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Kodak Sponsors Hungarian Masterclass

Zsigmond and Ragályi to Mentor 2007 Participants (September 17, 2007)
DMN Newswire--2007-9-17--Kodak will support and provide technological insights at the 2007 Masterclass conducted by the University of Drama and Film in collaboration with the Hungarian Society of Cinematographers (HSC). Some 40 emerging filmmakers will be mentored by Vilmos Zsigmond, ASC and Elemér Ragályi during the two-week program that begins September 16.

 ?This Masterclass is an extraordinary opportunity for promising young filmmakers and talented students to work with each other under the guidance of internationally renowned cinematographers, says Thierry Perronnet, marketing director for Kodaks Entertainment Imaging in Europe, the Middle East and Africa. ?Kodaks sponsorship of this initiative is part of our worldwide program of activities to support and recognize talented filmmakers at an early stage of their careers.

The 16 scholars in this years Masterclass were chosen by a jury of professors at the university from nearly 100 worthy applicants based upon their portfolios. Most of the participants are aspiring cinematographers but occasionally young directors and writers also qualify. During the course, the Masterclass scholars will be formed into teams and will take turns filming short exercises. Their rushes will then be screened, followed by an open discussion involving the entire class and their instructors.

There are also 26 student delegates who will assist and observe the scholars throughout the course. Kodak is sponsoring 12 of these students who come from film schools around the world including, the Czech Republic, Germany, Japan, Italy, France, Russia, Poland, Spain, England and Portugal. The students will attend all the classes and presentations with the scholars and assist in all aspects of the Masterclass: scriptwriting, choreographing scenes, shooting, directing, etc.  

Prior to arriving in Budapest, the Kodak student participants will receive training on the KODAK Look Manager System (KLMS) from local Kodak technical representatives. The system will enable them to experiment with simulating different looks during preproduction using various Kodak films, in-camera effects, lighting techniques, gels, filters and lab processes. The remainder of the Masterclass participants will receive KLMS training during the course.

In addition, Kodak will offer instructional programs and demonstrations on film and hybrid motion imaging technologies, as well processing and postproduction. Some highlights will include a visit of Kodak Cinelabs Hungary and Focus Fox Post Production Studio.


?Kodak recognizes that the Masterclass is a unique opportunity to help develop tomorrows talents and techniques, says Janos Xantus, director of the Masterclass. ?Over the years, we have attracted some of the worlds most promising young filmmakers, who learn filmmaking is truly a collaborative art form with a universal visual language. We are pleased Kodak takes great interest in what is happening in the filmmaking community today, as well as in the future.

Guiding the Masterclass will be Zsigmond, a native Hungarian, who is a graduate of the film school. One if his mentors was Gyorgy Illes, the late honorary president of the Masterclass. Zsigmond and his lifelong friend Laszlo Kovacs, ASC documented the1956 revolt against the communist regime on 35 mm film. After Soviet troops and tanks crushed the revolt, they carried thousands of feet of film across the border so the rest of the world could see what happened.

Zsigmond migrated to the United States 50 years ago with ?an impossible dream of becoming a cinematographer in Hollywood. He has become a legend in his own time. Zsigmond is the only cinematographer in history to earn both Oscar® (Close Encounters of the Third Kind) and Emmy® (Stalin) Awards. He received other Oscar nominations for The Black Dahlia, The Deer Hunter and The River. Zsigmond has been recognized with lifetime achievement awards by the American Society of Cinematographers and the Camerimage International Festival of the Art of Cinematography. Cassandras Dream, a film he shot for Woody Allen, is slated for release to cinemas in October.

Ragályi, the other half of the Masterclass mentoring team, is also a native of Hungary and a graduate of the Hungarian Film Academy. He has received the Critics Prize for Best Cinematography six times at the Hungarian Film Festival. Ragályi earned an Emmy Award in 1996 for the TV movie Rasputin, and a 2001 nomination for Anne Frank: The Whole Story. His other credits include the narrative features The Moon and the Stars, An American Rhapsody, and A Hungarian Fairytale. Ragályi was a professor on the film school faculty in Budapest from 1982 through 1990

In addition to Kodak, the Masterclass is sponsored by Panavision, CILECT (Centre International de Liaison des Ecoles de Cinéma et de Télévision) and the MEDIA Programme of the European Union.


Kodak educational programs include a range of opportunities that students and educators can utilize to enrich their knowledge of the art and craft of filmmaking, including educational materials, workshops and discounts. Kodak also sponsors student film festivals, awards, seminars and showcases that raise the profile and awareness of emerging talent.

For more information about Kodaks initiatives for students and educators, visit the Kodak Web site at For more information on the Masterclass, visit


(Headshots of Zsigmond and Ragályi are available upon request.) 

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