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CSC Members Among ASC Award Nominees
The American Society of Cinematographers held its 26th Annual ASC Awards Gala on February 12 in Los Angeles. Among the nominees were David Moxness csc in the Television Movie/Miniseries category for the historical miniseries The Kennedys ("Moral Issues and Inner Turmoil"), and Michael Balfry csc for The Hub's R.L. Stine's The Haunting Hour ("Brush with Madness") in the Half-Hour Television Episodic Series/Pilot Category. The awards went to Martin Ruhe (Page Eight) and Michael Weaver ASC (Californication, "Suicide Solution") respectively.
Anton/Bauer, which provides batteries, chargers, lighting and other mobile power systems for the professional broadcast, video and film industries, introduced its QRC-CA940 Gold Mount solution for the new Canon EOS C300 camera. To help streamline battery management for Canon EOS C300 users, Anton/Bauer will simultaneously introduce the QRC-CA940, a Gold Mount that provides 7.2V power to the camera via a DC connector and 14.4V on PowerTap connectors.
Sony Pictures Imageworks Expands Vancouver Visual Effects and Animation Studio
Sony Pictures Imageworks recently announced the expansion of its Vancouver capacity by opening an additional 16,000 square feet of space in the Yaletown area for work on the current productions Men in Black 3, The Amazing Spider-man, Oz The Great and Powerful and Sony Pictures Animation’s Hotel Transylvania now underway. Imageworks’ growing presence builds on the Vancouver studio’s experience with The Smurfs production for Sony Pictures Animation and the successful integration of the Canadian team with Imageworks’ Culver City workforce and infrastructure. The new office effectively doubles the floor space. The two Vancouver locations, two blocks apart, are fully connected to Imageworks’ Culver City data center. Imageworks Canada was set to occupy a total of 32,000 square feet of office space when the new location came online in March.
Production Resource Group Acquires Paskal Lighting
Production Resource Group, a supplier of entertainment and event technology, in February announced that it had acquired Paskal Lighting, a US-based lighting, grip and expendables company. Paskal Lighting will operate under its own brand name, as a full member company of the PRG group, with Evan Green continuing in his role as President.
FUJIFILM Receives Academy Award for its Contribution to Motion Pictures
The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences presented FUJIFILM Corporation with an Academy Award for scientific and technical achievement at a special awards dinner held in Los Angeles in February. The Academy’s Scientific and Technical Awards honour the men, women and companies whose discoveries and innovations have contributed in significant, outstanding and lasting ways to motion pictures. FUJIFILM was recognized with a 2011 Scientific and Engineering Award for the development of the black and white recording film ETERNA-RDS for digital separation of motion picture films.
Strong Showing at 10th Annual February Freeze at WFW
Hundreds of industry professionals and students packed the William F. White Centre in Toronto for the February Freeze, an annual showcase that brings together production professionals with the latest innovations and technologies. This year more than 25 of the industry’s top manufacturers participated in the event. “We're very fortunate that our suppliers, mostly manufacturers or agents, all make it their business to be here,” said WFW Chairman/CEO Paul Bronfman, who hosted the event, along with Larry Lavoie, General Manager of CinequipWhite. “A lot of them schlepp out from Los Angeles in the middle of February, and we have Canadian suppliers here too," Bronfman added. This year – besides being the 10th anniversary – marks the first year the showcase was held at the new WFW facility. Also, the event attracted more students than ever, according to Lowell Schrieder, director of marketing and communications. “They're really engaged this time around, especially with our new education training programme. And there were seminars offered for a variety of skill levels. From student to pro, there's something for everybody,” Schrieder said. Some of the event’s highlights included: Steadicam Tips and Tricks by Tiffen; Understanding AVC-HD by Panasonic; and a showcase of Kino Flo’s new products. This year also saw the return of the popular “flea market zone,” a place to buy and sell used gear. Asked about his outlook for Canadian production, Bronfman was upbeat, saying, “I think [this year's] going to bring more Canadian productions, specifically television, and more high quality bigger budget Canadian shows that will play in the international markets. And production levels for American productions will remain strong in Toronto and throughout the country.”