Meeting Report - Sep 27, 2005

LOCATION: Linwood Dunn Theater at the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences Pickford Center
SPEAKERS:  See Below
TOPICS: Joint meeting with ASC                                                                                                

Hollywood Section Kicks off 2005-2006 Season

Hollywood, California, September 27, 2005—The Linwood Dunn Theater at the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences-Pickford Center was the venue for the hundred plus people that attended the first meeting of the new season.

The section was honored to be able to have the American Society of Cinematographers (ASC) Technology Committee as the featured speakers.  The American Society of Cinematographers traces its roots to the early 1900s.  There were many early meetings between ASC and members of the Society of Motion Picture Engineers, which was founded in 1916.  This meeting continued the synergy between the two organizations.

After the lavish social hour hosted by Dalsa Digital Cinema, Eastman Kodak, and Panavision Inc., and a short film entitled “The Cinematographer,” compliments of Dick May of Warner Bros., the meeting was brought to order by recently elected Section Chair Patricia Keighley, Vice President & General Manager DKP 70MM Inc.  Patricia then introduced Curtis Clark, ASC, Chair of the Technology Committee.  The Technology Committee was founded three years ago and includes both ASC members and technology leaders from all sectors of our industry.

Curtis then introduced the chairs of the various sub-committees.   These sub-committees cover all aspects of the imaging chain.  Speakers included, Steering (Chair) Daryn Okada, ASC; Workflow (Co-Chairs) Al Barton, Gary Morse; Camera, (Chair) Dave Stump, ASC (Vice Chair) Richard Edlund; ASC, Camera Assessment Series, Metadata (Chair) Dave Stump; ASC, Digital Intermediate (Chair) Lou Levinson (Vice Chair) Josh Pines; Digital Display (Chair) Glenn Kennel; Advanced Imaging (Chair) Gary Demos; Archiving-Preservation (Chair) Grover Crisp.

Each sub-committee gave a brief summary of their mission and the current projects they are working on.  Some of the accomplishments included the collaboration with the DCI organization to create the stEM footage that has become a standard for testing of cinema digital projection; the committee has addressed workflow issues in a digital world; working with camera manufacturers to use metadata as a means to preserve the cinematographer’s artistic intent throughout the workflow for years to come; examining pre-visualization systems and standardization of technology within may areas of the capture, delivery, and preservation chain.   

The two-hour meeting concluded with a question and answer period.

Bruce Berke – Manager
Eastman Kodak Co.