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Posted 27 May 2009 - 01:24 PM

LOS ANGELES, May 27, 2009 — Kodak will present a series of panel discussions on filmmaking topics such as the creative choice behind D.I. or optical timing, and the making of a TV pilot at the 2009 Cine Gear Expo. The Expo will be held on June 5-6 at Paramount Pictures Studios in Hollywood, California. The seminars are designed to provide an open forum, where cinematographers and industry experts can share their experiences, and discuss their views on the creative process and the future of the art form.

All of the seminars are free with admission to Cine Gear Expo. Admission to Cine Gear is also free if you register by 10 a.m. on May 28 or $20.00 thereafter. You can register online at www.cinegearexpo.com.

Following are descriptions of the Kodak-sponsored events and a schedule:

Friday, June 5, 2009

A Creative Choice: DI or Traditional Optical Timing
6:15-7:45 p.m. at The Sherry Lansing Theater
Rodney Taylor, ASC, Daryn Okada, ASC and Shane Hurlbut, ASC will discuss and answer questions about why they chose either traditional optical or digital intermediate timing for recent feature film projects. They will be joined in this discussion by the timers with whom they collaborated at film laboratories and D.I. postproduction facilities.

Saturday, June 6, 2009

A Renaissance of the Techniscope Format
10:15-11:15 a.m. at The Gower Theater
Sergio Leone pioneered the Techniscope (two-perf 35 mm film) format during the production of “Spaghetti Western” films starring Clint Eastwood in the early 1960s. Writer-director Lee Madsen and cinematographer Ben Kufrin will discuss and answer questions about their experiences producing Curve of Earth in Techniscope format. They produced the independent feature in 2.4:1 aspect ratio with Panaflex GII cameras modified with two-perf movements. Deluxe Laboratory processed the negative and provided postproduction services. They will be joined by James Chressanthis, ASC, who recently shot a two-perf test, Andy Romanoff from Panavision, and Kari Grubin from Deluxe.

Demo of the new KODAK VISION3 250D Color Negative Film 5207/7207
11:30 am to 12:15 pm at The Gower Theater
Film technology takes another leap forward with Kodak’s introduction of the latest product offering in its VISION3 platform.

The Taking of Pelham 123: Then and Now
12:30-1:45 p.m. at The Gower Theater
Owen Roizman, ASC and Tobias Schliessler, ASC will discuss their experiences and answer questions about shooting The Taking of Pelham 1 2 3. Most of the thriller takes place at practical locations in subway cars, stations and tunnels in New York City. Roizman shot the original classic film during the dawn of his career in 1974. It was produced in 35 mm anamorphic format with a 100-speed color film. Schliessler shot the remake in Super 35 format with the latest 500-speed Kodak film coupled with digital intermediate timing.

The Anatomy of a Television Pilot: Eastwick
3:45-5 p.m. at Stage 12
Bill Roe, ASC will discuss and answer questions about the production of the pilot episode of Eastwick which will premiere on ABC Television. The pilot episode is an adaptation of the classic feature film The Witches of Eastwick. Roe will be joined in that discussion by Vilmos Zsigmond, ASC, who shot the award-winning dramedy in 35 mm anamorphic format in 1987.

In addition to the panel discussions, Kodak will also be conducting Stop By Shoot Film workshops, designed for hands-on experience with 35 mm film and cameras. Participants will get the opportunity to talk with a top cinematographer, learn how to use a 35 mm camera with film, and then shoot their own scene — all in just two hours. After the event, participants receive a DVD of their footage for reference. Kodak will host one Stop By Shoot Film on Friday, and two workshops on Saturday. There is no fee, but space is limited. To sign-up for Stop By Shoot Film, go to www.kodak.com/go/motion (click on the “Education” tab, and then “Workshops”).

All seminar participants are subject to availability.

For more information about Kodak, visit www.kodak.com/go/motion. For more details and directions to Cine Gear Expo, visit www.cinegearexpo.com.
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