At its March virtual meeting, SMPTE Hollywood will introduce media technologies to TikTok, the short-form social video app where memes (and stars) are born. A panel of experts will explain how TikTok became a worldwide phenomenon with more than a billion active monthly users, and how the 15- to 60-second videos it hosts reach audiences far greater than any cable or streaming service with much less investment in infrastructure and execution.
The American Society of Cinematographers has announced its nominees for feature film, documentary and television cinematography, representing the organization’s picks for the most compelling visual filmmaking over the past 14 months. Winners will be named during the 35th ASC Outstanding Achievement Awards on April 18. The virtual ceremony will be live streamed via American Society of Cinematographers Facebook page at 12:30 pm PDT from the historic ASC Clubhouse in Hollywood.
The trade group Cinema Technology Community has released a white paper focusing on uplifting presentation quality with Series 1 and 2 digital projectors that provides useful insights to cinema exhibitors both large and small who may find themselves needing to operate aging equipment for the short to mid-term.
MovieLabs will be taking a pivotal role at this year’s Hollywood Producer’s Association Tech Retreat, happening virtually March 15-24. MovieLabs will be presenting across three strategic topics, hosting a number of round tables, providing a sneak peek of a common visual language that they are developing for the industry, and partnering with the HPA to host the second day SuperSession event which will be a live demonstration of production through editorial, visual effects, conform, color, sound and delivery.
The Motion Picture Sound Editors today announced that it will honor supervising sound editor Dennis Drummond with its 2021 MPSE Career Achievement Award. Drummond’s long list of credits includes The Intern, The Help, It’s Complicated and The Pursuit of Happyness. He has developed close relationships with several top directors including Nancy Meyers, James L. Brooks and Penny Marshall. He will receive the Career Achievement Award at the 68th Annual MPSE Golden Reel Awards, which will be held as an international virtual ceremony on April 16th.
Noted cinematographer Mandy Walker, ASC, ACS, will be a featured keynote speaker at the Hollywood Producers Association’s annual Tech Retreat, which is being held March 15-24. Walker, whose recent work includes Mulan (2020) and Hidden Figures (2016), is a respected artist who has been working throughout the pandemic and will share her experiences and insights. The event features live and recorded content, live Q&A’s, interactive roundtables, and networking opportunities, all presented in HPA’s new Engage portal.
The Women’s Film Preservation Fund of New York Women in Film & Television call for submissions for its film preservation grants for the 2020 cycle is still open but time is running out. The extended deadline is May 1.
The Post New York Alliance will offer advice on how independent contractors and post-production companies can get help through the Small Business Administration’s Paycheck Protection Plan in the next edition of Post Break, its free webinar series.
The Motion Picture Sound Editors association has announced the nominees in the 68th Annual MPSE Golden Reel Awards. Nominees represent the work of the world’s most talented sound artists and their contributions to the past year’s most outstanding feature film, television, animation, computer entertainment, and student productions.
The winners of the 2020 American Society of Cinematographers Student Heritage Awards were named Saturday night during a virtual presentation. Three student filmmakers were chosen for demonstrating exceptional cinematography skills in their submitted work.