The Emerging Cinematographers Emerge Victorious!

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            On Friday our company Birns & Sawyer was one of the sponsors of the Emerging Cinematographers Awards and we were invited to a luncheon honoring these award winners. It was held at the ASC Clubhouse and was a simple but classy affair. Each year there are 10 craftsmen chosen, eight winners and two honorable mentions and these are chosen by a committee chaired by Jim Matlosz. Entrees are submitted from all over the world and choosing just ten out of the hundreds that are submitted is a vaunting task. Each year I have been truly impressed with the originality displayed and technical prowess achieved. This year has been no different. On Sunday the 29Th of September at the Director’s Guild screening room the projects are shown to a full house of avid film professionals. Many speeches are given and the awards are handed out. In addition to the awards numerous gifts are offered to the recipients including a Cannon film package for a year for free. We gave a bag of goodies including a director’s viewfinder and the film makers’ left the event hopefully with a kick-start that will propel them into the ranks of the great cinematographers of the past. Who knows perhaps among them is our next James Wong Howe or Conrad Hall. I certainly look forward to seeing their next endeavors with anticipation and encouragement. Listed below are the names of the award winners and the titles of their projects:

ECA-ICG-2013

(1.)   Eduado Fierro……………………….Eleven: Twelve

(2.)    Guy Skinner………………………..Your Father’s Daughter

(3.)   Kyle Klutz……………………………Vessel

(4.)   Mike Berlucchi……………………..140 Drams

(5.)   T.J.Williams Jr……………………..The Return

(6.)   Michael Lloyd………………………The Secret Number

(7.)   Camrin Petramale………………….Memoirs of A Parapsychologist

(8.)   Van Nessa Manlunas……………..King Of Norway

(9.)   Rob C. Givens………………………The Ride

(10.)         Andrew Shulkind……………..South Down Orchard

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On another note we are embarking on an educational outreach program that will offer to full time students a 50% discount to any student that sets up an account with us for their first rental and 25% thereafter as long as they remain a student. These letters are going out this week and next to the department heads and professors that I’m familiar with at all the film schools in Southern California. Over the past few years my experience with the film schools has shown me that the equipment inventory at many of these schools is very outdated. Some of the equipment that I’ve seen could be considered antiques. In any case our intention is to give the students access to the latest versions of cameras and lighting innovations that are being used by the professional industry. Once a student sets up an account besides getting the discount they can set up an appointment with one of our film techs to get personalized instruction on the camera they intend to use for their next project. This process will diminish the problems of damaged equipment due to inexperienced hands and greatly increase the knowledge of the emerging film professional. It has been a concerted effort on behalf of our staff to increase the survivability rate of the emerging film makers and these programs are part of that effort. We look forward to seeing the future work of the ten emerging cinematographers above and hope that hundreds more of you make the upgrade to a  working professional. We are here to help.

Michael J. Rogers

Lighting Supervisor   ~ BIRNS & SAWYER, INC.

 

 

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