Panel - The Future of Film Technology



Rafael 2 Sun, Oct 18, 2015 2:00 PM
Film Info
Section:Behind the Screens
Running Time:90 min


Join us for a lively discussion using history, film, and technology to address questions such as: What have we lost in the transition from celluloid film to digital? If this transition is inevitable, where do we go from here? Panelists will discuss how innovations in technology are opening up new paths for the art of film.  


Sponsored by:
InVisage Technologies, Inc.

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CHRISTOPHER COPPOLA is president of PlasterCITY Productions Inc., a leader in digital media. He has directed nine feature films, including Sacred Blood (MVFF2015) and numerous television shows. Coppola also produced content for alternative distribution and interactive platforms. His production company is currently producing a slate of sixteen low-budget genre “digiflicks.” His non-profit digital film festival, Project Accessible Hollywood (PAH), educates people in the use of digital media. To date, 62 PAH-FESTs have been held across the globe. Coppola is the head of the film program at the San Francisco Art Institute and a member of the California Arts Council, Screen Actors Guild, and Directors Guild of America.

JESS LEE is president and CEO of InVisage Technologies, a venture-backed company based in Menlo Park, CA that has developed QuantumFilm™, a breakthrough camera technology that uses photosensitive quantum dots in place of the silicon conventionally used in digital cameras. Lee has more than 20 years of high-technology management, marketing, and product development experience. Previously, he was vice president of the Mainstream Business Unit at OmniVision Technologies. He holds a bachelor’s degree in applied science and an electrical engineering degree from the University of Toronto. Lee is also an avid photographer and camera hardware enthusiast who enjoys taking great pictures as much as understanding what goes into making great pictures.

TIFFANY SHLAIN is an Emmy®-nominated filmmaker, founder of the Webby Awards, and one of Newsweek’s “women shaping the 21st century.” Four of her films have premiered at Sundance, including her feature documentary Connected: An Autoblogography about Love, Death & Technology. The US State Department has selected three of Shlain’s films (Connected, Brain Power: From Neurons to Networks, and The Science of Character) to represent America at embassies around the world. Her original series The Future Starts Here has received over 40 million views and was nominated for an Emmy Award in the category New Approaches: Arts, Lifestyle, Culture. She runs a nonprofit in San Francisco called Let It Ripple: Mobile Films for Global Change, which hosts an annual Character Day, where they provide free films and resources worldwide about character education. Her two new films, The Adaptable Mind and The Making of a Mensch, premiered in September for Character Day 2015 at thousands of schools and organizations globally.

SHANE HURLBUT, A.S.C., is a world-renowned cinematographer who shoots multimillion dollar blockbuster films. The American Society of Cinematographers recognized Hurlbut after his first feature film, The Rat Pack, directed by Rob Cohen in 1998. Over the course of the next decade, Hurlbut lensed 18 additional features including Terminator: Salvation and We Are Marshall, directed by McG; The Greatest Game Ever Played, directed by Bill Paxton; and Drumline, directed by Charles Stone III. His recent work includes Act of Valor and Need For Speed, directed by Scott Waugh, and he just completed Fathers and Daughters, directed by Gabriele Muccino. Hurlbut recently launched “Shane’s Inner Circle,” an interactive, subscription-based educational and instructional narrative focusing on a wide array of filmmaking subjects.

JOHN GAETA, is the Creative Director for New Media and Experiences at Lucasfilm Ltd. and ILMxLAB. He is focused on creative development and innovation for Star Wars and other premium universes, platforms, and partners. Gaeta is an Academy Award®-winning designer best known for his work on the Matrix trilogy, where he advanced innovations such as "Bullet Time" and "Volumetric Cinematography" (aka UCAP). Gaeta is also credited with pioneering the hyper-graphic “Photo Anime” format for Speed Racer and led the original conceptual design of characters and worlds for Jupiter Ascending. He is also known for advancing approaches to universe and story design, which endeavor to unlock and enable two-way audience relationships, and founded a new type of “functional envisioning” company, Float Hybrid. His later work has centered on exploring interactive, connected, mixed reality and deep media formats, which utilize an array of devices, sensors, viewers, and real-time graphics.

Moderator ANGELA WATERCUTTER is a senior associate editor and writer at WIRED, covering entertainment and pop culture. Prior to joining WIRED, she was a reporter for the Associated Press. Watercutter is a member of the San Francisco Film Critics Circle and was a senior editor of Longshot magazine and contributor to Pop-Up Magazine. She received a bachelor of science degree in journalism from Ohio University. She currently resides in San Francisco.