SMPTE today announced that it will elevate 12 industry leaders to the status of SMPTE Fellow. This honor is conferred on individuals who have, through their proficiency and contributions to the industry, attained an outstanding rank among members of the Society. The new SMPTE Fellows will be honored at the SMPTE 2017 Annual Technical Conference & Exhibition at the Hollywood and Highland Center in Los Angeles in October. The new SMPTE 2017 Fellows include:
The Hollywood Section of the Society of Motion Picture and Television Engineers has announced the results of its 2017 section elections. Newly elected to a one-year term as Hollywood Section officers are Jim DeFilippis as section chair and Steve Wong as secretary/treasurer.
The ASC Technology Committee has been renamed the ASC Motion Imaging Technology Council. Established in 2003, the committee has helped organize efforts to study and assess subjects ranging from digital cameras and lens optics to motion imaging workflows, advanced color management, virtual production techniques digital archiving and more recently virtual reality.
Production Design in Animation: Celebrating 100 Years of Imagination will be this year's theme for the Art Directors Guild 22nd Annual Excellence in Production Design Awards where the guild will debut its new award category Excellence in Production Design for an Animated Feature Film.
The Reel Thing, a symposium that supports the Association of Moving Image Archivists, will open with the U.S. premiere of a new restoration of the Oscar-nominated 1960 film La Verite (The Truth). Two additional new 4K restorations also will be shown during The Reel Thing, including the U.S. premiere of Howard Hawks’ Scarface and the world premiere of Alex Cox’s Sid and Nancy. The Reel Thing takes place August 24-26 at the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences’ Linwood Dunn Theater in Hollywood.
EditFest, the day long celebration of the art and craft of editing, returns to the Frank Wells Theater at Walt Disney Studios August 12. Presented by American Cinema Editors, EditFest 2017 presents top-level film and television editors sharing their experiences and insights. Featuring panels, clips, and conversation, EditFest offers a unique opportunity for attendees to engage with panelists and colleagues throughout the day and during a lively post-event reception.
The Hollywood Section of SMPTE will host a demonstration of classic movie sound technology at its monthly meeting Tuesday, July 25, in Hollywood. The event will include a live performance by Joe Rinaudo, founder of the Silent Cinema Society, on an American Fotoplayer (provided by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences). The Fotoplayer is a type of player piano used in movie theaters during the silent era to provide sound effects and music.
SMPTE today announced that it will be working with the Digital Production Partnership on a joint pilot specification project to create an Interoperable Master Format specification for broadcast and online.
New York Women in Film & Television has named Simone Pero president of its board of directors, effective July 1. Pero was most recently vice president of special events, and previously vice president of membership. She is founder of For Impact Productions, a social impact film marketing and production company.
The Hollywood Professional Association Awards Committee has announced the winners of the 2017 Engineering Excellence Awards. Winners were determined after a judging session held June 17 after presentations to a panel of industry experts. The awards will be presented November 16 at the 12th annual HPA Awards gala at the Skirball Cultural Center in Los Angeles, California.