More than 40 next generation filmmakers
will participate in the 2005 Masterclass conducted here by the University of
Drama and Film in collaboration with the Hungarian Society of Cinematographers
(HSC) from August 21 through September 3. Kodak sponsors the Masterclass with
Panavision and CILECT (Centre International de Liaison des Ecoles de Cinéma et
de Television), an international association of film schools.
The students will be mentored by Vilmos Zsigmond, ASC and John Schwartzman,
ASC, and supported by some of Hungary's leading filmmakers during the two-week
Zsigmond is a native of Hungary and a graduate of the University. He was a
student of Gyorgy Illes, honorary president of the Masterclass. Zsigmond left
Hungary in 1956 in the wake of a failed revolt against the communist regime
and migrated to the United States, where he has had a distinguished career.
Zsigmond is the only cinematographer in history to earn both Oscar (Close
Encounters of the Third Kind) and Emmy (Stalin) Awards. There were other Oscar
nominations for The Deer Hunter and The River. He recently completed
production of The Black Dahlia.
Schwartzman is a native of Los Angeles who earned an Oscar nomination for
Seabiscuit. His credits include Benny & Joon, Conspiracy Theory, Armageddon
and Meet the Fockers.
"The Masterclass has attracted some of the world's most promising young
filmmakers," says Janos Xantus, one of Hungary's most prominent directors. "It
is a reaffirmation for them that filmmaking is a collaborative art form with a
universal visual language. This is a unique opportunity for these young people
to learn from and work with their talented peers from diverse backgrounds
under the guidance of some of the world's most gifted cinematographers."
Xantus has directed the Masterclass, which is conducted during alternate
summers, since 1999. He succeeded Gyorgy Karpati, a co-founder of the
Masterclass in 1989.
Participants were chosen by the Board of Professors of the University from
more than 90 worthy applicants based upon their portfolios. Most of the
participants are aspiring cinematographers, however occasionally young
directors and writers qualify hoping to gain insights into the collaborative
art and craft of visual storytelling.
Kodak sponsors 12 students from film schools around the world. This year's
students reign from Romania, Korea, Russia, United Kingdom, Czech Republic,
France, Spain, Italy, Switzerland, Germany and Austria.
"The Masterclass is a unique opportunity for young filmmakers from different
cultures to work together and openly discuss ideas," says Thierry Perronnet,
marketing director for Kodak's Entertainment Imaging Division covering Europe,
Middle East and Africa. "The hands-on, crew like approach provides valuable
experience. In the end, every one of them learns that cinematography is a
Participants in the Masterclass are formed into teams that take turns filming
short exercises on sound stages at BK Filmstudio Ltd. using lighting equipment
provided by Sparks Ltd. Zsigmond and Schwartzman will offer guidance designed
to help them think about what they are doing and why. The next day, rushes are
screened and followed by an open discussion involving the entire class and
There will also be screenings of classic and contemporary films followed by
discussions with the prominent cinematographers who photographed them. In
addition, Kodak offers instructional programs and demonstrations on film and
hybrid motion imaging technologies. A closing ceremony will be highlighted by
the presentation of certificates of completion to the participants.
Kodak, through its worldwide education initiatives, has been a primary sponsor
of the Masterclass since its earliest days.
"We believe in these talented young filmmakers, and feel that it is our
obligation to provide a foundation for them at this formative stage of their
careers," says Colette Scott, worldwide education segment manager for Kodak's
Entertainment Imaging Division. "We will listen and learn about their
expectations, and assure them that we will be there for them in their future
Zsigmond, Schwartzman @ 2005 Hungarian Masterclass
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