Some 30 cinematographers and other
filmmakers will be front and center in a series of free seminars at the Ninth
Annual Cine Gear Expo at Warner Bros. Studios, in Burbank, California, on
June 3 and 4, 2005. The seminars are designed to provide an open forum, where
cinematographers can share their experiences and discuss their views on the
future with colleagues and collaborators from all sectors of the industry,
according to Kees Van Oostrum, ASC, one of the founders of Cine Gear Expo.
All Premier Seminars are free with admission to Cine Gear Expo. Admission
to Cine Gear is also free if you register by May 27 or $10.00 thereafter. You
can register online at www.cinegearexpo.com.
Premier Seminars will be held in Bldg. 21 at Warner Bros. Ranch within
walking distance of the Expo. Seating is limited on a first come basis.
Following are descriptions and schedule:
FRIDAY, JUNE 3, 2005
* 1-3 p.m. The American Society of Cinematographers: Focusing on Vital
The ASC Technology Committee, which includes cinematographers, other
members of the creative community, and technology thought leaders from
many sectors of the entertainment film industry, will discuss the
outlook for the future. Topics will include standards and practices
for digital intermediate postproduction, the evolution of a new
generation of digital cameras, film preservation and restoration, the
need for a universal metadata standard for digital media, advanced
technologies and other topics of vital interest. Technology Committee
Chairman Curtis, Clark ASC and journalist Bob Fisher will moderate the
discussion. Participants include Al Barton, Grover Crisp, Gary Demos,
Richard Edlund, ASC, Peter Fasciano, Phil Feiner, Lou Levinson, Howard
Lukk, Gary Morse, Garrett Smith, Josh Pines, and Steve Poster, ASC.
SATURDAY, JUNE 4, 2005
* 10a.m.-12 p.m. The Art of the Commercial
How do you successfully grab and hold the audience's attention while
making a favorable and enduring impression in just 30 seconds?
Participants will show and discuss samples of their favorite
television spots. Journalist Bob Fisher will moderate the seminar.
Participants include Bill Bennett, ASC, Curtis Clark, ASC, Ron Dexter,
Peter Lyons Collister, ASC, Jeff Cronenweth, ASC, Allen Daviau, ASC,
Jon Fauer, ASC, Guillermo Navarro, ASC, and Wally Pfister, ASC.
* 3-5 p.m. The Digital Intermediate Evolution
"Pleasantville" was the first U.S. feature film finished in a digital
intermediate suite by cinematographer John Lindley, ASC in 1998. This
discussion will focus on the realities and myths of DI, how it is
affecting the role of the cinematographer, and the outlook for the
future. Journalist Bob Fisher will moderate the seminar.
Participants include Steven Bernstein, ASC, Allen Daviau, ASC, Matthew
Libatique, ASC, Wally Pfister, ASC, Dean Semler, ASC, ACS, Kees Van
Oostrum, ASC and Amy Vincent, ASC.
In addition to the Premier Seminars, the ASC will also present Lighting
Scenes from the ASC Book "Reflections" from 12:30 -2:30 p.m. on Saturday at
the Lethal Weapon House. Using the workbook, "Reflections: Twenty-One
Cinematographers at Work" as a starting point, Allen Daviau, ASC, Steve Burum,
Jack Green, ASC, and Laszlo Kovacs, ASC will recreate a few of the lighting
set-ups and discuss the concepts outlined in this informative book on
cinematography. Moderated by George Spiro Dibie, ASC, this seminar will
examine the practice of cinematography in wide ranging discussions with
professional cinematographers who analyze their art from both technical and
All seminar participants are subject to availability. For more details or
directions to Cine Gear Expo, visit www.cinegearexpo.com. For more
information about the ASC, visit www.theasc.com.
ASC Seminars Slated for Cine Gear
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