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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.

 

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17 2017 Nov

HPA AWARDS ANNOUNCE 2017 WINNERS

16 November 2017 (Los Angeles, CA) The Hollywood Professional Association (HPA) bestowed the 2017 HPA Awards tonight, during a sold-out gala celebration at the Skirball Cultural Center in Los Angeles.  The HPA Awards have become the banner awards ceremony for the professional media content, recognizing individuals and companies for outstanding contributions made in the creation of feature films, television, commercials, and entertainment content enjoyed around the world.

Awards were bestowed in twelve creative craft categories honoring behind-the-scenes artistry, including color grading, sound, editing and visual effects for commercials, television and feature film. Larry Chernoff of MTI received the Lifetime Achievement Award, and special awards were presented for Engineering Excellence and Creativity and Innovation.

The winners of the 2017 HPA Awards are:

Creative Categories

Outstanding Color Grading

Outstanding Color Grading – Feature Film

WINNER:
“Ghost in the Shell”
Michael Hatzer //
Technicolor – Hollywood

“The Birth of a Nation”
Steven J. Scott // Technicolor – Hollywood

“Hidden Figures”
Natasha Leonnet // EFILM

“Doctor Strange”
Steven J. Scott // Technicolor – Hollywood

“Beauty and the Beast”
Stefan Sonnenfeld // Company 3

“Fences”
Michael Hatzer // Technicolor – Hollywood

 

Outstanding Color Grading – Television

WINNER:
“The Crown
Smoke and Mirrors”
Asa Shoul // Molinare

“The Last Tycoon – Burying the Boy Genius”
Timothy Vincent // Technicolor – Hollywood

“Game of Thrones – Dragonstone”
Joe Finley // Chainsaw

“Genius – Einstein: Chapter 1”
Pankaj Bajpai // Encore Hollywood

“The Man in the High Castle – Detonation”
Roy Vasich // Technicolor

 

Outstanding Color Grading – Commercial  

WINNER:
Jose Cuervo
“Last Days”
Tom Poole // Company 3

Land O’ Lakes – “The Farmer”
Billy Gabor // Company 3

Pennzoil – “JOYRIDE Tundra”
Dave Hussey // Company 3

Nedbank – “The Tale of a Note”
Sofie Borup // Company 3

Squarespace – “John’s Journey”
Tom Poole // Company 3

 

Outstanding Editing
Sponsored by Blackmagic Design

Outstanding Editing – Feature Film   

WINNER:
“Dunkirk”
Lee Smith, ACE

“Hidden Figures”
Peter Teschner

“The Ivory Game”
Verena Schönauer

“Get Out”
Gregory Plotkin, ACE

“Lion”
Alexandre de Franceschi

 

Outstanding Editing – Television

WINNER:
“Stranger Things
Chapter 1: The Vanishing of Will Byers”
Dean Zimmerman

“Game of Thrones – Stormborn”
Tim Porter, ACE

“Game of Thrones – The Queen’s Justice”
Jesse Parker

“Narcos – Al Fin Cayo!”
Matthew V. Colonna, Trevor Baker

“Westworld – The Original”
Stephen Semel, ACE, Marc Jozefowicz

“Game of Thrones – Dragonstone”
Crispin Green

 

Outstanding Editing – Commercial

WINNER:
Nespresso – “Comin’ Home”
Chris Franklin // Big Sky Edit

Bonafont – “Choices”
Doobie White // Therapy Studios

Optum – “Heroes”
Chris Franklin // Big Sky Edit

SEAT – “Moments”
Doobie White // Therapy Studios

 

Outstanding Sound

Outstanding Sound – Feature Film

WINNER:
“Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2”
Addison Teague, Dave Acord, Chris Boyes, Lora Hirschberg // Skywalker Sound

“Fate of the Furious”
Peter Brown, Mark Stoeckinger, Paul Aulicino, Steve Robinson, Bobbi Banks // Formosa Group

“Sully”
Alan Murray, Bub Asman, John Reitz, Tom Ozanich // Warner Bros. Post Production Creative Services

“John Wick: Chapter 2”
Mark Stoeckinger, Alan Rankin, Andy Koyama, Martyn Zub, Gabe Serrano // Formosa Group

“Doctor Strange”
Shannon Mills, Tom Johnson, Juan Peralta, Dan Laurie // Skywalker Sound

 

Outstanding Sound – Television

WINNERS (TIE):
“Stranger Things – Chapter 8: The Upside Down”
Craig Henighan // FOX
Bradley North, Joe Barnett, Adam Jenkins, Jordan Wilby, Tiffany S. Griffith // Technicolor – Hollywood

“American Gods – The Bone Orchard”
Bradley North, Joseph DeAngelis, Kenneth Kobett, David Werntz, Tiffany S. Griffith // Technicolor
Hollywood

“Underground – Soldier”
Larry Goeb, Mark Linden, Tara Paul // Sony Pictures Post

“Game of Thrones – The Spoils of War”
Tim Kimmel, MPSE, Paula Fairfield, Mathew Waters, CAS, Onnalee Blank, CAS, Bradley C. Katona, Paul Bercovitch // Formosa Group

“The Music of Strangers: Yo-Yo Ma and the Silk Road Ensemble”
Pete Horner // Skywalker Sound
Dimitri Tisseyre // Envelope Music + Sound
Dennis Hamlin // Hamlin Sound

 

Outstanding Sound – Commercial 

WINNER:
Rio 2016 Paralympic Games
– “We’re The Superhumans”
Anthony Moore // Factory

Honda “Up”
Anthony Moore, Neil Johnson, Jack Hallett // Factory
Sian Rogers // SIREN

Virgin Media “This Is Fibre”
Anthony Moore // Factory

Kia “Hero’s Journey”
Nathan Dubin // Margarita Mix Santa Monica

SEAT – “Moments”
Doobie White // Therapy Studios

 

Outstanding Visual Effects

Outstanding Visual Effects – Feature Film

WINNER:
“War for the Planet of the Apes”
Dan Lemmon, Anders Langlands, Luke Millar, Erik Winquist, Daniel Barrett // Weta Digital

“Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales”
Gary Brozenich, Sheldon Stopsack, Patrick Ledda, Richard Clegg, Richard Little // MPC

“Beauty and the Beast”
Kyle McCulloch, Glen Pratt, Richard Hoover, Dale Newton, Neil Weatherley // Framestore

“Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2”
Guy Williams, Kevin Andrew Smith, Charles Tait, Daniel Macarin, David Clayton // Weta Digital

“Ghost in the Shell”
Guillaume Rocheron, Axel Bonami, Arundi Asregadoo, Pier Lefebvre, Ruslan Borysov // MPC

 

Outstanding Visual Effects – Television

WINNER:
“Black Sails – XXIX”
Erik Henry
Yafei Wu, Nicklas Andersson, David Wahlberg // Important Looking Pirates
Martin Lippman // Rodeo

“The Crown – Windsor”
Ben Turner, Tom Debenham, Oliver Cubbage, Lionel Heath, Charlie Bennett // One of Us

“Taboo – Episode One”
Henry Badgett, Nic Birmingham, Simon Rowe, Alexander Kirichenko, Finlay Duncan // BlueBolt VFX

“Ripper Street – Occurrence Reports”
Ed Bruce, Nicholas Murphy, Denny Cahill, Piotr Swigut, Mark Pinheiro // Screen Scene

“Westworld – The Bicameral Mind”
Jay Worth // Deep Water FX
Bobo Skipper, Gustav Ahren, Jens Tenland // Important Looking Pirates
Paul Ghezzo // COSA VFX

 

Outstanding Visual Effects – Commercial

WINNER:
Kia
“Hero’s Journey”
Robert Sethi, Chris Knight, Tom Graham, Jason Bergman // The Mill

Walmart – “Lost & Found”
Morgan MacCuish, Michael Ralla, Aron Hjartarson, Todd Herman // Framestore

Honda “Keep the Peace”
Laurent Ledru, Georgia Tribuiani, Justin Booth-Clibborn, Ellen Turner // Psyop

Nespresso – “Comin’ Home”
Matt Pascuzzi, Martin Lazaro, Murray Butler, Nick Fraser, Callum McKevney // Framestore

Walmart “The Gift”
Mike Warner, Kurt Lawson, Charles Trippe, Robby Geis // ZERO VFX

 

The following special awards, which were previously announced, were also presented this evening:

HPA Engineering Excellence Award
Sponsored by HGST

2017 Winners:
Colorfront // Colorfront Engine
Dolby // Dolby Vision Post-Production Tools
RED Digital Cinema // WEAPON 8K Vista Vision
SGO // Mistika VR

Honorable Mentions were awarded to Canon USA, Inc. for Critical Viewing Reference Displays and to Eizo, Inc. for ColorEdge CG318-4K.

The HPA Engineering Excellence Award is recognized as one of the most important technology honors in the industry, spotlighting companies and individuals who draw upon technical and creative ingenuity to develop breakthrough technologies.  Submissions for this peer-judged award may include products or processes, and must represent a step forward for its industry beneficiaries.

 

HPA Judges Award for Creativity and Innovation

2017 Winner:
NASA, Amazon Web Services, and AWS Elemental, an Amazon Web Services Company // The First Live 4K Stream from the International Space Station

The HPA Judges Award for Creativity and Innovation recognizes companies and individuals who have demonstrated excellence, whether in the development of workflow and process to support creative storytelling or in technical innovation. The Judges Award for Creativity and Innovation is conferred by a jury of industry experts.

 

HPA Lifetime Achievement Award

2017 Honoree: Larry Chernoff

The HPA Lifetime Achievement Award is given to an individual who is recognized for his or her service and commitment to the professional media content industry. The mission of the award is to give recognition to individuals who have, with great service, dedicated their careers to the betterment of the industry. The Lifetime Achievement Award is given at the discretion of the HPA Board of Directors and the HPA Awards Committee. It is not bestowed every year.

 

More information about the HPA Awards and the Hollywood Professional Association can be found at http://www.hpaonline.com/. Title Sponsor Blackmagic Design; Engineering Excellence Sponsor HGST; Foundation Members Avid, Company 3, Deluxe, Dolby, EFilm, and Encore; and Platinum Sponsors IMAX, Secret Headquarters, and Sohonet; Engineering Excellence Award Sponsor HGST; Bronze Sponsor Sony; and Supporting Sponsors Barco, FuseFX, The Hollywood Reporter, Stephen Arnold Music, and Wipster are the sponsors of the 2017 HPA Awards, which are produced by Homerun Entertainment.

 

 

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About the HPA® Awards
The HPA Awards were created to foster awareness and recognize the achievements of the individuals and companies that have contributed to groundbreaking technologies and creative excellence within the professional media content industry, and build involvement in the Hollywood Professional Association. The HPA is a partner of the Society of Motion Picture and Television Engineers® (SMPTE®). Information about the HPA Awards is available at http://www.hpaonline.com.

About the Hollywood Professional Association
Hollywood Professional Association (HPA) serves the professional community of businesses and individuals who provide expertise, support, tools and the infrastructure for the creation and finishing of motion pictures, television, commercials, digital media and other dynamic media content. Through its partnership with the Society of Motion Picture and Television Engineers® (SMPTE®), the leader in the advancement of the art, science and craft of the image, sound, and metadata ecosystem, the HPA continues to extend its support of the community it represents. Information about the HPA is available at www.hpaonline.com.

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9 2017 Nov

Hollywood Professional Association Judges Award for Creativity and Innovation Conferred Upon NASA, Amazon Web Services, and AWS Elemental

Award Recognizes Groundbreaking International Space Station Live 4k Stream

 

November 9, 2017 (Burbank) – The Hollywood Professional Association (HPA) has awarded the organization’s prestigious Judges Award for Creativity and Innovation to NASA, Amazon Web Services, and AWS Elemental, an Amazon Web Services Company, for the first public Live 4K stream from the International Space Station (ISS). The honor, whose recipient was selected by a jury of industry veterans, was conceived to recognize companies and individuals who have demonstrated excellence, whether in the development of workflow and process or project to support creative storytelling or in technical innovation. The coveted distinction will be bestowed November 16, 2017 at the 12th annual HPA Awards gala at the Skirball Cultural Center in Los Angeles, CA.

In 2006, the U.S. National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) achieved a broadcast industry milestone when the agency successfully produced a live high-definition (HD) transmission from space. On April 26, 2017, at 10:30 a.m. Pacific Time (US) at the Las Vegas Convention Center during the 2017 NAB Show, NASA crossed another threshold in advanced video innovation as it delivered live 4K video from the ISS. The live feed from 250 miles above Earth was encoded using AWS Elemental video processing software on board the ISS and on the ground at Johnson Space Center for delivery by Amazon Web Services (AWS) in the cloud to the Las Vegas Convention Center and to viewers globally on multi-screen devices.

According to NASA, the opportunities that live 4K video unlocks for the agency are significant: in addition to enhancing NASA’s ability to observe, uncover and adapt new knowledge of orbital and deep space, there is the visual impact of “live” versus recorded video. The 4K images can also benefit the work of scientists by helping engineers and payload developers better monitor experiments as well as spacecraft performance, and aid trouble-shooting.

Speaking on behalf of the jury, jury co-chairs Carolyn Giardina and Joachim Zell said, “The technology and workflow that enabled last spring’s inspiring live 4K broadcast from the ISS will be further used by NASA in conducting scientific research and sharing its work with the public. On behalf of the jury and the HPA, it is an honor to recognize the tremendous achievement born of this partnership.”

Communications Manager for NASA’s International Space Station Program Dylan Mathis commented “NASA is honored to receive this award from HPA.  The project was important to our team for many reasons, including its advancement of scientific progress while also offering an exceptionally engaging viewing experience to people who simply want to see what the ISS really looks like, the astronauts onboard and incredible images from space.”

“Extremely high-resolution video from the ISS helps support exploration, observation, and discovery by NASA scientists in space and on the ground. The cloud helps the public have an incredibly immersive educational experience of space at scale,” said Keith Wymbs, Chief Marketing Officer for AWS Elemental. “It was thrilling to collaborate with NASA and with our colleagues at the National Association of Broadcasters on this milestone.”

In addition to the Judges Award for Creativity and Innovation, the HPA Awards will recognize excellence in 12 craft categories including color grading, editing, sound and

visual effects during the gala on November 16, 2017. Other special awards bestowed that night include the Engineering Excellence Award, and the Lifetime Achievement Award, to Larry Chernoff.

Tickets for the 12th annual HPA Awards are on sale now and can be purchased online at http://www.hpaawards.com. More information about the HPA Awards and the Hollywood Professional Association can be found at www.hpaonline.com. Title Sponsor Blackmagic Design; Engineering Excellence Sponsor HGST; Foundation Members Avid, Company 3, Deluxe, Dolby, EFilm, and Encore; and Platinum Sponsors IMAX, Secret Headquarters, and Sohonet are among the sponsors of the 2017 HPA Awards, which are produced by Homerun Entertainment.

 

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About the HPA® Awards
The HPA Awards were created to foster awareness and recognize the achievements of the individuals and companies that have contributed to groundbreaking technologies and creative excellence within the professional media content industry, and build involvement in the Hollywood Professional Assciation. The HPA is a partner of the Society of Motion Picture and Television Engineers® (SMPTE®). Information about the HPA Awards is available at www.hpaonline.com. The HPA Awards will be presented with generous support from Foundation Members and sponsors.

About the Hollywood Professional Association
Hollywood Professional Association (HPA) serves the professional community of businesses and individuals who provide expertise, support, tools and the infrastructure for the creation and finishing of motion pictures, television, commercials, digital media and other dynamic media content. Through its partnership with the Society of Motion Picture and Television Engineers® (SMPTE®), the leader in the advancement of the art, science and craft of the image, sound, and metadata ecosystem, the HPA continues to extend its support of the community it represents. Information about the HPA is available at www.hpaonline.com.

 

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24 2017 Oct

Winners of the Third Annual SMPTE-HPA Student Film Festival Recognized at SMPTE 2017

Winners of the Third Annual SMPTE-HPA Student Film Festival Recognized at SMPTE 2017

Film Festival Held During SMPTE 2017 Annual Technical Conference & Exhibition (SMPTE 2017) Featured 17 Official Selections From Around the World

LOS ANGELES— Oct. 24, 2017 — SMPTE®, the organization whose standards have supported a century of technological advances in entertainment technology and whose membership spans the globe, and the Hollywood Professional Association (HPA), the organization serving the professional media creation and finishing community, have announced the winners of the third annual SMPTE-HPA Student Film Festival.

Held on Monday, Oct. 23, at the TCL Chinese 6 Theatres in Hollywood, California, in conjunction with the SMPTE 2017 Annual Technical Conference & Exhibition (SMPTE 2017), the film festival showcased submissions demonstrating creative uses of technology in storytelling. SMPTE and the HPA received 119 submissions from more than 30 countries, and the 17 official selections screened during SMPTE 2017 represented Germany, Hong Kong, the U.K., and the U.S.

The event was hosted by Howard Lukk, SMPTE director of engineering and standards, who is also a film director, and by Aimée Ricca, SMPTE marketing and communication, who previously worked in cinema. The official selections at the festival were screened in SMPTE-DCP format, courtesy of Sundog Media Toolkit. Eight films earned awards in the following categories:

Innovative Use of Entertainment Technology to Engage the Audience in the Story — Animated Short (tie)

• “Tom in Couchland” by James Just of Ringling College of Art and Design (Sarasota, Florida, U.S.)
• “VERGE” by ChingTien Chu of School of Visual Arts (New York, New York, U.S.)

Innovative Use of Entertainment Technology to Engage the Audience in the Story — Live-Action Short

• “Mind Game” by Weisi Dai of School of Visual Arts (New York, New York, U.S.)

Innovative Use of Technology in an Experimental Short

• “Jazz Orgie” by Irina Rubina of Filmakademie Baden-Württemberg (Ludwigsburg, Germany)

Innovative Use of Mobile Device or Tablet to Convey a Story — Narrative Short

• “LONDON STRIKE” by Jiranant Kanjanagawin of University of Greenwich (London, U.K.)

Innovative Use of Analog Technologies in a Live Action Narrative Short

• “Home” by Vivian Lau of Emerson College (Boston, Massachusetts, U.S.)

Documentary Short With Technology as the Subject Matter

• “Baylor VirtuOso Documentary Short on Use of Technology in VR Music Video” by Gustavo Raskowsky, Marcos Luna Hoyas, and team of Baylor University (Waco, Texas, U.S.)

Audience Choice Award

• “KCLOC” by Ninaad Kulkarni of School of Visual Arts (New York, New York, U.S.)

The student filmmakers behind the winning selections received awards for their work, as well as prizes courtesy of Avid, Blackmagic Design, Other World Computing, and Sundog Media Toolkit. Filmmaker information is available at http://www.smpte2017.org/student-film.html.

“The art and craft of filmmaking demands an ever-growing ease with technology that changes at lightning fast speeds. This year’s outstanding submissions demonstrate impressive facility with these tools in the service of the filmmakers’ artistic endeavors,” said Seth Hallen, President of HPA. “Storytelling is the goal, not the technology, and it is inspiring to see how these talented young filmmakers have marshaled the tools to tell the stories they are interested in telling. The HPA is proud to support this festival, and congratulates this group of talented filmmakers!”

The jurors for this year’s festival featured a diverse group of accomplished professionals from around the world. They included Elisa Bonora, ACE, an editor and producer whose credits include multiple Emmy®-nominated documentaries; Christina Capra, a director and producer of virtual reality (VR) content; David Creed, an award-winning short-filmmaker; Andrea Dimity, a film producer and literary manager; David Ginsberg, a postproduction technology consultant; Tim Heindl, senior vice president of research at Sony Pictures; Katie Hinsen, a digital intermediate artist and founder of the Blue Collar Post Collective (BCPC); and Niven Howie, ACE, editor of commercials, pop videos including Sting’s “Ten Summoner’s Tales” and XTC’s “Dear God,” and the features “Dawn of the Dead” (2004) and “The Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy” (2005).

The jury also included Nancy Jundi, a data scientist for the entertainment, technology, and SaaS industries; Patricia Keighley, senior vice president of IMAX Corporation and co-founder and managing director of IMAX POST/DKP Inc.; Mark Kenna, the CEO of U.K.-based Bad Blood Films and a film sound consultant; Vicky Lau, a VFX artist and VR consultant; Loren Nielsen, co-founder and president of Entertainment Technology Consultants; Chris Nienow, a VR business development consultant; Leon Silverman, general manager of Digital Studio, at The Walt Disney Studios; David Sontag, an award-winning writer and producer; Jen Soulé president of Other World Computing; and Joachim Zell, vice president of imaging science and technical director at EFILM, where he began the EC3 onset and near-set dailies division.

SMPTE 2017 is the premier annual event for motion-imaging and media technology, production, operations, and the allied arts and sciences. This is the third year that SMPTE and the HPA have hosted a student film festival in conjunction with SMPTE 2017.

More information about the film festival is available at http://smpte2017.org/student-film.html.

Further information about SMPTE is available at www.smpte.org. Additional information about the HPA is available atwww.hpaonline.com.

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About the Hollywood Professional Association
Hollywood Professional Association (HPA) serves the professional community of businesses and individuals who provide expertise, support, tools, and the infrastructure for the creation and finishing of motion pictures, television, commercials, digital media, and other dynamic media content. Through its partnership with the Society of Motion Picture and Television Engineers® (SMPTE®), the leader in the advancement of the art, science, and craft of the image, sound, and metadata ecosystem, the HPA continues to extend its support of the community it represents. Information about the HPA is available at www.hpaonline.com.

About SMPTE®
For more than a century, the people of the Society of Motion Picture and Television Engineers® (SMPTE®, pronounced “simp-tee”) have sorted out the details of many significant advances in media and entertainment technology, from the introduction of “talkies” and color television to HD and UHD (4K, 8K) TV. Since its founding in 1916, SMPTE has received an Oscar® and multiple Emmy® Awards for its work in advancing moving-imagery engineering across the industry. SMPTE has developed thousands of standards, recommended practices, and engineering guidelines, more than 800 of which are currently in force today. SMPTE Time Code™ and the ubiquitous SMPTE Color Bars™ are just two examples of SMPTE’s notable work. As it enters its second century, SMPTE is shaping the next generation of standards and providing education for the industry to ensure interoperability as the industry evolves further into IT- and IP-based workflows.

SMPTE’s global membership today includes more than 7,000 members: motion-imaging executives, creatives, technologists, researchers, and students who volunteer their time and expertise to SMPTE’s standards development and educational initiatives. A partnership with the Hollywood Professional Association (HPA) connects SMPTE and its membership with the businesses and individuals who support the creation and finishing of media content. Information on joining SMPTE is available at www.smpte.org/join. 

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19 2017 Oct

Madeline Di Nonno To Speak at Women in Technology Luncheon Presented by SMPTE and HPA Women in Post

CEO of Geena Davis Institute on Gender in Media Focuses on Changing Unconscious Bias with Data-Driven Analysis

BURBANK (19 October 2017) Madeline Di Nonno, CEO of the Geena Davis Institute on Gender in Media, will be featured in a keynote conversation at the annual women in technology luncheon, presented by SMPTE and HPA Women in Post on October 23rd and held in conjunction with the SMPTE 2017 Annual Technical Conference & Exhibition (SMPTE 2017). Di Nonno will be in conversation with Kari Grubin, co-chair of HPA Women in Post. The luncheon will be held at The Vantage Room on the fifth level of the Hollywood & Highland Center in Hollywood, California.

The research performed by the Geena Davis Institute analyzes and tracks how women and girls are portrayed in media, and how negative gender stereotypes can influence cultural and social behaviors and beliefs. Di Nonno will share the latest findings from the Institute’s new machine learning research tool, GD-IQ, the Geena Davis Inclusion Quotient.

“What we see onscreen greatly influences our views on society,” said Di Nonno. “The gender disparity in media reinforces unconscious gender bias off screen, behind-the-scenes, and in the real world. According to our research, positive portrayals in media can inspire women and girls to pursue certain careers in STEM as well as furthering their education and leaving abusive relationships. Our mission is to change the media landscape to reflect our growing intersectionality in society. Our motto is ‘if you can see it, you can be it.’ Clearly, there is work to do, but I look forward to speaking with a group of women who are doing it.”

Di Nonno brings 30 years of international leadership experience to her responsibilities at the Geena Davis Institute, where she leads strategic direction, research, education, advocacy, and financial and operational activities. Her past roles have included President and CEO of On the Scene Productions; executive positions for Anchor Bay Entertainment/Starz Media and Executive Vice President and GM for Nielsen EDI; Senior Vice President, Marketing Alliances and Digital Media at the Hallmark Channel; and Vice President, Universal Studios Home Video. Di Nonno began her career at ABC Television Network in corporate publicity. In many of the organizations she has been part of, Di Nonno has led groundbreaking global initiatives in digital technology.

Grubin said, “We are honored to have Madeline with us to share insights from her impressive career and the groundbreaking work of the Geena Davis Institute. She is a compelling voice moving our culture and the media forward, and the Geena Davis Institute on Gender in Media helps define solutions for change. I look forward to this conversation, which is sure to advance the role that HPA and Women in Post play in our industry’s evolution and our support of young women.”

Di Nonno is a frequent speaker at global conferences and organizations such as the Cannes Lion, U.S. Department of State, and the United Nations, and has been featured in media outlets including The New York Times, Variety, The Hollywood Reporter, Forbes, Huffington Post, Kidscreen, Fast Company, and Wired Magazine.

Di Nonno holds a bachelor’s degree from Boston University. She serves as the Chair of the Board of Directors for the Television Academy Foundation; is on the Board of Directors for the Population Media Center and Promundo U.S.; on the Advisory Board for PBS Kid’s Ready Jet Go! and GameChanger Films; and is a Strategic Advisor to YouTube Red. Di Nonno previously served as President of the Glass Lions Jury for the Cannes Lions 2016.

The Women in Technology luncheon is an annual event held in conjunction with the SMPTE Annual Technical Conference & Exhibition, the world’s premier forum for the exploration of media and entertainment technology, featuring world-renowned technology thought. Last year, executive vice president of Physical Production for Marvel Studios Victoria Alonso was the featured Women in Technology luncheon speaker. Previous speakers also include Cheryl Boone Isaacs, Michelle Munson, and Wendy Aylsworth. Seating is very limited and the event consistently sells out. Advance registration is required and early registration is encouraged.

Tickets for the Women in Technology luncheon are required and available with SMPTE 2017 conference registration packages, or available for separate purchase as “ticket-only” registration. For registration and other information, visit http://www.smpte2017.org/women-in-tech.html. Those who purchase tickets may use promo code WIT2017 to receive a complimentary exhibits-only pass for SMPTE 2017. Complimentary passes are limited to new exhibits-only registrations and may not be used for previous registrations, any other conference registration packages, and/or applied to special event ticket purchases.

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About the Society of Motion Picture and Television Engineers® (SMPTE®)
For the past 100 years, the people of the Society of Motion Pictures and Television Engineers (SMPTE, pronounced “simp-tee”) have sorted out the details of many significant advances in entertainment technology, from the introduction of “talkies” and color television to HD and UHD (4K, 8K) TV. Since its founding in 1916, the Society has earned an Oscar® and multiple Emmy® Awards for its work in advancing moving-imagery education and engineering across the communications, technology, media, and entertainment industries. The Society has developed thousands of standards, recommended practices, and engineering guidelines, more than 800 of which are currently in force.

SMPTE’s global membership today includes 7,000 members, who are motion-imaging executives, engineers, creative and technology professionals, researchers, scientists, educators, and students. A partnership with the Hollywood Professional Association (HPA®) connects SMPTE and its membership with the professional community of businesses and individuals who provide the expertise, support, tools, and infrastructure for the creation and finishing of motion pictures, television programs, commercials, digital media, and other dynamic media content. Information on joining SMPTE is available at http://www.smpte.org/join.

About the Hollywood Professional Association
Hollywood Professional Association (HPA) serves the professional community of businesses and individuals who provide expertise, support, tools and the infrastructure for the creation and finishing of motion pictures, television, commercials, digital media and other dynamic media content. Through their partnership with the Society of Motion Picture and Television Engineers® (SMPTE®), the leader in the advancement of the art, science and craft of the image, sound, and metadata ecosystem, the HPA continues to extend its support of the community it represents. Information about the HPA is available at www.hpaonline.com.

 

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HPA
Agency Contact:
ignite strategic communications
christine purse | kate eberle
+1 818 980 3473 | chris mobile: +1 323 806 9696
chris@ignite.bz| kate@ignite.bz

SMPTE
Agency Contact:
Elisabetta Fernandez
Wall Street Communications
+1 (503) 577-3125
elisabetta@wallstreetcom.com

SMPTE Contact:
Aimée Ricca
Marketing and Communication
+1 914 205 2381
aimeericca@smpte.org

19 2017 Oct

Madeline Di Nonno, CEO of Geena Davis Institute on Gender in Media, to Speak at SMPTE – HPA Women in Technology Luncheon

Madeline DiNonnoMadeline Di Nonno, CEO of Geena Davis Institute on Gender in Media, will be featured in a keynote conversation at the annual women in technology luncheon, presented by SMPTE and HPA Women in Post on October 23rd.  Kari Grubin, co-chair of HPA Women in Post will lead the conversation.

The research performed by the Geena Davis Institute analyzes and tracks how women and girls are portrayed in media, and how negative gender stereotypes can influence cultural and social behaviors and beliefs. Di Nonno will share the latest findings from the Institute’s new machine learning research tool, GD-IQ, the Geena Davis Inclusion Quotient, with a data driven approach to changing unconscious

“What we see onscreen greatly influences our views on society. The gender disparity in media reinforces unconscious gender bias off screen, behind-the-scenes and in the real world.  According to our research, positive portrayals in media can inspire women and girls to pursue certain careers like STEM as well as furthering their education and leaving abusive relationships,” said Di Nonno. “Our mission is to change the media landscape to reflect our growing intersectionality in society.  Our motto is ‘if you can see it, you can be it.’ Clearly, there is work to do, but I look forward to speaking with a group of women who are doing it.”

Di Nonno brings thirty years of international leadership experience to her responsibilities at the Geena Davis Institute, where she leads strategic direction, research, education, advocacy, and financial and operational activities. Her past roles have included President and CEO of On the Scene Productions; executive positions for Anchor Bay Entertainment/Starz Media and Executive Vice President and GM for Nielsen EDI; Senior Vice President, Marketing Alliances and Digital Media at the Hallmark Channel; and Vice President, Universal Studios Home Video. Di Nonno began her career at ABC Television Network in corporate publicity. In many of the organizations she has been part of, Di Nonno has led groundbreaking global initiatives in digital technology.

Grubin said, “We are honored to have Madeline with us to share insights from her impressive career and the groundbreaking work of the Geena Davis Institute. She is a compelling voice moving our culture and the media forward, and the Geena Davis Institute on Gender in Media helps define solutions for change. I look forward to this conversation, which is sure to advance the role that HPA and Women in Post play in our industry’s evolution and our support of young women.”

Di Nonno is a frequent speaker at global conferences and organizations such as the Cannes Lion, U.S. Department of State, and the United Nations and has been featured in media outlets including The New York Times, Variety, The Hollywood Reporter, Forbes, Huffington Post, Kidscreen, Fast Company, and Wired Magazine. Di Nonno holds a bachelor’s degree from Boston University. She serves as the Chair of the Board of Directors for the Television Academy Foundation and is on the Board of Directors for the Population Media Center and Promundo U.S., and on the Advisory Board for PBS Kid’s Ready Jet Go and GameChanger Films; and is a Strategic Advisor to YouTube Red. Di Nonno previously served as President of the Glass Lions Jury for the Cannes Lions 2016.

The Women in Technology luncheon is an annual event held in conjunction with the SMPTE Annual Technical Conference & Exhibition. Last year, executive vice president of Physical Production for Marvel Studios Victoria Alonso was the featured Women in Technology luncheon speaker. Previous speakers also include Cheryl Boone Isaacs, Michelle Munson, and Wendy Aylsworth. Seating is very limited and the event consistently sells out. Advance registration is required and early registration is encouraged.

Tickets for the Women in Technology luncheon are required and may still be available, visit http://www.smpte2017.org/women-in-tech.html. Those that purchase tickets may use promo code WIT2017 to receive a complimentary exhibits-only pass for SMPTE 2017.