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Sundance 2024: Join AC at Canon Creative Studio in Park City

Panel discussion topics will include cameras, lenses and the “business” side of show business.

ASC Staff

UPDATE: Video from all panels has now been included in this post.

The editors of American Cinematographer will moderate a series of “Behind the Lens” filmmaker discussions starting this week at the Canon Creative Studio at Park City, Utah, open from Jan. 19-22 (11:00 am-5:00 pm).

These talks will be recorded and later made available for viewing on Canon USA's YouTube channel.

The Canon Creative Studio is located at the Park City Museum at 528 Main St. and admission is free. Registration is done on-site and entry is limited to accredited filmmakers and photographers.


Using Art to Process Trauma – Friday 1/19, 2:00 PM
How does a person continue to live when everything they love is under a vicious attack? Porcelain War, a U.S. Documentary Competition film premiering at the festival, poses this question against the backdrop of the destruction and despair of the ongoing war in Ukraine.

Porcelain War

In this panel discussion, co-directors Slava Leontyev and Brendan Bellomo, along with Dr. Ben Lewis of the Huntsman Mental Health Institute at University of Utah, chat with moderator Jay Holben (technical editor of American Cinematographer) about how art can be a meaningful tool in processing severe trauma.

From the event, with moderator Holben (on far left) and the panelists. (Photo courtesy of Canon)

Spotlight: In a Violent Nature – Saturday 1/20, Noon
An undead monster rampages through the wilderness in the film In a Violent Nature, premiering at the festival. Shot on the Canon EOS C70 cinema camera, director Chris Nash and DP Pierce Derks sit down for a chat with moderator Jay Holben (technical editor of American Cinematographer) about the making of the film, and how they were able to get the look and feel they wanted for this film’s unique perspective on the genre.

In a Violent Nature

The Violent Nature panel held at the Canon Creative Studio (Photo courtesy of Canon)

The Indie Aesthetic – Saturday 1/20, 3:00 PM
Cinematographers crafting distinctive looks for independent productions often face unique creative challenges that require careful planning, on-the-fly ingenuity and inventive solutions. American Cinematographer managing editor Andrew Fish will explore this topic with a trio of accomplished directors of photography who have projects at the 2024 Sundance Film Festival: Kristen Correll (My Old Ass), Eric Yue (I Saw The TV Glow) and Arlene Muller (Stress Positions).

Stress Positions

I Saw The TV Glow

My Old Ass

AC editor Andrew Fish (far left) moderates the "Indie Aesthetic" discussion with the filmmakers. (Photo courtesy of Canon)

Spotlight on Documentaries – Sunday 1/21, Noon
Join moderator Jay Holben (technical editor of American Cinematographer) for a far-ranging conversation with accomplished documentary cinematographers, including Laura Hudock (Girls State), Christopher LaMarca (Sugarcane) and Brad Garrison (Chasing Chasing Amy).

Holben moderates the "Documentary" discussion (Photo courtesy of Canon)

The Business of Freelancing – Sunday 1/21, 3:00 PM
Doing your job is the easy part. Networking, Taxes, Invoicing… that’s where it gets tricky. Join Craig Mizrahi (Talent Agent, Innovative Artists), Kristen Tolle-Billings (Partner/Agent, Worldwide Production Agency), and Jonathan Gray (Partner/Producer, Gray Schwartz, LLP) for an in-depth discussion with moderator Jay Holben (technical editor of American Cinematographer) about the business side of show business.

The panel during the “Business of Freelancing” discussion. (Photo courtesy of Canon)

Focused on Lenses – Monday 1/22, 1:00 PM
The lenses you choose help to define the look and feel of your project, and how the audience will interpret the scene. This panel will be an in-depth discussion of everything related to lenses, and how to best utilize them to convey your intentions for a scene. Joining moderator Jay Holben (technical editor of American Cinematographer) will be cinematographers David Klein, ASC (The Mandalorian) Bryan Gentry (Luther: Never Too Much), and Eloi Moli (Border Hopper).

David Klein, ASC (second from left) participates in the lens discussion. (Photo courtesy of Canon)

On-site, Canon will have a full display of cameras and lenses
including the tools used to create many Sundance-nominated and
award-winning films. Canon Pro Reps will be on site to answer technical
questions, address production challenges and show attendees the tools
Canon offers to support their creative vision. On display will be
cameras including the EOS C500 Mark II, EOS C300 Mark III, EOS C70, and
EOS R5 C, lenses including RF Cinema Primes and Flex Zooms, and HDR
Cinema displays, a full PTZ lineup.

Canon is an official partner of the Sundance Film Festival.


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