The ASC’s Motion Imaging Technology Council – MITC (pronounced my-tech) and formerly known as the ASC Technology Committee – is made up of some of the best creative and technical minds in the business. It’s amazing how far it has come since its inception back in 2003. A large part of the success is due to cinematographer and supplier members alike checking their biases and loyalties at the door. It was recognized early on that this would be the only way to achieve true clarity on the pressing issues of our time, and it has served the greater community well.
The group’s ranks have grown to include representatives of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, the Society of Motion Picture and Television Engineers, Digital Cinema Initiatives, the Directors Guild of America, the Producers Guild and the Art Directors Guild; none of the Council’s findings are held secret. The more pure knowledge we’re able to disseminate about new tools and techniques – that is, knowledge free of marketing or promotional spin – the better it will be for those of us who have to use them.
An effective testimony to the Council’s expansive influence are the many committees and working groups that are gathered beneath its umbrella: Advanced Imaging, Camera, Digital Archive, DI, Digital Restoration and Preservation, Lens, Lighting, Metadata, Motion Imaging Workflow, Next Generation Cinema Display, Plenoptic Imaging, Professional Monitor Displays, SSIMWave Evaluation Working Group, UHDTV, Virtual Reality and Virtual Production.
Among MITC’s many accomplishments is the adoption of the ASC Color Decision List (CDL), which assigns color grading to images and accurately moves those color choices across different platforms from dailies through editorial to DI. The herculean effort required to build a consensus among so many normally competing players ultimately paid off; it resulted in the establishment of a new industry standard.
The group also played a key role in the development and implementation of the Academy Color Encoding System (ACES), a standards-based color management approach designed for the production, finishing and archiving of motion pictures – yet another enormous stride forward.
Since its inception, MITC has been led by Curtis Clark, ASC. In addition to bringing so many disparate parties together, he has done an outstanding job in guiding the agenda in the most progressive, effective direction. As a recipient of the AMPAS John A. Bonner Award in 2018, he remains a top man – and the ASC is thrilled to know that after nearly twenty years at the helm he has no plans to quit!
Similarly, you can rest assured that by continuing to keep all cinematographers informed, MITC and its varied activities will keep us relevant as well.
For more information, visit: https://theasc.com/asc/committees/ascmitc.