The Society of Motion Picture and Television Engineers (SMPTE) announced that it has completed a 60-day crowdfunding campaign for its Moving Images documentary, with a total of $66,382 raised on Indiegogo and additional funds donated directly to the society. SMPTE’s Moving Images is currently ranked as the seventh most funded verified nonprofit film project on Indiegogo.
“We have seen individual contributions from all over the world, and the diversity of support for this documentary has been very gratifying,” said Peter Ludé, chair of the SMPTE documentary committee. “Though many donations have come from SMPTE members, a surprising number were from non-members which indicates that this project has meaning to a broad audience. Giving has come from all quarters, from students planning to enter the field to the very companies helping to define the future of the motion-imaging industry.”
The documentary is one of the society’s activities planned to celebrate its centennial in 2016. The documentary will explore the evolution of motion-imaging technology from the turn of the 20th century through the present while speculating on what the future has in store. Through interviews with top filmmakers, historians, entrepreneurs and engineers, the film will investigate the influence that art and science have on one another. The first segment of Moving Images is now in production with Randall Dark, producer; Howard Lukk, director; and Travis LaBella, director of photography. During the 2015 NAB Show’s Technology Summit on Cinema, produced in partnership with SMPTE, attendees will have the opportunity to watch an exclusive preview of the documentary.
“We’re confident that support for Moving Images will continue to grow, and we look forward to showcasing the results of our work during the preview screening during the 2015 NAB Show,” said Ludé.
For more information, visit www.smpte.org/movingimages.