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GHOST IN THE SHELL - Creating A Cyber Future
GAME OF THRONES: Behind the Scenes with the Filmmakers
NEXT GENERATION IMAGE MAKING - Taking Content Creation to New Places


WHAT: The International Cinematographers Guild (IATSE, ICG Local 600), will co-present three panels at the 2017 NAB SHOW. The panels will examine advanced and future imaging techniques, including the use of machine intelligence in pre and post production.

ICG members, including National President of the ICG, Steven Poster, ASC, are guest speaking, on panels, during the trade show. Poster will be speaking on Digital Cinema Trends, 4K, 8K, HDR, VR (4/26 at 3:15 PM) Other topics members are addressing include: Shooting V-Log and ISO 5,000, Shooting Lowlight with VariCam and Visual Effects & Lenses: Why Sharp Lenses Matter.

WHERE: All the sessions will take place at the Las Vegas Convention Center


Monday, April 24, 1:00 PM

Ghost in the Shell: Creating a Parallel Cyber Future, produced in collaboration with the ICG
Location: South Hall Upper Room S220

Ghost in the Shell - Combining artistry with cutting edge innovation, the filmmakers used light, movement, composition, visual effects, three-dimensionality and color to build the movie's near-future, computer dominated universe. They designed unique tools and systems, including an original, anime inspired 28-color palette; custom LED lights; a video-photogrammetry rig for 3D video inserts; and a DCI P3 workflow from camera through color finishing and deliverables. See clips and hear stories about the making of this visually groundbreaking motion picture.

Jess Hall, BSC, Director of Photography (Transcendence, Brideshead Revisited, Hot Fuzz)
John Dykstra, Visual Effects Designer (Oscar Winner: Spider-Man 2, Star Wars, Emmy Winner: Battlestar Galactica)
Michael Hatzer, DI Colorist, Technicolor
Justin Wagman, Post Production Supervisor
Moderator: David Geffner, Executive Editor of ICG Magazine

Monday, April 24, 2:30 PM

Game of Thrones: Behind the Scenes with the Filmmakers
South Hall Upper Room S220 Season 6 of Game of Thrones was shot simultaneously by director/cinematographer pairs rotating between stage and location (as is the custom), spotlighted a cast of hundreds and featured nearly 1900 visual effects shots. Learn how the filmmakers applied the Game of Thrones naturalistic lighting style to new locations and storylines, how they chose to block and edit the emotional turning points, and how they harnessed postproduction to visually unify the footage. Learn how they blended practical photography with CG to create rule breaking yet believable scenes and how postproduction mastered for distribution worldwide. See some great footage and understand why, in 2016, Game of Thrones drew an amazing 25.1 million viewers across all major platforms.

Bernadette Caulfield, Executive Producer Greg Spence, Producer Anette Haellmigk, Director of Photography (Emmy Nominee: Game of Thrones)
Jonathan Freeman, Director of Photography (Emmy Winner: Boardwalk Empire, Emmy Nominee: Game of Thrones)
Moderator: David Geffner, Executive Editor of ICG Magazine

Tuesday, April 25, 10:30 AM - 11:30 AM
Next Generation Image Making - Taking Content Creation to New Places
North Hall. Room 251

Machine intelligence, light field, volumetric capture, computational photography, real-time rendering and generative imaging have the potential to transform image making for all forms of content. Already, they are contributing to the blurring lines between live action and computer-generated imaging, and between what takes place in preproduction, production and post. What is the science behind these new technologies and how do they work? What are their current limitations and promise? Who is using them now, and for what kinds of projects? How might they alter not only how we create images for scripts, but also the foundation of image authorship? Glimpse what NAB's Central and South Hall could look like in five to ten years...

Andrew Shulkind, Director of Photography (Clients include: Paramount, DreamWorks, Sony Pictures, Apple, Adidas, AT&T, Budweiser, Google, Old Spice and Samsung.)
Jon Karafin, CEO Light Field Lab. Inc.
Gavin Miller, Head of Adobe Research.
Steve Sullivan, General Manager, Holographic Imaging Microsoft
Moderator: Michael Chambliss, Technologist and Business Representative for the ICG, IATSE Local 600

Monday, April 24

Shooting V-Log and ISO 5,000
1:30 PM - 2:00 PM
Panasonic Booth
Speaker: Ben Kufrin

Teradek Show: VR Production
2:30 PM - 3:20 PM
Teradek Booth #C6025

It can be tough to pinpoint exactly where virtual reality fits within the current landscape of content creation. Is it the next big thing? Is it a flash-in-the-pan? Or is it, perhaps, somewhere in between? And for those already working in the industry, the big question remains of how exactly creating for VR will affect the production process, from acquisition all the way to post.

Matt DeJohn, VP of Production, VRTUL
Joergen Geerds, CEO & Creative Director, Koncept VR
Ben Schwartz, VR Director of Photography & Camera Technician
Lewis Smithingham, President of VR/Partner, 30 Ninjas
Moderated by: Mike Nichols, Business Development Manager, AbelCine

Tuesday, April 25

Capturing Reality with VariCam
11:30 AM - 12:00 PM
Preso Stage
Speaker: Hal Long, Director of Photography

Large Format Acquisition
11:30 AM - 12:30 PM
AbelCine Booth

Shooting with a large format camera is an aesthetic decision that also comes with its own set of production considerations. In this panel, speakers who have extended experience with various large format technologies will discuss some of their work and why they chose to go the large format route.

Jamie Alac, Director of Photography
Phil Holland, Director of Photography
James Neihouse, ASC, Director of Photography
Mike Sippel, Senior Field Support Technician, ARRI Rental
Moderated by: Jeff Lee, National Training Manager, AbelCine

Pushing the Limits of the VariCam LT for The Online Date
1:30 PM - 2:00 PM
Preso Stage
Speaker: Jimmy Matlosz (Director of Photography)

Shooting Lowlight with VariCam
3:00 PM - 3:30 PM
Preso Stage
Speaker: Charles Papert (Director of Photography)

Visual Effects & Lenses: Why Sharp Lenses Matter
4:00 PM - 4:15 PM
Fujinon's Booth
Speaker: Mark Weingartner, ASC, Director of Photography

Cinematic Lensing
4:00 PM - 5:00 PM
AbelCine Booth

There are those who think that lens choice can affect the look of a project even more than the choice of camera. With today's cameras becoming ever more powerful and affordable, the choice of glass is often one of the main ways filmmakers can add a unique look to what they're shooting. This panel will explore the creative, aesthetic, and technical considerations that go into choosing the perfect cinematic lens for a project.

Michael Goi, ASC, Director of Photography
David Klein, Director of Photography
Moderated by: Megan Donnelly, Training Manager, AbelCine

Wednesday, April 26

10:30 AM
Tiffen Booth
Moderator: Mark Weingartner, ASC, Director of Photography

VariCam Performance and Workflow
3:00 PM - 3:30 PM
Preso Stage
Speaker: Theo Van de Sande, ASC, Director of Photography

Digital Cinema Trends, 4K, 8K, HDR, VR
3:15 PM
The Studio Tech Center Live (C10415)

Steven Poster ASC, President International Cinematographers Guild
Josh Haynie, Panavision/LightIron
Phil Holland, PHFX
Moderator David Leitner

4:00 PM
AbelCine Booth
Panelist: Mark Weingartner, ASC, Director of Photography

Thursday, April 27

Teradek Show: Modern Lighting
11:00 am - 11:50 AM

The mastery of lighting has always been an integral part of the work of a Director of Photography. In today's world of ever-changing technology, modern fixtures are now available at all levels of production. In this panel, speakers will discuss some of the newest updates in lighting technology and some of the creative considerations that come into play when working with these new tools.

Jayson Crothers, Director of Photography
Moderated by: Megan Donnelly, Training Manager, AbelCine

The International Cinematographers Guild (IATSE Local 600) represents more than 8,400 members who work in film, television and commercials as Directors of Photography, Camera Operators, Visual Effects Supervisors, Still Photographers, Camera Assistants, Film Loaders, all members of camera crews and ICG Publicists. The first Cinematographers union was established in New York in 1926, followed by unions in Los Angeles and Chicago, but it wasn't until 1996 that Local 600 was born as a national guild. ICG's ongoing activities include the Emerging Cinematographer Awards and the ICG Publicists Awards Luncheon. The Guild also publishes the award-winning ICG Magazine

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