Hollywood Comes to Hilo – A Cinematography Master Class

Have you ever wondered how the special effects are done on Hollywood blockbuster movies? Have you ever thought about what it takes to produce a network television series? Have you ever thought what a cinematographer and his or her team do in pre-production to prepare themselves for a feature film or television project? Are you interested in a career in film production or digital media and wonder what it takes to get from The Big Island to Hollywood?

The answers to these and many more questions about production in Hollywood today will be provided at an upcoming “not to be missed” seminar at the Palace Theater in Hilo, “Hollywood Comes to Hilo: A Cinematography Master Class,” on Saturday, September 15 from 10 am to 3 pm. This program is being sponsored by The Big Island Film Office and The Palace Theater.

The seminar will feature presentations by three Academy and Emmy Award winning cinematographers who are also members of the prestigious American Society of Cinematographers, the ASC.

Richard Edlund, ASC, known as the “father” of modern special effects, will talk about his effects work on such classic films as “Star Wars,” one of the most influential Hollywood movies ever made and for which he won an Academy Award for Best Visual Effects, and other epics, including “Raiders of the Lost Ark” and “Return of the Jedi.” Clips from these films will be screened to go along with the discussion.

Ron Garcia, ASC, is the host and organizer of this impressive and unique program. He is a Cable ACE Award winner for his work on “El Diablo,” and has received two Emmy Award nominations and four ASC nominations for best cinematography. He was also one of the cinematographers during the first season of “Hawaii Five 0,” now in its third season filming on Oahu. Ron will talk about network television production and how the camera team must function and perform to produce successful network television week-to-week.

The third presenter will be Bob Primes, ASC, who is a winner of the ASC Award for Outstanding Cinematography and a two time Emmy Award winner for Best Cinematography for his work on the mini-series “Sleeper Cell,” and the series, “Felicity.”  Bob has also been very active on many ASC and industry technical standards committees, and he will share results and findings from the seminal camera study, “The Great Camera Shootout,” which compared 24fps/HD/ DSLR cameras vs. HD/Digital Motion Picture cameras.

Lighting magician John Buckley will also join the presenters. John is a member of IATSE Local 728 electrical branch, and has worked on many award winning features and television shows including “Avatar,” “Memoirs of a Geisha,” “Hawaii Five 0,” and others too numerous to mention as Chief Lighting Technician.

And if this is not enough, representatives from professional camera manufacturer Canon will be on hand to talk about Canon’s new DSLR C300 and C500 cameras in “hands on” sessions during a long lunch break in the lobby of the theater. Digital cameras like the ones Canon will demo are revolutionizing the way movies are made at the top professional level. All participants will be available for Q&A at the end of the program.

This seminar is a “must” for the professional film community on The Big Island, film students, and those from the general community who just want to learn more about how Hollywood movies are made by hearing and seeing the masters “who make the movies” in person.

Tickets are $20 for students and $35 for adults. A box lunch is included with the program fee. Call 323-4705 for more program information. Please RSVP by Monday, September 10 by calling 961-8498 or by email to myoshiyama@co.hawaii.hi.us. Cash or check made out to The County of Hawaii accepted.

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