Sunday, April 02, 2006

Academy Award-winning cinematographer coming to Park this week

Academy Award-winning cinematographer Bestor Cram and sound recordist John Osbornewill be in Ithaca this week to work with students at Park Productions on a documentary titled "Truth & Consequences." They will be in Ithaca April 2, 3, 4, and 5th to shoot scenes for this HDV video about psychological experiments on children.

You are invited to meet them, ask questions, and hear them chat about their work on Tuesday, April 4th at 7pm in Park 220. Refreshments will be served. Please sign up for this event by emailing Karen Wheeler Attendance will be limited to the first 25 respondents.

More about Bestor:

Bestor Cram has over twenty years of experience as a director, producer and cinematographer. Following a tour of duty as a U.S. Marine Officer in Vietnam, he pursued graduate studies at the West Surrey College of Art and Design in Guildford, England. He subsequently established a career as a cinematographer and photographer.

In 1982, after further studies in film with cinema verite filmmaker Richard Leacock and teaching jobs at MIT, Tufts and the Art Institute of Boston, Bestor founded Northern Light Productions. Under his direction, Northern Light has produced over fifty major films, ranging from broadcast documentaries to historical, dramatic, and educational works to Fortune 500 corporate image pieces.

As Director/Cinematographer, Bestor's work has included collaborations in multi-screen image presentations, international co-productions for television, and numerous permanent museum installations. Over the years, Bestor has filmed and videotaped for all the major networks: ABC, NBC, CBS, PBS, BBC and CBC. His cinematography credits include the Emmy nominated Discovery Channel special Mysteries of the Sea: Freak Waves, the HBO special Mumia Abu-Jamal: A Case for Reasonable Doubt, a PBS/BBC series on China and the 1995 Documentary Academy Award winner, Maya Lin: A Strong
Clear Vision.

Bestor has been the recipient of many prestigious awards for his and the company's film and television projects including: CINE Golden Eagles, American Film Festival Blue Ribbons, Columbus International Film Festival Chris Awards, Houston International Film Festival Gold Awards and selection for the New York Film Festival at Lincoln Center. He is the 1996 recipient of a Massachusetts Media Fellowship, and his latest independent project, Unfinished Symphony, about an antiwar protest by Vietnam Veterans in 1971 that resulted in the largest mass arrest in Massachusetts' history, premiered in the Documentary Competition at the 2001 Sundance Film Festival and won first prize at the One World Film Festival in Prague, the Czech Republic, as well as at home in the New England Film and Video Festival.

Bestor is the Massachusetts representative to the International Quorum of Film and Video Producers. He holds a BA in Economics from Denison University.


Anonymous Zack said...

This was a really good experience - I hope we have more small discussion groups with individuals like Bestor. The production group gave a variety of information - including technical information like insight with high definition and steadi-cams (which is rare with speakers) but also broad conceptual and developmental ideas as well. The small group discussion aspect was amazing and very interactive. All three of the speakers were friendly and approachable, and it was rewarding to see a successful production dynamic between peers.

I encourage Park to have more sessions and speakers like this. It also provided a refreshing change from the more recent speakers who have been focused on news/journalism - which are good but a lot of times I feel are unappliable to the career goals and future ambitions of the more creative/fictional or technically bound Parkies.

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Blogger Lee said...

This was a very valuable experience. It isn't every day you get to have an intimate discussion with industry professionals. Between the three speakers I learned a lot just from hearing them talk about their backgrounds and the processes they go through in order to achieve certain goals. It was also very inspiring to hear their stories and apply it to my own experiences and help me realize what my own goals may be in the future.

Park should do everything in their power to have as many experiences such as this one open to students. It is more valuable than can be expressed in words and allows you to learn what its like out in the real world.

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