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Strike-Sidelined Cinematographers Offered Free Workshop

ICG, SOC, support educational efforts for members and community


February 12, 2008
Panasonic Broadcast & Television Systems Co and HD Expo are offering a two-day camera production workshop to the members of the ASC, ICG, SOC and other guilds and associations whose members may have been affected by the Writers Guild labor negotiations.

The P2 Workshop is being offered at no charge to guild & association members in a show of support for the cinematography community, and will offer career-advancing training that can be utilized once crews return to work. The workshop prepares the professional cinematographer with sophisticated knowledge and understanding of this dynamic tool set that is changing production models.

The P2 Workshop is an informative, professional-level class that will introduce attendees to the next generation of solid state, P2 HD camera systems and support equipment. It will impart an understanding of how to integrate the benefits of non-linear, file based IT compatible technology into a production workflow.

The two-day session is set for February 29 and March 1, 2008 at Panavision in Woodland Hills, CA. Several industry stalwarts have lined up to support this educational event including Panavision, Fujinon and Birns & Sawyer. Panavision is contributing the use of its stage, screening room facilities, support gear and staff. Birns & Sawyer will provide camera and support equipment, and Fujinon is donating lenses and sponsoring lunches for participants.

Steven Poster, ASC, President of the International Cinematographers Guild, commented on the workshop, "During this difficult time, one of the most important services Local 600 can offer our members is training. The generosity of Panasonic, HD Expo, Panavision, Fujinon, and Birns & Sawyer is an overwhelming gift to all of us. I hope many of you take advantage of this offer. This kind of training can keep us ahead of the curve which is just where we have to be."

HD Expo, Panasonic’s education partner, will produce the P2 Workshop. HD Expo is the leading producer of community-driven events and education, presenting the long-running VariCamp Workshops, P2 Workshops and a variety of other professional education.

Panasonic’s Russ Walker, Director of Business Development for Production, noted, “We are in complete support of our community, and the P2 Workshops provide sophisticated, in-depth training in the revolutionary data centric workflow offered by the P2 line of products. These workshops will equip cinematographers and key members of the production-postproduction teams with knowledge and skills that will be invaluable when they return to work. Panasonic is committed to supporting the men and women who use our equipment and want to ensure that they are well prepared to face the challenges of the future. Our long-time educational partner, HD Expo, presents unparalleled technical education to the industry.”

Early registration is highly recommended. Due to limited seating and the overwhelming response to this event, there is a possibility of surpassing attendance capacity. At the time of registration a credit card deposit of $75 will be requested; it will be charged only in the event a registrant does not attend the workshop or does not cancel in time to allow others to attend. Cancellations are required by February 20, 2008. To reserve a space in this free workshop, visit: hdexpo.net/education/edu_registration_STRIKE.html for complete information. For further information, call 818.842.6611.


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