Last month, the OWC-sponsored L.A. Post Fest took over the American Cinematheque’s Aero Theatre in Santa Monica to unveil its inaugural event. Nearly 300 filmmakers, editors, post production professionals, directors, and producers packed the house to see what this new festival was all about.
Team OWC was also on hand at the event to demonstrate solutions such as the OWC Thunderbolt 2 Dock, OWC Drive Dock (right), OWC ThunderBay 4 and Mercury On-The-Go Pro designed to help filmmakers and creative professionals.
Created and produced by the Los Angeles Post Production Group (LAPPG), L.A. Post Fest was the screening and awards presentation for the new and innovative video post production competition known as, “Create Your Story in Post.” The challenge was an apples-to-apples competition where entrants were given the shooting script, the same green screen footage, and digital assets and were asked to edit and create their own version of the film.
Over 200 entrants submitted their versions from cities across the United States and countries across the globe including Canada, France, Italy, Belgium, Austria, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Australia, New Zealand, and Chile.
“The excitement in the theater reminded me of why I got into the film business in the first place,” said Michael Kammes, host of the popular web series “5 Things” and and Master of Ceremonies for the day. “Each filmmaker knew the footage so intimately, that they could discuss and explore other viewpoints with other filmmakers they hadn’t previously considered.”
Judges for the 1st Annual L.A. Post Fest included Cirina Catania, writer/director and co-founder of the Sundance Film Festival; Juan Cabrera, colorist and stereographer (Star Wars: The Force Awakens); Jay Miracle, Emmy award-winning editor (Hearts of Darkness: A Filmmaker’s Apocalypse); Tony Orcena, editor (Modern Family); Steven Saltzman, music editor (The Revenant); and Norman Hollyn, Professor of Cinematic Arts at USC Film School.
“Each submission found a different aspect of the story to highlight and the creativity was astounding. Seeing the audience’s reaction to each film as they reflected on the different choices that were made by each post team was a major highlight for me,” explained the film’s Director and Producer and Co-founder of L.A. Post Fest, Woody Woodhall. “We’re looking forward to doing it again.”