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Press Release: IMIS Appoints New Chair of Cinema Technology Committee

LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM, 20TH APRIL 2017 — The International Moving Image Society (IMIS) (formerly known as the British Kinematograph Sound and Television Society (BKSTS)) has announced the appointment of a new Chairman to oversee the development of its widely respected Cinema Technology Committee (CTC).

The appointment of Richard Mitchell (also VP Global Marketing & Commercial Development at Harkness Screens) was confirmed at the committee’s April meeting following the decision of the previous Chairman Richard Huhndorf (UK Technical Director at Warner Bros) to stand down after a term of nearly seven years.

“Over the past eighteen months the society has started the process of revitalising its infrastructure to serve the 21st century global media industry,” explains Roland Brown, President of IMIS. “It is no secret that up until very recently the society had been in decline through an ageing membership and the change over the past two decades in the way creative talent is employed.  During this difficult period, the Cinema Technology Committee under Richard Huhndorf’s leadership and its associated journal Cinema Technology Magazine stood as shining examples of what the society could achieve, particularly against the backdrop of the enormous technological change from film projection to digital projection.  As the society has broadened its horizons and ambitions, the Cinema Technology Committee has been doing the same attempting to redefine its core purpose to best serve the cinema industry and the new Chairman and his team will doubtless provide an invaluable resource to the industry,” he adds.

As well as delivering cinema presentation training courses, the committee has organised educational visits to product manufacturers, overseen a dramatic refresh of its acclaimed journal and delivered a number of presentations at the recent UK Cinema Association conference in London on topics including HDR, immersive audio and laser projection.

“I am extremely honoured to be the new chair of such a vibrant, diverse and progressive group of professionals that are seeking to share knowledge and skills for the betterment of the cinema industry,” explains Richard Mitchell, Chairman of the CTC.  “Digital cinema technology presented the industry with substantial opportunities but also significant challenges and whilst many of these have been solved there is still much work to do to help the industry improve the movie-going experience whilst keeping a close eye on developing technologies. The breadth of expertise within our group (with members from distribution, post production, exhibition, integration and manufacturing) leaves us ideally positioned to support the industry not just in interpreting industry standards and how to apply these or in identifying the best of breed technology for the future but most importantly how to improve, optimise and maintain presentation quality with existing cinema equipment and the best practices associated with these,” he adds.

The CTC has also confirmed Graham Lodge (Managing Director of Sound Associates) as Vice Chairman, Peter Knight (Mad Cornish Projectionist) as Head of Communications and Dave Norris (Universal Pictures International) affectionately named “Last Projectionist Standing” by movie critic Mark Kermode as Cinema Technology Ambassador.

Over the coming months both IMIS and CTC will be launching a range of initiatives aimed at supporting the media creation and cinema industries.

About International Moving Image Society

The International Moving Image Society was born out of the BKSTS in 2016. The BKSTS was originally created as the ‘London Branch’ of Society of Motion Picture Engineers (now known as SMPTE) until 1930.

The society is focused but is not limited to supporting the development, production and exhibition of feature films, television, commercials, music videos, short films, animation, gaming, and future emerging formats for consumption through training, education, knowledge sharing and networking.

For more information, visit the Society’s web page at www.societyinmotion.com

About Cinema Technology Committee

The Cinema Technology Committee (CTC) of the International Moving Image Society (IMIS) aims to assist the cinema industry in recognizing the importance that cinema technology and indeed the way in which it’s utilized can have a profoundly positive effect on the movie-going experience.

As well as providing guidance and support, the CTC engages in a number of activities aimed at educating and improving the cinema experience. These include training courses, technical handbooks, educational visits, knowledge sharing, networking events, projectionist certification (in conjunction with the UKCA) and the industry’s leading technical journal, Cinema Technology Magazine.

For more information, visit the Society’s web page at www.societyinmotion.com/ctc

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IMIS CONTACT:
Peter Knight – Head of Communications – CTC
International Moving Image Society
Pinewood Studios
Pinewood Road
Buckinghamshire, SL0 0NH
United Kingdom
Tel: +44 (0)1753 656 656
Email: ctc@societyinmotion.com
Web: www.societyinmotion.com

Events

Getting Down To Business: Developing a Film Project That Gets Made

Come join us as film and TV producer Zack Winfield will present on the key skillset every producer needs: how to develop a film that is actually produced.

He will take you through:

  • Working with a screenwriter to develop a compelling, attractive script with a realistic budget.
  • Development and deployment of tools to attract investment to your project, such as sizzle reels.
  • Co-ordination between different departments to enable the final film to be delivered.

About Zack Winfield:

In 2003 Zack joined the production team at NDF International, one of the UK’s most successful independent production & financing companies with sixteen Oscar nominations to its credit, working across a wide range of NDF’s development projects including Franco Zeffirelli’s ‘The Florentines’. In 2006 He was Associate Producer (and Music Supervisor) on ill-fated UK-SP-JP coproduction ‘Guantanamero’. (dir. Vicente Penarrocha, c. Derek Jacobi and Natalia Verbeke).

In 2012 together with Ado Yoshizaki and Ben Friedman, Zack formed Native State. Recent productions include British action thriller Last Passenger (d. Omid Nooshin), was released in 35 territories in 2014; City of Tiny Lights (d. Pete Travis) starring Riz Ahmed which premiered at Toronto International Film Festival and London Film Festival in 2016 and was released in the UK in April 2017. In 2017 Zack was a production consultant on ‘Showdogs’ a family film for Open Road / Global Road.

Zack is currently working across a slate of film and tv projects, with partners in the UK and the US, is an independent consultant for various film companies, and also mentors on the Raindance Masters programme.

Time Is Money: Production Coordinator Crash Course

Come join us as production coordinator Georgina Bobb will present the importance of having a production coordinator join your team for any project. Similar to an orchestra, everyone plays their role but without the conductor everything sounds weird or just doesn’t happen.

She will:

  • Give an overview what being a production coordinator entails and the responsibilities on a day-to-day basis for a factual production
  • Give an insight as to which skills are required to become a great coordinator
  • How to apply for coordinator roles, tips on what to put in a CV and cover letter when applying for roles
  • Talk about her experiences on the job as well as her work for Connect 2TV Coaching

About Georgina Bobb:

Within her 13 years experience she has worked as a Junior Production Manager, Production Coordinator, Production Secretary, Post Production Secretary, Production Assistant, Logger, Junior Researcher, Archive Researcher and Runner in Television creating international and UK based content across all television genres. She has also Directed, Produced and Production Managed various Music Promos, Live Events and Commercials that have been broadcasted internationally as well as being screened online.

She has worked with various mainstream celebrities & artists as well as accumulating over 50 TV broadcasting credits working on prime time entertainment and factual entertainment productions for various broadcasters and independent production companies such as BBC & ITV.

Whilst working in television she has created and developed a TV-specific employability business, Connect2TVCoaching providing clients with CV and cover letter writing consultations and mentoring as well as employability workshops, training and networking events. She has received great feedback in which clients have gained interviews and paid work placements at companies such as the BBC, Lime Pictures, Love Productions and other independent production companies as a result. A Ravensbourne Graduate in Content Creation and Broadcast & from a non-traditional background she is passionate about specifically engaging and empowering disadvantaged young people enabling them to develop both personally and professionally giving them the opportunity to gain paid employment within the industry. Qualified with a Level 3 Award in Education and Training she has delivered TV and Media specific employability workshops through Connect2TVCoaching.

One of Georgina’s treasured moments in her career thus far includes receiving her first award nomination under the category of Rising Talent at the Screen Nation Awards – a ceremony that celebrates diversity within film and television. In 2019 I worked as a Production Coordinator on a programme called Operation Live, The Open Heart Surgery: Uncut which has also been shortlisted under Live Event at the BAFTA’s.  She has also been nominated as a Rising Star at the We Are The City awards a ceremony for professional women.

Concept vs Instinct: A Screenwriting Workshop with Award-Winner Corey Mandell

Come join us as award-winning writer Corey Mandell talks about his views on instinctive vs conceptual writing. He has written numerous projects for Ridley Scott, Harrison Ford, Meg Ryan, Julia Roberts, Warner Brothers, Universal, 20th Century Fox, Working Title, Walt Disney Pictures and many more.

Corey will:

  • Talk about the difference between ‘instinctive’ and ‘conceptual’ screenwriting
  • Give an idea of how he one doesn’t necessarily exclude the other
  • Share his experiences with working for high-end production companies and A-listers

Come along to this gem of an event, meet new people and get some insight into the ins and outs of the various ways to write for the big screen.

About Corey Mandell:

Corey Mandell is an award-winning playwright and screenwriter who has written projects for Ridley Scott, Wolfgang Petersen, Harrison Ford, Meg Ryan, Julia Roberts, John Travolta, Warner Brothers, Universal, 20th Century Fox, Fox 2000, Fox Family, Working Title, Paramount, Live Planet, Beacon Films, Touchstone, Trilogy, Radiant, Kopelson Entertainment and Walt Disney Pictures.

His Professional Screenwriting and Television Writing Workshops offer an alternative to the same old tired rules and formulas found in most screenwriting classes, books and seminars. This innovative program is the only one to teach creative integration, script testing, compelling conflict, organic story design, strategic rewriting and story mapping. With these tools, writers are able to create the pitch-perfect authentic scripts required to break into, and thrive in, the current marketplace.

In the past three years, graduates have gone on to sell or option scripts to Warner Brothers, Paramount, Sony Pictures, Disney, Fox, MGM, Universal, Showtime, FX, USA Network, NBC, HBO, MTV and AMC. Others have been staffed on such shows as Community, The Fosters, Jane the VirginBonesJustified, BoJack Horseman,Young and Hungry, PlayingHouse, The Mentalist, Marvel’s Agents of Shield, Up All Night, State of Affairs, Rosewood, The Leftovers, You’re the Worst, Pretty Little Liars, Treme, The Blacklist and The Leftovers.

The Workshops teach the essential skill sets required to write at a professional level, both for feature films and television. The classes are offered live in Los Angeles as well as online using video conferencing to allow participants to see and hear each other in real time. These highly popular classes draw students from across the US, Europe and Australia.

With the recent explosion of television pilots being bought, and a healthy rebound in the feature spec script market, there’s never been a better time to jump into the writing game. One script absolutely can change your life. But it’s got to be the right script. If you’re serious about developing the skills required to launch a career, these workshops can help take years off your learning curve and significantly increase your chances of success.

Selling Your Feature Film: Using a Proof of Concept

Come join us as writer/director Dwayne Gumbs will present the importance of having a proof of concept in order to sell your feature film script to investors. He will screen ‘Holy Beef’, a proof of concept for his feature film currently in development.

‘Holy Beef’ was funded through Film London’s London Calling scheme and was in official selection at the BFI London Film Festival 2018 and the London Short Film Festival 2019. As such, the project has also been supported by Film London as part of their Microwave scheme for first time feature filmmakers.

Dwayne will:

  • Talk about when and why the proof of concept became vital to his feature project
  • Give an idea of how to create a feasible and engaging a ‘short version’ of a substantial feature idea
  • Share his experiences of the benefits the proof of concept has brought with it and what it means for the future of his project

Come along to this gem of an event, meet new people and get some insight into the ins and outs of the journey from proof of concept to feature production.

About Dwayne Gumbs:

Dwayne’s passion for writing found an outlet as a child through Grime. Having grown up in East London when the culture was emerging, his hobbies included MCing, DJing and music production – a connection he’s maintained to this day. In 2008 he founded Diverse Voices Entertainment, a unique entity for young people to express themselves and access opportunities in the arts which would otherwise not be available to them. He has written and directed many live shows and short films, all co-created with these young people.

Dwayne collaborated with Iain Simpson on the Film London funded grime comedy short ‘Holy Beef’, a proof of concept for a feature in development, ‘Running Out of Grime’, which was also developed through Film London’s Microwave scheme.

Dwayne is passionate about creating positive depictions of a young generation too often portrayed negatively on screen. Whilst the London film industry is definitely broadening the range of stories being told, he still feels there is an unaddressed gap in the ‘Urban Film’ market, which is not a fair representation of the vibrant and positive inner city London life he experienced growing up, nor the true nature of today’s youth.

Post-Holiday After Party: Xmas Might Be Gone, But The Party Is Still On

Back from the festive month and still in party-mode? Well, look no further and join us at our annual start-of-the-year party at the renowned Phoenix Artist Club in Soho.

What you will get out of this gathering:

  • Make new connections
  • Mix&Mingle with old and new faces
  • Have a drink (or two) on the house

FREE for IMIS Members. Tickets for non-members: £6 (incl. VAT)

Come along for NETWORKING EVENT, DRINKS and a GREAT TIME!

ABOUT THE PHOENIX ARTIST CLUB:

The award-winning Phoenix Artist Club is one of London’s last remaining independently owned and operated venues, based in the heart of the west end and located in the original rehearsal rooms of the Phoenix Theatre.

Telling Powerful Stories with ‘American History X’ Director Tony Kaye

Six-time Grammy nominee director/cinematographer Tony Kaye, American History X (nominated for an Academy Award) will be joining us for an evening discussing telling powerful stories.  Tony is also known for his music videos for Paul McCartney, Red Hot Chilli Peppers, and Johnny Cash. For his music video for Johnny Cash’s God’s Gonna Cut You Down, Kaye won the Grammy Award. Kaye will talk about his journey on the film industry across creative sectors.

‘Tony Kaye is also the most awarded director and cinematographer of television commercials in British Advertising History.’

Tony will:

  • Talk about his experiences as a director across several creative industries
  • Give insight into working with a high-end cast in passion feature film productions
  • Discuss high-class music video production working with celebrity musicians

Come along to this gem of an event, meet new people and get some insight into the ins and outs of directing award-winning projects.

About Tony Kaye:

He has made several well-known music videos, including the video for “Runaway Train” by Soul Asylum, which won a Grammy Award, “Dani California” by Red Hot Chili Peppers, “What God Wants” by Roger Waters, and “Help Me” and “God’s Gonna Cut You Down” by Johnny Cash. Kaye is a six-time Grammy nominated music video director.

His feature film debut was American History X (1998), a drama about racism starring Edward Norton and Edward Furlong. Kaye disowned the final cut of the film and unsuccessfully attempted to have his name removed from the credits. The film was critically lauded and Norton was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Actor for his performance in the film.

Kaye’s second feature, a documentary called Lake of Fire, about the abortion debate in the United States, opened in Toronto in September 2006. The movie was shortlisted for the Academy Award for Best Documentary Feature as well as for Best Documentary Film at the Independent Spirit Awards, the Chicago Film Critics Association Awards and the Satellite Awards. Lake of Fire took Kaye 18 years to make.

Kaye’s third feature film, a crime drama titled Black Water Transit starring Laurence Fishburne, was shot in New Orleans during the summer of 2007. A rough cut was screened at the 2009 Cannes Film Festival but the film was never released to cinemas.

Kaye’s fourth feature film, Detachment (2011), starring Adrien Brody as well as featuring Kaye’s daughter Betty, is a drama about the decline of the education system in American high schools. It premiered in April 2011 at the Tribeca Film Festival. In 2011, Detachment screened in competition at the 37th Deauville American Film Festival in France. It won both the Revelations Prize and the International Critics’ Award. Detachment was also announced as the Closing Night Film at the Woodstock Film Festival, where Kaye was the recipient of the Honorary Maverick Award.

Producing Feature Films: The Ins and Outs of the Craft

Come join us as producer Pietro Greppi will talk about his experience developing, financing, producing and releasing the debut feature film by emerging writer/director Andrew Steggal (Departure) starring Juliet Stevenson (Bend It Like Beckahm, Truly Madly Deeply) and Alex Lawther (The Imitation Game.)

He will discuss:

  • Securing both development and production funding from the BFI and working closely with them throughout the process
  • Securing the rest of the finance as well as sales and distribution partners before production, which included pitching the project at a number of co-production and finance markets and labs, including Film London’s Micromarket and Closing the Gap
  • Setting up the project as a UK/ French production (the film was a British film shot entirely in the South of France with mixed cast and crew; post-production was carried out half in the UK half in France); this entailed bridging the cultural differences between the two systems, particularly in regard to the legal closing and during production on set
  • Planning the film’s festival and distribution strategy in conjunction with the film’s finance, sales and distribution partners, overseeing attendance at festivals including BFI London, Rome, Dinard and Palm Springs, and markets including Cannes and EFM in Berlin

Come along to this gem of an event, meet new people and get some insight into the ins and outs of successful feature film producing.

About Pietro Greppi:

Pietro Greppi is a London-based independent producer. He produced Andrew Steggall’s BFI-funded debut feature Departure (2016), starring Juliet Stevenson and Alex Lawther. A UK-France production, the film screened at festivals including LFF, Dinard and Rome and was released theatrically in the UK and France and sold internationally by Charlotte Mickie at Mongrel.

Pietro previously produced Giacomo Cimini’s sci-fi short The Nostalgist, based on a short story by NY Times best-selling author Daniel H. Wilson (Robopocalypse), starring Lambert Wilson (Of Gods and Men, The Matrix Revolutions) and Samuel Joslin (Paddington, The Impossible). The short, partly funded via Kickstarter, won the Melies d’Argent and screened at festivals including LFF, Palm Springs, FantasticFest and Clermont Ferrand before securing distribution on platforms including iTunes, Wired and We Are Colony.

Pietro is currently developing a slate of features with partners including the BFI, Creative England, The Wellcome Trust and Ingenious Media. He is also a consultant and project assessor for a number of production companies and film initiatives.

He began his career in New York, gaining experience in development at Christine Vachon’s Killer Films and later working in distribution and sales at Magnolia Pictures. He then worked across sales and financing at Goldcrest in London, on films such as Andrea Arnold’s Wuthering Heights and The Iron Lady.

About Departure (2015):

An English mother and her teenage son spend a week in the South of France breaking up a summer home that has become one of the casualties of the woman’s crumbling marriage. The boy struggles with his dawning sexuality and an increasing alienation from his mother. She in turn must confront the fact that her marriage to his father has grown loveless and the life she has known is coming to an end. When an enigmatic local boy enters their lives, mother and son are compelled to confront their separate desires and, finally, each other.