and minimal breathing. H Series – A traditionally designed spherical lens set with a glamorous, rounded, soft roll-off, giving a pleasing tonal quality to the skin. Created with true vintage glass and coating, these lenses offer slightly elevated blacks for softer contrast. High speeds separate subject and background with a smooth edge transition, allowing subject to appear naturally placed within the depth of the image. Ultra Vista – Coming in 2019, this lens is a series of large-format anamorphic optics. Using a custom 1.6x squeeze, Ultra Vista covers the full height of the 8K sensor in the DXL and presents an ultra-widescreen 2.76:1 aspect ratio along with a classic elliptical bokeh and Panavision horizontal flare. Primo X - Also available in 2019, this lens will make its mark as the first cinema lens specially designed for use on drones and gimbals. They are fully sealed, weather proof, and counterbalanced to be aerodynamic, and able to easily maintain a proper center of gravity. Primo X lenses come in two primes – 14mm (T3.1) and 24mm (T1.6) – and one 24-70mm zoom (T2.8). Additionally, Panavision’s Millennium DXL2 8K camera will be on display for hands-on demonstrations. A premier, large-format imaging ecosystem, the DXL2 offers 16 stops of dynamic range with unmatched shadow detail, a native ISO setting of 1600, and 12-bit ProRes XQ up to 120 fps. At 10 pounds (4.5 kilos), it is the lightest large-format studio camera available, offering wireless controls, a directly editable workflow option (D2E), and Light Iron Color 2 (LiColor2), among other features. The DXL2 has become a top camera of choice for cinematographers and camera crews working on features, television, commercials and music videos. Panavision will also share the newly created DXL-M accessory kit, available in Q4 2018. Designed to work with RED Digital Cinema DSMC2 cameras, it delivers the popular features of the DXL to RED MONSTRO, GEMINI, and HELIUM sensors, such as the DXL menu system (via an app for the iPhone), LiColor2, motorized lenses, wireless timecode (ACN), and the Primo HDR viewfinder. Panavision LCND will make its European debut at Camerimage. The cinema’s first dynamically adjustable liquid crystal neutral density filter instantly adjusts up to six individual stops with a single click or ramp – a significant departure from traditional approaches to front-of-lens filters, which require carrying a set and manually swapping individual NDs based on changing light. LCND starts at 0.3 and goes through 0.6, 0.9, 1.2, 1.5, to 1.8. It is expected to be available in 2019. Panalux, a Panavision company, will also be set up in the Opera Nova providing demonstrations of a variety of lighting setups and formats made possible with a wide range of lighting equipment and control systems. Award-winning LEE Filters, also a Panavision company, will showcase their range of next-generation filters, including their latest products, the Zircon Filter range for LED control and the CineND, neutral density.
  10. The American Society of Cinematographers (ASC) named the 2018 Student Heritage Award winners during a ceremony at the organization’s clubhouse in Hollywood on October 13. Three student filmmakers were honored for demonstrating exceptional abilities in cinematography based on their submitted work. The competition is designed to showcase rising talent and inspire the next generation of filmmakers. The 2018 winners are: ASC Sol Negrin Student Heritage Award – Graduate Category: Steven Breckon for A Place to Stay, American Film Institute (AFI) ASC Gerald Hirschfield Student Heritage Award – Undergraduate Category: Matthew Hayward for The Latent Image, Columbia College Chicago ASC Haskell Wexler Student Documentary Award: Alejandro Cortes Sanchez for Adrift, School of Visual Arts NYC A panel of ASC members judged the entries, and the winners were selected from 13 nominees. “The future of cinematography promises to be exciting, especially after seeing the level of work coming from this year’s submissions,” says ASC President Kees van Oostrum. “The skill and artistry of the next generation should be an inspiration to all of us who create and capture images every day.” The ASC Student Heritage Awards are unique, as they also celebrate the memory of revered cinematographers and are re-named for esteemed ASC members each year. Negrin was nominated for five Emmy Awards — three for his work on the detective drama Kojak, one for the telefilm The Last Tenant, and one for an episode of the series Baker’s Dozen. His cinematography in television commercials also earned four Clio Awards. Negrin received the ASC Presidents Award in 2010 in recognition of not only his expertise behind the camera, but for being an ambassador of the art and craft of cinematography. Hirschfeld was honored with the ASC Presidents Award in 2007. His reputation for being a precise, exacting perfectionist led to his first major feature assignment, shooting the Cold War drama Fail-Safe for director Sidney Lumet. He would go on to shoot some 40 feature films, including The Incident, Goodbye Columbus, Cotton Comes to Harlem, Diary of a Mad Housewife, Young Frankenstein, Two Minute Warning, The World’s Greatest Lover, The Bell Jar, Neighbors, My Favorite Year and To Be or Not to Be. Wexler began his career shooting documentaries and remained a passionate documentarian throughout his career. He earned an Academy Award® in 1966 for Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? and a second Oscar® in 1976 for Bound for Glory. He also received nominations for One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest (shared with Bill Butler, ASC), Matewan and Blaze. In 1969, Wexler wrote, directed and shot Medium Cool, which is studied by film students worldwide for its cinéma vérité style. In 1992, he was honored with the ASC Lifetime Achievement Award. 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. 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). The 33rd Annual ASC Awards take place February 9, 2019. The student winners will be commemorated during the gala as well.
  11. The American Society of Cinematographers (ASC) is now taking submissions for the television competition of its 33rd Annual ASC Awards for Outstanding Achievement in Cinematography. The event, which will also salute the organization’s 100th anniversary, takes place February 9, 2019, at the Ray Dolby Ballroom at Hollywood & Highland, and winners will be announced in all categories. Three categories comprise the TV awards: • Episode of a Television Series – Commercial (half hour and one hour) • Episode of a Television Series – Non-Commercial (half hour and one hour) • Motion Picture, Miniseries, or Pilot Made for TV The deadline to enter is November 5 by 5 p.m. (PT). To qualify, shows must have a premiere broadcast date in the United States between November 1, 2017, and October 31, 2018. Entry forms can be downloaded at here on the ASC website. In addition to the TV awards, the ASC gala in February will recognize the year’s best feature film cinematography, as well as lifetime honorees. For a complete timeline of the 33rd ASC Awards, visit this link.
  12. The Hollywood Professional Association (HPA) has announced the 2018 nominees for the HPA Awards creative categories. The Awards are considered the standard bearer for creative excellence and technical innovation in an industry embracing an expanding array of groundbreaking technologies and creativity, honoring achievement and artistic excellence by individuals and teams who bring stories to life and outstanding content to audiences around the world. Launched in 2006, the HPA Awards recognize outstanding achievement in editing, sound, visual effects and color grading for work in television, commercials, and feature films. The winners of the 13th Annual HPA Awards will be announced at a gala ceremony on 15 November 2018 at the Skirball Cultural Center in Los Angeles, CA. Outstanding Color Grading – Feature Film “Avengers: Infinity War” Steven J. Scott, Charles Bunnag // Technicolor – Hollywood “Red Sparrow" Dave Hussey // Company 3 “The Shape of Water” Chris Wallace // Deluxe – Toronto “Alpha” Maxine Gervais // Technicolor – Hollywood “The Greatest Showman” Tim Stipan // Company 3 Outstanding Color Grading – Television “Damnation – Sam Riley’s Body” Paul Allia // Picture Shop “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel – Pilot” Steven Bodner // Light Iron “The Crown – Paterfamilias" Asa Shoul // Molinare “Game of Thrones – Beyond the Wall” Joe Finley // Sim “The Crossing – Pilot” Tony Smith // Picture Shop Outstanding Color Grading – Commercial Bottega Veneta – "Spring/Summer 2018 Trailer" Tim Masick // Company 3 Tile – "Lost Panda" Tom Poole // Company 3 Volkswagen – "Kids Dream" Adam Scott // The Mill Audi – "Final Breath" Sofie Borup // Company 3 Bottega Veneta – "Spring/Summer 2018 Main" Tim Masick // Company 3 Outstanding Editing – Feature Film Sponsored by Blackmagic Design “A Quiet Place” Christopher Tellefsen, ACE “Coco” Steve Bloom “You Were Never Really Here” Joe Bini “Mission: Impossible – Fallout” Eddie Hamilton, ACE “Believer” Demian Fenton Outstanding Editing – Television (30 Minutes and Under) Sponsored by Blackmagic Design “The End of the F***ing World – Episode One” Mike Jones “Vida – Episode 6” JoAnne Yarrow “VICE – After the Fall” Kelly Kendrick // Vice “Barry – Chapter Eight: Know Your Truth" Kyle Reiter “Vice Principals –The Union of the Wizard and The Warrior" Jeff Seibenick Outstanding Editing – Television (Over 30 Minutes) Sponsored by Blackmagic Design “Stranger Things – Chapter Nine: The Gate” Kevin D. Ross, ACE “The Defiant Ones – Part 2” Doug Pray, Lasse Järvi “Game of Thrones – The Dragon and the Wolf” Crispin Green “Westworld – The Passenger” Anna Hauger, Mako Kamitsuna, MPEG, Andrew Seklir, ACE “Counterpart – The Crossing" Dana E. Glauberman, ACE Outstanding Sound – Feature Film “Ant-Man and The Wasp” Katy Wood, Addison Teague, Juan Peralta, Tom Johnson // Skywalker Sound “The Shape of Water” Christian Cooke, Brad Zoern, Nelson Ferreira, Nathan Robitaille // Deluxe - Toronto “Avengers: Infinity War” Shannon Mills, Tom Johnson, Juan Peralta, Dan Laurie // Skywalker Sound “Blade Runner 2049” Mark Mangini, Ron Bartlett, Theo Green, Doug Hemphill, Mac Ruth // Formosa Group “Black Panther” Benjamin A. Burtt, Steve Boeddeker, Brandon Proctor // Skywalker Sound Outstanding Sound – Television “Yellowstone – Daybreak” Allan Murray, Tim LeBlanc, Dean Zupancic // Warner Bros “Waco – Operation Showtime” Craig Mann, Kelly Oxford, Laura Wiest, Karen Vassar Triest, David Brownlow, Beau Borders // Technicolor – Hollywood “Dark – Secret” Alexander Wurtz, Achim Hofmann, Jorg Elsner, Ansgar Frerich, Christian Bichoff // Basis Berlin “Yellowstone – Kill the Messenger” Allan Murray, Tim LeBlanc, Dean Zupancic // Warner Bros. “Altered Carbon – Out of The Past” Brett Hinton, Mark Allen, Owen Granich-Young, Andy King, Keith Rogers // Atomic Sound Outstanding Sound – Commercial OXFAM – “The Heist No One is Talking About” Neil Johnson // Factory Studios KIA – “Fueled by Youth" Nathan Dubin // Margarita Mix SANE – “Let Me Talk” Anthony Moore, Jack Hallett // Factory Studios Monster – “Opportunity Roars” Tom Jucarone // Sound Lounge ICRC – “Hope” Anthony Moore // Factory Studios Outstanding Visual Effects – Feature Film “Maze Runner: The Death Cure” R. Christopher White, Daniel Macarin, Philip Leonhardt, Paul Ramsden, Jeremy Fort // Weta Digital “Blade Runner 2049” Richard Clegg, Axel Akesson, Wesley Chandler, Stefano Carta, Ian Cooke-Grimes // MPC “Rampage” Erik Winquist, Benjamin Pickering, Stephen Unterfranz, Thrain Shadbolt, David Clayton // Weta Digital “Thor: Ragnarok” Kyle McCulloch, Alexis Wajsbrot, Ben Loch, Harry Bardak // Framestore “Avengers: Infinity War” Matt Aitken, David Conley, Charles Tait, Paul Story, Marvyn Young // Weta Digital Outstanding Visual Effects – Television (Under 13 Episodes) “Altered Carbon – Out of The Past” Everett Burrell, Tony Meagher, Steve Moncur, Christine Lemon, Paul Jones // DNEG “Outlander – Eye of The Storm" Richard Briscoe // Outlander Production Daniel Norlund, Filip Orrby // Goodbye Kansas Aladino Debert, Greg Teegarden // Digital Domain “Black Mirror – Metalhead" Russel McLean, Michael Bell, Pete Levy, Steven Godfrey, Stafford Lawrence // DNEG “Game of Thrones – Beyond The Wall” Joe Bauer, Steve Kullback, Ted Rae, Eric Carney // HBO David Ramos // El Ranchito “Westworld – The Passenger” Jay Worth, Bruce Branit // Deep Water FX Bobo Skipper // Important Looking Pirates Kama Moiha // COSA VFX Mike Enriquez // DNEG Outstanding Visual Effects – Television (Over 13 Episodes) “Supergirl – For Good” Armen V. Kevorkian, Gevork Babityan, Kris Cabrera, Jerry Chalupnik, Jason Shulman // Encore VFX “Agents of SHIELD – Orientation: Part 1” Mark Kolpack, Sabrina Arnold // Marvel Kevin Yuille, David Ray, Hnedel Maximore // FuseFX “Hawaii Five-O – A’ole e ‘olelo mai ana ke ahi ua ana ia” Adam Avitabile, Daniel Toomey, Michael Kirylo, Ryan Smolarek, Wayne Hollingsworth // Picture Shop “Legends of Tomorrow – The Good, The Bad and The Cuddly” Armen V. Kevorkian, Andranik Taranyan, Jason Shulman, Dan Aprea, Lycee Anaya // Encore VFX “NCIS: LA – A Line in the Sand/Ninguna Salida" Dylan Chudzynski, Michael Carter, Joe Suzuki, Jacob Kuhne // DigitalFilm Tree As previously announced, Victoria Alonso has been named the recipient of the Charles S. Swartz Award. Alonso is a respected producer and is Executive Vice President, Production for Marvel Studios. The winners of the coveted Engineering Excellence Award, Blackmagic Design (DaVinci Resolve 15), Canon (Visual and Technical Monitoring of HDR Images), Cinnafilm, Inc. (PixelStrings), and IBM Aspera & Telestream (Telestream Vantage with Lightspeed Live Capture powered by Aspera), were announced earlier this year. All awards will be bestowed at the HPA Awards gala. The HPA Awards gala ceremony is expected to be a sold-out affair and early ticket purchase is encouraged. Tickets for the HPA Awards are on sale now, online at www.hpaawards.net or by calling +1 (818) 273-1482. More information about the HPA Awards and the Hollywood Professional Association can be found at www.hpaonline.com or by calling the HPA at +1 (818) 273-1482. The HPA Awards take place with the support of diamond title sponsor Blackmagic Design, platinum sponsor IMAX, bronze sponsors Avid and Sony Pictures Post Production Services, supporting sponsors Cinionic, EFILM, FuseFX, Sim, Stephen Arnold Music, and Wipster, and foundation members Avid, Dolby, Efilm, Encore, and Deluxe. For sponsorship information, contact Joyce Cataldo at jcataldo@hpaonline.com.
  13. Contenders for the American Society of Cinematographers (ASC) 2018 Student Heritage Awards have been unveiled today by the organization. Designed to inspire the next generation, the awards recognize graduate, undergraduate and documentary cinematography students for their exceptional work. The 13 nominees this year hail from 10 universities nationwide, and winners will be announced October 13. The ASC Student Heritage Awards also celebrate the memory of an exceptional cinematographer and are re-named each year in honor of esteemed ASC members. This year’s Undergraduate Award is named in honor of Gerald Hirschfeld, ASC and the Graduate Award honors Sol Negrin, ASC. The Documentary category is dedicated to Haskell Wexler, ASC. Finalists for this year’s student awards are: ASC Sol Negrin, ASC Student Heritage Award – Graduate Category: • Brody Anderson for Drawn Curtains, Chapman University – Dodge College • Steven Breckon for A Place to Stay, American Film Institute (AFI) • Andres Gallegos for Shoe Shiner, San Francisco State University • Yair Halper for Sauna, American Film Institute (AFI) • Heyjin Jun for Difficult People, University of Southern California (USC) School of Cinematic Arts ASC Gerald Hirschfield, ASC Student Heritage Award – Undergraduate Category: • Jack Craymer for Sonora, Chapman University – Dodge College • Matthew Hayward for The Latent Image, Columbia College Chicago • Grace Marrero for The Girl and the Bird, Florida State University (FSU) College of Motion Picture Arts • Simms Wright for Sodium Vapor Nights, University of North Carolina (UNC) School of the Arts ASC Haskell Wexler Student Documentary Award: • Alejandro Cortes Sanchez for Adrift, School of Visual Arts NYC • Rachel Lattin for Monumental, Chapman University – Dodge College • Minagi Tanaka for She Comes at Night, State University of New York at New Paltz • Xinzhong Zhao for Francis Ford Coppola’s Live Cinema, University of California Los Angeles (UCLA) Negrin was nominated for five Emmy Awards — three for his work on the detective drama Kojak, one for the telefilm The Last Tenant, and one for an episode of the series Baker’s Dozen. His cinematography in television commercials also earned four Clio Awards. Negrin received the ASC Presidents Award in 2010 in recognition of not only his expertise behind the camera, but for being an ambassador of the art and craft of cinematography. In 2007, Hirschfeld was honored with the ASC Presidents Award. His reputation for being a precise, exacting perfectionist led to his first major feature assignment, shooting the Cold War drama Fail-Safe for director Sidney Lumet. He would go on to shoot some 40 feature films, including The Incident, Goodbye Columbus, Cotton Comes to Harlem, Diary of a Mad Housewife, Young Frankenstein, Two Minute Warning, The World’s Greatest Lover, The Bell Jar, Neighbors, My Favorite Year and To Be or Not to Be. Wexler began his career shooting documentaries and remained a passionate documentarian throughout his career. He earned an Academy Award® in 1966 for Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? and a second Oscar® in 1976 for Bound for Glory. He also received nominations for One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest (shared with Bill Butler, ASC), Matewan and Blaze. In 1969, Wexler wrote, directed and shot Medium Cool, which is studied by film students worldwide for its cinéma vérité style. In 1992, he was honored with the ASC Lifetime Achievement Award. 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. 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_cineamtographer).
  14. Saban Capital Acquisition Corp. (NASDAQ:SCAC) (“Saban Capital Acquisition Corp.”), a publicly traded special purpose acquisition company, Panavision Inc. ("Panavision"), and Sim Video International Inc. ("Sim") announced today that the companies have entered into a definitive business combination agreement to create a premier global provider of end-to-end production and post-production services to the entertainment industry. The combined company will be well positioned to capitalize on the continued growth of content production spending and enhance the scope of service offerings to its customers. Under the terms of the business combination agreement, Panavision and Sim will become wholly-owned subsidiaries of Saban Capital Acquisition Corp. Immediately following the proposed transactions, Saban Capital Acquisition Corp. intends to change its name to Panavision Holdings Inc. (the “Company”) and is expected to continue to trade on the Nasdaq stock exchange. Headquartered in Woodland Hills, California, Panavision is an iconic designer, manufacturer and provider of high precision optics and camera technology for the entertainment industry and a leading global provider of production-critical equipment and services. Headquartered in Toronto, Canada, Sim is a leading provider of production and post-production solutions with facilities in Los Angeles, Vancouver, Atlanta, New York and Toronto. The transaction reflects a valuation for the combined entity of $622 million (inclusive of debt) or approximately 5.9x fiscal year 2018 estimated Adjusted EBITDA. The cash component of the purchase price to be paid to the equity holders of Panavision and Sim will be funded by Saban Capital Acquisition Corp.’s cash in trust, which is approximately $250 million, a $55 million private placement of common stock at $10.00 per share secured from a mix of premier institutional investors as well as an affiliate of Saban Sponsor LLC and newly raised debt financing. Upon the closing of the proposed transaction, Kim Snyder, President and Chief Executive Officer of Panavision will serve as Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, and Bill Roberts, Chief Financial Officer of Panavision, will serve in that role for the combined company. “We are excited to partner with Kim along with the Panavision and Sim teams to capitalize on the explosive growth in content spending,” commented Haim Saban, Chairman of Saban Capital Acquisition Corp. He continued, “Advancements in technology and the emergence of streaming have fundamentally changed how consumers watch and discover content. This is driving significant growth in the market for production and post-production services. This secular trend creates a tremendous opportunity for Panavision to leverage its leading technology and pursue opportunistic acquisitions to grow in a manner that is agnostic to the content creator and distribution channel.” Adam Chesnoff, President and Chief Executive Officer of Saban Capital Acquisition Corp., commented, “This transaction creates a leading global platform ideally positioned to capitalize on the rapid growth in content production. The combination of these two companies will create the foremost provider of end-to-end production and post-production services. Combining this platform with Saban’s wide-ranging global media relationships, experience in production, and successful track record of creating value for its partners, will position the Company to accelerate growth and pursue complementary acquisitions. We are excited about the potential.” “For nearly 65 years, Panavision has proudly served the entertainment industry providing cutting-edge equipment and exemplary service to support the creative vision of our customers,” says Kim Snyder, Chairman and CEO of the combined company. “This acquisition will leverage the best of Panavision’s and Sim’s resources by providing comprehensive products and services to best address the ever-adapting needs of content creators globally. These complementary companies subscribe to the same strategic vision: to support our customers as the category-defining provider of end-to-end production and post-production services.” “Combining the talent and integrated services of Sim with two of the biggest names in the business, Panavision and Saban, will accelerate our strategic plan,” added James Haggarty, President and CEO of Sim. “The resulting scale of the new combined enterprise will better serve our clients and help shape the content-creation landscape,” continued Haggarty. The respective boards of directors of Saban Capital Acquisition Corp., Panavision and Sim have unanimously approved the proposed transactions. Completion of the proposed transactions are subject to Saban Capital Acquisition Corp. stockholder approval, certain regulatory approvals and other customary closing conditions. The parties expect that the proposed transactions will be completed in the first quarter of 2019. For additional information on the proposed transaction, see Saban Capital Acquisition Corp.’s Current Report on Form 8-K, which will be filed promptly and can be obtained at the website of the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”) at www.sec.gov. Deutsche Bank Securities Inc. and Goldman Sachs & Co. LLC are serving as financial advisors, capital markets advisors and private placement agents and Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP and Dentons Canada LLP are serving as legal advisors to Saban Capital Acquisition Corp. Houlihan Lokey, Inc. is serving as financial advisor, Citi is serving as Capital Markets Advisor, and Kirkland & Ellis, LLP and Osler, Hoskin & Harcourt LLP are serving as legal advisors to Panavision. Marckenz Group Capital Advisors is serving as financial advisor and Stikeman Elliott LLP is serving as legal advisor to Sim.
  15. RED Digital Cinema will showcase its DSMC2™ camera line-up at IBC in Amsterdam from September 14 - 17. Located in Hall 13, Elicium Tower, 4th Floor, RED will feature its DSMC2 camera brain with three sensor options – MONSTRO 8K VV, HELIUM 8K S35 and GEMINI 5K S35. Additionally, RED will demonstrate an 8K workflow, covering 8K REDCODE RAW, HDR, and its enhanced image processing pipeline (IPP2). RED experts will be available to answer questions and offer insight into the possibilities for efficiently producing 8K projects. The DSMC2 camera BRAIN includes high-end frame rates and data rates regardless of the sensor chosen. RED’s modular camera system allows a shooter to configure a fully operational camera setup to meet their individual needs. RED offers a range of accessories including display and control functionality, input/output modules, mounting equipment, and methods of powering the camera. The DSMC2 camera is capable of up to 60 frames per second at 8K, offers 300 MB/s data transfer speeds, and simultaneous recording of REDCODE® RAW and Apple ProRes or Avid DNxHD/HR. The flexibility of RED’s modular camera designs with accompanying accessories and integration solutions can also be seen on the show floor through a variety of manufacturers, including Sigma, Cooke, Zeiss, Angenieux, Schneider Optics, Teradek, CoreSWX, Fujifilm and Motion Impossible. Projects shot on RED include the upcoming Voyage of Dr. Doolittle (Guillermo Navarro, ASC), A Million Little Pieces (Jeff Cronenweth, ASC), Maleficent 2 (Henry Braham, BSC), and King of Thieves (Danny Cohen, BSC), among many other productions, including Eighth Grade (Andrew Wehde), Mindhunter (Erik Messerschmidt), Stranger Things (Tim Ives), Godless (Steven Meizler), GLOW (Christian Sprenger), and House of Cards (David M. Dunlap), to name a few.
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