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Hollywood SMPTE-Sept 8

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Hollywood SMPTE/ASC Seminar Focuses on the Future of Cinema 

    LOS ANGELES, Aug. 31 /PRNewswire/ -- The Hollywood Section of the Society
of Motion Picture-Television Engineers (SMPTE) will celebrate the 80th
anniversary of the American Society of Cinematographers (ASC) by hosting a
joint seminar Wednesday, September 8, at 8 p.m. at the Alex Theatre in
Glendale.  The program couples a presentation made by Warner Bros.  Vice
President and preservationist Richard May with an ASC panel discussing the
past, present and future of the cinema.
    "Before you plan for the future of the cinema, it is important to
understand its past," says SMPTE Hollywood Section Chair John Brooks.  "Our
goal is to create a dialogue between the creative and technological
communities in Hollywood by bringing them together to discuss the lessons of
the past and possibilities for the future."
    May will show 11 clips from classic Warner Bros. films restored by the
studio.  He will track the evolution of wide film formats and the transition
from black-and-white to Technicolor and negative color movies.  The clips
include "Ben-Hur" (1925), "Golddiggers of Broadway" (1929), "The Good Earth"
(1937), "The Adventures of Robin Hood" (1938), "Rebecca" (1940), "The Harvey
Girls" (1946) and "Butterfield 8" (1959).
    "There has been a lot of recent hype in the media about the future of the
cinema," says ASC Vice President Steven Poster, "however those discussions are
driven by companies with a stake in selling products and services needed for
electronic projection.  This is an opportunity for us to talk about the future
of the cinema as a medium for storytelling based on the lessons we have
learned from the past.  How did the evolution of wide screen formats, color
and other advances in film technology influence cinematography; and what
lessons can we learn that apply to the future?"
    The ASC panel will be moderated by American Cinematographer Magazine's
Associate Editor David Williams.  In addition to Poster, the panel will
include Dean Cundey, ASC, Richard Edlund, ASC, John Hora, ASC and Theo Van de
Sande, ASC.
    For additional information about this seminar and other activities
sponsored by the Hollywood Section of SMPTE call 1-818-771-8103.

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