Ang Lee to Speak on Cinema’s Future

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Tue, 03/15/2016 - 11:54 -- Nick Dager

Ang Lee on location for Billy Lynn's Long Halftime WalkThe 2016 NAB Show's The Future of Cinema Conference: The Immortal Movie, produced in partnership with SMPTE, will explore how content creators and storytellers combine artistry with motion-imaging technology to thrive today — and into the future. Acclaimed film director Ang Lee will give the keynote address, Pushing the Limits of Cinema, and discuss his vision for cinema and the creative opportunities for the future of filmmaking.

Along with editor Tim Squyres and production systems supervisor Ben Gervais, Lee also will talk about creating the groundbreaking new movie Billy Lynn's Long Halftime Walk. In a world exclusive, attendees will enjoy the first public screening of footage from the upcoming movie in its native 4K, 3D, 120 frames-per-second format using the innovative Dual Christie Mirage dual-laser projection system. Stereographer Demetri Portelli and Scot Barbour, vice president of production technology at Sony Pictures, will join the group for further discussion of the technical challenges of production and postproduction of 4K, 3D, 120 FPS content.

At the SMPTE booth, the Society will highlight significant advances in standards development, promote its upcoming educational conferences, and expand on details about its centennial celebration. The Society continues to encourage and support student engagement in the motion-imaging field through scholarships, membership programs, and events. SMPTE board members and directors will again engage with students at the Society's annual networking social, which drew 100 participants to the SMPTE booth in 2015. 

The newly crafted The Future of Cinema Conference: The Immortal Movie, produced in partnership with SMPTE, is scheduled for April 16-17 during the 2016 NAB Show. The refocused technical conference will examine how creativity and motion-imaging technology are intersecting to make a lasting impact, and it will emphasize the work and inspiration of the industry's newest generation of filmmakers.

The conference opens with First Forays: High Dynamic Range in Animation, a session in which speakers will examine the benefits and challenges afforded by technology to the animating industry. Leaders in the alternate-content realm will pick up on the idea of technical innovations during the session How Does Event Cinema Deal With Advanced Technologies? They will discuss the future of event cinema as it relates to distributing content to theaters in 4K/8K, wide color gamut, high frame rate, and high dynamic-range. The panel How to Increase Diversity in the Future of Cinema will present steps that industry leaders can take to create a more inclusive environment. During this session, creatives and technologists will share stories and provide ideas and tactics for increasing and sustaining diversity in cinematic arts.