Canon To Show HD Video At Sundance Fest - Twice

Canon To Show HD Video At Sundance Fest

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said Thursday it will debut a collaborative film, entitled "The Story Beyond The Still," Jan. 23, at the Sundance Film Festival in Park City, Utah. 

This event is expected to draw Sundance Film Festival guests, industry professionals and members of the media before the film publicly premieres Feb. 7 on the Sundance Channel and Vimeo.com.

Canon, which is a Sundance Film Festival sponsor, said "The Story Beyond the Still" began as a year-long contest, launched in January 2010 on Vimeo that allowed photographers and videographers to showcase their creativity in a new style of filmmaking that blended still and video images into a continuous cinematic piece begun by Canon Explorer of Light, Vincent Laforet.

"At Canon, we strive to let the visions of all filmmakers be realized," said Yuichi Ishizuka, Canon U.S.A. Imaging Technologies and general manager executive VP. "We are proud to be a sponsor of the Sundance Film Festival where we will showcase the full ‘The Story Beyond The Still' collaborative film that demonstrates the first-hand benefits of shooting still and moving images with Canon's industry-revolutionizing HD d-SLR cameras."

Shooting video on d-SLR cameras has become increasingly popular among filmmakers and enthusiasts. Nearly 20 percent of the overall 2011 Sundance Film Festival films were shot on HD d-SLR cameras.

Canon will also have a "The Story Beyond the Still" room presence the entire week to showcase digital imaging products.

During the festival, Canon will host exclusive educational workshops led by filmmaker Eric Schmidt, creator of the film, "I Melt with You," which was shot using Canon d-SLRs and will premiere at the 2011 Sundance Film Festival. 

The workshops, targeting film enthusiasts and professionals, will highlight the need for d-SLR cameras in the filmmaking industry.

Attendees will gain both technical and creative expertise and will take place at the following times:

Jan. 21: 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

Jan. 22: 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at the New Frontier Blue Building, 1354 Park Ave, Park City, UT

A Canon- and Vimeo-sponsored contents invited participants to use the HD video capability of their d-SLR cameras to create short, two- to four-minute videos that tell a story based on the final still frame from Laforet's piece, and then from each successive winning "chapter."  Videos were submitted online and judged by filmmakers and the Vimeo community.  

To kick off the contest, Laforet collaborated with Grey New York to bring his interpretation of a still image to life in a short film entitled "The Cabbie," which served as the first installment of a seven-chapter collaborative work in which each participant was asked to interpret the previous winning photographer/filmmaker's final still image as the start of their vision for the subsequent chapter.

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