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Video Coverage: HPA Tech Retreat’s making of The Lost Lederhosen

By Randi Altman

At the HPA Tech Retreat in Rancho Mirage, California, the Supersession was a little different this year. Under the leadership of Joachim (JZ) Zell — who you might know from his day job as VP of technology at EFILM — the Supersession focused on the making of the short film, The Lost Lederhosen, in “near realtime,” in the desert. And postPerspective was there, camera in hand, to interview a few of the folks involved.

Watch our video coverage here.

While production for the film began a month before the Retreat — with Steve Shaw, ASC, directing and DP Roy H. Wagner Jr., ASC, lending his cinematography talents — some scenes were shot the morning of the session with data transfer taking place during lunch and post production in the afternoon. Peter Moss, ASC, and Sam Nicholson, ASC, also provided their time and expertise. After an active day of production, cloud-based post and extreme collaboration, the Supersession ended with the first-ever screening of The Lost Lederhosen, the story of Helga and her friend Hans making their way to Los Angeles, Zell and the HBA (Hollywood Beer Alliance). Check out HPA’s trailer here.

From acquisition to post (and with the use of multiple camera formats, framefrates and lenses), the film’s crew were volunteers and includes creatives and technologists from companies such as AWS, Colorfront, Frame.io, Avid, Blackmagic, Red, Panavision, Zeiss, FilmLight, SGO, Stargate, Unreal Engine, Sohonet and many more. One of the film’s goals was to use the cloud as much as possible in order to test out that particular workflow. While there were some minor hiccups along the way, the film got made — at the HPA Tech Retreat — and these industry pros got smarter about working in the cloud, something that will be increasingly employed going forward.

While we were were only able to chat with a handful of those pros involved, like any movie, the list of credits and thank you’s are too extensive to mention here — there were dozens of individuals and companies who donated their services and time to make this possible.

Watch our video coverage here.

(A big thank you and shout out to Twain Richardson for editing our videos.)

Main Image Caption: AWS’ Jack Wenzinger and EFILM’s Joachim Zell

2017 HPA Engineering Excellence Award winners

The HPA has announced the winners of the 2017 Engineering Excellence Award. Colorfront, Dolby, SGO and Red Digital Cinema will be awarded this year’s honor, which recognizes “outstanding technical and creative ingenuity in media, content production, finishing, distribution and/or archiving.”

The awards will be presented November 16, 2017 at the 12th annual HPA Awards show in Los Angeles.

The winners of the 2017 HPA Engineering Excellence Award are:

Colorfront Engine
An automatically managed, ACES-compliant color pipeline that brings plug-and-play simplicity to complex production requirements, Colorfront Engine ensures image integrity from on-set to the finished product.

Dolby Vision Post Production Tools
Dolby Vision Post Production Tools integrate into existing color grading workflows for both cinema and home deliverable grading, preserving more of what the camera originally captured and limiting creative trade-offs.

SGO’s Mistika VR
Mistika VR is SGO’s latest development and is an affordable VR-focused solution with realtime stitching capabilities using SGO’s optical flow technology.

Red’s Weapon 8K Vista Vision
Weapon with the Dragon 8K VV sensor delivers stunning resolution and image quality, and at 35 megapixels, 8K offers 17x more resolution than HD and over 4x more than 4K.

In addition, honorable mentions will also be awarded to Canon USA for Critical Viewing Reference Displays and Eizo for the ColorEdge CG318-4K.

Joachim Zell, who chairs the committee for this award, said, “Entries for the Engineering Excellence Award were at one of the highest levels ever, on a par with last year’s record breaker, and we saw a variety of serious technologies. The HPA Engineering Excellence Award is meaningful to those who present, those who judge, and the industry. It sounds a bit cliché to say that we had a very tight outcome, and it was a really competitive field this year. Congratulations to the winners and to the nominees for another great year.”

The HPA Awards will also recognize excellence in 12 craft categories, covering color grading, editing, sound and visual effects, and Larry Chernoff will receive the 2017 HPA Lifetime Achievement award.

2016’s HPA Engineering Excellence Award winners  

The Hollywood Professional Association (HPA) has announced the recipients of the organization’s 2016 HPA Engineering Excellence Awards, which spotlight and reward companies and individuals “for their outstanding technical and creative ingenuity in media, content production, finishing, distribution and/or archiving.”

The HPA Engineering Excellence Awards will be given out during the HPA Awards ceremony on November 17 at the Skirball Cultural Center in Los Angeles.

The winners of the 2016 HPA Engineering Excellence Award are:

Aspera FASP Stream
A turnkey application software enabling live streaming of broadcast-quality video globally over commodity Internet networks with glitch-free playout and negligible start-up time, reducing the need for expensive satellite-based backhaul, transport and distribution.

Using Aspera’s FASP bulk data protocol to transport any live video source (local multicast, unicast UDP, TCP, or growing file source) it provides timely arrival of live video and data independent of network round-trip delay and packet loss.

Grass Valley, GV Node Realtime IP Processing and Edge Routing Platform
GV Node is a building block of a Broadcast Data Center providing deterministic, vertically accurate switching of video signals, whether they originate as SDI or IP, such as SMPTE ST 2022-6. GV Node offers integrated processing of video and audio signals and multi-viewers for reduced cabling. The modular nature of the GV Node is ideal for distributed architectures and scales from very small to very large systems, especially when combined with COTS IP switches.

RealD Ultimate Screen
RealD Ultimate Screen delivers incredible images in both 2D and 3D formats. Ultimate Screen is a highly sophisticated, scientifically engineered matte-white screen that delivers the ultimate cinema experience for moviegoers.

SGO Mistika
Mistika is complete DI post solution that provides editing, VFX, color grading, text, paint, audio, stereo 3D, full finishing and more. It is scalable, truly interactive, fully realtime and totally resolution-independent.

SGO’s Mistika

“The Engineering Excellence Awards offer us the opportunity to see up close what innovations our colleagues are working on and get an advance look at the impact of their creativity on the future of the industry,” says Joachim Zell, chair of the Engineering Excellence Awards Committee.  “The Engineering Excellence entries often go on to have significant impact on how we work. This year brought incredible submissions that made judging a real challenge. On behalf of the HPA, and the judges, we were impressed with every presentation, and offer sincere congratulations to the winners and to their worthy competitors.”

In addition to the Engineering Excellence Awards, the HPA Awards will recognize excellence in 12 craft categories that include color grading, editing, sound, and visual effects. Herb Dow will receive the HPA 2016 Lifetime Achievement Award and Michelle Munson has been named as recipient of The Charles S. Swartz Award.  The winner of the HPA Judges Award for Creativity and Innovation will be announced shortly.