HP Z Workstations Power Filmmakers at AFI Conservatory

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Los Angeles, Calif. - At the AFI Conservatory, the Master of Fine Arts program of the American Film Institute, a new generation of storytellers is producing films using HP Workstations.

The HP Lab at AFI Conservatory is powered by HP Z 800 Workstations, which give AFI Fellows the advantage of more than 20 HP exclusive design innovations with features such as 3D, animation, stop-motion video, and breakthrough lighting, sounds, and background characteristics.

“The marriage of art and technology in storytelling is here,” says Robert Mandel, dean, AFI Conservatory. “HP’s generosity and the HP Z Workstations provide AFI Fellows the latest tools to tell their tales.”

“It is imperative to provide the next great filmmakers with the tools they need to produce the films that will inspire their generation,” says Jeff Wood, director, Worldwide Marketing, Workstations, HP. “Customers around the world choose HP workstations for the best in performance and reliability, and we need future filmmakers pushing the limits of our workstations and bringing out the best in HP.”

AFI Conservatory was established in 1969 to train the next generation of storytellers and has graduated an impressive list of filmmakers over its 40-plus year history. Some of these alumni will be screening their latest work at this year’s AFI Fest presented by Audi, including director Ed Zwick with the world premiere of “Love and Other Drugs” and director Darren Aronofsky with “Black Swan.”

Now in its 24th year, AFI Fest presented by Audi is Los Angeles’ longest-running international film festival. The eight-day festival takes place in the heart of Hollywood Nov. 4-11 at the historic Grauman’s Chinese Theatre, the Mann Chinese 6 at the Hollywood & Highland Center, and the Egyptian Theatre. It is recognized by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences as a qualifying festival for the Short Films category of the annual Academy Awards.

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