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25 Year Celebration in NY – Schedule of Events

We’re getting pretty excited for our 25 Year Celebration in NY on December 6. Below is a schedule of the panels and other activities that will be happening throughout the day. Updates and further details will be posted here as they come in, so keep an eye on this page as the date gets closer. 

Panel Discussions & Tech Demos  

11am Doors Open
11am-4pm Silent Auction
4th Floor Bid on packages of overstock, demo and pre-owned gear.
11:30am Tech Demo: Arri AMIRA 
Tech Suite 1 Guenter Noesner, Technical Sales, Arri 
12pm Exploring the Possibilities of Camera Movement
Learning Point

Camera movement can be considered both a technique and an art form. For example, the introduction of the Steadicam enabled filmmakers to tell stories in unique and interesting ways that previously weren’t possible. Over the last few years, we’ve seen a wave of new stabilization devices and UAVs (unmanned aerial vehicles) that push boundaries even further. These devices give filmmakers more creative options, but also introduce their own set of challenges. Join a panel of industry professionals who have used these tools in the field for a discussion of the advantages, disadvantages, and artistic implications of these new ways of moving the camera.  


Brendan Bellomo is a multi award-winning writer/producer/director whose films have screened in over 30 festivals and garnered numerous awards. Brendan now works as a feature Visual Effects Supervisor and recently supervised 2012 Sundance Grand Jury Prize winner Beasts of the Southern Wild. Brendan has worked as a commercial director and shot extensively with Phantom cameras, including Let Me Know When You See Fire, the first footage shot with the Phantom Flex4K. Learn more at brendanbellomo.com


Jason Goodman is an expert in aerial cinematography, stereoscopic and VFX cinematography, and digital production technology. He shot his first stereoscopic motion picture while a student at NYU’s Tisch film school. Since then, he has worked on feature films, IMAX, and television productions; he has also invented numerous stereoscopic camera systems and technologies. In 2014, he became the CEO of AeroCine, the first in the micro aerial industry to fly stereoscopic RED Epic and Arri ALEXA. Learn more at 21stcentury3D.com


Alec Jarnagin, SOC has been a camera/steadicam operator for over 20 years. His television credits include: 30 Rock, Rescue Me, and Sex & the City. Select feature credits include: Jaume Collet-Serra’s upcoming Run All Night, Luc Besson’s The Family, and Joel Schumacher’s Twelve. Alec regularly lectures about camera movement and offers Steadicam demonstrations at NYU. He has served on the Board of Governors for The Society of Camera Operators, and is also a part of The Steadicam Operators Association, the Steadicam Guild, IATSE Local 600, and is a moderator for SteadicamForum.com. Learn more at alecjarnagin.com


Jim Mundell founded Jersey Jibs in early 1996 during a successful eight-year career as an ENG DP and Jimmy Jib operator. Jim has shot and lit everything from network news magazine shows to corporate and various broadcast and film productions. Taking on more jib and crane jobs, he was drawn to the creative possibilities of working as a jib operator. Jersey Jibs has been a part of many award-winning shows, and Jim as been awarded an Emmy for his DP/photography work. Learn more at jerseyjibs.com

12-3pm Lunch / Beer & Wine Bar
  Soft drinks and water will be available all day.
1pm Raffle
1pm Tech Demo: Convergent Design Odyssey7Q
Tech Suite 1 Mitch Gross, Director of Communications, Convergent Design 
1:30pm Tech Demo: Sony FS7 & a7S
Tech Suite 2 Juan Martinez, Senior Product Manager, Sony 
1:15-2:45pm 4K Screening Theater
Learning Point  
2:00pm Tech Demo: Canon C100 Mark II & Optics 
Tech Suite 1 Brent Ramsey, Technical Advisor, Canon 
2:30pm Tech Demo: New Zeiss Lens Solutions 
Tech Suite 2 Rich Schleuning, National Sales Manager – Camera Lens Division, Zeiss
3pm “The Feeling of Being There”: Shaping Today’s Cinematic Language 
Learning Point

Innovation driven by filmmakers and camera engineers led to portable sync-sound technology, which enabled “cinema vérité” in the 1960s. The goal, in the words of pioneers like Ricky Leacock, D.A. Pennebaker, and Jean-Pierre Beauviala was to create “the feeling of being there.” Since then, the language of vérité has expressed itself beyond the documentary into a myriad of forms. In this panel, four cinematographers will discuss their experiences in documentary, indies, major features and new genres, as well as the influence of vérité on today’s cinematic language. 


Frankie DeMarco is a talented cinematographer whose honors and accolages include three Independent Spirit Award nominations for his work on: J.C. Chandor’s All is Lost, starring Robert Redford; Larry Fassenden’s Habit; and John Cameron Mitchell’s Hedwig and the Angry Inch. His recent work includes the feature A Good Marriage; television movies The Outlaws and Fatrick; the TV pilot for Secrets & Lies; and episodes of director Lisa Cholodenko’s The Slap. Learn more at frankiedemarco.com


Paul Koestner is probably best known for his four seasons as the DP on the FX series Louie. Paul’s work over the past thirty-five years has included documentaries, industrials, commercials, features, projects for the internet, and the occasional family wedding. Currently, Paul is shooting season two of the Hulu original series Deadbeat. See his full credits at imdb.


Jojo Pennebaker is a director, producer, and independent filmmaker who has worked on documentary films such as the Academy Award-nominated The WarroomSearching for Jimi Hendrix, and After Innocence. He is currently directing Live from the Artists’ Den for PBS, along with Jerry Seinfeld’s Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee. His latest project is a film, Show and Tell, involving a series of conversations with several of the most influential people in documentary filmmaking. Learn more at pennebaker.org

  Will Rexer is a Director of Photography, who has worked on commercials, documentaries, music videos, TV, and feature films. His film credits include Friends with Kids, Ceremony, The Accidental Husband, and Prime. Will’s documentary work ranges from the Grammy Award-winning Wings for Wheels: The Making of Born to Run to the Emmy-nominated Neglect Not the Children. He is currently shooting TV series Public Morals, directed by Edward Burns and produced by Steven Spielberg. Learn more at the Skouras Agency
4pm Raffle
4:30pm  Announcement of Silent Auction Winners
All Day Equipment Displays 
  New gear from manufacturers such as Angenieux, Arri PCA, and Zacuto will be on display throughout the space. Manufacturer experts will also be on hand to answer any questions.
All Day Phantom Photo Booth
  Take your pick of our fun props and strike your best pose, while being filmed with the Phantom Flex4K. The footage will be played back immediately on one of our 4K monitors, so you can see yourself in action!

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