This week marks the start of the Sundance Film Festival along the Wasatch Front in Utah. It’s the largest independent cinema festival in the United States where thousands of attendees can enjoy cinematic masterpieces by independent filmmakers from around the world.
Adobe will have a presence at the festival this year. They are an official sponsor of the event, which makes perfect sense since many of the films use After Effects, Premiere Pro, Audition, Photoshop, and/or other products in the production of these cinematic projects. Adobe also has a strong presence along the Wasatch Front with its Adobe Marketing Suite division currently residing in Orem, Utah and is set to move to a new campus being built at the point of the mountain in Lehi, Utah in the future.
Two free Adobe panel sessions are open to the general public during the festival this year. Both events will be located in the New Frontier venue located in “The Yard” (1251 Kearns Blvd – the old Anderson Lumber Store in Park City).
On Friday, January 20th at 2:00pm Adobe will present “How technology is influencing storytelling and film” a panel consisting of Academy-award winning VFX Supervisor Rob Legato (Hugo, Titanic), highly creative filmaker/director Vincent Laforet (Reverly, Mobis) and Jacob Rosenberg (Waiting for Lightning) with Sharlto Copley (District 9 & Murdock in the A-Team) being the moderator. It should be a really interesting event as they talk about how they take advantage of new technology and use innovative techniques as they create engaging and thought-provoking work.
On Wednesday, January 25, 2:30-3:30pm Adobe will sponsor a presentation by Vincent Laforet entitled “Modern storytelling, a case study”. If you haven’t seen the work of Mr. Laforet, do yourself a favor and check out his high quality creative work. He’s done a lot of pioneering work with using DSLRs for cinema and blogs about his findings. It should be a very interesting presentation on how he approaches storytelling and the techniques and technologies he uses to do his great work.
I’m really looking forward to this year’s festival. Not only the films, but also the exhibits, and other art of the festival is not to be missed! If you aren’t able to attend in person, you can tune in to the live-feed as both events are scheduled to be broadcasted live over the Internet. You can find more information about the events and find a link to live feed at the time of each event on Adobe’s Sundance Page.