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INTERNATIONAL CINEMATOGRAPHY SUMMIT 2016

For this unique four-day event, the American Society of Cinematographers invited peers from around the world to meet in Los Angeles, where they would discuss professional and technological issues and help define how cinematographers can maintain the quality and artistic integrity of the images they create.

Future Shock: For almost 100 years, members of the ASC have looked forward to how they can employ new technologies to tell visual stories, which will include emerging virtual reality techniques. Photo by James Neihouse, ASC

Future shock: For almost 100 years, members of the ASC have looked forward to how they can employ new technologies to tell visual stories, which will include emerging virtual reality techniques. This is the Mobius POV VR 360 camera system from Radiant Images. Photo by James Neihouse, ASC

This portion of the International Cinematography Summit (ICS) featured numerous virtual reality demonstrations, followed by a panel on the topic moderated by 3ality chief executive Steve Schklair. The speakers included David Stump, ASC; Virtual Reality Company chief production officer Chris Edwards; directorRandal Kleiser, who recently directed Defrost, a VR series; Radiant Images co-founder Michael Mansouri; Sony Pictures Entertainment vice president of production technology Scott Barbour; and Virtual Reality Company founder and chief creative officer Robert Stromberg.

The panel discussing VR at the ASC Clubhouse was moderated by 3ality chief executive Steve Schklairand included David Stump, ASC; Virtual Reality Company chief executive Chris Edwards; director Randal Kleiser; Radiant Images co-founder Michael Mansouri; Sony Pictures Entertainment vice president of production technology Scott Barbour; and Virtual Reality Company founder/vfx artist Rob Stromberg. Photo by James Neihouse, ASC

The panel discussing VR at the ASC Clubhouse was moderated by 3ality chief executive Steve Schklairand included David Stump, ASC; Virtual Reality Company chief production officer Chris Edwards; director Randal Kleiser; Radiant Images co-founder Michael Mansouri; Sony Pictures Entertainment vice president of production technology Scott Barbour; and Virtual Reality Company founder and chief creative officer Rob Stromberg. Photo by James Neihouse, ASC

Schklair asked the panelists to comment on whether VR is a cinematographer’s or a director’s medium. “Directing VR is more like directing a play than a movie because the viewer can look wherever they want,” replied Kleiser. “It becomes a puzzle in directing it.”
more : INTERNATIONAL CINEMATOGRAPHY SUMMIT 2016— Debra Kaufman

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