SMPTE Asks for Help in Making Movie to Celebrate 100 Year Anniversary

By Bob Raikes
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In 2016, the Society for Television and Motion Pictures (SMPTE) will celebrate 100 years as a society. A number of activities are planned including a time capsule and a movie documenting these 100 years of moving images. To help fund the documentary, SMPTE has initiated a crowdfunding campaign on Indiegogo, which it hopes you will contribute to. SMPTE is hoping to raise $80K. Contributions to the campaign will be processed by FirstGiving and may be tax deductible*.

The SMPTE documentary, to be called MOVING IMAGES, will explore the excitement surrounding the development of motion imaging technology from the turn of the twentieth century through the present, while inquiring about what the future has in store. With interviews with top filmmakers, historians, entrepreneurs and engineers, the documentary will investigate the influence that art and science have on each other.

It will expose the human element behind epic engineering feats, technological achievement and the ways it has advanced the creative element of content creation. The documentary will serve as a celebration of the ingenuity, invention and personalities that are responsible for many important works of art.

“For this project we specifically selected a team with both production expertise and firs-thand knowledge of the innovations and inventions that have influenced the art and science of the motion-imaging industry ecosystem”, said Peter Ludé, SMPTE Past President and Documentary Committee Chair

The SMPTE Board of Governors  has authorized initial funding for the project, which has included Chris Kenneally’s treatment and Randall Dark’s initial production work.The intent is to produce a 90-minute theatrical feature, as well as an abbreviated television version. Howard Lukk will serve as Director.

  • For supporters in the United States, these donations may be tax deductible as SMPTE is a 501(c)3 organization. Please consult your tax professional for information in your specific situation. A receipt will be issued from First Giving.