Birds of a Feather

Connect, Collaborate and Innovate with Fellow Content and Technology Professionals

Monday, April 8 and Tuesday, April 9, 2019 | N243, North Hall Meeting Rooms

The Birds of a Feather (BoF) program at the 2019 NAB Show is a series of themed, hosted, non-commercial gatherings that bring together subject matter experts and community members to discuss hot topics of mutual interest. Events are interactive and conversational but can also include talks and panels. All meetings are open to all attendees.

The program will take place Monday, April 8 and Tuesday, April 9 in North Hall, Room N243. It’s an easy to find location near Central Hall and is located at the top of the escalator on the North Hall’s mezzanine level.


  • Open Effects Association
  • Eric Weaver
  • Blue Collar Post Collective
  • Colorist Society International
  • Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences
  • International Cinematographers Guild
  • Bradley Weiers

Birds of a Feather

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Open VFX Software Standard Comes of Age

Monday, April 8 | 10:00 am - 11:30 am | N243

Open Effects is a standard widely used in the VFX industry to interface between host applications and plug-ins. The Open Effects Association promotes open standards in the visual effects community to improve interoperability, reliable development and user experience. Join us and find out how we’re working to improve your work and let us know your needs and thoughts for the future of OFX.

Who Should Attend: Anyone involved in VFX--software developers, product designers and developers, CTOs, VFX supervisors, technical directors, and resellers.

Hosting Organization: Open Effects Association

Organizer: Pierre Jasmin, Dennis Adams, Peter Huisma, & Anthony Magliocco

Mon 8

Redefining Deliverable and Preservation Standards for Digital Times

Monday, April 8 | 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm | N243

The move to digital has created major challenges for content creators and owners. An all-star panel discusses work being done by key industry working groups to define future digital deliverable and archive standards. Share your opinions about how these standards efforts can be more mutually supportive and compatible. Guest speakers include: Jesse Korosi, SimDigital (ASC Metadata Group); Seth Levenson, Entertainment Technology Center @ USC (ETC preservation Standards); MESA/HITS Smart Content Metadata - Mary Yurkovic, MESA/HITS; and John Hurst, Cinecert (IMF) and Craig Seidel, Senior Vice President, Distribution Technology, MovieLabs.

Who Should Attend: ASC, IMF and ETC Adaptive Production Working Group members, MESA and AMIA members and others interested in archiving and/or preservation standards.

Organizer: Erik Weaver

Mon 8

Stop, Collaborate, and Listen: Fixing Post with Communication

Monday, April 8 | 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm | N243

Filmmaking is a team sport and communication is everything, yet departments within post tend to exist in “silos” with little effort spent or time permitted to understand the needs of others downstream. In this panel-turned-discussion, Payton List, workflow producer, Sim; Ozzie Sutherland, sound technology specialist; Pei Yu Chen, freelance stereo 3D, workflow and color specialist; Krysten Richardson, Flame Artist, Chris Peters, assistant editor and other experts will break down walls and provide advice for improved communication across post departments with high-end workflows. Attendees will gain deeper insights about how to improve or adjust the unique aspects of each phase of their own set-to-finishing workflow.

Who Should Attend:  Post professionals working in both sound and picture, producers, filmmakers and technologists who want to improve their communication within post production workflows in an open, non-judgmental and friendly environment.

Hosting Organization: Blue Collar Post Collective 

Organizers: Katie HinsenKylee Pena

Mon 8

What are the Best Ways to Manage Color for HDR and Multiple Deliverables?

Monday, April 8 | 3:30 pm - 5:30 pm | N243

An interactive discussion about best practices for color management and color workflows from cinematography to color grading for live action, animation and VFX footage in a world of HDR and multiple format deliverables. Speakers include colorists Robbie Carman, Andrea Chlebak, Alexis Van Hurkman and Walter Volpatto, and more (subject to availability).

Who Should Attend: Colorists and finishers, post producers, DITs, restoration artists, VFX artists and pipeline developers, color scientists, and scanner and telecine professionals, along with cinematographers, editors, directors and producers.

Hosting Organization: Colorist Society International (CSI) 

Organizer: Kevin Shaw & Hugh Heinsohn

Mon 8

ACESNext...The Road to ACES v2.0

Tuesday, April 9 | 9:30 am - 11:00 am | N243

Join ACES leadership, ACES product partners and members of the ACES community for a discussion of current work-in-progress on the ACESNext development efforts. This will include a forward-looking discussion on upcoming versions of this industry-standard color and file management. Refreshments will be served.

Who Should Attend: DITs, Colorists, DPs, VFX supervisors, color and workflow specialists, manufacturers building ACES into their products, anyone interested in ACES or end-to-end color workflows

Hosting Organization: Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences 

Organizer: Annie Chang & Ricardo Rodriguez

Tue 9

The Cinematographic Imaging Process: Where Does it Begin and End?

Tuesday, April 9 | 11:30 am - 12:30 pm | N243

With the advent of previz, on-set compositing, virtual production, photoreal VFX, and DI finishing for multiple output formats, a project’s “look” is often manipulated far from the set. Join Jim Berney, visual effects supervisor; Andrea Chelbak, senior colorist, Deluxe; Ryan McCoy, senior previs/postvis supervisor, Halon, and Kees Van Oostrum, ASC, ASC President in a discussion about where the art of cinematography begins and ends today, and about how the cinematographer’s role is no longer fixed, but evolving.

Who Should Attend: Filmmakers working in previs, production, VFX, editorial and post; directors and producers; manufacturers of content creation tools and technologies.


Hosting Organization: International Cinematographers Guild, Local 600 and American Society of Cinematographers

Organizer: Michael Chambliss

Co-Organizer: Patty Amacost, American Society of Cinematographers

Tue 9

Revolutionizing Filmmaking with Real-Time Virtual Production Techniques

Tuesday, April 9 | 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm | N243

The advent of real-time rendering and virtual production techniques are revolutionizing how films and TV are made, unlocking new iterative workflows and empowering filmmakers to realize their creative vision. Don’t be left in the dust. Come to our meeting to learn from Ramy Katrib, Digital Film Tree, Brett Ineson, Animatrik Film Design and Habib Zargarpour, Digital Monarch Media and other industry experts about how virtual production can level up your film and TV production.
Hosting Organization: N/A
Who Should Attend: Directors, DPs, Producers, Production Designers, VFX Supervisors

Organizer: Bradley Weiers

Co-Organizer: Ramy Katrib

Tue 9

Solve your Grievances at the Prod/Post Festivus

Tuesday, April 9 | 3:30 pm - 4:30 pm | N243

Join cinematographer Dana Gonzales, ASC; DIT, Chris Cavanaugh; Jesse Korosi of Sim Digital and DIT Michael Romano in a discussion about aspects of the business that -ahem- need improvement. Goal will be to identify issues and discuss ways to improve communications, working environment and the end product.  This session will be fun and perhaps a little irreverent and suitable for anyone interested in end-to-end workflows.

Who Should Attend: Producers, Directors, DPs, DITs, Asst. Camera, Dailies Operators, Equipment Manufacturers

Organizers: Jamie Metzger, DIT

Co-Organizer: Steve Harnell, DIT 

Tue 9


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