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Posted 20 August 2007 - 01:41 PM

Scott Calvert of Temple University won the
2007 Eastman Scholarship Gold Award for Excellence in the Craft of Filmmaking
by a film school student. Ruben Grijalva of San Francisco State University and
Benjamin Kalina from Temple University were presented Silver and Bronze
Awards, respectively. Honorable mentions went to Kai Orion and Sally Kewayosh,
both of New York University.

Carolyn Macartney of Southern Methodist University won the 2007 Kodak
Faculty Scholarship, and Yash Bhatt of Chapman University?s Dodge College of
Film and Media Arts received the Kodak Award for Excellence in Cinematography.

The recipients of the 2007 scholarships and awards were revealed during the
annual University Film & Video Association (UFVA) Conference hosted by the
University of North Texas last week. Kodak is a major sponsor of the
conference.

?These scholarships and awards are designed to provide tangible support
for the next generation of filmmakers and their mentors,? says Wendy Elms,
worldwide education segment manager for the Kodak Entertainment Imaging
Division. ?It is one of many of our educational initiatives.?

The Eastman and Kodak Faculty Scholarship programs are funded by an
endowment established by Kodak and administered by the University Film and
Video Foundation (UFVF), a non-profit organization.

The student competition drew submissions from some 35 schools throughout
the United States and Canada. A maximum of two nominations are allowed from
each accredited film school. Judging was based on a combination of sample
reels submitted by the students, recommendations from faculty, and academic
achievement. The jurists were five-time cinematography Oscar nominee William
A. Fraker, ASC, BSC (Looking for Mr. Goodbar, Heaven Can Wait, Murphy?s
Romance, WarGames, 1941); Bart Weis, president of the Video Association of
Dallas and artistic director of the Dallas Video Festival; and Randy Tack, a
Kodak cinematographer.

?We judged how effectively the films submitted by students supported the
story-telling intentions of the directors,? says Fraker, whose other notable
credits include Rosemary?s Baby and Bullitt. ?The many wonderful entries that
we saw bode well for the future. There is a new generation of talented
cinematographers who are ready to make an impact.?

Calvert, who is working toward a master?s degree, won both a $5,000
scholarship applicable toward tuition and a $5,000 Kodak product grant.
Calvert took on the roles of writer, director, art director and sound designer
for his film Derailed. The film is the story of a young, married model train
collector who must give up his workshop to construct a nursery for his soon-
to-be first-born child. The film was produced in Super 16 format on KODAK
VISION2 500T 7218 and 250D 7205 color negative films. His crew consisted of
Temple University graduates and undergraduates.

A $4,000 scholarship and a $4,000 Kodak product grant were presented to
Grijalva. He received his bachelor?s degree in May 2007. Grijalva was the
writer, producer, director, and editor for his film Shadow Ball. The film
follows an imaginative child who learns that a game of catch can transcend
social boundaries. Grijalva used KODAK VISION2 stocks in the Super 16 format.

Kalina is working towards a master?s degree, and received a $3,000 tuition
scholarship and a $3,000 Kodak product grant for Diorama. Kalina directed,
produced, co-wrote, co-edited and supervised postproduction of his film.
Diorama is about a 10-year-old girl who wants to go on her science class field
trip, but her mom, a fledgling musician, can?t come up with the $10 fee.

Kewayosh and Orion each received $2,000 Kodak product grants.

Because she demonstrated a capacity to enhance skill development in film
production and classroom education, Macartney was awarded $4,000 to support
her proposed documentary project Wanda the Wonderful. Macartney has been a
full-time faculty member at the Southern Methodist University Division of
Cinema-Television since fall of 2003. As a director and cinematographer, she
has worked on four feature-length narrative films, some 20 short films, and
numerous documentaries and music videos. She will use the grant to produce
Wanda the Wonderful, which will chronicle the wild and passionate life of
Macartney?s grandmother, who was a Wild West sharpshooter.

Bhatt, who is earning his master?s degree, was awarded a $1,000 Kodak
product grant. He was the director of photography on The Vaudevillian, a short
dramatic film about a ventriloquist?s relationship with his dummy that becomes
strained after they lose their jobs in a traveling vaudeville troupe. This
award also qualifies Bhatt?s film as the U.S./Canada finalist for the
worldwide Kodak Filmschool Competition, along with the Latin America and Asia
Pacific finalists, who are yet to be determined. The grand prize is a trip to
the 2008 Clermont-Ferrand Short Film Festival, where the winning film will be
screened and the filmmaker will be given the opportunity to participate in
seminars and other activities hosted by Kodak.

Kodak inaugurated the scholarship program in 1991 for undergraduate and
graduate students at universities offering degrees in film in the United
States and Canada. More than 100 students have received scholarships. In 2001,
a faculty scholarship was added to enhance the professional growth of teachers
on projects involving students. A total of $450,000 worth of scholarships has
been granted since the inception of the program. The Kodak Filmschool
Competition was initiated in 2000.

Kodak?s educational programs include a range of opportunities that students
and educators can utilize to enrich their knowledge of the art and craft of
filmmaking, including educational materials, workshops and discounts. Kodak
also sponsors student film festivals, awards, seminars and showcases that
raise the profile and awareness of emerging talent.
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