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ShowBiz Hosts Panels on Cinematography & Collaboration

ShowBiz Expo has teamed with the International CinematographersGuild (ICG) and the American Society of Cinematographers (ASC) topresent three panels focusing on the art of lighting and thecollaborative process in the making of films ranging from a Hollywoodblockbuster to award-winning short features. The panels are slated forSunday, June 2 at the Los Angeles Convention Center.

One panel will explore the making of Stuart Little 2 and thecollaborative process, which resulted in the seamless integration ofanimated characters into the real world. Panelists include ASCPresident Steven Poster, director Rob Minkoff, visual effectssupervisor Jerome Chin and editor Patricia Nedd Friendly, ACE.Stuart Little 2 was produced by Sony Entertainment for a summer2002 release.

Moderator Bob Fisher says, “I believe someday film scholarswill look back at what happened during the making of Stuart Little2 as a milestone in the convergence of film and digitaltechnologies.” Poster adds, “This film is a great exampleof how we can use new digital tools without compromising the artful,dream-like quality of film.”

Another panel, “The Art of Lighting,” will consist ofcinematographers from different genres. Scheduled to appear are DanielPearl (music videos), Bill Bennett and David Darby (commercials), BrianReynolds, (episodic television and telefilm), ICG President GeorgeSpiro Dibie, ASC (situation comedies), Laszlo Kovacs, ASC and MichaelBallhaus, ASC (narrative features).

Dibie observes, “There is no formula for artistic lighting. Itis a special talent that must be skillfully rendered.”

The third panel will feature nine extraordinary short films chosenfor the Sixth Annual ICG Showcase. The cinematographers and some oftheir collaborators will discuss the creative process involved inmaking and distributing award-winning short features.

“This panel is an excellent opportunity for producers,directors and talent scouts to see the work of a new generation ofcinematographers,” says Dibie, who will lead this discussion.“It is also a source of information for film students and otheryoung filmmakers who are searching for tips on how to create their ownfilms and how to get them seen. The young cinematographers featured inthe 2002 Showcase were chosen by their peers in ICG based on theirability to collaborate and tell stories by mastering their art andcraft.”

In addition to these panels, ICG will present a webcast with VilmosZsigmond, ASC who will headline its “live” Internet chatfrom the floor of ShowBiz Expo on June 1 from 10 a.m. to noon at theLos Angeles Convention Center. Thousands of filmmakers, students, fansand journalists are expected to participate in this event, which willoriginate from the Demo Stage in the convention hall. Admission is freefor all Showbiz Expo attendees who want to follow the chat and asktheir own questions.

Another ICG executive, National Executive Director Bruce Doering,will moderate the keynote panel on the controversial issue of runawayproduction on Saturday June 1 from 9:00 to 10:00 a.m.

On Sunday, June 2, The Stuart Little 2 Collaboration sessionwill be held at 10:15am, The Art of Lighting begins at 11:45am, and TheICG Short Film Showcase is at 2:30pm.

ShowBiz Expo will take place on June 1-3, 2002 at the Los AngelesConvention Center. The event features 300 exhibitors displaying thelatest in film, video and digital technology, plus a full conferenceprogram addressing today’s key issues in entertainment production.

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