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Screening of Semi-Finalists at Slamdance Showcases Glorious Array of Super 8 Films Kodak announced the Grand Prize winners of the KODAK Super 8 Filmmaking Challenge, following a screening of remarkable works from the 15 semi-finalists’ films at the Slamdance Film Festival last night. Kodak launched the Super 8 Filmmaking Challenge in November 2015 as part of the company’s celebration of the 50th anniversary of Super 8, a beloved format that inspires content creators far and wide. The Challenge immediately struck a creative chord, and over 530 films from around the world – narrative, music videos, experimental, classic surf and skate, documentaries, archival, fashion, and home movies – were submitted. The films showcase the robust depth of talent among filmmakers, both professionals and amateurs alike, as well as the diverse range of the capabilities of Super 8 as a unique storytelling tool. Filmmakers entered both vintage and new work in one of three categories: POV, Action and Flashback. From the original entries, 15 semi-finalists were chosen through online audience voting and juried selection. Those 15 semi-finalists, who earned a hosted screening at the esteemed Slamdance fest, competed again in a global online audience vote, which determined the final first, second and third place audience winners. Boasting prizes valued at $12,500, the Grand Prize Audience winners of Kodak’s inaugural online contest are: 1. Pablo Madrid Lopez from Spain for THE NOVEL, receiving a prize package that consists of a KODAK PixPro SP360 Action Camera, a Rhonda CAM Super 8 Camera from Pro8mm, 10 Pro8mm Super 8 film kits, approximately $2,000 retail value of KODAK motion picture film of the winner’s choosing, and a KODAK t-shirt. 2. Haven Nutt from the United States for the MR. MAN trailer won a KODAK PixPro SP360 Action Camera, six Super 8 film kits, and a KODAK t-shirt. 3. Dianne Ouellette from Canada for RED IS DEAD takes home a KODAK PixPro SP360 Action Camera, three Pro8mm Super 8 film kits, and a KODAK t-shirt. Renato Coelho from Brazil, who directed TRAIN, won the Grand Jury Award, which was chosen by a panel of respected industry professionals. Judges included cinematographer Rachel Morrison; photographer Elliott Landy; writer-producer Josh Friedman; Glenn Gainor, head of physical production at Sony Screen Gems; Leslie Raymond, executive director of the Ann Arbor Film Festival; and Pro8mm founders Phil and Rhonda Vigeant. Coelho earns an identical prize package as the first place Grand Prize Audience winner. “Jurying the Super 8 Challenge allowed me to reconnect with the medium and see the variety of creative exploration,” said Raymond, who led the jury. “I am excited to see it persisting as a member of the film family.” At the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas earlier this month, Kodak announced an initiative to support Super 8 film into the future. The company introduced a prototype of a new Super 8 camera, and revealed plans for creating an ecosystem that includes a range of cameras, film development services, post production tools and more. “Kodak is resolute in our efforts to ensure film continues to be an option for filmmakers passionate about using it for all levels of content creation,” said Sascha Rice, Global Marketing Director for Kodak’s Entertainment Imaging Division. “The response to this contest and to the new Super 8 camera has been overwhelmingly positive, and the momentum to shoot on film is palpable. Kodak is honored to be here to support and advance these artists’ creativity.” To discover recent movies, television, and music videos shot on 8mm, 16mm, 35mm, and 65mm film, go to: www.kodak.com/go/shotonfilm.
Hello all, While I was composing music for my short film, I came across an interesting song that I eventually covered with an acoustic guitar. I was so amazed by how great my cover sounds and fits into my film, that I would like to keep it; however, the original song is copyrighted... So my question is, could I implement my cover to the score of the film? A few things to note: -I will be submitting this film to various film festivals -I did not sing any of the original lyrics (nor any lyrics at all, for that matter), I simply strung a guitar to the same tune as the song -If this helps any, the song I covered was "El Condor Pasa" by Simon & Garfunkel Thanks guys, John
LOS ANGELES - The American Society of Cinematographers (ASC) has chosen three winners for the 2014 ASC Linwood Dunn Student Heritage Awards. The honors were announced last night during a ceremony at the organization's clubhouse here. Designed to showcase the artistic abilities of the next generation of filmmakers, the recipients were noted for their cinematographic abilities. The winning students and their projects are: Graduate Award: WINNER: Guy Pooles from the American Film Institute (AFI) Conservatory for "Dirty Laundry" Undergraduate Award: WINNER: Harper Alexander from University of North Carolina School of the Arts for "Starlight" Documentary Award: WINNERS: Matthew Blake of Chapman University for "Forest Keepers" "Congratulations to all our student award nominees and winners," said ASC President Richard Crudo in his remarks at the awards ceremony. "This is a great moment in your lives and one you will always remember fondly. I urge you to make the most of it and to continue working hard toward your goal of becoming a cinematographer." Each year, the ASC Heritage Award is rededicated in memory of an individual who advanced the art and craft of cinematography. This year's Heritage Award is dedicated to the memory Linwood Dunn, ASC. Twice elected ASC president, Dunn was also a governor of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences in two different branches, and was instrumental in the formation of the Academy's Visual Effects branch. His many accolades include an Oscar® for visual effects in 1949 for the original "Mighty Joe Young," the Academy's prestigious Gordon E. Sawyer Award, and the ASC Presidents Award. Always keenly interested in technology, Dunn was an inventor at heart and a true filmmaking pioneer; his innovations include the first zoom lens and the first optical printer. At age 93, he was involved in the development of digital projection. The Linwood Dunn Theater in Hollywood was named for his contributions to the motion picture industry. To qualify, instructors at film schools recommended two students for each category from their school, who then submitted their film for judging. A Blue Ribbon panel of ASC members judged the entries. For additional information about the ASC, visit www.theasc.com, or join ASC on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/AmericanCinematographer and Twitter (@AmericanCine).
(WOODLAND HILLS, CA) - Panavision, the company behind many of the industry's most respected cinema lenses for the last 60 years, has introduced a new line of Primo lenses, the Primo V series, specifically designed to work with today's high-resolution 35mm digital cameras. "Panavision's unmatched optical expertise and high-quality manufacturing capabilities have now been brought to bear on lenses adapted for digital cameras," says Kim Snyder, Panavision's Chief Executive Officer. "We're focused on providing cinematographers with the best tools to tell their stories with vision and creativity. With the industry's ongoing transition to digital capture, we want our customers to know they can continue to trust Panavision to bring innovative, world-class solutions to the marketplace." The Primo V lenses are designed to bring the look and feel of Panavision Primos to digital cinematography, using the lens elements from existing Primo lenses, long an industry standard for top cinematographers. Primo V lenses take advantage of specific design adaptations to work in harmony with digital cameras, maximizing image quality while delivering Primo quality and character. "Cinematographers tell us that the hyper-sharp sensors in today's digital cameras can result in images that are harsh and lack personality," says Panavision's VP of Optical Engineering Dan Sasaki. "That's one reason why there's so much emphasis on glass these days. The Primo V lenses bring the smooth, organic flavor of Primo lenses to the high fidelity digital image. Our philosophy is to take what cinematographers love about the Primos, and update them for the digital world." Digital cameras require additional optical elements including low-pass and IR filters that increase off-axis aberrations. ND filters are sometimes part of the chain. Primo V lenses have been re-engineered to correct for this. Patent pending modifications eliminate the coma, astigmatism, and other aberrations introduced by the additional glass between the lens and the sensor, while preserving the desirable imaging characteristics of the Primo optics. The resulting image appears more balanced center-to-edge. The Primo V lenses are compatible with any digital camera equipped with PL or Panavision 35 mount systems. They cannot be used on film cameras. The internal transports and mechanics of the Primo V lenses will retain the familiar Primo feel. Since the Primo V lenses retain the essential Primo character, imagery from Primo V and standard Primo lenses will intercut well. A set of Primo V primes will include 14.5, 17.5, 21, 27, 35, 40, 50, 75, and 100mm focal lengths. "Filmmakers have embraced Panavision Primo lenses since their introduction 25 years ago," notes Snyder. "Now the classic Primo look has been refined and optimized for use with the latest generation of 35mm sensor digital cameras." # # # About Panavision Panavision Inc. is a leading designer and manufacturer of high-precision camera systems, including both film and digital cameras, and lenses and accessories for the motion picture and television industries. Renowned for its world-wide service and support, Panavision systems are rented through its domestic and internationally owned and operated facilities and distributor network. Panavision also supplies lighting, grip and crane equipment for use by motion picture and television productions Media Contacts: ignite strategic communications Sally Christgau (415.238.2254 / firstname.lastname@example.org) Lisa Muldowney (760.212.4130/ email@example.com)