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The calendar year has been dropped and instead each gala will now be signified by the chronological age of our organization and annual awards celebration. Our new marquee acknowledges our past, while revealing our present with a watchful eye peering into the unknown but exciting future.
Producing an event the magnitude of our awards gala requires the help and effort from many different people and organizations. Not least of which are the CSC sponsors. We thank them for their generous donations year after year that afford us this privilege of honouring excellence in cinematography.
A huge thank you goes to the CSC’s Co-Vice Presidents Carolyn Wong and Ron Stannett csc – who is also our Awards Chair— for their guidance and participation on and off stage.
Most of this year’s presenters were drawn from the ranks of the CSC membership. A special thank you to Kim Derko csc, Serge Desrosiers csc, David Herrington csc, Mitch Ness csc and Arthur Cooper csc for jobs well done. Who would have thought that behind the scenes DOPs would have so much style and grace in front of a live crowd!
Well-earned gratitude goes to this year’s stage manager, Sydney Kondruss, who kept the stage traffic flowing smoothly, without mishap. Also, a heartfelt thank you goes to this year’s award’s personnel for their hard work in helping to create a perfect evening: Nancy Angevine-Sands, Katrina Sands, Ewanna Gallo, Graeme Kondruss and Sylvia Richmond.
This was the first time that the CSC awards were streamed live over the Internet. We are much indebted to John Ellis and Resolve Collaboration Services for making this happen. For one CSC member, the Internet broadcast was cause for merriment despite not being there. Manfred Guthe csc says he celebrated the evening too, even eating his dinner and dessert at the same time we did in Toronto as he followed the awards Gala on his computer….in Mexico!
The CSC’s multi-camera broadcast was made possible by a very talented and skilled crew spearheaded by director Luke Gallo. CSC member Ian McLaren was the camera supervisor with the help of camera operators Alexey Sikorsky also a CSC member, Jordan de Biasi, Luciano Carpasio and grip Orhan Suman.
New this year was our roving photographer, Kayla-Jane Barrie, whose terrific photos documenting the evening are much appreciated.
I would like to express a tremendous amount of gratitude to CSC Executive Director Susan Saranchuk and Executive Assistant Karen Longland for their hard work, expertise and good taste that was evident in yet another fabulously produced Awards Gala.
See everyone again next year, and in the meantime, good shooting.