The 2010 ICG’s Emerging Cinematography Awards are Coming

Published On September 19, 2010 | By admin | camera crew, Director, film, film production, Filmmaker, filmmaking, Independent Film

The 2010 Emerging Cinematographer Awards will be presented on September 26th at 5:00pm at the Directors Guild of America, 7920 Sunset Blvd in Los Angeles.  The Awards presentation and screening program will be immediately followed by a cocktail reception and the event is open to the public.  There are eight honorees and two honorable mentions and below is an introduction to the first five winners.  The rest will be featured in the next Film Short on Filmmakers Notebook.

Tod Campbell – “The Big Bends”:  Now based in Austin Texas, operator Tod grew up in a small town 40 miles east of Houston.  Although he was interested in photojournalism during high school, his true career path became clear in college when he worked as an extra on a movie set.  A PA quit and Campbell stepped in filling a position he remained in for several years while he learned everything he could about cameras and lighting.

Directed by Jason Marlow “The Big Bends” is a short film about a character named Warren, who after being diagnosed with a terminal disease decides to spend the rest of his days in isolation inside a small trailer in the badlands of Big Bend in western Texas.  His plans are changed when he crosses paths with a troubled Mexican couple.  Campbell shot the film in Super 16 mm using Kodak Vision3 250D 7202 film with an Aaton XTR camera and a fixed focal length lens.


Brite Eyes

John Snedden – “Brite Eyes”: Currently located in San Diego, John was born in Charleston, West Virginia and grew up in a small town in Illinois.  In 1984 he enlisted in the Navy where he served for 20 years as a cameraman documenting Navy and Marine Corps personnel missions using both 16mm film and video formats.  In 2005 he began his civilian career as a film loader in San Diego for Stu Segall Productions.  Since joining the Guild, Snedden has moved rapidly up the ranks and was an operator on the 2009 MGM feature “Hit and Run”.  Andrew Eckblad had been awarded a new filmmaker grant by Panavision and wanted a cinematographer to shoot “Brite Eyes”, a 10 minute film he had written and planned to direct.  The movie is set in a black and white world where a group of villagers encounter a girl with color in her eyes and want to be like her.  Produced in film the equipment used included a Photo-Sonics Actionmaster that records up to 500 fps.  Kodak Vision2 500T 7218 film the primary stock.

Stephanie Dufford – “The Fantastic Magnifico”:  Beginning her academic training at the well known Rhode Island School of Design (RISD), San Francisco born Stephanie studied painting and drawing until her sophomore year.  After buying a Bolex and experimenting with film the 2nd AC transferred to Columbia College in Chicago and switched her major to filmmaking.  While finishing her degree she worked as a prep technician for Schumacher Camera and interned with Roberto Schaefer, ASC on “Stranger Than Fiction” in 2006.  She later interned with Dante Spinotti, ASC, AIC for the 2009 period drama “Public Enemies” after joining the Guild the following year.  More recently she interned with Seamus McGarvey, ASC, BSC during the filming of “We Need to Talk About Kevin”.

The writer and director of “Fantastic Magnifico” is Dufford’s RISD classmate Sam Sharp, which is about an American wanting to join the infantry during World War I.  The film was produced with an Arri BL Camera, lighting equipment and Kodak Vision2 200T 5217 stock that were provided by Columbia College as a Special Studies 2 project. 

Rodney Lamborn – “Meridian”:  Raised in Twin Falls, Idaho, Rodney is currently a New York based operator.  He studied photography at a two year college before moving on to Brigham Young University later on and studying filmmaking.  Lamborn moved to the East Coast after receiving his degree and started out as a PA.  Hired to shoot footage for “Immortal Fortress”, a documentary about Chechnya, this turned out to be the first of many documentaries he worked on in war zones before shifting over to narrative filmmaking. 

Brain Bowman, a creative director at Digital Kitchen, saw footage that Rodney had shot during trips to beaches in Mexico of the moon and starts and decided to build a short film around the time-lapse images.  The duo decided to collaborate and co-direct on the film’s production.  “Meridian” has a story that has been described as vague and ambiguous, allowing the audience to bring their own experiences and perceptions to it. 


The Cycle

Jacob Pinger – “The Cycle”:  Born and raised in the Los Angeles area, Jacob’s mother and several other relatives were teachers, while others were lawyers.  Now located in Pasadena, operator Pinger visited Central America at 19 and while riding on a bus in Guatemala decided to become a filmmaker after being captivated by what he saw around him.   He studied filmmaking at the University of California at Santa Cruz and at AFI, and then began his career pulling focus and working as a best boy on low-budget features.

Roy Clovis edited a trailer for a movie Pinger worked on, then sometime later called the operator and asked him to shoot “The Cycle”, an 18 minute recreation of a true-life story in Brooklyn.  In it a woman watches from her window as a teenager steals her eight year old daughter’s bike.  Although, she goes out to confront the thief, she is too late and he rides away.  The film was shot using a red camera on the streets where the original incident took place.

For ticket information about the awards ceremony call the reservation line at 323-969-2735

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