Society of Motion Picture and Television Engineers (SMPTE) has released the trailer for “Moving Images,” a film project documenting the history of motion-image technology.
The SMPTE documentary investigates how art and science interact; highlights the engineers, artists and craftspeople who changed how we experience media; and explores possible future innovations. The trailer had previously been shown to the SMPTE Technology Summit on Cinema at the 2015 NAB show in April.
Howard Lukk is writing and directing with Randall P. Dark producing. Travis LaBella is director of photography and the editor is music-video veteran Bobby Hewitt. Peter Lude and SMPTE executive director Barbara Lange are executive producers. Chris Kenneally developed the initial treatment. The org has partially crowdfunded the film through a 60-day Indiegogo campaign that raised more than $80,000. Additional funding will be needed to complete production on the picture.
The film includes original interviews as well as unearthed historical and never-before-seen footage. “I’m extremely proud of what we’ve accomplished with this project. The wealth of video, audio, still images and historical records we have gathered so far is remarkable,” director Howard Lukk said. “We are grateful for the contributions that have allowed us to aggregate rich resources documenting the epic engineering feats and technological achievements within the motion-imaging field.”
SMPTE is in the midst of its annual Technical Conference & Exhibition in Hollywood, where it also released a study group report on the high-dynamic-range ecosystem. The report draws on the expertise of 170 top experts from around the world. It is a through exploration of how HDR imagery can be implemented in professional settings and it includes recommendations for further HDR standardization efforts.