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NAB to Host Keynote Featuring Wally Pfister and Jess Hall of Transcendence


Photo By: Peter Mountain
Director Wally Pfister on the set of Alcon Entertainment’s sci-fi thriller Trancendence, a Warner Bros. Pictures release. (Photo By Peter Mountain)
The International Cinematographers Guild will present a Creative Master Series keynote presentation at NAB with director Wally Pfister and cinematographer Jess Hall, BSC. Pfister and Hall will give attendees a behind-the-scenes look into the sci-fi film Transcendence starring Johnny Depp.

During the presentation, Pfister, Oscar-winning DP turned director, will discuss how he worked with Hall to realize his vision for the sci-fi thriller. The team will delve into the creative language they developed and used in pre-production, on set and in post for the Warner Bros. film. Attendees will learn how these methods combined to form the final product, providing an inside look into what worked, what didn’t and what they learned from the experience. The session is scheduled for April 8, from 1:45 p.m.– 2:45 p.m. David Geffner, executive editor of ICG Magazine, will moderate.

“As the landscape of cinema shifts rapidly with the advent of new camera, display and production technologies, it is imperative that today’s creative professionals stay at the cusp of innovation,” said NAB executive vice president of Conventions and Business Operations, Chris Brown. “We’re proud to host Wally Pfister and Jess Hall as they provide attendees with unique insight gleaned from their work on some of the most innovative films in the industry.”

Pfister is best known for his work alongside director Christopher Nolan, which has brought him three Oscar nominations, and numerous other accolades. Pfister and Nolan began their collaboration in 1999 on Memento, which earned Pfister an Independent Spirit Award nomination for his work as cinematographer. He received Oscar nominations for best cinematography for his work on Batman Begins, The Prestige and The Dark Knight, before winning the Oscar in the same category for Inception.

Hall most recently lensed James Ponsoldt’s The Spectacular Now. He has also served as the cinematographer on such films as Julian Jarrold’s Brideshead Revisited, Edgar Wright’s Hot Fuzz, Garth JenningsSon of Rambow, Jon Amiel’s Creation, Ruben Fleischer’s 30 Minutes or Less and a segment of the Grindhouse horror anthology.

Born in England, Hall studied film and fine art at London’s Central Saint Martins and New York University. He began his career working on music videos and commercials with directors such as Rupert Sanders, Guy Ritchie and Ringan Ledwidge. He has also worked on various short films, including John Malkovich’s Hideous Man and Chris Palmer’s The Boy with Chocolate Fingers.

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