Hollywood Post Alliance Announces Fourth Annual HPA Awards Call for Entries
Gala Event Honoring Excellence in Post Set for November, 2009
May 11, 2009
The Hollywood Post Alliance has announced the call for entries for the Fourth Annual HPA Awards. The popular award show will take place November 12, 2009 in Los Angeles, California. Launched in 2006, the HPA Awards have become a standard by which creative and technical excellence in the art, science and craft of postproduction is measured.
The HPA Awards invite entries in the following categories:
• Outstanding Color Grading using a digital intermediate process-Feature Film
• Outstanding Color Grading-Television
• Outstanding Color Grading-Commercial
• Outstanding Editing-Feature Film
• Outstanding Editing-Television
• Outstanding Editing-Commercial
• Outstanding Audio Post-Feature Film
• Outstanding Audio Post-Television
• Outstanding Audio Post-Commercial
• Outstanding Compositing-Feature Film
• Outstanding Compositing-Television
• Outstanding Compositing-Commercial
Entries are also being accepted for the HPA Judges Award for Creativity and Innovation in Postproduction, a new category that made its debut during the 2008 Awards. The Innovation Award recognizes companies and individuals who have demonstrated excellence in the application of innovation in a postproduction process or to the postproduction industry through the use of new approaches, tools, workflows and ideas that help enhance the postproduction process from a technical, creative or efficiency perspective.
The period of eligibility is September 4, 2008 to September 7, 2009 and eligible work may have debuted domestically or internationally during this period. Entrants need not be members of the Hollywood Post Alliance to submit work for consideration.
In addition to the creative award categories, the HPA Awards recognize outstanding achievements in postproduction by individuals, companies and in engineering. The revered Engineering Excellence Award is bestowed upon an individual, company or process that advances postproduction technology. The Charles S. Swartz Award for Outstanding Contribution in the Field of Postproduction is awarded to a person, group, company or technology that has made a significant artistic, technological, business or educational impact on Postproduction and the Lifetime Achievement Award recognizes a postproduction professional for his or her service and commitment to the field of Postproduction.
Nominees and winners are selected by judging panels that are drawn from professionals in production and postproduction. Entries for the Engineering Excellence Award will be invited to present to engineering award judges at a special HPA event that will be open to the post community.
Complete rules, guidelines and entry information are available at: www.hpaawards.net. Submissions for the creative categories and for the HPA Judges Creativity Award will be accepted May 1, 2009 through July 31, 2009. Submissions for the Engineering Excellence Award will be accepted May 1, 2009 through July 1, 2009. Early Bird Entry (reduced fee) applies until July 3rd, 2009.
The HPA Awards were launched in 2006 to highlight the contributions of the talented men and women of the postproduction industry who are a pivotal part of the creative process and of hit shows, spots and movies. Last year’s winners included Steven J. Scott for the DI color grading of Iron Man, the audio team from Wall-E, Outstanding Feature Film Editor went to Lee Smith, A.C.E. for The Dark Knight, and commercial spots for Jaguar, XF Hush, and Audi RS6, Gymnast were recognized. Engineering Awards went to Quantel, Panasonic and FastSoft. The first Judges Award for Creativity and Innovation were awarded to LaserPacific Media Corporation for the accurateIMAGE system; Sony Pictures Imageworks for the Beowulf 3D stereoscopic postproduction pipeline; and jointly to Digital Film Tree and CBS/Paramount for the development of a data-centric post network and workflow for Everybody Hates Chris. Long time Hollywood postproduction executive Ronald Burdett was awarded the Lifetime Achievement Award for Contribution to Postproduction and Dean Elizabeth M. Daley, of the USC school of Cinema was last year’s recipient of the Charles S. Swartz Award. For a complete list of last year’s winners and nominees, visit www.hpaawards.net.
A call for judges will be announced soon for late summer judging sessions. Nominees will be announced in the fall. For more information about the HPA Awards, visit www.hpaawards.net or call 213.614.0860.
About the HPA
Hollywood Post Alliance (HPA) serves the professional community of businesses and individuals who provide expertise, support, tools and the infrastructure for the creation and finishing of motion pictures, television, commercials, digital media and other dynamic media content.
About the HPA Awards
The HPA Awards were created to foster awareness of postproduction, promote creative and technical excellence, recognize the achievements of postproduction talent, and build involvement in the Hollywood Post Alliance. The HPA Awards will be presented with generous support from Gold Sponsor: Autodesk; Silver Sponsors: Deluxe, Panasonic, and Thomson Grass Valley; and Bronze Sponsors: Avid Technology, Cinetal, da Vinci, Digital Vision, Quantel, Sony, and Texas Instruments DLP Cinema.
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