The Big Picture: The Evolution of the Wide-Screen Film

Featuring a screening of “Tucker The Man and His Dream” (1988).

In conjunction with “BIG!,” an exhibition celebrating the 75th anniversary of the National Archives, the Academy, in partnership with The Charles Guggenheim Center for the Documentary Film and the Foundation for the National Archives, presented an illustrated lecture organized by the Academy’s Science and Technology Council, and presented by Council member Rob Hummel, that traces the history of motion picture formats from the silent era to the 21st century.

Rob Hummel

Rob Hummel began his career as the director of production services for the professional film division of Technicolor Laboratories, moving on to Douglas Trumbull’s visual effects company during the making of the Oscar®-nominated “Blade Runner” (1982) and to post-production work on the Oscar-nominated “Tron” (1982). Before his most recent position as president of DALSA Digital Cinema LA, Hummel served as the senior vice president of production technology at Warner Bros., where he oversaw digital post-production (mastering films for digital cinema, HDTV, DVD, etc.), and digital restoration work on such classics as “Gone with the Wind” (1939) and “The Wizard of Oz” (1939). He previously worked in post-production, animation and Imagineering at Walt Disney Studios; headed animation technology at DreamWorks; and helped launch digital cinema units at Technicolor and Sony. Hummel is a member of the Academy’s Science and Technology Council and has served on the Scientific and Technical Awards Committee. He is also an associate member of the American Society of Cinematographers and was the editor of the 8th edition of the American Cinematographer Manual.

Event Information

Thursday, May 7, at 7 p.m.
William G. McGowan Theater
National Archives, Washington, D.C.
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