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Panasonic Announces Winners Of Digital Filmmakers Grants

Seven filmmakers receive camera package awards from Abel Cine Tech, Apple and Panasonic (June 30, 2005)

Panasonic announced today two grand prizes winners in the second year of its Digital Filmmakers Grant program for independent filmmakers, as well as seven additional camera package awards.

Grand prize winners will receive an equipment package, with a rental value of more than $17,000, that includes a three-week rental of the Panasonic AJ-SDX900 camera and Fujinon Broadcast zoom lens, 10 hours of DVCPRO50 videotape, a 10-week rental of an editing package consisting of a Power Mac G5 with Final Cut Pro editing software, and a Panasonic DVCPRO50 VTR with an IEEE1394 Firewire card, courtesy of Abel Cine Tech, Apple Computer and Panasonic Broadcast & Television Systems Company

The grand prize winners are Jonathon Yi of Brooklyn, NY for his film, Shift, and Jane Clark of Los Angeles, CA for her film, Carries Choice. Six more Digital Filmmakers Grants will be awarded later this year.

?Not only were we amazed at the high level of achievement of our 2004 winners, we also continue to be wowed by the consistently top caliber of our applicants this year. Were proud to join with Apple and Abel Cine Tech in providing these filmmakers with the advanced tools they need to realize their visions, said Jan Crittenden Livingston, Product Line Business Manager, DVPRO50/DVCPRO products, Panasonic Broadcast.

Director Jonathon Yi is currently in production shooting Shift, a short feature about the vagaries of life on the graveyard shift. ?I'm a cinematographer with staunch film preferences, so everyone assumed I'd go film all the way with my own directorial effort, he said. ?But after I saw footage of a friends short film shot with an SDX900, I began to reevaluate my camera choices. I knew that the format and camera would allow me the flexibility to roll more takes, longer takes, which I needed for my ensemble cast. The camera and video medium itself are allowing my low-budget production to focus more on getting the performances I need from everyone.

Director Jane Clark will shoot her pro-choice narrative short ?Carries Choice next month, but previously worked with the SDX900 on her last short, A Host of Daffodils, which was recently shown at the Provincetown (MA) Film Festival and will screen at the Woods Hole Film Festival (MA) in August. ?With Daffodils, I was able to lock-in scene file settings that gave me distinct tonalities. The need for two distinct milieus is even more pronounced with Carries Choice, and I knew I could achieve comparable visual results with the SDX900, the filmmaker explained. ?Using the SDX900 raises our production values right off the bat, and getting the use of the camera and editing equipment through the grant helps on our budget incredibly. Were able to re-direct our resources into upgraded design, a 15-location shoot and period clothing, among other production requisites. Its a win-win scenario, as Im getting the camera I wanted in the first place.

In addition to the grand prize winners, Panasonic granted several more awards consisting of a three-week rental of the AJ-SDX900 and 10 hours of DVCPRO50 videotape. Rental value of these awards is more than $4,500. The seven camera package award winners included: Erin Greenwell of Brooklyn, NY for ?Mom; Shelli Ryan of North Hollywood, CA for ?Jakes Closet; John Gardiner of Washington, DC for ?Full Moon Lightin; Tobe Sexton of Studio City, CA for ?Shot by Eros; Nick Risinger of Kent, WA for ?Bookie; James Webb and Even Torchin of Austin, TX for ?Placid Drive; and Jan-Pieter Welt of Anchorage, AK for ?The Bells of Geneva.

The Panasonic Digital Filmmakers Grant program is overseen by Abel Cine Tech. Equipment will be procured out of Abels New York or Los Angeles location. Additional equipment for all awards can be rented from Abel Cine Tech. In addition, winners production teams will be trained at Abel Cine Techs New York or Los Angeles office in the operation of the AJ-SDX900 and will learn how to optimize the camera and post equipment for their particular project.

Panasonics AJ-SDX900 offers filmmakers the ultimate in acquisition flexibility, expressed in the operator-controllable selection of EFP-quality 4:2:2 sampled DVCPRO50 or classic 4:1:1 sampled DVCPRO recording, with support for native 16:9 wide-screen. The AJ-SDX900 combines in one camera the ?look and ?feel of electronic film, high-performance 525-line field production, and low-cost NTSC compatible news. It is also the first 50Mbps 4:2:2 sampled standard definition camcorder to offer 24 frames-per-second progressive scan (480/24p) acquisition, in addition to 30 frames-per-second progressive (480/30p) and 60-fields-per-second interlace scan (480/60i) capture.

The Digital Filmmaker Grant winners will continue to shoot and edit their projects over the rest of this year. To follow the work of past and current award winners, visit

About Abel Cine Tech
Abel Cine Tech Inc, established in 1989, is a Value Added Reseller for Panasonic Broadcasts DVCPRO HD, DVCPRO50 and DV product lines. Abel Cine is also the exclusive U.S. agent for Aaton motion picture cameras, Canon cine lenses and Heden motors.

For more information on the company and its services, visit

About Panasonic Broadcast
Panasonic Broadcast & Television Systems Co. is a leading supplier of broadcast, professional video and presentation products and systems. Panasonic Broadcast is a unit company of Panasonic Corporation of North America, the principal North America subsidiary of Matsushita Electric Industrial Co., Ltd. (NYSE: MC), one of the world's leading producers of electronic and electric products for consumer, business and industrial use.

For more information on Panasonic Broadcast products, access the company's web site at


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