The Canon Award for the advancement of digital technology in film and television were presented to Mark Weingartner. Kristopher Tapley will receive the Technicolor "William A. Fraker" Award for outstanding journalistic contributions to the art and craft of cinematography. The Kodak Mentorship Award honored Julio Macat, ASC and the Nat Tiffen Award for outstanding educational contributions to the art and craft of cinematography goes to Dr. Corey Carbonara.
Weingartner, chairman of the ICG National Training Committee, is a Director of Photography, Visual Effects Supervisor and Stereographer. He has always been involved in technical innovation and the application of technology from one field to another, whether it was applying rock 'n roll or sailboat tech to rigging IMAX cameras or using theatrical lighting fixtures and controls in lighting motion pictures.
Tapley is the editor of In Contention, part of HitFix.com, where he covers film awards. An important part of his work is recognizing below-the-line accomplishments. He actually started out with a BFA in Filmmaking and a concentration in screenwriting from the University of North Carolina School of the Arts but soon turned to journalism after going back to school to earn an MA in journalism at USC.
Macat has recently mentored students at Pepperdine University, the AFI, NYU, Chapman College and Scottsdale Community College and taught a seminar at Disney Animation. Total domestic box office of films that he has photographed has reached $1.6 billion. His first film was the hit Home Alone. He went on to shoot eight films that opened in the #1 box office position in the U.S.
Professor Carbonara has a long list of attainments in the field of education, serving in a variety of capacities on state, national and international committees and panels for the Federal Communications Commission, the Society of Motion Picture and Television Engineers and many other prominent organizations. He is a long time member of the American Society of Lighting Designers and is currently Director of the Digital Communications Technologies project at Baylor University.
Steven Poster, president of the ICG, said, "These gentlemen represent the very highest achievements in their fields, be it cinematography, education or journalism, and Mark Weingarten has led the way in upgrading members' skills as new cameras and other equipment come on the market."
Honorees of the Emerging Cinematographer Awards, held at the Directors Guild of America Theater in Los Angeles on Sunday, September 29, were also recognized at the luncheon. These awards honor ten short films photographed by up-and-coming Guild members who have not yet reached the category of Cinematographer. The films were selected from almost 100 submitted.