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  1. The American Society of Cinematographers (ASC) will celebrate the 35thASC Outstanding Achievement Awards on April 18, 2021. The annual ceremony will be streamed live from the ASC Clubhouse in Hollywood, with plans for a simultaneous in-person component to be determined at a later date. “The ASC Awards recognize the finest work of the year and its exceptional creators,” notes ASC Awards Co-Chair Dana Gonzales. “We look forward to celebrating the exceptional visual art of the many talented cinematographers contributing to the stories that are entertaining us through these unprecedented times.” The organization has also officially opened the call for entries in four television categories: · Episode of a One-Hour Television Series – Commercial · Episode of a One-Hour Television Series – Non-Commercial · Episode of a Half-Hour Television Series · Motion Picture, Limited Series, or Pilot Made for TV The deadline to enter is January 8, 2021, by 5 p.m. PST. To qualify, shows must have a premiere date in the United States between October 1, 2019, and December 31, 2020. The shift in the eligibility period reflects adjustments for the new awards date. Entry forms can be filled out online here on the ASC website. In addition to the TV categories, the ASC Awards recognizes outstanding cinematography in feature films and documentaries. The Spotlight Award, introduced in 2014, recognizes cinematography in features that typically screen at film festivals, internationally or in limited theatrical release. The ASC Documentary Award recognizes exceptional cinematography in nonfiction filmmaking. ASC members nominate and vote on winners in both categories. Movies that qualify for the Academy Awards® under their new eligibility guidelines for 2021 will also qualify for the ASC Theatrical Award. A complete timeline for the 35th ASC Outstanding Achievement Awards, can be found here on the ASC website. There are currently 415 active members of the ASC, who have national roots in some 20 countries. There are also 260 associate members from ancillary segments of the industry, and eight honorary members. For additional information about the ASC, visit www.theasc.com. #
  2. LOS ANGELES (October 13, 2020) – The American Society of Cinematographers (ASC) announces the return of its popular ASC Master Class series as a virtual offering. The newly configured course consists of a three-day online seminar with live interactions and Q&A discussions. The first class is set to resume Oct. 30 with ASC instructors Larry Fong, ASC (300, Watchmen, Super 8, Kong: Skull Island), M. David Mullen, ASC (two-time Emmy® Award winner for The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel) and Lawrence Sher, ASC (Oscar® and ASC Award nominee for Joker, The Hangover trilogy). ASC Master Classes are interactive courses taught by members representing some of the world’s top working cinematographers. Limited to 30 participants, the class is designed for cinematography students with an intermediate skill set and focuses on advancing their understanding of the art of visual storytelling. Instructors also analyze the creative work of filmmakers that are relevant to the coursework. “Since 2013, ASC Master Classes have been held in person at the ASC Clubhouse in Hollywood, as well as other international locations, offering students a unique opportunity to interact directly with ASC members and learn new creative techniques,” notes Shelly Johnson, ASC, who worked with fellow members Steven Fierberg, ASC and Mullen to re-invent the experience online. “Our hope is to transition that signature learning format into virtual interaction for a global audience. We’re excited to relaunch this educational trademark of the Society and hope to attract an even broader sector of students interested in learning more about cinematography from our accomplished members.” The online event will include live instruction, pre-recorded lighting demonstrations, selected film clips, and group discussion periods. Classes will run about 3.5 hours per day, at a time that is friendly for an international audience. Registration is now open for students worldwide. All instruction will be in English. The price of participation is $750 USD, and the deadline to register is October 26. Dates for additional courses will be announced as ASC instructors are confirmed. For more information, visit www.theasc.com.
  3. RED DIGITAL CINEMA®’s new KOMODO™ 6K camera system is now available to order. The highly anticipated KOMODO 6K comes to market after extensive engineering to incorporate production-tested innovations, including a breakthrough global shutter sensor (27.03mm x 14.26mm) that maintains RED’s high standard of image quality and dynamic range. The camera is packaged in a small 4-cubic-inch (101.6 mm) form factor and weighs only 2.1 pounds (0.95 kgs). Joining RED’s product lineup in its own category, KOMODO includes an enviable list of features designed for professional filmmakers and content creators who want high-end visuals in an easy-to-use, compact, and versatile camera. “KOMODO has turned into quite the beast,” says Jarred Land, President of RED Digital Cinema. “This tiny chameleon of a camera packs in amazing resolution, dynamic range and image quality with a global shutter that has allowed filmmakers to capture footage in ways never thought possible.” KOMODO captures 6K at 40 fps, 6K WS at 50 fps, and 4K at 60 fps. Highlights of the camera include an RF mount for users to leverage adaptors for EF, PL and other lens systems, including anamorphic lenses, for maximum creative flexibility; a phase-detect based autofocus control on the integrated, color LED touchscreen display that simplifies monitoring and menu navigation; and new streamlined REDCODE® RAW settings (HQ, MQ, and LQ compression options) enhancing the user experience for various shooting needs. Additional features include compatibility with CFAST 2.0 recording media, 4K SDI output, built-in wireless capabilities, and connectivity via the all new RED Control app, which is available now for iOS devices and coming soon on Android. KOMODO comes to market after extensive testing by many of the industry’s leading creatives, among them, renowned filmmaker Michael Bay, avid storyteller and artist Jason Momoa, and Emmy-nominated cinematographer Erik Messerschmidt, ASC. “The sensor is beautiful,” says Bay. “I always wanted something this small, this sophisticated in terms of a high-quality image. It’s very lightweight; very handheld.” Messerschmidt notes, “There is no other camera on the market with a global shutter that is this size and this versatile. And yet there are no quality compromises.” Momoa put the KOMODO camera to the test in the frozen tundra of New Jersey while shooting footage for Harley-Davidson. On the size and quality of the camera, he remarks, “It’s like cinema in the palm of your hands.” Additionally, a dedicated community of partners worked with RED to bring KOMODO and KOMODO accessories to market, including Angelbird, CoreSWX, Fool Control, Gates Housing, KipperTie, SmallHD, and Wooden Camera, among others. Adobe, DaVinci Resolve, Final Cut, Assimilate, Autodesk, Avid, and Colorfront all offer post-production support for KOMODO via RED’s latest SDK. Priced at $5,995, the groundbreaking KOMODO is ideal for a wide range of filming situations. Studio productions can use KOMODO as a B, C, or D camera. Its small size also makes it a natural fit for gimbals, drones, cranes, remote heads, and more. For content creators at all levels, KOMODO’s user-friendly system combined with RED’s unrelenting commitment to image quality provides the ability to ramp up production value, or easily venture into the RED ecosystem for the first time. The KOMODO 6K includes: • KOMODO 6K camera brain • AC power adaptor 45W • 1x RF to EF mechanical lens adapter • Mini world travel adaptor kit RED is also launching two pre-bundled pack options: • KOMODO Starter Pack ($7,200) This pre-bundled setup is perfect for content creators and run and gun operators. Including KOMODO 6K with the Wing Grip and RF to EF adapter with ND filter. Also included is media and media reader, as well as a PTap-to-power cable and timecode cable. • KOMODO Production Pack ($8,200) This includes everything from the Starter Pack plus additional production-level accessories including the Expander Module and Outrigger Handle. Several accessories are also available from RED to customize the KOMODO, including the Outrigger Handle, an Expander Module, a Wing Grip, Link Adaptor, RED® CFast 2.0 Card Reader, and RED® PRO CFast 512GB, among other ancillary components. KOMODO, the KOMODO packs, and accessories are initially available to order at Red.com/Komodo or RED Premium Dealers. Customers can also visit any one of the RED Premium dealers across the globe to schedule a demo and learn more about the product.
  4. LOS ANGELES (Oct. 6, 2020) – Moxion, creator of the revolutionary Moxion Immediates®, solution, its 'instant dailies' service platform, announced the integration of Dolby Vision®, Dolby’s advanced imaging technology that combines high dynamic range (HDR) with wide color gamut (WCG) capabilities for next-level visual storytelling. With the ability to monitor in Dolby Vision for remote cuts, color, dailies and VFX review, key creatives are now empowered to make decisions based on the image the director, colorist and cinematographer envisioned. Dolby Vision support will be available to users with compatible devices through the Moxion app on iOS, iPadOS, and tvOS. Increasingly, productions are shooting and monitoring on set in HDR, which is fueled by demand from leading content providers and streaming services. With many films and TV shows being shot simultaneously across multiple units and countries, being able to monitor in Dolby Vision, enables robust feedback and certainty of creative intent across all units. “Moxion is proud to be a pioneer with Dolby on the end-to-end integration of incredible Dolby Vision into the moving image production process,” says Hugh Calveley, CEO of Moxion. “Your Dolby Vision assets can be ingested, transcoded, and played back with the secure, high-speed Moxion ecosystem. Dolby Vision, plus Moxion’s ability to make frame accurate annotation and comments, gives certainty to the colorist, editor and VFX team that feedback is against their original creation.” Dolby Vision transforms entertainment through vivid, lifelike picture quality with highlights that are up to 40 times brighter and blacks are 10 times darker than a standard picture. Images blaze brightly from the screen and highlights dazzle. The combination of sharper contrast, true blacks, and nuanced shadow details add an amazing sense of depth. Additionally, the greatly expanded color palette of Dolby Vision adds true, distinctive colors across a wider brightness range. This means that subtle or muted colors look as real as bright, vibrant colors. Moxion’s integration of Dolby Vision into its platform will provide the production, post and visual effects communities with unmatched control over the image. Unlike HDR10, Dolby Vision allows DPs and colorists to adjust details for individual scenes on a frame by frame basis down to the exact frame. The need for such a solution is even more urgent during production in the current pandemic. Reduced numbers on-set and remote distributed workflows are the new normal, and Moxion’s support for Dolby Vision is the perfect solution to ensure that all participants are seeing identical images. Calveley adds, “Covid has forced the industry into innovating ways to sign off on cuts, VFX and color grades in scenarios where you can’t bring people into the same room. Dolby Vision guarantees that everyone is making creative decisions based on the same image.” # About Moxion Moxion was created in New Zealand in 2015, by founders experienced in film and TV, to help filmmakers make better films. Today they are based in Los Angeles with a team across the world, ensuring their customers benefit from 24/7 support, no matter where they are producing content. Their robust dailies and revolutionary Moxion Immediates platform have been put to the test by some of the biggest names in filmmaking, in some of the most complex and challenging productions, across the globe. More information available at https://www.moxion.io/
  5. Applications opened today for the 2021 class of HPA’s Young Entertainment Professionals (YEP) program. For five years, YEP has connected ambitious and talented creative, technical, project management and administrative professionals between the ages of 21 and 32 with mentors and educational offerings that accelerate their professional development. Applications are due Monday, October 12, and applicants will be notified of their status in mid-November. The 2021 YEP class will begin in January 2021. Since its inception in 2015, the YEP program has nurtured the critically important pipeline of young professionals ascending into industry leadership positions. Every year, the number of applications has increased, and YEP alumni continue to move into influential roles in the industry and maintain their relationship with the program and HPA. “We continue to be inspired by the young professionals who apply for and become YEPS,” said Kari Grubin, who co-created the YEP program with fellow WIP Chair and HPA board member Loren Nielsen. “The application process shows us that there are a number of exciting candidates who have long term goals for their careers, and we strongly believe that YEP is the place for them to get guidance and connection.” Nielsen noted, “It’s an understatement to say that this is an unusual time. To help these accomplished young people build their networks, peer groups and knowledge is completely thrilling. We look forward to seeing the class of 2021 take shape.” The YEP program comprises two distinct phases. Phase 1 will run for 5 months (January through May), beginning with the YEP orientation day. Attendance at the YEP orientation is mandatory along with participation in at least one other major event (e.g., the HPA Tech Retreat). YEPs are also expected to attend at least four virtual events or casual meet-ups during the full year program. Phase 2 of the YEP program will begin in May. In addition to receiving free or reduced fee access to YEP and other HPA community events, YEPs will be evaluated by the Mentorship Committee for pairing with an industry leader based on each individual’s participation and overall commitment to the program. At the end of the second phase, YEPs will be evaluated by the Mentorship Committee for eligibility to receive the certificate of completion. During the course of the Young Entertainment Professionals program, each YEP will receive access to the following: • SMPTE Virtual Technical Conference pass – November 9-12, 2020 • YEP Orientation Program • Annual Membership in HPA • Annual Membership in SMPTE • Entrance to the HPA Awards • YEP Roundtable Mentor Event • HPA Tech Retreat Conference Pass • Periodic in-person or virtual YEP events (could include coffee meet-ups, vendor field trips, virtual office hours, online mentor Q&A sessions) • Access to HPA’s virtual event series and members-only content library • Discounted or free admission throughout the year to HPA NET, Women in Post, and YEP events • Digital Certificate of Completion (based on Mentorship Committee Review) Upon successful completion of the YEP program, graduates will receive formal recognition as an HPA Class of 2021 Young Entertainment Professional at a culmination event. Grubin closed with “HPA is a place where those who participate make connections that last a lifetime. Becoming a YEP puts you in a great position to do just that, and if you are able to invest in your YEP experience, it will be an invaluable asset as you build your career. We encourage you to apply.” To be considered for the YEP program, applicants need to complete an online application and present one letter of recommendation. To learn more about the YEP program and HPA, visit www.hpaonline.com.
  6. The Hollywood Professional Association (HPA) announced that its second Industry Recovery Task Force Virtual Global Town Hall will be held on August 26, 2020 from 11 AM to 12:30 PM PDT. As the industry grapples with the complexities of returning to work in the midst of the ongoing pandemic crisis, the need for comprehensive information from direct sources remains strong. The upcoming global town hall will feature another panel of experts from the creative, health and governmental arenas, who will share the latest scientific, technical and creative best practices to encourage a safe return to work. The event is chaired by IRTF Chair Leon Silverman and HPA Board member Craig German. Discussing the upcoming town hall, Silverman noted, “During our first town hall, we clearly learned that our community seeks viable information from credible experts. With nearly 800 people engaged online, we witnessed that the concerns facing our industry are focused on how to stay safe, connected, and creative. With the current situation evolving quickly, the HPA is committed to sharing sharply focused fact based, pragmatic knowledge in real time. For our event on the 26th, we have once again gathered important and informed voices who will help our industry and community get back to work safely and creatively as we navigate this ever changing road ahead.” The panelists bring varied perspectives, experiences and unique points of view to the vital conversations that professionals need in order to understand the changing nature of the pandemic and how it is impacting our work and workflows. Experts from VFX, cinematography, government and health and safety will come together to explore and discuss the most impactful issues we face right now. Panelists include: Moderator Carolyn Giardina – Tech Editor, The Hollywood Reporter Sara Bennett – Oscar winning VFX supervisor and co-founder, Milk VFX Markus Förderer, ASC, BVK – award winning cinematographer Kelly Howard – Senior Safety Engineer, Cal/OSHA Publications, Outreach Unit Robert Legato, ASC – Oscar-winning VFX supervisor, 2nd unit director, and cinematographer Peter Marx – Managing Partner, Biology Works; former CTO, City of Los Angeles The August 26th Industry Recovery Task Force Virtual Global Town Hall is free to attend by registering. Our HPA Town Hall events are designed to encourage global audience questions, interaction and engagement during the event. German remarked: “We want to keep the focus of the conversation on the needs of our entire industry workforce – not just here in LA or New York, but around the world. Understanding how we all move forward during this complex crisis requires a variety of expert perspectives and experiences. We’ll continue to put leaders from multiple disciplines in the viewfinder, enabling our live event attendees and those who watch later to have actionable knowledge from experts they would not normally have access to.” The key objectives of the HPA Industry Recovery Task Force are: To serve as a forum for collaboration, communication, and thought leadership regarding how to resume global production and post production in a sustainable fashion. To understand and influence evolving technical requirements such as the impact of industry remote collaboration, ‘work from home’ and other workflows which have been highlighted by the current crisis. To provide up-to-date information and access to emerging health and safety guidelines that will be issued by various governments, municipalities, unions, guilds, industry organizations and content creators. For further information and registration, including a link to the first Industry Recovery Task Force Virtual Global Town Hall, visit hpaonline.com. Additional details and speakers will be announced shortly. Future dates for HPA Industry Recovery Task Force Global Town Hall events will be announced shortly, including an event in mid-September.
  7. The Hollywood Professional Association (HPA) has announced details of its Industry Recovery Task Force Virtual Global Town Hall, set for Wednesday, July 29, 2020 from 11 AM to 12:30 PM. The Industry Recovery Task Force (IRTF) was formed in May of this year as a critical HPA Board initiative, aimed at understanding how content creation can be enabled in an world impacted by the pandemic crisis. This is the first in a series of virtual Industry Recovery Task Force global town hall events planned for the following months and will feature major voices from the creative, health and political arenas. Industry veteran and IRTF Chair Leon Silverman and HPA Board member Craig German are chairing the event. In focusing on the purpose and form of the July 29 Town Hall, Silverman said, “By bringing together a multi-disciplinary group of experts, the Town Hall will explore the intricacies of building a bridge for the industry to safely return to work. While production has begun in spots around the world, parts of post have never stopped while many have been sidelined. We will address, in a fact-based, expert led discussion, how to stabilize our return and the steps that are required for individuals and companies in our business to safely work and sustain themselves in the process. The Town Hall presents knowledgeable experts whose insights will help guide us and fuel discussion. We decided upon a town hall format not just to present panels, but to encourage dialogue across the global community.” The July 29 Town Hall is a virtual, interactive event, and is free to attend by registering. The event will feature a panel of experts who will share the latest scientific, technical and creative best practices to encourage global community dialogue. HPA President Seth Hallen will introduce the Town Hall. Panelists include: Carolyn Giardina, Tech Editor, Hollywood Reporter, Moderator Michael Cioni, Global SVP of Innovation, Frame.io Doug Kent, President, Westwind Media Steve Rivkin,ACE, President, American Cinema Editors Dr. Daniel Z. Uslan, Co-Chief Infection Prevention Officer for UCLA Health Zev Yaroslavsky, Director, Los Angeles Initiative, UCLA Luskin School of Public Affairs; Past Member, Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors, District 3 (San Fernando Valley and Hollywood) German noted, “The important conversation we’re having is a global one. There are companies and individuals at work, or hoping to return to work, in Mumbai, London, Paris and many spots around the world, as well as NY and LA. We are all directly impacted by these events. By pulling together our HPA community, we aim to encourage a global conversation about the entire process – from pre production through editing, visual effects, archiving – and develop a path that will keep our industry safely and successfully moving forward.” The key objectives of the HPA Industry Recovery Task Force are: To serve as a forum for collaboration, communication, and thought leadership regarding how to resume global production and post production in a sustainable fashion. To understand and influence evolving technical requirements such as the impact of industry remote collaboration, ‘work from home’ and other workflows which have been highlighted by the current crisis. To provide up-to-date information and access to emerging health and safety guidelines that will be issued by various governments, municipalities, unions, guilds, industry organizations and content creators. For further information and registration, visit hpaonline.com. Additional details and speakers will be announced shortly.
  8. LOS ANGELES, (June 18, 2020) – Sohonet, the global experts in connectivity, media services and network security for the media and entertainment industry, announced their partnership with Moxion and its revolutionary platform for HDR Immediates and Cuts. The partnership broadens the range of remote collaboration solutions Sohonet can now offer the production, post and visual effects communities. The partnership will provide the production, post and visual effects communities with a distinct set of tools designed to enable both synchronous and asynchronous remote review to suit every use case. For review discussions that depend on real-time iteration and response, Sohonet ClearView Flex provides teams with a high-quality, secure solution. Moxion Immediates provides an equivalent experience for offline review. “Moxion is a great match for Sohonet, they understand the unique challenges that productions face, and share our vision: to revolutionise the way storytellers create content by making collaboration seamless and more secure,” says Sohonet CEO Chuck Parker. “While real-time review is a key component to the production workflow, often the whole team can’t meet for a live review session. Partnering with Moxion gives our customers space to review content in their own time.” Moxion’s Immediates offers a platform to review footage in HDR minutes after filming on the same devices as ClearView Flex (Apple TV, iPads, laptop). On-set creatives can start on mark-ups immediately and give off-set creatives the same near-real-time HDR access to the content. Additionally, editorial and VFX teams can download the high-resolution proxy to begin adding their magic rather than having to wait for it to arrive hours later after a transcoded dailies workflow. “Offering Sohonet’s real-time tool, Clearview Flex, with our offline review technology makes perfect sense,” says Hugh Calveley, CEO of Moxion. “The ability to harness the power of live review and incorporate it, with the convenience of offline collaboration, will be an extremely valuable toolkit for filmmakers.” “Right now productions are having to navigate a new normal due to COVID-19, with reduced numbers on-set, additional location challenges and more distributed team members. Sohonet and Moxion are perfectly placed to help support them from green-light to wrap,” added Parker.
  9. The American Society of Cinematographers (ASC) Board of Governors has elected a new slate of officers today, elevating Stephen Lighthill to president of the organization. The Board also voted in Vice Presidents Amy Vincent, Bill Bennett, and John Simmons; Treasurer Levie Isaacks; Secretary Gregg Heschong; and Sergeant-at-Arms David Darby. Lighthill takes over the reins from outgoing ASC President Kees van Oostrum, who served the maximum four terms and recently was appointed to lead IMAGO, the international federation of cinematographers. This is Lighthill’s second turn as ASC president, previously serving from 2012-2013. Most recently he held the position of vice president. Lighthill assumes his role at an important time in history, as members continue to advocate for equal rights and diversity, as well as safe production environments amidst the COVID-19 contagion. “This is a challenging moment for filmmaking in general and cinematography in particular,” Lighthill says. “As an organization, we are making plans to put words into action. Through the work of the Future Practices Committee and Vision Committee, I’m ready to lead our Society in responding, and in making our work environments safe, equal and diverse.” Lighthill currently is the Discipline Chair: Cinematography at the American Film Institute Conservatory, where he’s been a strong proponent for gender diversity and supported 100 female cinematography graduates during his tenure. He has also long served as an officer on the National Executive Board of the International Cinematographers Guild (ICG) as well. Lighthill began his career shooting for San Francisco Bay area news programs, as well as national news shows such as 60 Minutes. He segued into documentary cinematography, working on many films including Gimme Shelter and Berkeley in the Sixties, which was nominated for an Academy Award® and won the Audience Award at Sundance. His narrative credits include such television dramas as Vietnam War Story, Earth 2, Nash Bridges among many others. In 2018, Lighthill was honored with the ASC Presidents Award. He is also the recipient of the Society of Operating Cameramen’s (SOC) President’s Award in 2000. The ASC strives to serve its mission of inspiring the next generation of cinematographers and advancing the art of filmmaking through many industry events and initiatives. The Society has over 20 committees leading the organization’s various initiatives, including the recently formed Future Practices Committee to assist and advise on COVID-19 safety on set; the award-winning Motion Imaging Technology Council (MITC) formed in 2003 to understand technology’s ongoing impact on the imaging chain in a way that best serves the creative interests of filmmakers; the efforts of the Vision Committee to encourage and support the advancement of underrepresented cinematographers, their crews and other filmmakers; regional and international ASC Master Classes taught by members; Clubhouse Conversation discussions with members and filmmakers about highly regarded work; and the activities of the Education & Outreach Committee with film schools. ASC was founded in 1919. There are 406 members today who have national roots in some 20 countries. There are also 249 associate members from ancillary segments of the industry. For additional information about the ASC, visit www.theasc.com.
  10. DigitalFilm Tree, a leading post-production innovator and software development company has announced that Nancy Jundi has joined their award-winning team as chief operational officer. Jundi brings a wealth of experience to her new role, with over 20 years of experience guiding entertainment and technology companies (both start-up and global reach) through exceptional growth challenges. She has been an outside consultant to DFT since 2014 and will now be based in DFT’s Los Angeles headquarters, where she will join Founder and CEO Ramy Katrib in pioneering revolutionary new offerings for DFT and the industry. “DigitalFilm Tree has always been education and evolution forward,” says Jundi. “Ramy and DFT pioneered the adoption of file-based post and IT workflows as well as the elevation Final Cut Pro for professional film and television editorial. There are few companies that have avoided grave technological pitfalls or pigeonholes the way DFT has across 20 plus years. It’s a great honor and privilege to be with this team as we once again alter the landscape of our business and how storytellers bring their work to life.” Jundi began her career in investment banking and asset protection before segueing into the entertainment industry. Her experience includes leading sales and marketing at Runaway Edit during its acquisition by The Post Group, where she then joined the team as director of marketing and communications to unify the end-to-end post facilities into TPG’s singular brand narrative. She later co-founded ModeHQ (acquired by Pacific Post) before transitioning into technology and SaaS companies. Since 2012, Jundi’s versatility has allowed her to serve as a consultant to companies in industries as varied as financial technology, healthcare, eCommerce, and entertainment, with brands such as LAbite/GrubHub, Traffic Zoom, and GoBoon. Most recently, she served as interim senior management for CareerArc, where her contributions helped them to secure $30 million in growth equity. Jundi is also a respected lecturer and writer—having spoken at Pepperdine, SXSW, and The L.A. Film Festival, as well as contributed to ACE’s CinemaEditor Magazine and Post Magazine—who is committed to furthering professional education and knowledge-sharing with the next generation. Elsewhere, she is an active volunteer with Together We Rise, and the founder of HumanToo, an outreach program serving homeless communities across America. “Nancy is simply one of the smartest and most creative thinkers I know,” says Katrib. “She is the rare interdisciplinary – the creative and technological thinker that can exist in both arenas with clarity and tenacity. We are fortunate to have her insight and talent at this exciting juncture of our company’s growth.”
  11. The American Society of Cinematographers (ASC) has promoted Andrew Fish to serve as senior editor of its flagship magazine, American Cinematographer. Fish is being advanced from his previous position as associate editor, a title he held for five years, and will continue reporting to the magazine’s editor-in-chief and publisher, Stephen Pizzello. With 2020 marking its 100thanniversary, American Cinematographer is the entertainment industry’s oldest continuously published print journal. Its mission is to serve filmmakers by exploring the artistic thought processes of the field’s most innovative and talented directors of photography, and explaining the technical means by which they realize their creative visions, whether on film or digital media. In fulfilling those goals, the magazine seeks to keep readers abreast of advancements in all facets of motion-picture imaging technology — the tools cinematographers use to ply their trade — and to inform them of visually extraordinary productions, including feature films, television shows, commercials, shorts and music videos. Fish was recently nominated for a Folio: Editorial Excellence Award (“Eddie”) for writing. Over the past decade, American Cinematographer has earned five Folio: Editorial Excellence Awards in the category of B-to-B and Media/Entertainment Publishing, with four honorable mentions.
  12. The American Society of Cinematographers (ASC) has named Terry McCarthy as CEO of the organization. In this newly created role, McCarthy is responsible for all business matters relating to the Society, including events, educational efforts, and publishing. With more than 30 years of experience in journalism, McCarthy is a four-time Emmy® winner and recipient of an Edward R. Murrow Award. He also brings extensive non-profit management experience to the ASC, having previously served as president of the American Academy in Berlin, and prior to that as president and CEO of the Los Angeles World Affairs Council. “Terry’s exceptional background in media and global relationship building will help to guide our ongoing outreach and visibility, and expand our publishing and web activities,” says ASC President Kees van Oostrum. “Our mission is to drive cinematography into the future, steering the conversations around modern image making. The Society and its members are uniquely able to play an important role in maintaining the intentions of filmmakers amidst an expansive landscape of new tools and distribution platforms.” McCarthy has traveled throughout the United States, Europe, Asia and Latin America as a reporter, covering political, military and societal issues for TIME magazine, ABC News and CBS News. He speaks six languages — English, German, French, Spanish, Japanese and Chinese. “It’s an exciting time to step into this role,” says McCarthy. “The entire industry is going through a period of creative disruption. Cinematographers, with one foot in the artistic side and one foot in the technology side, are perfectly placed to play a major role in determining how movies, television and even video games will look in the future. The ASC will shape this discussion through our educational efforts both with our masterclasses, technology committees and public talks at the Clubhouse, as well as in the pages of our magazine, American Cinematographer.” On the heels of announcing ASC’s associate membership with IMAGO, van Oostrum highlights ambitious plans for the ASC moving into 2020. “We plan to further expand our international sessions of the popular ASC Master Classes. We will also program and host our biennial International Summit in June.” McCarthy adds that there will be special events throughout the year to celebrate the 100th anniversary of American Cinematographer. “This magazine continues to have iconic status, and by the end of this year we will have every one of its 1,200 issues available in a searchable online database – a real treasure trove of 100 years of cinematography!” The work of several ASC Committees rounds out the Society’s commitment to advancing the art of cinematography, including the Motion Imaging Technology Council, Vision Committee, and Education and Outreach group. The ASC comprises over 400 members around the world, with over 200 associate members working in allied sectors of the industry. For more information, visit www.theasc.com.
  13. The American Society of Cinematographers (ASC) will bestow its Board of Governors Award to Oscar® and Emmy® Award nominee Werner Herzog. The tribute will be made at the 34th Annual ASC Awards for Outstanding Achievement on Jan. 25 at Hollywood & Highland’s Ray Dolby Ballroom. The ASC Board of Governors Award is given to industry stalwarts whose body of work has made significant and indelible contributions to cinema. It is the only ASC Award not given to a cinematographer and is reserved for filmmakers who have been champions for directors of photography and the visual art form. “Werner Herzog is truly a unique storyteller, and we are honored to recognize him for his prolific contributions to cinema,” said ASC President Kees van Oostrum. Herzog has produced, written, and directed more than 70 feature and documentary films, earning multiple awards and nominations over the past seven decades. He received an Oscar nomination for Best Documentary Feature for his work on Encounters at the End of the World (2009), and Little Dieter Needs to Fly (1997) was Emmy nominated for Outstanding Non-Fiction Special (1997). His extensive list of accolades hail from film festivals (Venice, Sundance, Cannes, Berlinale, etc.) and industry organizations, including the DGA, International Documentary Association, Film Independent, and the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences. A native of Germany, Herzog is known for leading the influential post-war West German cinema movement with Rainer Werner Fassbinder and Volker Schlöndorff. The filmmaker’s career has focused equally on feature films and documentaries, accruing an indelible body of work, such as: Aguirre, the Wrath of God; Auch Zwerge haben klein angefangen (Even Dwarfs Started Small); Fata Morgana; Glocken aus der Tiefe (Bells from the Deep); Grizzly Man; Cave of Forgotten Dreams; Heart of Glass; Nosferatu Phantom of the Night; Fitzcarraldo; Lessons of Darkness; Invincible; The Mystery of Kaspar Hauser and Stroszek; Into the Abyss; Family Romance; and Meeting Gorbachev, among many others. His U.S.-produced films include: Bad Lieutenant - Port of Call New Orleans; My Son, My Son, What Have Ye Done; and Queen of the Desert. Herzog’s films are characterized by a surreal and subtly exotic quality, and he is hailed as one of the most innovative contemporary directors. His volatile love-hate relationship with the brilliant but emotionally unstable actor Klaus Kinski resulted in some of the best work from both men, and both are known for the films on which they collaborated. Herzog celebrated their partnership with the well-received documentary film My Best Fiend. In addition, Herzog occasionally takes acting jobs himself, with notable roles as the stern father in the experimental drama Julien Donkey-Boy, the criminal mastermind in the big-budget action movie Jack Reacher, and most recently as The Client in the Disney+ hit The Mandalorian. Previous recipients of the ASC Board of Governors Award include Jeff Bridges, Angelina Jolie, Denzel Washington, Ridley Scott, Barbra Streisand, Harrison Ford, Julia Roberts, Christopher Nolan, Morgan Freeman, Francis Ford Coppola, Sally Field, Ron Howard, Martin Scorsese and Steven Spielberg, among many others. For information regarding the 34th ASC Awards for Outstanding Achievement in Cinematography, visit www.theasc.com or call 323-969-4333.
  14. The American Society of Cinematographers (ASC) has nominated eight feature films in the Theatrical and Spotlight categories of the 34th ASC Outstanding Achievement Awards. Winners will be named at the organization’s annual awards on January 25 at the Ray Dolby Ballroom at Hollywood & Highland. This year’s nominees are: Theatrical Release • Roger Deakins, ASC, BSC for “1917” • Phedon Papamichael, ASC, GSC for “Ford v Ferrari” • Rodrigo Prieto, ASC, AMC for “The Irishman” • Robert Richardson, ASC for “Once Upon a Time in Hollywood” • Lawrence Sher, ASC for “Joker” Spotlight Award • Jarin Blaschke for “The Lighthouse” • Natasha Braier, ASC, ADF for “Honey Boy” • Jasper Wolf, NSC for “Monos” This is Deakins’ 16th nomination by the Society, which has sent him home a winner four times (“The Shawshank Redemption,” “The Man Who Wasn’t There,” “Skyfall,” “Blade Runner 2049”). Richardson earns his 11th nomination, while Papamichael and Prieto have each been recognized three times in the past by the organization. Sher, Blaschke, Braier and Wolf are first-time nominees. Last year’s Theatrical winner was Łukasz Żal, PSC for “Cold War,” which was also Oscar® nominated for Best Cinematography. The Spotlight Award, introduced in 2014, recognizes cinematography in features that may not receive wide theatrical release. The accolade went to Giorgi Shvelidze for “Namme” in 2019. For information regarding the 34th ASC Awards for Outstanding Achievement in Cinematography, visit www.theasc.com or call 323-969-4333.
  15. 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/.
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