Written by: Jill Remensnyder
Zacuto is headed to the 16th annual Cine Gear Expo in Los Angeles, California! Cine Gear Expo is considered one of the premiere industry events for film and video professionals worldwide. This year’s Expo offers something for everyone: exhibits, seminars, a film series competition, new product announcements, demonstrations, VIP awards ceremony, special events and more.
If you felt like a kid in a candy shop at this year’s NAB show in Vegas, think of Cine Gear as the golden ticket to the chocolate factory. First off, anything taking place on the Paramount Back Lot is bound to be a unique experience. Second, fill it with booths of industry leaders showing off their latest equipment and film and video professionals who are available to talk shop- it’s like having your cake and eating it too.
This event is smaller and much more manageable than larger shows like NAB. You’ll see a lot of the same names as you did in Vegas last month, but will actually have the time (and energy) to visit each booth. Compared to the sea of exhibitions at NAB, Cine Gear is a more accessible and approachable experience.
Zacuto will be at booth #74 with their award-winning camera gear accessories, including several of the showstoppers that had industry buzzing last month at NAB. The Plasma Light, recognized with a Video Innovation Award by BCPVA, is our patented ultra-thin light panel that gives off light as soft as a Chimera and comes in a variety of sizes. Our C300 Grip Relocator allows you the advantage of using the camera remote and start/stop recording from the handgrips. The Tornado is a remote mechanical follow focus that allows pulling focus from the handgrip as well. Both the C300 and Tornado use recoil technology. FS100 Top Handle makes transporting your Sony FS100 camera a breeze- just mount directly to the camera without the worry of blocking the opening of the LCD screen.
Kessler Crane will be joining us with their line-up of cranes, sliders, motion control equipment, and much more. Zacuto and Kessler reps will be available to answer all your questions and assist you in finding the perfect gear for your next production.
Finding the latest and greatest gear is a plus; learning from professionals on how to make the most of it is mandatory. What good is acquiring all this stuff if you can’t put it to good use? When you’re not checking out the exhibits you need to take advantage of the classes and seminars taking place.
The big ones worth mentioning include an all-star line up of ASC cinematographers discussing the art and craft of cinematography based on their own experiences, a presentation by cinematographer David Leitner on shooting documentaries with the Sony FS100, FS700, F3 cameras, and a seminar on financing/producing/distribution- something all indie filmmakers should attend.
Also worth noting is the Cine Gear Film Series taking place May 31st. Not only will the filmmaking finalists screen their films on the Paramount Back Lot, they’re in competition for over $100,000 in prizes! The categories are student short film, independent short film, and indie feature film. (This alone should motivate you to start/finish your latest film in time to submit to the 2013 Cine Gear Film Series, don’t you think?)
Cine Gear takes place at The Studios at Paramount in Hollywood. The Cine Gear Film Series will screen Thursday, May 31st 12pm-8:30pm with a reception on Friday, June 1st 8pm-10pm. Exhibition and seminars take place Friday, June 1st 3pm-9pm & Saturday, June 2nd 10am-5pm. Master classes will be held on June 3rd at the Mole Stage in Hollywood.
To register for Cine Gear 2012 and view their full list of exhibitors, schedule of classes, and seminars visit www.cinegearexpo.com.