Tales from the Trenches: First-Time Filmmakers Share Their Lessons Learned
- 8:15 am - 9:30 am, Hilton Universal City, Ballroom A
- Moderator: Myles Connolly, p.g.a., 360-Media
- Panelists: Peter Chang, Golden Gate 3D; Michael Dalton-Smith, Digital Crossing Films; Susan Todd, Arise Media/Archipelago Films; Andrew Young, Arise Media/Archipelago Films
Even if you’ve worked in other formats, there’s a lot
to learn before you start developing a project for the giant screen. In this
session, filmmakers who are new to the format will share not only the lessons
they learned as they made their first giant screen films, but also what they
wish they had known. From production to distribution to exhibition, find out how the giant screen industry differs from other formats.
The Business of the Giant Screen
- 9:30 am - 10:00 am, Hilton Universal City, Ballroom A
- Presenter: James Hyder, LF Examiner
What’s in it for you?
We’ll examine the business model and what’s in it for all
stakeholders, including filmmakers, distributors, and exhibitors. James Hyder
will share industry data, examine trends, consider the risks versus the
opportunities, review historical and commonly accepted approaches to film
distribution, and explore new tactics that are changing the status quo.
Understanding the Audience
- 10:15 am - 12:00 pm, Hilton Universal City, Ballroom A
- Moderator: Mary Jane Dodge, MacGillivray Freeman Films
- Panelists: Mark Bretherton, December Media Distribution; Mark Katz, Giant Screen Films/D3D Cinema; Julie La Roche, Montreal Science Centre; Greg MacGillivray, MacGillivray Freeman Films; John Wickstrom, Cosmic Picture
In the First-time
Filmmakers session, giant screen novices shared their lessons learned. In this
session you’ll hear from the veterans—producers, distributors and exhibitors—on
what they’ve learned throughout their careers in the industry. They’ll share their
understanding of and relationship with the audience, their own successes and failures,
and advice on what it takes to have longevity in the industry.
Lunch and Mini-Trade Show
12:00 pm - 1:45 pm
Hilton Universal City, Ballroom B
Enjoy lunch, provided
by GSCA, learn more about the tools of the trade, and have a chat with industry
vendors during this mini trade show.
The Art of Storytelling for the Giant Screen
- 1:45 pm - 3:00 pm, Hilton Universal City, Ballroom A
- Moderator: Phil Streather, Principal Large Format
- Panelists: Luke Cresswell, Yes/No Productions; Daniel Ferguson, Cosmic Picture; Wendy MacKeigan, SK Films
The best giant screen
films are more than just really big, beautiful images. It’s the stories we tell
with those images that inspire and resonate with audiences. But what makes storytelling on the
giant screen unique? How do filmmakers approach scriptwriting? How is
shooting, editing, and scoring different from other media? Which topics and
genres have worked, which ones haven’t, and which ones should be considered? And
how does new technology, like drones and motion capture, affect storytelling? Veteran
filmmakers will share how they use cameras, writing, editing, music, sound, and
other technology to tell a story that audiences remember and that can even
Technology and Art Tools for Giant Screen Filmmaking
- 3:15 pm - 5:15 pm, AMC CityWalk IMAX Theater
- Moderators: Brian Eimer, ImagesInSound; Rick Gordon, RPG Productions
- Panelists: Sam Cardon, Composer; Phil Streather, Principal Large Format; Sean Phillips, MacLeod Enterprises
screen films are lauded for their premier images and sound, but how do
filmmakers achieve that immersive, you-are-there quality? This in-theater
session will give you a peek inside the giant screen technical toolbox. We’ll
examine creative approaches to sound design, music composition and music delivery, digital capture and lens options,
shooting native 3D vs. converting in post, formatting for the dome, and more to
ensure films exceed audience expectations and keep them coming back for the
giant screen experience.
High Resolution Digital Camera Comparison (HRDCC) Phase 2
In September 2018, in Chattanooga, the GSCA presented a program
entitled the HRDCC, in which five high resolution cameras used for giant screen capture were compared. The
cameras used were ARRI Alexa 65,
Panavision DXL-2, Canon C700 Full Frame, Sony Venice, and Red Monstro. The
cameras were placed side by side for an apples-to-apples comparison of how they
performed when shot in bright daylight, shade, natural light interiors, dusk,
and nighttime with both practical lighting and neon lighting (theme park). The
shots went through only a base color correction to match their look. They were
displayed in their natural aspect ratios (2.0:1, 1.89:1 and 1.5:1) at full
resolution, then displayed in 4x3 with edge cropping and blow up to fill the
full vertical height of the screen.
2019, GSCA is presenting a second phase of this test as a part
of the “Technology
and Art Tools for Giant Screen Filmmaking” session. In this case, five shots
from the various cameras have been selected and finished. The shots have
undergone further color correction, noise reduction, highlight reduction, and
converted to the 4x3 aspect ratio using a variety of techniques, all
maintaining the full camera resolution.
Giant Screen Scenes That Have Moved and Inspired
- 5:15 pm - 6:15 pm, AMC CityWalk IMAX Theater
- Moderators: Luke Cresswell, Yes/No Productions; Andrew Oran, FotoKem
What are you favorite giant screen scenes? And why do you remember them? This curated, in-theater session
will feature some of the most memorable and inspiring clips on the giant screen,
followed by Q&A with filmmakers and distributors as they share how
these scenes were captured and what makes them so special. Scenes included in this session are from the following films:
- Adventures in Wild California, 2000. Director and Director
of Photography: Joe Jennings. Distributor: MacGillivray Freeman Films.
- Aircraft Carrier, 2016. Director: Stephen Low. Director of
Photography: Ron Goodman. Distributor: K2 Studios/Stephen Low Company.
- Antarctica, 1991. Director: John Weiley. Director of Photography: Tom Cowan, Malcolm Ludgate. Distributor: Museum
of Science and Industry, Chicago.
- Beavers, 1988. Director: Stephen Low. Director of
Photography: Andy Kitzanuk. Distributor: Stephen Low Company.
- The Dream Is Alive, 1985. Director: Graeme Ferguson.
Director of Photography: James Neihouse. Distributor: IMAX Corporation.
- Everest, 1998. Director: Greg
MacGillivray. Director of Photography: David Breashears. Distributor: MacGillivray Freeman Films.
- Extreme Weather, 2016. Director and Director of Photography:
Sean Casey. Distributor: Cosmic Picture.
- Fires of Kuwait, 1982. Director and Director of Photography:
David Douglas. Distributor: IMAX Corporation.
- Flight of the Butterflies, 2012. Director: Mike Slee.
Director of Photography: Simon de Glanville & Paul Williams. Distributor:
- Great White Shark, 2013. Director: Luke Cresswell.
Director of Photography: DJ Roller. Distributor: Giant Screen Films.
- Jerusalem, 2013. Director: Daniel Ferguson. Directors of photography:
Reed Smoot, Peter Chang, Dustin Ferrell, Ron Goodman. Distributed by Cosmic
- Last Reef, 2012. Director: Luke Cresswell. Distributor:
Giant Screen Films.
- Mysteries of Egypt, 1998. Director: Bruce Neibaur. Director
of Photography: Reed Smoot. Distributor: Destination Cinema.
- National Parks Adventure, 2016. Director and Director of
Photography: Greg MacGillivray. Distributor: MacGillivray Freeman Films.
- Niagara, 1987. Director: Kieth Merrill. Director of
Photography: David Douglas. Distributor: Destination Cinema.
- Ocean Men, 2001. Director and Director of Photography: Bob Talbot.
- Pulse: A STOMP Odyssey, 2001. Directors: Steve McNicholas
and Luke Cresswell. Directors of Photography: Chrisophe Lanzenberg & James
Niehouse. Distributor: Giant Screen Films.
- Rocky Mountain Express, 2011. Director, Director of
Photography, Distributor: Stephen Low.
- Shackleton’s Antarctic Adventure, 2001. Director: George
Butler. Director of Photography: Reed Smoot.
- Tiny Giants, 2013. Director: Mark Brownlow. Director of
Photography: Jonathan Jones. Distributor: Giant Screen Films.
- Tornado Alley, 2011. Director: Sean Casey. Director of Photography: Sean Casey, Peter Rubi. Distributor:
Giant Screen Films.
- Sea Monsters, 2007. Director: Sean MacLeod Phillips.
Director of Photography: T.C. Christensen. Distributor: Cosmic Picture.
- U23D, 2008. Director: Catherine Owens, Mark Pellington. Director of Photography: Peter Anderson, Tom Krueger.
6:15 pm - 8:00 pm
Hilton Universal City
Join GSCA for cocktails and share learnings from the Filmmaker Symposium