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Angenieux’s Optimo PL mount zoom lenses were used in the production of two of this year’s Academy Award nominated films. Production of the 35mm film “The Fighter,” nominated for seven Academy Awards, was shot with the Angenieux Optimo 28-76mm lens and the large format digital cinema production of “Winter’s Bone,” nominated for four Academy Awards, was shot with the Optimo 24-290mm lens and the 15-40mm lens.
“We are extremely proud to be associated with some of the industry’s most recognized films,” said Eva Paryzka, Sales Manager, Cinema Products, Thales Angenieux. “The selection of Angenieux lenses by the world’s top cinematographers is a testament to the quality and performance of our lenses.”
All Mobile Video (AMV) recently furnished its Epic 3D mobile production unit with lenses from FUJIFILM North America Corporation, Optical Devices Division for use on Sony HDC1500 Series cameras and Sony HDC-P1 cameras on 3ality Digital 3D stereoscopic rigs. The Epic 3D features six Fujinon HA23x7.6BERM HD Premier Series ENG-Style telephoto lenses and 12 Fujinon HAs18x7.6BRM Premier Series HD ENG-Style telephoto lenses. Each 3D rig on the truck includes two lenses for stereoscopic 3D production. There are six 3ality Digital 3flex 3D camera rigs on the Epic 3D truck - four TS-2 Studio Beamsplitter rigs and two TS-4 Side-by-Side rigs.Read more...
You’d never know it, but one of the busiest production facilities in Southern California is based at the Dominguez Hills campus of Cal State University (CSUDH), where Bernie Clinch is a producer for the Distance Learning department. “We produce approximately 21 hours a week of live programming plus an average of five prerecorded programs every month,” explains Clinch. Most of that content takes the form of degree-granting courses that interested students can view through a local cable system and online at http://dhtv.csudh.edu/, and they can receive a full academic credit that’s transferable throughout the CSU system.Read more...
For the more than 111 million viewers that watched the Super Bowl they got to enjoy spectacular football up close and personal. This was accomplished by Game Creek Video that outfitted all 18 of its HD field cameras with XJ100x9.3B long-zoom HD lenses from Canon U.S.A. In addition to using Canon's first triple-digit long-zoom HD field lens, Game Creek Video equipped its portable HD cameras with Canon HJ22ex7.6B and HJ11x4.7B ENG-style lenses, and HJ21ex7.5B portable EFP lenses.
INCEPTION Earns Top Honors from Cinematographers;BOARDWALK EMPIREand THE PACIFIC Win Big for HBO in TV Categories
Wally Pfister, ASC, Jonathan Freeman, ASC and Stephen Windon, ACS claimed top honors in the three competitive categories at the 25th Annual American Society of Cinematographers (ASC) Outstanding Achievement Awards celebration recently at the Hollywood & Highland Grand Ballroom in Hollywood California.
Pfister won the ASC Award in the feature film competition for INCEPTION. Freeman earned top accolades in the television episodic category for BOARDWALK EMPIRE (HBO). Windon was the recipient of the television movie/miniseries award for THE PACIFIC (HBO). "All of the nominees here tonight earned the respect of their peers," said Richard Crudo, ASC, chairman of the Awards Committee. "Once again, they showed the world that while cinematography requires mastering a complex craft, the art of telling stories with moving images comes from the heart and soul."
The ASC Award for best feature was presented by Oscar®-nominated actress Diane Lane who noted, "At their best, movies have the power to immerse us in other worlds and inspire us to look at our own lives through different eyes."
Pfister, who was regrettably not able to attend, was previously nominated by the ASC for BATMAN BEGINS (2006) and THE DARK KNIGHT (2009). This is his first win. The other nominees in the feature film category were Matthew Libatique, ASC (BLACK SWAN), Danny Cohen, BSC (THE KING'S SPEECH), Jeff Cronenweth, ASC (THE SOCIAL NETWORK), and Roger Deakins, ASC, BSC (TRUE GRIT).
All of the ASC feature nominees are also Oscar®-nominated this year. Emmy® Award-winning actress Allison Janney presented Freeman the Outstanding Achievement Award for the BOARDWALK EMPIRE episode "Home." This is the second ASC Award for Freeman, who previously won in 2005 for the telefilm HOMELAND SECURITY. He has also earned ASC nominations for PRINCE STREET (1998), STRANGE JUSTICE (2000) and TAKEN (2003).
The other nominees in the Television Episodic Series/Pilot Category wereEagle Egilsson, ASC for "Shell Game"/ DARK BLUE (TNT); Christopher Manley, ASC for "Blowing Smoke" / MAD MEN (AMC); Kramer Morgenthau, ASC for "Family Limitation" / BOARDWALK EMPIRE (HBO); David Stockton for the NIKITA pilot (CW); Michael Wale, CSC for "Shield" / SMALLVILLE (CW); and Glen Winter, CSC for "Abandoned"/ SMALLVILLE.
Actress Gillian Jacobs presented the television movie/miniseries to Windon for the "Okinawa" episode of THE PACIFIC. This was Windon's first ASC nomination. Nominated along with Windon were David Gribble, ACS for JESSE STONE: NO REMORSE (CBS) and Jon Joffin for "Episode 2"/ALICE (Syfy).
Oscar®-winner Tom Hanks presented the Board of Governors Award to the Julia Roberts in recognition of her tremendous body of work and contributions to the art of filmmaking. Roberts earned an Academy Award® in 2001 for her powerful role in ERIN BROCKOVICH, and Oscar® nominations for her heartfelt character portrayals in STEEL MAGNOLIASandPRETTY WOMAN.
Her films have grossed more than $2.5 billion worldwide. Hanks and Roberts star together in CHARLIE WILSON'S WAR and the upcoming LARRY CROWNE.
The presentation of the ASC Lifetime Achievement Award to 10-time ASC Award nominee Roger Deakins, ASC, BSC by Joel Coen was a highlight of the memorable evening. Deakins has also earned nine Oscar® nominations. Five of those films were written and directed by Joel and his brother Ethan Coen (TRUE GRIT; NO COUNTRY FOR OLD MEN; THE MAN WHO WASN'T THERE; O BROTHER, WHERE ART THOU?; FARGO). He won ASC Awards for THE MAN WHO WASN'T THERE in 2002 and THE SHAWSHANK REDEMPTION in 1995.
The ASC International Award was presented to John Seale, ASC, ACS by acclaimed director Michael Apted. They collaborated on the Oscar®-nominated film GORILLAS IN THE MIST. Seale's credits include THE ENGLISH PATIENT, for which he won an Oscar®, as well as COLD MOUNTAIN, RAIN MAN, and WITNESS, among others. The Career Achievement in Television Award was presented to Emmy®-winner Michael O'Shea, ASC (CSI: MIAMI) by John C. Flinn III, ASC.
The ASC Presidents Award was given to renowned photographer Douglas Kirkland by Ellen Kuras, ASC. ASC also recognized the next generation of cinematographers with the presentation of the ASC William. A. Fraker Student Heritage Award to undergraduate student Boyd Hobbs of Full Sail University and graduate student Dagmar Weaver-Madsen of UCLA. "The 25th anniversary of the ASC Awards is a celebration of the best that we can be, and an inspiration for those who will tell memorable visual stories in the future," said ASC President Michael Goi. "It is a milestone in our ongoing celebration of the power an indelible photographic image has to move an audience, influence social change, and communicate who we are within a snapshot in time." Last year, Christian Berger, AAC won the ASC feature award for THE WHITE RIBBON. For more information regarding the ASC Awards, visit the ASC website at www.theasc.com or call 323-969-4333.Read more...