Cine Gear Expo 2016

Exhibition introduces new technology for the industry

Cine Gear Expo was a gathering for members of the motion picture, video and new media community to see the industry art, technology and trends. This year, nearly 16,000 attendees were present at the expo.

Vittorio Storaro (on the right) with the Cinematography Lifetime Achievement Award (Source: Cine Gear Expo / Lewis Communications)

Panavision and Light Iron introduced the Millennium DXL Camera (“DXL”) at the convention. Developed through a combination of three companies’ contributions: large format optics and modular accessories from Panavision, an 8K sensor from RED Digital Cinema, and new color science and workflow from Light Iron, the system is supposed to be available from Panavision in early 2017.

Highlighting the 2016 Special Screenings was a screening of Woody Allen’s feature, Cafe Society and subsequent interview by Jon Fauer, ASC with the film’s DP, Vittorio Storaro ASC, AIC. Later that evening the cinematographer of over 48 features, including Apocalypse Now, Reds, and The Last Emperor, was honored with Cine Gear’s Cinematography Lifetime Achievement Award (picture).

The Cine Gear Expo Film Series’ all-star panel of experts included Amy Vincent, ASC, Martina Buckley, and Bruce Logan, ASC, who judged the Student Short Film, Independent Short Film, and Commercial and Music Video competitions. Prizes were donated by sponsors including: 360 Designs, Mole-Richardson, Cush Light, On Set Headsets, G-Technology, LaCie, Script E Systems, SKB, Dinkum Systems, AutoDCP, Lifepower, and Blackmagic Design who contributed three Ursa Mini 4.6K cameras to the winners.

The Student Short Film winner, [solitary], from American Film Institute was directed and written by Derek J. Pastuszek, produced by Cedric Gamelin and Fabrizio Muscia, and Shadi Chaaban was director of photography. The prizewinner in the Independent Short Film category was Kingsland by director/cinematographer Jake Gabbay, and produced by Tom Gabbay and Bill Furman. My Friend Sin by director/cinematographer Mike Sanchez, and producer Suzi Sanchez was awarded with the prize in the Commercial and Music Video category.

This year, the nearly 300 Cine Gear exhibitor booths were present as per the organizers. The Best Outdoor Exhibit Design award went to DJI for their stage show that featured a reeling rooftop rumble, ready to be captured by their gimbal systems. The Best Indoor Booth went to Colt LED for their display of colorful DMXable tubular LED lights. VER received an Honorable Mention for their Enhanced Environment.

Next year Cine Gear Expo LA is slated to return to Paramount Studios on June 1 to 4, 2017.