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The Great Cinematography Shootout

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Years ago, the question was simple: do you shoot your movie on film or video? But these days, with the incredible number of HD cameras now available, how should filmmakers decide which device is right for their project? When selecting the tools to tell your story, what factors come into play? What are the differences between cameras like the RED, Alexa and 7D, and why do they matter? Join the world's top cinematographers as they discuss the art that goes into choosing and using the right camera.


MODERATOR David Lowery Sailor Bear Films

Jody Lee Lipes GIRLS

Jody Lee Lipes recently served as a director and DP on season one of HBO's Girls. Past directorial efforts include NY Export: Opus Jazz (SXSW Audience Award ’10) and Brock Enright: Good Times Will Never Be The Same (SXSW ’09).

Named one of Variety's 10 Cinematographers To Watch 2011, Jody’s DP credits include: Martha Marcy May Marlene, Tiny Furniture, Two Gates of Sleep, Afterschool and Wild Combination: A Portrait of Arthur Russell.

Confederacy, Jody’s first feature length screenplay, was selected for the 2011 Sundance Screenwriters Lab.

James Laxton Cinematographer

James Laxton is a cinematographer working in feature films, documentaries, commercials, and music videos and is based right here on planet earth. Passed projects and SXSW premiers include Medicine for Melancholy, for which he was nominated for an Independent Spirit Awards for Cinematography, The Myth of the American Sleepover, and this year has Adele Romanski's Leave Me Like You Found Me. Recent premiers are California Solo and For a Good Time Call.... both of which just played Sundance 2012.

PJ Raval Filmmaker/Cinematographer Unraval Pictures

PJ Raval's cinematography credits include the Academy Award nominated Best Documentary TROUBLE THE WATER, FIPRESCI Prize Best Feature Winner HABIBI RASAK KARBHAN and the Independent Spirit Award Nominated ROOM. PJ is also an award winning filmmaker who's credits include TRINIDAD (Showtime, LOGO) and the CHRISTEENE video series (SXSW). PJ was also recently named one of OUT Magazine's Out 100 people of the year.

Clay Liford Filmmaker Well Tailored Films

Clay Liford (writer/director) is a graduate of the University of Texas film
program (BFA). He has produced and directed three features to date, The AFI
award winning WUSS (SxSW 2011), EARTHLING (SxSW 2010) and A FOUR COURSE MEAL. His comedy short, MY MOM SMOKES WEED, has played over
thirty festivals, including the 2010 Sundance Film Festival. As a director
of photography, Clay has shot seventeen feature films, including the
multi-award winning ST. NICK (SxSW 2009).

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