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AWS and partners showcased a real-time filmmaking workflow at the HPA Tech Retreat’s Supersession

he Supersession is a tradition at the annual Hollywood

to filmmakers, allowing operations that formerly took days, weeks and months of post-production effort to be done in near- real time. CALLING IN THE INDUSTRY PROS To achieve this speedy turnaround, JZ reached out to AWS for its cloud storage services, but the role grew to support a number of chosen partner technologies running on AWS to act as the central hub for all post-production service activity. “JZ approached us with the idea of producing a movie in real time – and I’m game for crazy ideas,” laughs Jack Wenzinger, Global M&E Partners SA at AWS. “I agreed, thinking we were going to do a couple of minutes of footage. But that went straight out of the window when JZ recruited professional filmmakers.” Although some of the film’s scenes were recorded earlier, a large portion of the action was captured on the day, with Steve Shaw, ASC, directing, DOP Roy Wagner, ASC, lending his cinematography skills, and Sam Nicholson from Stargate Studios. “By the time they had finished shooting a scene, it was already up in the AWS cloud for creatives anywhere on the planet with an internet connection to work on,” explains Wenzinger. It was shot on the Sony Venice, Arri Alexa, Red Monstro, Panavision DXL, Blackmagic URSA Mini Pro 4.6K G2 and Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera with lenses from Zeiss, Sigma and Panavision, HDR monitoring care of Canon, wireless via Teradek and lighting from Rosco, Kino Flo and Dedolight.

Professional Association (HPA) Tech Retreat, where a full day of presentations are grouped around a single unifying technology theme. This year’s very novel Supersession was dreamed up by Joachim ‘JZ’ Zell, vice-president of technologies at EFILM. He’s also vice-chair of the motion picture academy’s ACES project and organiser of the Hollywood Beer Alliance (HBA), a regularly scheduled, but less formal get together where filmmaking professionals meet for drinking and socialising. Wearing his many hats, JZ decided to produce a short film, with much of it captured, assembled and premiered all in the same day for the presentation. The Lost Lederhosen follows the story of Helga and Hans, JZ’s German beer buddies, as they make their way to LA to meet their friend before heading to the HPA. It was designed to demonstrate how standards like ACES and OpenEXR, as well as cloud-amplified technologies can enable a rich set of creative services for


BIG COLLABORATION Post-production brought several

BEER BUDDIES The Lost Lederhosen showcased the technologies available to filmmakers, with AWS the hub for post-production

companies into the collaborative effort, including Dell, Blackmagic’s Resolve, BeBop Technology, Pixelworks, PixSpan, Frame.io, Ownzones, Colorfront, Filmlight, Skywalker Sound, Ownzones, Red Bee,

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