SMPTE Pre-Conference Symposium Announced

How Did They Do That? Innovations in Filmmaking and Live Event Broadcast Featuring the 2009 Summer Olympic Games and BBCs Planet Earth Series

The Society of Motion Picture and Television Engineers is pleased to announce the 2008 Pre-Conference Symposium, "How Did They Do That? Innovations in Filmmaking and Live Event Broadcast" to be held Monday, October 27, 2008 at the Hollywood Renaissance Hotel, Hollywood, CA

This Symposium will present some of the most interesting applications of new technology used to capture the dramatic images from two extremes of programming: live fast-action coverage of the Beijing 2008 Summer Olympics, and the methodical production of the landmark nature footage in the BBC's award winning "Planet Earth" series. Attendees will hear directly from the engineers and producers that refined the production techniques, built the systems, and applied innovative fixes as unexpected challenges arose. This Symposium will provide a rare opportunity to view never before seen behind-the-scene footage of these extraordinary productions.

The Symposium will be divided into two sessions:

Morning Session: Coverage of the Beijing Olympics with moderator Dave Mazza, Senior Vice President, NBC Olympics Engineering and panelists from the NBC Olympics Engineering team.

Afternoon Session: Making of "Planet Earth" with presenter Dr. Jonathan Keeling, BBC Natural History Unit and other members of the production team.

Each session will be illustrated with examples of the challenges, solutions, failures and successes in the field. Behind-the-scenes footage will reveal the technical approaches used.

For more information about the symposium, stay tuned to


About the Society of Motion Picture and Television Engineers
Founded in 1916 to advance theory and development in the motion imaging field, the Society of Motion Picture and Television Engineers (SMPTE) is the leading technical society for the motion imaging industry. SMPTE has earned a strong reputation for its work in developing industry standards, recommended practices and engineering guidelines. SMPTE also publishes the award-winning SMPTE Motion Imaging Journal. SMPTE worldwide members include engineers and other technical professionals, directors and educators working in the technical and creative provisioning of motion pictures, television and new media. SMPTE also hosts more than 200 sustaining (corporate) members. Visit SMPTE online at