HPA Expands Virtual Content Offerings

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Mon, 05/04/2020 - 09:31 -- Nick Dager

The Hollywood Professional Association has unveiled a robust suite of virtual programs to provide the production and post-production industry with critical technical knowledge and offer opportunities to build community both during and beyond the COVID-19 crisis. The slate of content is free with registration for the foreseeable future.

The 2020 HPA Tech RetreatHPA president Seth Hallen said, “HPA is the hub that provides our community with incredible information, shared by some of the most brilliant and engaged experts, and presents the very latest developments. We’re really fortunate to have our own impressive roster of members and volunteers who have the will and ability to turn their inspired ideas into reality that benefits our audience. It’s absolutely thrilling to collaborate with staff, volunteers, and speakers to share the considerable gifts of engagement that are present in these virtual events. The announcement of our growing focus on creating valuable content is part of a range of activities and initiatives that HPA is working to serve and connect our community. As always, we ask our constituents to let us know what information and support they are looking for, and we will always do our best to deliver.”

The content, created and moderated by industry leading volunteers along with HPA staff and leadership, begins with a focus on the key skills and technology necessary for remote workflow and will continue to center on topics of critical interest to the industry. A few of the new offerings are under the auspices of the networking, education and technology committee, which will continue to augment future in-person NET events. Among those is a series of moderated webinars and video interviews featuring industry experts in conversation.

Launching in early May is a video interview series produced by industry veteran Mark Chiolis who will present conversations with thought leaders. The effort will debut with Dolby chief scientist Poppy Crum. Avid president Jeff Rosica and Mark Radonis, senior vice president of Bunim-Murray Productions follow in upcoming episodes.

Jesse Korosi will bring his experience and perspective as a workflow expert to a podcast that explores what’s happening behind the scenes of a number of compelling projects with knowledgeable experts. Through the Frame launches with Ben Gervais, freelance technical supervisor known for bringing new technologies to current motion picture processes. His credits include Gemini Man and Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk. Upcoming guests on Through the Frame include Chad Peter, Tai Logsdon, and Rachel McIntire.

Diana Tauder will lead an interactive, collaborative HPA Women in Post webinar to help attendees reconnect with the community and build their toolkits for working at home during this turbulent time.

Also in the next month, important content from the 25th HPA Tech Retreat, including sessions and interviews, will be available at no cost at hpaonline.com

The virtual programs are taking place thanks to the generosity of HPA foundation members Avid, Dolby, EFILM, Encore, Deluxe Toronto, and Level 3 Post; NET sponsors Avid and Zeiss; and WIP gold sponsor Adobe and silver sponsor Quantum.

The webinars and post event are available at https://hpaonline.com/event/.

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