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Following our call for nominations of elected officers this past year, no nominations were received for the Board of Directors with Office, and the current executive has agreed to serve for another year. Our auditors for this year are Bob Bocking and John Hodgson.
The structure of the executive board went under a major change in 2011. A number of the executive positions have become shared responsibilities to compensate for the growing demands on theses volunteer jobs. This restructuring also allows for the smooth transition of duties should a co-chair resign. In that event, the remaining co-chair will hold down the fort, so to speak, until a replacement is found. Ron Stannett csc and Carolyn Wong have undertaken the responsibilities of co-vice presidents of the CSC. D. Gregor Hagey csc joins Philip Earnshaw csc as membership co-chair, Dylan Macleod csc shares responsibilities with Ernie Kestler heading our education department, and Sarah Moffat joins Nikos Evdemon csc in Public relations. Our new co-chairs were drawn from our executive where all had been serving as Directors Ex-officio. George Willis resigned as our vice-president on July 5, 2011. He was a creative forward thinker and great asset to our society. He will be missed.
Our industry continues to make seismic shifts with new technologies and systems emerging almost daily. This not only affects our profession but it has also had an impact on Canadian Cinematographer. With the decreasing use of film, one of our long-time and biggest advertisers, FUJIFILM abruptly pulled its advertising from the magazine last September citing “the trend nowadays seems to be leaning to the producers’ final say on what to shoot with.” This is an analogy with which I and many others do not agree. Making a medium shooting decision has always been a collaborative effort between the cinematographer, director and producer even when it was just film. Back then it was a matter of the best stock on which to shoot a particular production. The process is no different in today’s digital world.
The CSC continues to adapt to our changing industry and remains the organization of record for cinematography in Canada. We have remained relevant and we will continue to do so as our mandate to foster and promote the art of cinematography dictates.
The 2011 CSC Awards Gala at the Westin Harbour Castle hosted by the funny and talented Melissa DiMarco continues to be a tremendous success. I would also like to mention that this was the first year our juries were held in our clubhouse at William F. White. The only exception was the features category, where 35 mm prints were screened and judged at Technicolor in their wonderful theatre and the features digital media at the Deluxe Theatre.
Beyond our Society, CSC members continue to be recognized in Canada and around the world with a host of nominations and wins at other awards shows and film festivals. There are far too many to mention in this report, but every nomination and every win is a tribute to our organization as well. Sincere and heartfelt congratulations to all CSC members for their outstanding wins and nominations.
I had the good fortune last year to attend the first International Cinematography Summit Conference hosted in Los Angeles by the American Society of Cinematographers. In attendance were 57 delegates representing 22 cinematography societies from around the world. The purpose was to open a global dialogue to tackle issues and challenges that cinematographers face each day in an industry that is continuously changing in a digital world. What was quite amazing was how similar our concerns were no matter where we lived in the world. Probably the most poignant and vigorously discussed topic was image ownership. In Europe the concept of co-authorship rights of cinematographers, which puts their contribution to a production on the same footing as producers, writers and directors, has taken a toehold in some 15 countries. This is a notion that is not without merit, but so far unheard of in North America. There was a lot to bite off and chew at the ICSC, but a mission statement was created and the groundwork laid for future summits.
The CSC has had a tremendous success with our new bi-monthly pub nights in Toronto. The first one was held last September and there were only 13 of us. But the numbers jumped dramatically after that and seem to be hovering around 30 attendees. The pub nights are open to the film and television industry in general, and all are welcome. The CSC is now also holding pub nights in Montreal, and Vancouver is on the horizon.
Joan Hutton csc, President
VICE PRESIDENTS' REPORT
There were 13 sponsor events attended by CSC members and one CSC screening during the year 2011. These events include: Sim Video Technology Open House; Panavision Open House; Panasonic Canada Inc. Open House; William F. White and CinequipWhite February Freeze Trade Show; Sony Canada Toronto HDCAM SR Sneak Peak Event; CSC Screening of Oceans and a Q&A with cinematographer Philippe Ros; Sony product
launch at Vistek; Crew Party at William F. White; ProFusion trade show and seminars by Vistek; EPIC RED showcase at Sim Video; Sony of Canada preview of the F65 4K Camera; Free seminars and product demonstrations at Vistek; Canon’s historic announcement of new Cinema EOS System at Paramount Theatre, California; and the launch of Sony’s 3D Camcorder and F65 4K Digital Camera at SIRT.
Ron Stannett csc, Vice President and
Carolyn Wong, Vice President
On November 5 and 6, 2011, the CSC held a Lighting Workshop at the William F. White Centre in Toronto. The course was extremely well received by the participants who came from Toronto, Bowmanville, Sunderland, Thunder Bay, North Bay and Winnipeg to attend. The instructors were Joan Hutton csc and Ernie Kestler, and on day two they were joined by Carlos Esteves csc, who helped supervise the lighting exercises being done by the various groups. Tony Smith was the gaffer on both days. Sarah Moffat was there on both days to lend a hand. Michael Obadia, one of the participants, produced a DVD showcasing all of the lighting exercises shot, and each participant received a copy. CSC members paid $250 to take the workshop, while non-members paid $350. The workshop generated a modest surplus for the CSC. The participants were Luther Alexander, Greg Biskup, Alex Chavez, David Hodge, Robert Howard, Shaun MacLellan, Arjun Manokaran, Sean Marjoram, Bruce Marshall, Mike Moore, Michael Obadia, Steve Robinson, Donna Santos, and BJ Szabicot.
Dylan Macleod csc and Ernie Kestler, Education Co-chairs
The 2011 CSC Awards ceremony was held Saturday, April 2, 2011, at the Frontenac Ballroom, Westin Harbour Castle in Toronto. The gala event was attended by 296 members, sponsors and friends. The evening was hosted by Melissa DiMarco, actor, journalist and star of Citytv’s Out There with Melissa DiMarco.
The decisions regarding the awards are made by the Awards Committee who were: Robert Bocking csc, Chair, Bert Dunk csc, George Hosek csc, John Hodgson and Susan Saranchuk. There were 146 entries. The juries were held in Toronto at the CSC Clubhouse, Deluxe and Technicolor. The juries were chaired by Robert Bocking csc and John Hodgson. John produced and edited the Awards Gala show tape with David Oliver at Soho Post and Graphics.
As in previous years, one of the best publicity vehicles available to the CSC is its website at www.csc.ca. Our entire membership listings, our executive, the CSC history, Canadian Cinematographer, demo reels, award winners and nominees, education courses, plus any and all information or announcements pertaining to the CSC can all be found on our website. It is essentially our organization’s window to the world.
My main focus has centered on the CSC website, which leaves very little time for anything else. I am pleased to welcome Sarah Moffat as Co-Publicity Chair. Sarah will be expanding CSC publicity efforts through social media and networking. We are exploring ideas of a CSC online discussion forum, a VLOG - Video Log, and lecture series to help our community grow and share ideas across Canada and from generation to generation.
The CSC website generated nearly 1,252,000 successful requests in 2011, and that averages out to over 104,000 requests each month or an average 3,500 successful requests each and every day. The largest portion of the yearly traffic was for Canadian Cinematographer at 37%. The website’s busiest month was January with over 136,000 requests, while our slowest month was July with just over 87,000 successful requests.
We had hoped that most of our full and associate members would subscribe to CSC Reels for their demos. There are currently 28 full and associate members who subscribe to CSC Reels for their demos. This figure has dropped from 35 in the previous year. There are 33 members who have direct links from our website to their demo reels at other websites, which is down from 45 members in 2010. As well, 185 members have direct links from their CSC listing to their personal websites, which usually contain their demo reels.
Nikos Evdemon csc, Publicity Chair
For the past few years, CSC executive and staff have focused efforts and activities on the great value provided by the society to our members and our sponsors, and the past year has produced the financial fruits of these efforts.
The current financial viability of a non-profit organization like the CSC is often measured by the accumulated surplus/deficit at year end. We were last in a surplus position at the end of 2005, and were then devastated by large deficits in both 2006 and 2007. It has taken us until now to reverse this situation, ending the year 2011 in an accumulated surplus of $ 9,999.54. This is a modest surplus relative to the size of our financial commitments, but it is very welcome.
This result was made possible by many sponsors who recognize the significant value they obtain by strategically addressing CSC members in their funded activities. Use of their own products and services is greatly influenced when they invite our members to technology/process events. Our awards gala has become the annual highlight of cinematographic talents that benefit the whole creative industry, and our sponsors show how important that is to them by actively participating and contributing. Content in Canadian Cinematographer is the basis for many decisions made by our members, and that publication is largely made possible by the advertising purchased by our sponsors. Even as shifts occur (as they have multiple times throughout our history), the CSC maintains its impartial stance, working with companies both in traditional and in emerging technologies to leverage our members' vision. Our financial wellbeing depends on this partnership with our sponsors, and we will continue to provide them great value.
Value for our members is also in constant discussion by the CSC executive and staff. Professional development is truly important as new processes are added to our options, and doubly important when our members need to make, explain and support informed choices; this is a major focus of our education events, our periodic meetings, and our publication. We have expanded a networking initiative known as "Pub Night" that is already active in Toronto and Montreal, and soon in Vancouver; lively discussions among the members attending are due primarily to shared interests and creative concepts. The quality of images produced by our members is now recognized to be so high that it is a personal accolade to have an entry even nominated in the diverse categories of our annual awards. Our recent liaison with other cinematographic societies has generated more international recognition for our members and potential opportunities for them. For all this and more, the annual fees for members continue to be extremely low when compared with other similar organizations.
In past years, I have detailed the relative contribution of a few CSC programs to the financial results. This year, I would prefer to indicate simply that all activities are interlinked and important contributors, even those that might seem to receive a financial subsidy. We still are conscientious about each area of expense, reviewing what we can or cannot do within our assessment of the current economic climate.
Finally, I am proposing a modest increase in some fees for the year 2013, convinced that the CSC will still remain the best value for any similar professional society.
Joe Sunday phd, CSC treasurer
*Any CSC member who would like a copy of the 2011 Treasurer’s report, financial
summary can email Joseph Sunday, phd at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The membership committee met once in 2011 to review submissions of those who wished to upgrade to full membership. As usual we followed the standards laid out in our bylaws and regulations, and the following six cinematographers have earned the privilege of putting CSC after their names. Hanna (Johnny) Abi Fares csc; Norm Li csc; Matthew Lloyd csc; Anthony Metchie csc; Boris Mojsovski csc; and Ali Reggab csc.
In 2011 our numbers increased again for the third year in a row. Although we are concentrated mostly in Ontario, British Columbia and Quebec, we have a membership of 475 people spread out across the country in every province except Prince Edward Island.
We said goodbye to one member in 2011, Peter Luxford csc, who passed away on July 29 after a short battle with lymphoma. An obituary was published in the October 2011 issue of Canadian Cinematographer.
Philip Earnshaw csc, Membership Chair