Hollywood - LaserPacific Media Corp. won awards in the key television color grading and special Judge's Awards competitions, and was recognized in a number of other categories at the HPA Awards at the Skirball Cultural Center.
The HPA Judges Award for Innovation and Creativity was presented for LaserPacific's aIM (Accurate Image) System. The Judges Award is a special honor unveiled this year "to recognize companies and individuals who have demonstrated excellence in the application of innovation to the postproduction process or to the postproduction industry," says a representative. The special award is judged by a panel of industry professionals who chose winners based on selected works and proposals.
LaserPacific president Leon Silverman, who helped found the HPA and ha sserved as its president since its inception, noted: "The aIM process is a part of the long tradition of innovation pioneered by LaserPacific. It is especially gratifying that our peers in postproduction have recognized the importance of our color-calibrated workflow and the role it plays in the industry. For aIM to win one of the first Innovation and Creativity Awards is especially gratifying. Additionally, the fact that so many nominations were for LaserPacific and its customers' projects is a true tribute to the quality of work for which LaserPacific plays such an integral creative role."
LaserPacific colorist Joe Hathaway won the HPA Award for Outstanding Color Grading-Television for his work on the ABC show "Pushing Daisies."
LaserPacific's Mike Sowa was nominated for two HPA Awards: Outstanding Color Grading for Feature Film in a DI Process for his work on the film The Kite Runner, and for Outstanding Color Grading-Television for the miniseries "The Andromeda Strain."
LaserPacific projects "Man Men" and "Pushing Daisies" were also nominated in the Outstanding Editing-Television category, with Pushing Daisies' editor Stu Bass, winning the HPA Award.