Cine Gear Expo returned to Paramount Studios from May 31 through June 3, and remains the premier event for technology, entertainment, and the media industry. The Expo attracted over 16,000 industry professionals from more than 60 countries. This annual event was comprised of exhibits, film festival competitions, screenings, seminars, Master Classes, and Industry Reception and Awards.
Nearly 300 vendors from a variety of media companies and the Expo opened with the Film Competition Screening at the Sherry Lansing Theater. The categories were split into the Independent Short, Music Video/Commercial, and Student Short Film. They were judged by ASC members Amy Vincent, Nancy Schreiber, and Steven Fierberg. The finalists for the Student Short Film category encompassed 9 films. The Independent Shorts screened 6 movies, and the Music Video/Commercial category exhibited 8 projects. Other screenings featured the film Annihilation at the Paramount Theater followed by a Q&A with cinematographer Rob Hardy, BSC. LaCie and Filmtools presented the Next Generation Filmmaker Series with exclusive screenings from top creative professionals Jake Davis, Andrew Rurik, Jacob Scoville, Justin Riley, Alyse Kano, and Tristan Pelletier.
A full list of the Film Series Winners is here: cinegearexpo.com/film-competition-winners-2018.
Seminars branched off into Premier Seminars and Master Classes. The Premier Seminars detailed product demonstrations from Apple ProRes Raw, Band Pro, DJI, Blackmagic, Panasonic, Canon, RED, Adorama, Zeiss, SONY, ARRI Rental, Digital Cinema Society, Society of Camera Operators, IATSE Local 600, American Society of Cinematographers, Global Cinematography Institute, and NFP. The Master Class Lighting Workshop was moderated by Oscar-winning cinematographer Russel Carpenter, ASC who hosted a panel of talented cinematographers to discuss the inner workings of the craft of light.
The Reception and Awards portion was divided into the Technical Lifetime Achievement Award, Pioneering Women in Cinematography Award, and Technical Awards.
2018 Lifetime Achievement Award was presented to Carl Zeiss. Joerg Schmitz, ZEISS Vice President Consumer Products Division and Michael Schiehlen, ZEISS Senior Director Consumer Products Division accepted the award on behalf of Zeiss, Inc.
Pioneering Women in Cinematography Award honored current ASC affiliates, Ellen M. Kuras, Reed Morano, Nancy Schreiber, Amy Vincent, Mandy Walker, and Cynthia Pusheck for their outstanding contributions in cinematography.
Technical Awards was comprised of Best Camera Technology, Best Lighting Technology, Best Support Technology, Best Post Production Technology, along with Judge's Honorary Mentions.
For list of winners, exhibitors and programs, please visit cinegearexpo.com.