Filmmakers to Frame the Digital Age at Academy Event

Beverly Hills, CA (May 19, 2011) - The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences will explore “Cinematography in the Digital Age” on Tuesday, May 24, at 8 p.m. at the Academy’s Samuel Goldwyn Theater in Beverly Hills.  Hosted by Short Films and Feature Animation Branch governor Bill Kroyer, the program will include onstage conversations with cinematographers and other filmmaking professionals on the challenges and opportunities brought by evolving technologies.  A variety of motion picture formats and technologies will be discussed, including animation, motion capture and visual effects.

Presented by the Academy’s Science and Technology Council, the program’s participants will include Cinematography Branch governor John Bailey (“Country Strong,” 2010); Oscar®-winning cinematographers Guillermo Navarro (“Pan’s Labyrinth,” 2006) and Dean Semler (“Dances With Wolves,” 1990); Chris Sanders and Dean DeBlois, directors of the CG-animated feature “How to Train Your Dragon” (2010), who will discuss how cinematographer Roger Deakins helped create the look of the Oscar-nominated film; Science and Technology Council member Rob Hummel, who will explain the film and digital image capture processes; and digital intermediate colorist Adrian Seery.  The program will also include recorded remarks from 2010’s Oscar winner for Cinematography, Wally Pfister (“Inception”).

Kroyer received an Academy Award® nomination for his 1988 short film “Technological Threat,” which pioneered the technique of combining hand-drawn and computer animation.  He directed the animated feature film “FernGully: The LastRainforest” (1992), was senior animation director at Rhythm & Hues Studios in Los Angeles, and is director of the digital arts program at the Dodge College of Film and Media Arts at Chapman University.

Tickets for “Cinematography in the Digital Age” are $5 for the general public and $3 for Academy members and students with a valid ID.  Tickets are available for purchase 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 at 7 p.m. 

The Samuel Goldwyn Theater is located at the 8949 Wilshire Boulevard in Beverly Hills.
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