Academy Illuminates Solid State Lighting

Beverly Hills, CA (May 17, 2010) — Solid state light (SSL) sources have the potential to completely transform the color palette of filmmaking. The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Science will explore preliminary research findings and demonstrate how this new technology, which promises to significantly reduce energy consumption during production, will affect many creative aspects of filmmaking in “Illuminating the Future: “The Arrival of Solid State Lighting” on Saturday, May 22, at 11 a.m. at the Academy’s Linwood Dunn Theater in Hollywood.

Rarely does a new type of light source come along with fundamentally different qualities and the potential to alter how movies are made and seen. The Academy’s Science and Technology Council is currently researching the potential advantages and challenges associated with SSL technology. A goal of this project is to offer filmmakers clear information on how current solid state lighting technology differs from traditional lighting instruments, and how these differences will impact choices in production, particularly in the areas of cinematography, costume design, makeup and production design.

Hosted by cinematographer Daryn Okada (“Leo Tolstoy’s Anna Karenina,” “Mean Girls,” “Baby Mama”), “Illuminating the Future” will include discussions with set decorator Rosemary Brandenburg (“Transformers,” “Public Enemies”), cinematographer Caleb Deschanel (“The Right Stuff,” “The Passion of the Christ”), makeup artist Robert Ryan (“The Polar Express,” “Beowulf”) and costume designer Michael Wilkinson (“Terminator Salvation,” “TRON Legacy”).

Tickets for “Illuminating the Future: “The Arrival of Solid State Lighting” are free, but advance tickets are required. Tickets are available by mail, at the Academy box office (8949 Wilshire Boulevard, Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.), or online at

Doors open one hour prior to the event. All seating is unreserved. The Linwood Dunn Theater is located at the Academy’s Pickford Center for Motion Picture Study, 1313 Vine Street in Hollywood. For more information call (310) 247-3600 or visit

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