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Learn about color grading with our judges!
27th Sep - 17th Oct
Public voting starts for
'People's Choice Award'
24 Oct- 14 Nov
All 7 winners are announced
12pm (PST) Monday 26th September, 2016 with Story & Heart
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Ryan Booth is a director living in Texas. Booth’s filmmaking career took off in 2011 when his first short film won a contest hosted by Vimeo and Canon and premiered at Sundance Film Festival.
He spent the next few years cutting his teeth as a Director of Photography, working on commercial projects for MTV, Spotify, Under Armour, Pepsi, and Home Depot, as well as music videos for Atlantic Records, Sony, and Universal Music. He DP’d two documentary features in 2015, one of which was commissioned by Alejandro G. Iñárritu, Academy Award-winning director of Birdman, that explores the modern implications of the themes woven into Iñárritu’s latest film, The Revenant. In 2013, he was the cinematographer for This is Where We Live, a narrative feature that premiered at SXSW and had a successful festival and theatrical run.
In addition to DP projects, Booth has been taking on more and more directing work. Most recently, his directing has attracted the attention of Pulse Films, the award winning production company behind Beyonce’s Lemonade and the Cannes Prix du Jury winner, American Honey. Booth has multiple directing projects in the works with Pulse, including a television show set to begin production in the summer of 2016
PDN named Ryan as one of the “20 Filmmakers to Watch in 2015.”
Devoted to purposeful storytelling, Amina Moreau is the co-founder of Stillmotion and Muse, two companies that are committed to the meaningful impact of storytelling. Stillmotion has been entrusted in very notable circles to tell some pretty darn influential stories, while Muse dedicates itself to educating people of all types about the most effective way to get their word out.
Philip Bloom is a world-renowned filmmaker who, for the past 9 years of his 26-year career has specialized in creating incredible cinematic images no matter what the camera.
He has worked for all the major UK broadcasters, such as the BBC, ITV, C4, Sky and many more. This also includes CNN with whom he has recently completely two seasons of the original documentary series “The Wonder List”.
Independent projects are key to Philip and he splits his time between bigger projects and small independent ones. One of his most successful independent projects was “How To Start A Revolution” which won a BAFTA in 2012 and was also awarded prizes at several film festivals including Best Documentary at the 2011 Raindance festival.
Mike started in the video industry when he was just 16 yrs old. Over the past 20+ years he has developed a reputation as one of the top go-to guys for advising on technology and implementation for film, video & high-speed projects. He has designed cinema accessories and solutions for numerous companies like Genus Products, Sawmill Cinema and others.
His vast experience as a photographer, DP, high-speed specialist and shot consultant has afforded him hands on experience on hundreds of video and photography projects. Michael is also an instructor with Story & Heart's Academy of Storytellers.
Eve M. Cohen is a cinematographer whose work ranges from independent feature films to television series, documentaries, and most recently cinematic virtual reality. She entered into the world of filmmaking through fine art—specifically painting and photography—and holds a bachelor’s degree in fine art photography and an masters degree in cinematography, both from UCLA. Eve was the first cinematographer to use the Canon C300MKii with PL mount lenses in December 2015 on her most recent feature film “Be Somebody” (dir. Joshua Caldwell), which was released by Paramount in June 2016. She has also filmed a variety of projects for VICE, CNN and ESPN, as well as A+E, MTV, Sundance, Lifetime, History and more. Her most well known Cinematic Virtual Reality project “The Visitor” (dir. James Kaelan) is still appearing at select film festivals around the world. Eve was the director of photography of the truly independent film “Like The Water” (dir. Caroline von Kuhn) which was the catalyst for the creation of crowdfunding and distribution platform Seed&Spark. Eve is a co-founder at Seed&Spark where they believe the art of storytelling is about expanding imagination, shining a light on a world inside and deepening empathy for the world outside.
At his core, Jordan Snider is a photographic image maker. Starting in High School he was Photographing and filming BMX professionally, eagerly taking advantage of opportunities for time off school to tour the country and film. Over a decade later Jordan found his way into commercial photography , beginning with an immersion in film techniques, development and printing courtesy of Doug Myers; then onto motion pictures starting through a feature film as a Best Boy Electric with Director / DP Aaron Platt.
Color was a natural extension of his post production still photography work merging with his experience shaping light as a Gaffer and Photo Assistant. As the tools Improved Jordan found he could treat videos in Resolve similar to stills in Photoshop.
A move to Portland accelerated this path; working as a colorist on a series of commercials for Bent Image Lab, he quickly established himself in Portland as a Colorist. Typical of his ever evolving career, Jordan began to incorporate DIT and assistant editing into the list of services; leading him to found ChromaColor; a digital film lab.
As a perpetual student, Jordan believes that access to knowledge furthers progress and, in that spirit, he is currently working with The Academy Of Storytellers to arrange his mass of acquired information and experience into The Academy’s easy to understand format.
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