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Baylor FDM SMPTE Chapter

Baylor University Film and Digital Media SMPTE Student Chapter Event

Mark Your Calendar for April 3, 2012

Where: Baylor University, Castellaw Communication Center Auditorium (Room 101), Waco, Texas

Time: 7:00pm to 9:00pm

Program Title: Viewing Light in the Digital Age: A Cinematographers’ Perspective

This program will feature a master class presentation from Steven Poster, ASC, a world renown cinematographer, who will provide an insightful new perspective on how people and cameras “see light” in the digital era.  Steven will also conduct a question answer session on the “state of the art” of digital cinematography and new approaches to digital image making today.

Itinerary for the SMPTE Event on Tuesday, April 3, 2012

7:00pm – 9:00pm- CC 101 Auditorium at the Castellaw Communications Center, Baylor

Steven Poster ASC has been fascinated with the art and science of capturing images since the age of ten. Beginning with still photography, Poster knew he wanted to make movies by the time he was fourteen.

A native of Chicago, Poster began his college education at Southern Illinois University as a member of a special program conceived by Buckminster Fuller; the master of problem-solving through inductive reasoning. Transferring to the Los Angeles Art Center College of Design, Poster learned how to "see light" and was taught a true professional discipline. Returning to Chicago, he graduated from the Institute of Design of the Illinois Institute of Technology, where he was greatly influenced by the philosophy of Bauhaus design - that form should fit function.

Drawing on this knowledge, Poster launched his cinematography career in Chicago at twenty-one, filming cinema verite commercials, documentaries and industrial films. He soon moved on to feature films, working as Second Unit Director of Photography on Close Encounters of the Third Kind and Blade Runner. As a Director of Photography, Poster has filmed a wide variety of motion pictures; including Donnie Darko, Stuart Little 2, Daddy Day Care, Rocky V, The Cemetery Club, Life Stinks, Opportunity Knocks, Next of Kin, Big Top Pee-Wee and Testament. He received an ASC nomination for Best Cinematography for Ridley Scott's Someone To Watch Over Me, and has the distinction of being the only American Cinematographer to shoot a French language film, Une Chance sur Deux, in France for director Patrice Leconte. Poster also filmed the critically acclaimed television movies Roswell, The Color of Justice and Courage.

Poster is the current President of the International Cinematographers Guild, a member of the Executive Board of the International Documentary Association, and is currently on the committee of the Nicholl Fellowship of the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences.

During his recent tenure as President of the American Society of Cinematographers, Poster was responsible for re-forming its Technology committee, and continues to act as its co-chair. This committee is at the forefront in standard-setting recommendations for the paradigm-changing use of digital tools for cinematography, and the post-production control of images.

Poster's involvement in digital technology for the motion picture industry dates back to 1990, when he was asked to experiment with one of the first High Definition television systems for NHK Television in Japan. He was since become an internationally known spokesman in the industry for cutting edge technologies using in digital cinematography.