Kimberly Snyder

Next Steps to our Future Success

Published on website: September 05, 2012
Categories: Kimberly Snyder , Products , The StoryBoard Blog
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Kimberly Snyder
President and General Manager
Entertainment and Commercial Films Group
Vice President of Eastman Kodak Company

Last week, Kodak announced its next steps in emerging from Chapter 11 as a company primarily focused on commercial, packaging, and functional printing solutions as well as enterprise services. The company has now initiated a sales process for its market-leading Personalized Imaging and Document Imaging businesses.  

So what does this mean for Entertainment Imaging and its motion picture film products and services? For clarity, I can assure you that Kodak’s motion picture films are not part of this announcement, and will remain with the company.

Something Big Is Happening…

Published on website: July 18, 2012
Categories: 65mm , Kimberly Snyder , The StoryBoard Blog
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Kimberly Snyder
President and General Manager
Entertainment and Commercial Films Group
Vice President of Eastman Kodak Company

For the 2008 release of The Dark Knight, director Christopher Nolan and cinematographer Wally Pfister, ASC, BSC shot large format film to bring pinnacle scenes to the screen in a gigantic way. The filmmaking team re-united for The Dark Knight Rises, one of the most anticipated films of the US summer season, and chose to return to the IMAX. For The Dark Knight Rises, they used more 65 mm 15-perf format footage than any Hollywood movie in the history of cinema, according to The Wall Street Journal.

This large format renaissance in narrative storytelling is exciting, and the rewards are evident: jaw-dropping visuals combined with an unparalleled movie-going experience that gets audiences off the couch and into cinema seats. As filmmakers continue to seek new ways to tell stories, their creative motivation hasn’t changed – to tell compelling stories in unique ways. And the large format helps them attain their visual goals.

Hooray for Indiewood

Published on website: May 23, 2012
Categories: Industry , Kimberly Snyder , The StoryBoard Blog
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Kimberly Snyder
President and General Manager
Entertainment and Commercial Films Group
Vice President of Eastman Kodak Company

The proliferation of independent films over the past several years has been an encouraging trend in the entertainment industry. Filmmakers who operate outside of the major Hollywood studios supply a large number of the feature film titles screened in U.S. cinemas. For movie-goers, this means a plethora of unique, compelling stories to enjoy. And as these stories reach viewers through an expanding array of platforms, there will be some amazing opportunities for exploring new content.

If you look beyond the hype, you would find many of the recently celebrated indies originated on film. Independent movies shot on film are having highly successful runs at the box-office. In 2011, the top five grossing indie films in limited release were all shot on film. Indies originating on film didn’t just make an impact at ticket counters; they earned critical praise and the industry’s top awards. You might recognize some of these titles—The Artist, Midnight in Paris, The Descendents, The Tree of Life, My Week with Marilyn, Martha Marcy May Marlene, Pariah, and the list goes on.

The Digital Dilemma 2 – A Cultural Heritage at Risk

Published on website: April 19, 2012
Categories: Archiving , Kimberly Snyder , The StoryBoard Blog
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Kimberly Snyder
President and General Manager
Entertainment and Commercial Films Group
Vice President of Eastman Kodak Company

It’s no secret that the entertainment industry is engaged in a technology transition that puts high stakes on the line when it comes to the preservation of motion picture assets. “The Digital Dilemma 2,” recently published by the Science and Technology Council of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, takes a thorough and analytical look at the impact of the digital revolution on filmmakers’ assets, and in particular, the assets and processes of independent filmmakers.

The report follows 2007’s “The Digital Dilemma,” which focused on studio content, and like its predecessor, this second in-depth study covers critical topics for the overall industry in terms of securing entertainment assets for the long term.

And the winner is . . .

Published on website: February 16, 2012
Categories: Awards , Kimberly Snyder , The StoryBoard Blog
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Kimberly Snyder
President and General Manager
Entertainment and Commercial Films Group
Vice President of Eastman Kodak Company

The motion picture industry’s awards season is in full swing. Many of the winners have already been named, with all roads leading to Oscar® night. I must admit, this is one of my favorite times of the year because it allows us to recognize the many talented filmmakers who have created extraordinary stories and images. In fact, for the 25th year, Kodak will be hosting its pre-Oscar dinner recognizing current and past Academy Award nominees and honorees for cinematography.

This year, films originated on Kodak earned 60 Oscar® nominations (view our Kodak Oscar® Gallery). Seven of the nine Best Picture nominees were shot on Kodak, and 23 of the 36 narrative, live-action feature nominees originated on film.