Magazine article American Cinematographer

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Magazine article American Cinematographer

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Vancouver Welcomes ASC

Peter Anderson, ASC and Andrew Lesnie, ASC1 ACS recently participated in a series of lighting workshops and seminars organized in conjunction with the 8th annual Vancouver Latin American Film Festival. AC was on hand to enjoy the events.

The festival's 1 1-day screening schedule included 25 features and 34 shorts hailing from Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Canada, Chile, Colombia, Cuba, Ecuador, El Salvador, France, Guatemala, Mexico, Peru and Spain. This year marked the festival's third annual collaboration with the ASC to present the seminar series.

Anderson kicked off the educational series with a 3-D seminar hosted by Emiiy Carr University of Art + Design. Held inside Emily Carr's Intersections Digital Studios' state-of-the-art motion-capture and visualization stage, the sold-out seminar gave attendees a look behind the curtain of stereoscopic filmmaking as Anderson shared tips and tricks learned over the course of the numerous 3-D productions he has photographed, including Captain EO, Muppef*ws/on 3-D, 17 3-D: Battle Across Time and U2 3D. Without shying away from the technical aspects of shooting 3-D motion pictures, Anderson kept the discussion grounded and encouraging, telling the attendees, "There isn't a place you can't take a camera, and don't let anybody tell you otherwise, " and stressing that the most important rule to remember with 3-D is to not give the audience a bad experience.

Equipment-rental company PS Production Services opened its 57,000square-foot Vancouver facility for a second day of sold-out seminars, which began in the morning with a lighting workshop conducted by Lesnie, who was in Vancouver shooting Rise of the Apes. Lesnie showed cups from Babe, The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring and / Am Legend, and created a variety of lighting effects while fielding questions from the audience. "Great cinematography," Lesnie enthused, "is about shooting the subtext."

That afternoon, Anderson joined Lesnie for an audience Q&A moderated by cinematographer Karl Herrmann, CSC. The conversation ran the gamut from the evolving role of the cinematographer to general lighting tips and tricks. Working in the motion-picture industry, the cinematographers agreed, demands a profound passion for visua storytelling - something the Vancouver community has in spades. …

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