Roberto Schaefer, ASC. Photo by Douglas Kirkland
I am very excited to kick off Kodak’s Choices Webinar on Wednesday, April 6. We are thrilled to share the news that cinematographer Roberto Schaefer, ASC will be join on our discussion. Schaefer recently shot the much-anticipated Machine Gun Preacher, due in theatres in September.
I also want to let you know that Matthew Libatique, ASC will unfortunately not be able to join us as planned due to an unforeseen conflict in scheduling.
While attending the 2010 UFVA (University Film and Video Association) Conference, I noticed that the love of film amongst the association members was more apparent than ever. Even the latest and greatest digital capture offerings cannot diminish the emotional connection that people have with film. In fact, I dare say, that many people are becoming fonder of the organic quality of film even as digital technologies continue to gain popular acceptance. Even in this 'digital age,' film remains the gold standard of the motion picture industry and no one argues this fact.
While shrinking budgets and the comparatively low cost of digital cameras have resulted in some schools shifting away from a film curriculum, many schools have found creative, affordable ways to ensure that their students continue to have a hands-on film experience. They know that learning on film teaches the discipline required to be a successful filmmaker. It provides the necessary building blocks of a filmmaking education that no other medium currently offers. Here are examples of how some professors continue to ensure that their students aspire to shoot film:
On September 9th, in a special presentation held in Sydney Australia, Kodak introduced and celebrated the 2009 KODAK AWARD New Director of the Year winners to more than 200 members of the entertainment industry in the Asia Pacific region. The KODAK AWARD New Director winner is Dael Oates from Prodigy Films Sydney and the KODAK AWARD New Director - Student or Current Graduate winner is David Rusanow from the Victorian College of the Arts, Melbourne.