So with NAB already in full swing off in spite of the show floor still under construction, the overall feeling in Vegas is almost electric in the air. There is discussions of technology, tools and who is going to be at the show. Guest speakers like Douglas Trumball, James Cameron and now that Kevin Smith's presentation is scheduled for the Show floor, everyone already here excited about what will be shown on the floor.
Saturdays sessions ran the gamut from Gary Mandle, Sony Sr. Product Manager for display tech, kicked us off with a very technical program on the how and why of displays, focusing on the new OLED and the return of the Trimaster Line of Professional displays.
I followed with a closeup look at the new Sony PMWF3 (my review will be in a future Cow Magazine article, but let me say I love it), then Arri's Marc Shipman-Muller brought us up to speed about the latest developments on the Alexa front including the annoucement of the "Studio" version of Alexa and a couple of other surprises (I am embargoed from talking until Monday from saying more). Ending with Robin Berg, a producer and cinematographer for the Savage Wild TV series, talking about the difficulties of shooting one of the most dangerous TV shows that I have ever seen, showing behind the scences footage of working in the Florida Everglades swimming and exploring underway with alligators, and another clip the host of the show being attacked and gouged by a wild boar on camera.
Sunday kicks off with Cinematogrphers Roberto Schaefer ASC, Geoff Boyle, Art Adams, along with Michael Bravin and myself talking about the state of the industry.