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Posted 12 October 2005 - 11:19 AM

Russell Boyd, ASC, ACS will receive the 2005 Kodak
Award for Excellence in Cinematography at the Louis Vuitton Hawaii
International Film Festival awards ceremony here on October 28. The award is
presented annually to a cinematographer who has made exceptional contributions
to advancing the art of cinema in the Pacific Rim.

"Russell Boyd is creating an extraordinarily diverse body of work, including
more than a few films that are already classics," says Mike Morelli, vice
president, Hollywood region, Kodak's Entertainment Imaging Division. "He is a
talented and dedicated artist whose work has touched movie fans and inspired
filmmakers in every part of the world."

Boyd won the Academy Award in 2004 for his cinematography on MASTER AND
COMMANDER: THE FAR SIDE OF THE WORLD. Boyd also earned the Cinematographer of
the Year Award from the Australian Film Society in 1976 for BETWEEN WARS and
in 1982 for GALLIPOLI, and was inducted into the Australian Cinematographers
Society's Hall of Fame in 1998. His body of work also includes PICNIC AT
HANGING ROCK, THE LAST WAVE, BREAK OF DAY, THE YEAR OF LIVING DANGEROUSLY,
TENDER MERCIES, A SOLDIER'S STORY, CROCODILE DUNDEE, PRISONERS OF THE SUN and
TIN CUP. His upcoming film GHOST RIDER is slated for release next summer.

Boyd was born and raised in Greeling, Australia. His teenage photography hobby
led to a job at a small company in Melbourne that produced weekly news
programs for cinema screens. Boyd started out painting sets, but was shooting
black-and-white newsreels within a year. He segued into shooting documentaries
and TV commercials. Boyd photographed his first fiction films on weekends with
equipment borrowed from the commercial company.

"Filmmaking is an incredibly collaborative art form," he says. "It's not like
being a still photographer or a painter who works entirely on his or her own
in a studio. An awful lot of people apply their arts and crafts, and
contribute to making a movie. It's not just me collaborating with the
director. It's also my gaffer, camera crew and grips. Everybody has an equally
important role in making a movie that tells a story."

Boyd will host a special screening of MASTER AND COMMANDER on October 27 at
the Dole Cannery 18 Theatres at 7 p.m. followed by a question-and-answer
session. The film marked the fifth collaboration between Boyd and director
Peter Weir. Boyd will also lead a discussion about the art and craft of
cinematography at 3:30 p.m. on October 28 at the Academy of Arts Doris Duke
Theater. He will show clips from THE MAN FROM HONG KONG and CROCODILE DUNDEE,
as well as a sneak preview of GHOST RIDER.

The Hawaii International Film Festival was established in 1981 to foster an
understanding and cultural exchange among the people of Asia, the Pacific and
North America through the medium of film.
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