Students From Mexico, New Zealand and United States Win Kodak Filmschool Competition
MELBOURNE, November 2, 2007 - Three students have been named winners of the first place regional prizes of the 2007 Kodak Filmschool Competition. Yash Bhatt from Chapman University's Dodge College of Film and Media Arts in California, Matt Henley from the New Zealand Film and Television School, and Dariela Ludlow from Centro de Capacitación Cinematográfica (CCS) in Mexico have earned top honors for the United States/Canada, Asia-Pacific, and Latin America regions, respectively.
Now in its eighth year, the annual competition recognizes outstanding achievements in cinematography by student filmmakers. The winners will receive a trip to the 2008 Clermont-Ferrand Short Film Festival in France, where their films will be presented at the Kodak Short Film Showcase and the filmmakers will participate in networking sessions and other activities hosted by the company.
"Kodak designed this competition to provide international recognition and tangible support for talented cinematographers at the dawn of their careers," says Wendy Elms, worldwide Education Segment manager, Entertainment Imaging Division, Eastman Kodak Company. "By acknowledging their work and skills in the art and craft of filmmaking, we hope to encourage the next generation of cinematographers to pursue their dreams. This is one of many ways that we support students and film schools around the world."
Bhatt, who is earning his master's degree, was the director of photography on The Vaudevillian, a short dramatic film set during the Great Depression about an out-of-work ventriloquist's relationship with his dummy, who becomes the man's conscience. Bhatt produced his film in Super 16 format using various films to create different looks, including KODAK VISION2 50D 7201 and 250D 7205, and KODAK VISION 500T 7279 films.
Henley was recognized for his cinematography on Manslaughter. The short film follows an ex-con who is blackmailed into committing a murder. Henley recorded daylight exterior images on KODAK VISION2 250D 7205 and interior scenes on KODAK VISION2 200T 7217 to achieve a primarily dark and seedy look in low-light conditions.
Ludlow painted the story of an unhappy, unfaithful wife and her suspecting husband for her winning entry, TR3S (Three). She chose a combination of film stocks to achieve her visual goals for the film, including KODAK VISION 500T 5279 and 250D 5246, and EASTMAN EXR 50D 5245 emulsions.
Open to students and recent graduates in Asia, Japan, Latin America, Canada and the U.S., winners are chosen from finalists selected from national versions of the Kodak Filmschool Competition. Entries must be produced by a student crew on film. Films from Asia-Pacific and Latin America were judged by Peter James, ACS, ASC (Paradise Road, Diabolique, Driving Miss Daisy). For the first time, U.S. and Canadian films were judged by William A. Fraker, ASC, BSC (Looking For Mr. Goodbar, Heaven Can Wait, Bullitt).
"I was very impressed by the work of the winners this year," says James, who also judged the competition last year. "It was encouraging to see a remarkable standard of cinematography in all the submissions. The overall use and understanding of film was noticeable."
"It was an honor and a privilege to help out and support the next generation of cinematographers," adds Fraker.
The Kodak Entertainment Imaging Division is the world-class leader in providing film, digital and hybrid motion imaging products, services, and technology for the television, feature film, commercial, music video, documentary and exhibition industries. The division's educational programs have been supporting students and their mentors for over 15 years with educational materials, product grants, seminars/workshops and initiatives such as the Kodak Filmschool Competition and emerging talent showcases.