Magazine article American Cinematographer

Industry Activities

Magazine article American Cinematographer

Industry Activities

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The program for the 118th Technical Conference of the Society of Motion Picture and Television Engineers (SMPTE) has been announced by SMPTE Program Chairman Paul Wittlig, CBS, Inc.

The Conference is scheduled for the Americana hotel in New York City, October 17-22,1976.

According to Wittlig, the program will feature five days of technical sessions. The major subjects to be discussed are television and motion picture production, post production, distribution and exhibition. These subjects will take up the first three days of the meeting (Monday through Wednesday, Oct. 1820). The final two days will zero in on such specific topics as New Products in Motion Pictures and Television, Labor in a Changing Technology, Motion Picture Landmarks and Future Trends, and Computer Control and Signal Distribution in TV Broadcasting Centers.

In addition to the technical sessions, an extensive exhibition of professional motion picture and television equipment will run concurrent to the technical sessions Monday through Thursday, Conference week. More than 140 booths have been taken so far by most of the leading manufacturers and suppliers of professional film and video equipment.

Conference registration opens Sunday noon, October 17. The Technical Sessions begin on Monday, October 18 with papers on Production. Kicking off the first session will be a keynote address by famed producer George Schlatter.

The program schedule breaks down as follows: Monday, all day, Film and Television Production; Tuesday, all day, Film and Television Post Production; Wednesday, all day, Film and Television Distribution and Exhibition; Thursday morning, New Products in Motion Pictures and Television; Thursday afternoon, Labor in a Changing Technology, and the Olympic Games Reports; Friday morning, Computer Control and Signal Distribution in Television Broadcasting Centers, and Friday afternoon, Motion Pictures: Landmarks and Future Trends.

In addition 10 the technical sessions and the equipment exhibition, several social events are planned, including the SMPTE Get-Together Luncheon on Monday, October 18, where SMPTE awards will be presented. The guest speaker at the luncheon will be John A. Schneider. President, CBS Broadcast Group.

For additional information on the SMPTE Conference and Exhibit, write to SMPTE Conference, 862 Scarsdale Ave., Scarsdale, NY 10583.


Volker W. Bahnemann, President of the Professional Motion Picture Equipment Association (PMPEA) is pleased to announce that Mr. Walter J. Wood, Director of the New York City Office for Motion Pictures & Television, will be the moderator for a Motion Picture Production Symposium at the 118th SMPTE conference.

Mr. Wood will be joined by such notables as producer Martin Bregman (Dog Day Afternoon, Serpico), producer/director Phil D'Antoni (Bullitt, French Connection), and Mr. Morton Dubin, producer/director and member of the executive committee of the Mayor's Advisory Council on Motion Pictures & Television. Other panelists will be announced as soon as their participation can be confirmed.

The symposium will address itself to the current state of the motion picture industry and analyze trends and developments. Jointly planned and organized by the PMPEA and Mr. Walter J, Wood, the symposium promises to be one of the highlights of this year's SMPTE conference. It will be held 7 to 10 p.m. on Monday, October 18th at the Grand Ballroom of the Americana hotel in New York.

For information and advance registration, contact: Mr. Jeff Friedman, SMPTE, Telephone 914/472-6606.


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