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ICG Panel to Discuss the New Digital Hyper-Reality at Cine Gear Expo


A panel of pioneering filmmakers, appearing at an event hosted by the International Cinematographers Guild (IATSE Local 600) at the Cine Gear Expo at Paramount Studios, Hollywood on June 2, will discuss how hyper-real filmmaking with new digital tools and techniques is radically changing production.

The panelists include director of photography Michael Goi, ASC (The New Normal, American Horror Story); director of photography Michael Barrett (No Good Deed, CSI), Peter Lyons Collister, ASC, (director of photography Hop, director of photography 2nd unit The Amazing Spider-Man) and director Po Chan (The Ticket). Goi and Barrett shot recent projects with the Sony F65 camera, Collister used the Red Epic, while Chan directed with the Canon EOS-1D C 4K DSLR.

Their session is titled “How Hyper-Reality is Transforming the Art and Craft of Digital Filmmaking.” The panel will discuss how digital filmmaking is changing with the launch of 4K and 5K cameras with extremely wide exposure latitude and color gamut and with high frame rate production.

The new equipment is altering everything from how a script is realized to what is best done on-set or in postproduction – from camera operating and lighting styles to the visual effects process.

It is fostering new rules for crewing and equipping shoots and new ways to approach imaging. It is also altering procedures for data handling and for evaluating what is seen on monitors and in dailies.

The panel will be held at the studio’s Sherry Lansing Theater at 10:15 a.m., June 2.

Steven Poster, ASC, president of the ICG, said, “It changed when they gave us digital. It changed again when they gave us the single chip. Now it is changing yet again with high resolution, high frame rate, hyper-reality imaging. This takes us back to the basics of good photography and great lighting. But what do we do for the actors who don’t want to see that much of their faces?”

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