The following sessions will be broadcast live on Filmocracy, our virtual event platform. Login details have been sent to registered attendees and also can be found here.
The State of the GS Industry
Monday, April 19, 12:00 pm - 12:30 pm EDT
Presented by Paul Fraser, Blaze Cineworks
Sponsored by MacGillivray Freeman Films
A candid, data-driven update on the state of the GS industry, this presentation will identify the hopeful signs as well as the challenges facing all stakeholders in this industry’s recovery. We’ll profile GSCA members’ attitudes about business prospects for their own organization and the industry overall. As the follow-up to the identically named session at the 2020 GSCA Virtual event last September, this new State of the GS Industry session will capture the results, share the analysis, and spot the key trends from a new survey of all GSCA member sectors. A snapshot of GS theater re-openings and film release schedules will be provided too.
Improving The Business Model: We Know It Has To Change, But How?
Session on Wednesday, April 21, 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm EDT
Round table discussion on Wednesday, April 21, 1:00 pm - 1:30 pm EDT
Sponsored by Christie Digital
The giant screen business model has many components to it, but any lasting, workable changes will likely have to begin with the theater-distributor relationship. This session will feature candid conversations between veteran distributors and exhibitors in the GS industry about the core issues of programming, admission pricing and packaging, marketing, and finding an equitable way to split a slowly contracting pie. Discussing old and new approaches, and in- and out-of-the box ideas, panelists will be asked a series of questions to stimulate honest and open dialogue about what matters most to everyone in our industry.
Moderated by Paul Fraser (Blaze Cineworks) and Mark Katz (Giant Screen Films/D3D Cinema), four sets of panelists—pairing a distributor with an exhibitor—will take turns facing off to debate new approaches. We hope this session generates a few chuckles but most importantly stimulates some truly actionable ideas about how we can work together to improve our business model. Breakout round tables will immediately follow the session. We hope these follow-up concurrent discussions, open to all attendees, can build on the panelists' conversations.
- Paul Fraser, Blaze CineWorks
- Mark Katz, Giant Screen Films/D3D Cinema
- Patty Collins, MacGillivray Freeman Films
- Heather Farnworth, Ontario Science Centre
- Amber Hawtin, SK Films
- Bobbi Hohmann, Fernbank Museum
- Ryan Holota, Saskatchewan Science Centre
- Julie La Roche, Montreal Science Centre
- Derek Threinen, Giant Screen Films/D3D Cinema
- John Wickstrom, Cosmic Picture
Friday, April 23, 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
The following presentations will be included in the Innovations session.
Aspect Ratios: The Shape of Cinema
Presenter: Jonathan Bird, Oceanic Research Group
Nothing could be as boring as aspect ratios, right? Well, you haven’t seen Jonathan Bird’s exciting and fascinating look at aspect ratios and how we got to where we are today. This short presentation looks at the history of aspect ratio in cinema, how it affected lens design, film evolution, projector design and culminated in the unique (some would say odd) 1.43:1 aspect ratio of IMAX. And while something as mundane as aspect ratio might not seem very exciting, it is in fact the very thing that separates giant screen cinema from “big screens.” Although this presentation will be most helpful to newer GS filmmakers, even seasoned pros will likely enjoy Jonathan’s lively and lighthearted look at “The Shape of Cinema.”
High-Resolution Camera Shootout
Presenter: Pawel Achtel, Achtel Pty Ltd.
Led by Pawel Achtel ACS of the Innovations Committee and shot by a
team of ACS cinematographers, we will evaluate the performance of the
following state-of-the-art cameras:
- RED Monstro 8K
- ARRI LF
- Blackmagic Design 12K
- Canon R5
- Achtel 9x7
We will see each camera’s performance in dynamic range tests, rolling
shutter tests, zone charts, resolution charts, and real-world shooting
locations. In part two of this session, at a future time when we meet in
person, we will see the footage compared back-to-back on the giant
Focus on Film Scanning
Presenters: FotoKem, IMAX, Prasad Corp.
As part one of a session to be continued at another time on the giant screen, we will explore the challenges of capturing high-quality and high-resolution digital scans of 65mm film. Four companies, including FotoKem, IMAX, Prasad Corp, and another to be named, will share their techniques, innovations, and unique approaches to digitizing film. In part two, when we are able to meet in person, we will see examples of scans using the same film source in a head-to-head comparison in 4K, 8K, 11K, and 16K scans on the giant screen.
LED Technology for Digital Domes
Friday, April 23, 1:00 pm - 1:15 pm
Presenters: Evans & Sutherland
Dome theaters have consistently faced the historic challenges of 1) low contrast due to light bounce across the dome surface, 2) the need for multiple projectors to create acceptable resolution, 3) low brightness due to low reflectivity of the dome surface to minimize light bounce and scatter, and 4) the maintenance of a complex projection system and cost of lamps and other consumables.
Enter the LED dome. This breakthrough, game-changing technology addresses all of the historic concerns: 1) LED offers nearly unlimited contrast, 2) the dome is self-illuminating with no need for an external projection system, 3) brightness is up to 150 fL, 4) the dome surface and the LED panels are fully integrated offering design simplicity and an LED lifespan of 50,000 to 100,000 hours. We will learn more about this exciting technology and how it can change the future of immersive dome projection
Theater Re-opening Tips and Best Practices
Friday, April 23, 2:30 pm - 3:30 pm
Moderator: Jackie Mollet, Saint Louis Science Center
Sponsored by K2 Studios
In this interactive session, GSCA member theaters will share what has
worked and what hasn’t as they open their doors and welcome visitors
again. Theaters will share insights and advice on everything from
operations, cleaning procedures, and managing social distancing to
programming, ticketing, and marketing, with ample time for questions and
open discussion. Come to the session ready to share your own tips and
ask questions of your colleagues as the industry recovers and gets back