Kodak Supports ABC Cinematography Week;
Event Highlighted by Annual Awards Presentations


(L-R) John Bailey, ASC and Brazilian DPs Lauro Escorel, ABC and Rodrigo Monte.(Photo courtesy of MUJICA).

Established in January 2000, ABC (Association of Brazilian Cinematographers) was formed to promote the conviviality and free exchange of information between peers. Kodak has supported the organization from its inception. Today, ABC has over 300 associates and just celebrated their 10th anniversary milestone. Since 2000, the organization has hosted the annual ABC Cinematography Week, a public event held at Cinemateca Brasileira (a government funded theater), which recently took place May 24-29.

Professionals from various fields of filmmaking gathered to discuss current trends in the industry, and to learn about the latest techniques and equipment through panels and screenings with the Brazilian and international cinematography community. International guests in attendance this year included Felix Monti (who shot the Oscar-winning The Official Story, The Secret in Their Eyes), John Bailey, ASC (American Gigolo, Ordinary People, The Big Chill), and Canadian art director Anastasia Masaro.

On May 26, Bailey joined Kodak's Day to discuss his art and vast filmography. Bailey spoke passionately about the importance of using the camera in service of the character and the anamorphic format. He also screened a clip from Incident at Loch Ness (2004), a faux-documentary shot on 16 mm with the venerable director Werner Herzog. Scenes from In the Line of Fire were also shown, exemplifying the use of anamorphic to convey emotion.

(L-R) Pedro Farkas, ABC; Felix Monti, ADF; Kodak's Marcelo Capobianco; Adrian Teijido, ABC Vice President; Kodak EI's Regional General Business Manager for Latin America Nicolas Casolino; John Bailey, ASC; Kodak EI's General Manager for Brazil Luis Monteiro; and Lauro Escorel, ABC.(L-R) John Bailey, ASC and Brazilian DPs Lauro Escorel, ABC and Rodrigo Monte.(Photo courtesy of MUJICA).

After Bailey's presentation, Nico Casolino demonstrated the latest film technology from Kodak - including all three VISION3 camera negative film products: the new 200T and the 500T and 250D, as well as the new color digital intermediate film and Super 8 100D Ektachrome.

The ABC Awards on May 29 highlighted ABC Week. The ceremony acknowledged the best of the best in several categories of filmmaking as voted by their peers. Kodak bestowed the Best Feature Award to Ricardo Della Rosa, ABC for A Deriva. The organization also presented awards for achievement in cinematography, art direction, sound and editing in each of the feature, commercial, television and short film categories. For more information, visit http://www.abcine.org.br

Additionally, Kodak has partnered with the ABC to assist the next generation of filmmakers by creating an award for Best Cinematography in a Student Film. This year's winner is Christian Schneider for Maresia. The six Brazilian nominees of the 2009 national Kodak Film School Competition populated this category. The Competition finalists were also invited to attend and screen their work.