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20 2017 Nov

The HPA Awards: A Glittering Night Honoring Our Own

By Christine Purse, Chair, HPA Awards Committee

The 12th annual HPA Awards took place last week, an event that pulled the community together and raised a toast to our friends and colleagues. Sold out once again, this year’s HPA Awards were the biggest to date in every metric: submissions, ticket sales, volunteers, ads, and sponsorship. We are dedicated to making sure that the stature of the awards continues to grow because the contributions made by those who enter are worthy of every honor possible. You make the vision a reality; it’s your work that makes this industry compelling.

As one of the original members of the HPA Awards Committee, it’s a great feeling to see the awards embraced for what they are:  a night where we raise a glass to those brilliant, talented people and companies behind the work that was submitted and honored.  Sound teams, engineers, colorists, visual effects artists, editors, visionaries, and even astronauts got a moment in the sun this year, thanks to the work of the amazing community that is HPA.

It’s been mentioned before, but it’s important to note that our entries have grown at an incredible rate.  Hundreds of top-notch programs, movies and spots were submitted, easily passing every previous benchmark.  While that made the vetting and judging process very strenuous, it brought a level of excellence to the show that continues to grow.

Take a look at the nominees and winners.

There are many people and companies who make a sold-out event happen, but there is also a lot of love required.  Love of the community, love of the work, love of talent and ingenuity. That is what the HPA is really all about. To say that this is one of the greatest communities in the world to work in is no exaggeration. The HPA community is a constant inspiration.

We hope that you liked the design upgrade to the show on our 12th year at the Skirball.  Stay tuned for changes to the show in the coming year.  We want it to be even bigger and better!

My personal thanks to this committee that has been together for so long. It’s a true honor to work with you all:  Dayna McCallum, Linda Rosner, Carolyn Giardina, Mark Chiolis, Bob Coleman, Leon Silverman, Seth Hallen, Anthony Magliocca, Ken Fuller, Joachim Zell. Thanks also to the real power behind the event, the incredible HPA team:  Alicia Rock, Mimi Rossi, and Max Ma––as well as to our SMPTE colleague, the invaluable Sally D’Amato.  To our talented producers at Homerun Entertainment, Barry Gribbon and Lynn Jordan, we love being on this journey with you, you’re the best.

Special thanks to Seth Hallen for your leadership and invaluable perspective, and Barbara Lange for being an amazing and trusted guide light.

Thank you to all who attended, supported, entered, volunteered, presented, sponsored, or won.  See you next November!

20 2017 Nov

NET Highlights Interactive Tech Conversation

By Debra Kaufman

IMF, Augmented Reality, Blockchain, Artificial Intelligence… these are just some of the topics that will be discussed at the Nov. 28 HPA NET (Networking, Education, Technology) luncheon and gathering to be held at the Beverly Garland hotel in North Hollywood. “NET is a way for people to understand what the trends are with technology and how it applies to their businesses and daily lives,” says NET co-chair Eliot Sakhartov, who is a Microsoft technology strategist. “If you’re an editor or colorist, you probably already know about HDR, but you don’t know what’s going on with machine learning or artificial intelligence or other parts of the business that will eventually affect you.”

NET was born out of SCRG (the Sales Career Resource Group), founded in 2008 as a way for sales and marketing people to understand technology. Those meetings featured a single topic, explored by panelists and led by a moderator. “The idea is that we would evaluate the topics more from a commercial perspective,” says HPA president Seth Hallen, senior vice president of business development and strategy at Pixelogic Media who was a co-chair of SCRG and is now a member of the NET committee. “We didn’t go too deeply in the technical side.” During those years, SCRG addressed 4K, tapeless workflows and stereoscopic capture among other timely topics.

SCRG began to evolve, first by changing the format to roundtables. “The roundtable idea was similar to the breakfast roundtables at the HPA Tech Retreat,” says Hallen. “But the other difference is that everyone would get up and change tables at least once.” The new format quickly became popular; about 125 people attended the last NET event.

The last piece of the evolution came with the change of the committee’s name. “We decided SCRG was the world’s worst acronym,” says Hallen. “We wanted to rebrand it, and we came up with NET.” Sakhartov adds that the three words that make up the NET acronym are a spot-on description of what the group does. “You walk in the door and you’ll find 12 different subjects,” he says. “This is an open, free environment for two-way 360-degree conversations.”

Topics are divided into three categories: creation, workflow and disruption. “By committee, we try to keep it consistent,” says Sakhartov. “We find subjects in each of those three areas that we think are relevant today. And then we go out and try to find subject matter experts in those fields. Or sometimes people come to us with ideas, and we love for that to happen.” For example, he says, a digital dailies company that is using data to make dailies smarter came to NET and asked to host a table. “Amazon and Google want to get involved, but we’ve had startups as well,” he says. “We want people to give us ideas and talk about what they’re doing.”

The November 28 NET meeting will also be the first to have attracted sponsors: Dell/EMC and Smart Stack. “We’re excited to have these two companies join us,” says Hallen. “The HPA is always dedicated to bringing value to the community and the industry, and this is another way we can do that.”

The event will feature several intriguing topics: Sony Pictures executive Greg Geier and Disney executive Ryan Kido will give attendees an update on IMF and what to expect in 2018. Microsoft’s principal audio designer Jeanne Parson will talk about “VoiceFont” and its role in artificial intelligence, and Max Bronstein, Media and Strategy Lead at Po.et, will moderate discussion on blockchain, security and media distribution. MPC Creative executive producer Matt Winkel will lead conversation on augmented reality as a tool for art direction, and Gearhouse Broadcast managing director Marc Genin will address unscripted live acquisition. Technicolor executive Daryll Strauss and 5th Kind chief executive Steve Cronan will lead discussion on artificial intelligence in post, and Netflix manager of post production Justin Holt will focus on unscripted live post workflow and delivery. Pixelogic CTO Raja Sahi and SDI CTO Scott Rose will moderate conversation on machine learning/artificial intelligence in localization. Keycode Media president Mike Cavanaugh will look at content creation and production for college sports and Prime Focus Technologies president Patrick Macdonald-King will address artificial intelligence and dailies.

NET’s new format works well for attendees facing such a rich list of topics. Sakhartov reports that the Nov. 28 event will allow them to sit at three tables for 20 minutes each. He also notes that staying at the same table for the entire hour will also yield an interesting result. “Every single conversation will be different,” he promises. “You can sit there for 20 minutes, but if you come back, it’ll be a new conversation.”

Sakhartov also stresses that NET is not only for the community but by the community. “If you have ideas for sessions or think of things we’re missing, please send that information to us,” he says. “We’d love to be able to cover it in the next round.”

20 2017 Nov

Anti-Piracy Tools Help Hollywood Sustain Its Love Affair with DVD Screeners

Los Angeles— For most of the country, the arrival of fall means cooler temperatures and leaves turning colors, but in Hollywood, it marks the official start of awards season and with it the annual deluge of Academy screeners.

An Oscar nomination, or better yet, a win, can have a big impact on a film’s box office performance and so studios are keen to ensure their films are seen by the right people, including Academy and guild members, movie critics and awards show journalists. Exposure is especially important for films that haven’t been widely released but are expected to be prime contenders at the Academy Awards, BAFTA, Golden Globes and other major awards competitions. To generate support for those titles, studios may host special screenings or make films available for viewing online through private streaming outlets. But the most popular way to get pre-released films into the hands of award competition voters is via screeners, individual DVD copies of films sent directly to their homes.

Despite their pervasive use, DVD screeners are controversial. While they come with stern warnings against sharing or tampering with the discs, screeners have in the past been blamed as sources of piracy. When in 2016, pirated copies of best picture nominees turned up on file-sharing sites it led to renewed calls for digital screeners.

But this past year, piracy wasn’t as big a problem. Fortium CEO Mathew Gilliat-Smith, whose company makes a variety of security tools used to safeguard pre-released entertainment content, says that studios have taken larger steps to stifle illegal copying. He notes that his company’s DVD content protection software Patronus was used in the production of screeners for seventy Oscar-hopeful films last season and, according to newswire accounts, not one English-language movie screener copy appeared online during the festive period. “That included Oscar winners Hacksaw Ridge, Fences, Sing, La La Land, Fantastic Beasts, and Manchester By Sea” he says.

PatronusFortium employs a team of programmers who are constantly updating the Patronus software to keep pirates at bay. “It’s a cat and mouse game between our team and the ripping programs,” he observes. “We’ll make an algorithm that frustrates them, then they will make their own routine to overcome it. We generally have a three to four-month lead time on them. By the time the discs begin to circulate in the public domain, we’re already onto our next update.” Gilliat-Smith adds that the lead time is especially important regarding screeners. By the time pirates can subvert a disc’s copy protection, the title has already been in theaters.

DVD screeners are likely to remain part of studios’ Oscar push for the simple reason that they are very popular. Many Academy members prefer them to private theater screenings or streaming services. “It would seem that some members are not easily persuaded to switch to online screening,” Gilliat-Smith says. “They treasure their screeners and must find it easier and more convenient to pop a disc into a player and watch on their TV rather than to figure out how to get a link to a file to playback via a device.”

DVD manufacturers are currently busy filling studio orders for DVD screeners for their 2018 Oscar hopefuls, and many are using Patronus to ensure that the content doesn’t fall into the wrong hands. “DVD screeners remain a valid option,” says Gilliat-Smith. “There’s a misconception that all screeners leak but, in fact, they don’t. There are obviously no guarantees with any protection, but the security Fortium aims to provide is strong. If we have another year with no leaks in the festive period then Patronus will have contributed to a successful season for the studios.”

 

17 2017 Nov

New Zealand’s Department of Post Installs DaVinci Resolve Studio and Resolve Mini Panels for HDR

Blackmagic Design recently announced that New Zealand’s Department of Post is using DaVinci Resolve Studio, DaVinci Resolve Advanced Panels and DaVinci Resolve Mini Panels as part of the leading HDR post production workflow in Australia and New Zealand.

Department of Post is one of the most influential post production houses in Australia and New Zealand, and provides end-to-end post production services, including DIT, editorial, online, finishing, color and audio for film and television productions, both local and international. Recently, they have focused on opening up New Zealand’s first fully HDR compliant post workflow to a wider range of productions, using DaVinci Resolve Studio as one of the core components. By demystifying HDR standards, and making it accessible to productions of every budget and scale, they hope to encourage more productions to produce world-class content in UHD HDR for the international market.

The facility has a DCI compliant DI theater, which includes DaVinci Resolve Studio and a DaVinci Resolve Advanced Panel, a television grading suite with DaVinci Resolve Studio seats and DaVinci Resolve Mini Panel for 4K HDR post, and five seats of DaVinci Resolve Studio for the company’s near-set DIT department.

Katie Hinsen, Department of Post’s Head of Operations, describes the company’s HDR workflow, “Depending on the distributor, our HDR workflow can change. Generally speaking, our dailies and DIT department will process footage for editorial, and we will screen dailies in full HDR to help guide the cinematographers. This is very helpful for our clients, especially since HDR is still new enough that many directors of photography have limited experience with the nuances of extended dynamic range and colors.”

Once production wraps and editorial is done, media is conformed in DaVinci Resolve Studio and graded to the HDR standard required.

“Resolve has the added intelligence of scaled scopes for HDR, and all the color management EOTF’s we need. After the grade, we are able to export whatever high-resolution DSM format we require for mastering, straight out of the Resolve to our deliverables mastering team. We then use Resolve’s collaborative workflow to pass the timeline to our assistant colorist/finishing artist for the SDR trim pass. Once again, it’s DaVinci Resolve’s excellent color management which makes this far less complicated than other systems, as it has the ability to more intelligently switch between color spaces.”

Since they provide post production for many international films, commercials and TV shows, Department of Post also had to build an HDR workflow that deals with all HDR standards, to deliver in HDR10, Dolby Vision and HLG.

“Resolve color management makes this seamless, taking the complication out of the post finishing process across three fundamentally different color science workflows,” Hinsen continued. “We use Resolve on all of the HDR projects we do! Resolve has fantastic color management and is an integral part of our end-to-end HDR workflow. Resolve is also used for most of our finishing projects. We believe that every production, regardless of budget or scope, should have equal access to the best tools and technology the world has to offer, so we use Resolve across web series, commercials, television and feature films. We even used Resolve recently on portions of an AR-integrated live broadcast.”

One of the most recent additions to the Department of Post’s workflow are DaVinci Resolve Mini Panels. “We love using the Resolve panels, both the large and the Mini Panel. The Mini Panel has really improved our high-end TV grading. We’re looking to add some Resolve Micro Panels for our dailies colorists in DIT,” she said.

While international productions are now regularly finishing in HDR, Department of Post is helping local productions with their first move into HDR, and opening their doors to New Zealand’s cinematographers and post production freelancers for training on HDR workflows.

“We want to help ensure that our local productions are consistently world-class, so we open our doors to give the production community the tools and exposure to HDR material, so that they can produce the best work possible,” said Hinsen. “It’s all about enabling our creative community to tell unique Australian and New Zealand stories to the world.”

17 2017 Nov

Micro Cinema Cameras Help Capture Web Series for MegaBots’ Giant Fighting Robots

Blackmagic Design recently announced that its Micro Cinema Cameras and URSA Mini 4.6K digital film camera were used by DP Scott Sorensen to help chronicle a web series for the US-based robotics company MegaBots, Inc. MegaBots uses cutting-edge robotics technology to create giant 16-foot-tall, internally-piloted humanoid robots.

Two years ago, MegaBots challenged Japanese robotics company Suidobashi Heavy Industry to a giant robot duel, and the Japanese team accepted the challenge. In the first episode of the web series, MegaBots determined that its existing Mk. II robot would be unsuited for melee combat and decided that rather than modify the existing robot, it would be better to build a new robot from the ground up. As such, the MegaBots’ web series documented the R&D, testing and eventual creation of an entirely new robot called Eagle Prime. The series culminated in the Giant Robot Duel between MegaBots’ Eagle Prime and Suidobashi’s Kuratas.

“MegaBots has a strong following online. People really want to see the giant fighting robots of science fiction duking it out in real life. The goal of the web series was to show the audience a bit of what it takes to bring these machines to life,” said Sorensen. “At the beginning of the series, we sat down and outlined the major milestones of the build. Whenever a new part of the robot came online, we’d come in with a small crew and document the process. Each time the MegaBots team brought up a system of the robot, it was the first time the collected parts had been utilized in that way. In the event of a failure, we had to be prepared to document every possible outcome. That being the case, it was key that we had an arsenal of cameras to cover each event in 360 degrees.”

To capture every possible angle, Sorensen relied on six Micro Cinema Cameras for their compact size, expansion port and filmic look. “My primary reason for choosing the Micro Cinema Cameras was their expansion port. I knew that eventually, I would be rigging cameras inside the robots’ cockpits. With the expansion port on the cameras, I was able to roll and cut the cameras remotely via an RC plane transmitter and keep them charged via AC power provided by the robot,” he noted.

An URSA Mini 4.6K was also used several times throughout the shoot as a secondary over-cranked camera. “For several of the tests we filmed, I’d have the URSA Mini 4.6K recording slow motion, while I operated one of the Micro Cinema Cameras on a gimbal,” explained Sorensen.

Sorensen also used Blackmagic Design’s MultiView 4, SmartView 4K monitor and numerous Micro Converters HDMI to SDI as part of his workflow. During the duel, each robot was rigged with a series of Micro Cinema Cameras which were fed into the Micro Converters HDMI to SDI, which then went into two MultiView 4s. The MultiView 4s in turn fed to a wireless video solution that transmitted the split screen image to the SmartView 4K in the video village so Sorensen could confirm each camera responded to the remote triggering system. The remote camera triggering system consisted of a single RC transmitter that was paired with two receivers; one for each robot. From the receivers, Sorensen ran a single servo cable to each Micro Cinema Camera’s expansion cable. Each camera was assigned to its own switch on the transmitter.

“The remote viewing/control system in the bots was simple to set up with off-the-shelf parts. The system was a massive time saver on set, and it was reassuring to see that the cameras rolled through all the hits and crashes. It was beautiful,” said Sorensen.

Sorensen added, “Because the Micro Cinema Cameras are so tiny, it was simple to rig them inside the confined spaces of the cockpits. While we were testing with Eagle Prime, we also used the cameras locked off on c-stands and Magic Arms, a camera on a motion control slider, another on a gimbal and one on a jib.”

Sorensen also commented on the Micro Cinema Cameras’ durability. “While filming one episode, we were testing the robot’s ability to throw 55 gallon drums. In a stroke of massive bad luck, a wayward barrel came straight down onto a Micro Cinema Camera rigged on a motion control slider. The drum sheared the lens clean off, but did only minor damage to the slider and did nothing at all to the camera. They’re impressively durable, those little cameras,” he said.

 

17 2017 Nov

Avid Unveils VR Innovations and Accelerated Music Creation for Pro Tools

Avid empowers Pro Tools | HD users to take command of VR projects with Facebook Spatial Workstation and accelerate immersive workflows with Dolby Atmos® integrations 

Avid® recently announced a new version of Pro Tools® that empowers users to take on virtual reality (VR) projects with Facebook 360 Spatial Workstation. Debuting at AES New York 2017, the new version includes updates to the integrated Dolby Atmos® workflows and is more powerful than ever for users at all levels, giving Pro Tools | First, Pro Tools, and Pro Tools | HD users new features and improvements that accelerate workflows and expand their creative toolsets.

Audio professionals working on virtual reality projects can now produce immersive, full-sphere, surround sound content from start to finish in Pro Tools | HD. Users can easily edit and mix audio in a 3D space with support for first-, second- and third-order Ambisonics formats across Pro Tools | HD tracks and busses, and then output and deliver to the required formats for playback. Pro Tools | HD also includes Facebook 360 Spatial Workstation for enhanced VR functionality. Also included in this version of Pro Tools | HD are enhancements to the Dolby Atmos® workflows enabling users to quickly and easily mix and deliver immersive experiences for theaters and homes.

Musicians and composers using Pro Tools can now create faster with enhanced MIDI functionality, work smarter with MIDI input display, and quickly find tracks with the new Scroll to Track feature. A new batch rename feature enables both post professionals and music creators to quickly rename groups of clips or tracks instantly.

Aspiring musicians and aspiring professionals using Pro Tools | First, the free version of Pro Tools, gain the same MIDI enhancements as Pro Tools users. In addition, they can now turn session documents from earlier Pro Tools versions into Projects that are ready for cloud backup and collaboration.

“As part of our commitment to providing our preeminent client and user community with the most comprehensive tools and workflow solutions, we deliver a continual stream of innovation with every new version of Pro Tools—and this latest release is no exception,” said Rob D’Amico, Director, Pro Audio Market Solutions at Avid. “This latest version of Pro Tools is packed with features and improvements for everyone. From MIDI enhancements that accelerate music workflows, and VR capabilities for post professionals, to new collaborative capabilities for aspiring pros, this latest version delivers tangible value for users of all backgrounds.”

 

17 2017 Nov

MTI Film Applies Finishing Touch to New Videos from Pussy Riot, Cold War Kids and Watt

Colorist Alex Chernoff teams with director Phillip R. Lopez.

MTI Film colorist Alex Chernoff provided final post services for three new videos directed by Phillip R. Lopez, including a release from Russian punk band Pussy Riot with the provocative title Straight Outta Vagina. In finalizing the look of the videos, Chernoff collaborated directly with Lopez who’s been garnering a lot of attention for his visually stunning short films and music videos.

A hip-hop feminist anthem, Straight Outta Vagina is set in a church and a tiled bathroom (the actual shooting location was the Ace Hotel in Los Angeles) and includes a cast of children, dancers and female body builders. “It’s about the power of female sexuality,” says producer Matthew McCluggage. “It reminds men where they come from.”

Color is used creatively in the video to set the trippy, celebratory mood, establish locations and reinforce the band’s brand. “We drew out the gold in the classical design of the theater to give it the feel of a Russian Orthodox church,” explains McCluggage. “We played against the green in the tiles of the bathroom scenes and went for a warmer look in the mirrored shots. Overall, we emphasized the blues and the yellows, the band’s signature colors.”

“It’s a strong look,” adds Chernoff. “Phillip and I worked hard on the church scenes and are very happy with how well they turned out. We used a grain tool throughout to give it a filmic look—that’s something I often do with Phillip’s work.”

Chernoff also applied the final grades to Love is Mystical from the Cold War Kids and Burning Man from the rapper Watt (featuring Post Malone). In the former, most scenes are presented in reverse motion and colored in soft, dreamlike tones. “The goal was to capture that feeling of a first kiss, or first falling in love,” Lopez explains, “the way time can stop, move backwards and you get totally lost in that mystical moment.”

Burning Man, meanwhile, casts Watt and Post Malone as deliverymen who lace an office water cooler with LSD igniting (literally, as it turns out) a wild party. Chernoff says that he and Lopez had fun adding a psychedelic cast to scenes of office workers dancing in piles of shredded paper and covered in Post-It notes. The video climaxes with a man running down a hall after he has been set on fire. “We made the fire super-hot to make it feel more real,” Chernoff observes.

McCluggage observes that Alex is a valuable creative partner as he understands intuitively the visual aesthetic Lopez is seeking to achieve. “Alex has really refined his craft,” he says. “And, as a young artist, he relates well to the music and contributes great ideas during post.”

See the videos here: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLyCXCbKVFOcv7KQvldTQum7kh3nWG5_bW

17 2017 Nov

Avid Helps Gareth Owen Bring the Biggest Musical Theater Productions to Broadway and The West End

Award-winning sound designer relies on Avid VENUE | S6L to deliver pristine sound for some of this year’s biggest musical theater productions, including A Bronx Tale, Bat Out of Hell, Wind in the Willows and 42nd Street

Avid® recently announced that award-winning sound designer Gareth Owen relies on Avid’s flagship live sound system to support some of the world’s most popular musical theater productions. Avid VENUE™ | S6Lprovided Owen with the sound quality and versatility to meet the demands of multiple, concurrent stage productions this summer, including Bat Out of Hell, Wind in the Willows and 42nd Street—all running in London’s West End, as well as A Bronx Tale and Come From Away on Broadway.

Working on a diverse range of high-profile productions, Owen needs a live sound system with the power and flexibility to create the perfect sound for each production regardless of the genre. As long-time members of Avid’s distinguished user community, Owen and his team were the first to adopt Avid VENUE | S6L for Broadway and West End productions, using its extensive programming capabilities to craft much of each show during the production phase.

“Every show is different, and some are polar opposites of each other in terms of sonic requirements—for example, Bat Out of Hell is a balls-to-the-wall rock and roll musical, as loud as any concert, while 42nd Street is the traditional book musical, all about subtlety and transparency,” said Owen. “The S6L takes these varying musical styles in its stride, tackling them all as if it was designed specifically for that purpose. The sound quality is far ahead of any other console I’ve used. There’s a clarity and transparency to the sound of the S6L that’s a new experience for me. And it gives me the power to explore my creativity without being hemmed in by the technology.”

Owen and his team are currently using the Avid VENUE | S6L console for several shows, including Come From Away (Broadway), A Bronx Tale (Broadway), ,42nd Street (West End), Young Frankenstein (West End) and Disney’s Hunchback of Notre Dame (Germany). They will also be using the console for a number of upcoming productions, including Donna Summer (Broadway), Come From Away (Toronto), Prince of Egypt (Denmark), Bat Out of Hell (Toronto), Starlight Express (London) and Strictly Ballroom (London).

“We are honored that one of the world’s top sound designers relies on Avid’s comprehensive tools and workflow solutions to mix the biggest musical theater productions,” said Avid President, Jeff Rosica. “As well as giving Gareth and his team the control and creative flexibility to support the most sophisticated productions regardless of genre, the Avid VENUE | S6L console’s sound quality is second to none.”

 

17 2017 Nov

Motion Picture Sound Editors to Honor Kathryn Bigelow with Filmmaker Award

2018 MPSE Golden Reel Awards Slated for February 18th

The Motion Picture Sound Editors (MPSE) recently announced that it will honor Kathryn Bigelow with its annual Filmmaker Award. The director of such films as DetroitZero Dark Thirty and The Hurt Locker, is being recognized for her outstanding contributions to the art of cinema. She will receive the award at the MPSE Golden Reel Awards ceremony February 18th in Los Angeles.

Kathryn Bigelow Headshot 8[4]A trailblazing filmmaker whose work is noteworthy for its emotional depth, arresting visuals and stunning action, Bigelow is the only woman to win an Academy Award for Best Director (in 2010 for The Hurt Locker). “Kathryn Bigelow’s films have that rare quality of challenging our preconceptions by moving us and creating moments of powerful empathy,” said MPSE President Tom McCarthy. “She is a true artist. We are extremely proud to recognize her tireless contributions to our industry and culture with our Filmmaker Award.”

Past recipients of the MPSE Filmmaker Award include Guillermo del Toro, Sam Raimi, Darren Aronofsky, George Lucas, Ang Lee, Michael Bay, Steven Spielberg, Clint Eastwood, Brian Grazer and Gale Anne Hurd.

“Collaboration with the sound editor is a gratifying and inspiring time in the post process,” said Bigelow. “It is the moment that the film wraps itself around you, revealing its final form. I am honored to receive this award from my colleagues in sound editing.”

Originally intent on a fine arts career, Bigelow studied painting at the San Francisco Art Institute. She later became interested in filmmaking and received a scholarship to Columba University’s graduate film school. Her debut as a feature director came in 1982 with the drama The Loveless (co-written and co-directed by Monty Montgomery). That was followed by the features Near Dark (1987), Blue Steel (1989), Point Break (1991), Strange Days (1995), The Weight of Water (2000) and K-9: The Widowmaker, as well as several television projects.

The Iraq War drama The Hurt Locker (2008) won six Academy Awards, including Best Picture, Best Director, Best Original Screenplay, Best Editing, Best Sound Mixing and Best Sound Editing. Zero Dark Thirty, which followed in 2012, also achieved widespread critical and commercial success, and earned Best Director nominations from the Golden Globes and BAFTA (as well as an Oscar for Best Sound Editing). Her latest project, Detroit, is a deep and unsettling portrait of the race riots that gripped that city in 1967. The Los Angeles Times called it “a picture whose political resonance in the Black Lives Matter era is fierce and unambiguous.”

 

17 2017 Nov

Dennis Doros Elected President of the Association of Moving Image Archivists

Members Also Vote for Three New Directors of the AMIA Board

LOS ANGELES  – The Association of Moving Image Archivists (AMIA) announces that Dennis Doros, co-owner of Milestone Films, has been elected president of the international association by AMIA members. Doros will be inducted into office at the annual AMIA Conference in New Orleans (Nov. 29 – Dec. 2), when he will begin a two-year term. He succeeds Andrea Kalas, who has led the organization forward for the past two years.

AMIA members have also elected three new directors to the Board of Governors: Casey Davis Kaufman, senior project manager for the WGBH Media Library and Archives and project manager for the American Archive of Public Broadcasting; Andrea Leigh, moving image processing unit head at the Library of Congress National Audio Visual Conservation Center; and Yvonne Ng, s enior archivist at WITNESS, an organization that supports people using video to protect human rights. They join board members Jayson Wall of The Walt Disney Studios, consultant and doctoral student Lauren Sorensen, doctoral student/field scholar Melissa Dollman, John Polito of Audio Mechanics, and Teague Schneiter from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.

AMIA is the world’s largest professional organization dedicated to the acquisition, description, preservation, restoration, exhibition and use of audiovisual media. The association’s programs help members stay abreast of the latest methods and technologies, ensuring that our cultural treasures are accessible for future generations. The AMIA membership includes archivists, educators, librarians, digital asset managers, technologists, collectors, genealogists, filmmakers, historians, consultants, studio executives, environmentalists, distributors, and broadcasters from around the world — all of whom are actively engaged in the art and science of media preservation and presentation.

Doros comments, “I am deeply honored to have the opportunity to serve AMIA, an organization that has meant so much to me both personally and professionally. The friendships, connections, and camaraderie I have found here have helped me discover, research, and preserve some of the most challenging and rewarding projects of my career. I am inspired on a daily basis by this passionate and supportive international community. I know that working together, we can bring greater diversity, fairness, and outreach to our field while saving a lot of great moving images for generations to come.”

Doros began his career at Kino International in 1984, where he was responsible for restoring Erich von Stroheim’s Queen Kelly and Raoul Walsh’s Sadie Thompson, both starring Gloria Swanson. In 1990, he co-founded Milestone Films with his wife, Amy Heller. Working with film archives and labs around the world, they have restored and distributed a wide range of independent films that include works by Shirley Clarke, Charles Burnett, Margot Benacerraf, Billy Woodberry, Kathleen Collins, Marcel Ophuls, and Kent Mackenzie. Filmmakers Martin Scorsese, Barbara Kopple, Steven Soderbergh, Thelma Schoonmaker, and author Sherman Alexie have worked with Milestone to promote special restoration projects. For the past 12 years, Doros has been a consultant to Turner Classic Movies (TCM).

Doros and Heller have been awarded the National Society of Film Critics’ Film Heritage Award five times and first Special Archival Award; the International Film Seminars’ Leo Award; the NY Film Critics Circle’s Special Award twice; the LA Film Critics’ first Legacy of Cinema Award; and a Film Preservation Honors award from Anthology Film Archives. Doros served three terms on the AMIA Board of Directors, and was the 2016 winner of AMIA’s William S. O’Farrell Volunteer Award in recognition of his contributions to the field.

For more information, visit www.amianet.org.