International Moving Image Society: moving film forward

2018 has been an incredibly busy year for the International Moving Image Society and our members so far, writes IMIS chief operating officer Bryan Cook. The BBC’s Natural History Unit presented at our Bernard Happé Lecture on how they Deliver the Promise. They spoke about all the technical issues from recording in high resolution to filming underwater in order to get the stunning shots we see.  IMIS Honorary Fellow, Sir David Attenborough helped present our inaugural John Tompkins Natural Wildlife Award to Gavin Thurston (Planet Earth 2, Frozen Planet.)  Among the winners we are proud to welcome Roger Deakins ASC, BSC (Blade Runner 2049), Richard Boyd (BFI), Douglas Trumbull (2001: A Space Odyssey), and Sir Ridley Scott (Alien) as IMIS members.


Community matters

Even though we’re nearly halfway through the year, IMIS has a lot more in store. As part of our rebranding from the BKSTS, we are re-defining the structure of IMIS to reflect specialised areas across the wider film industry.

Starting this month, we are proud to be launching our first new area: the IMIS Screenwriting Community. Led by Peter Stead, the Screenwriting Community is formed to promote, encourage and explore the role of the screenwriter across all forms of media. While this new community is formed to support screenwriters, we welcome people from all backgrounds in our understanding and exploration of the craft of storytelling — particularly as the exhibition community represents the major outlet for film storytelling! Stay tuned as more IMIS communities are launched in the coming months.

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About Bryan Cook

Bryan currently serves as the Chief Operating Officer of the International Moving Image Society (IMIS). Before coming to the UK in 2012, Bryan grew up in the mid-west US where he learned of his passion for telling interesting and inspiring stories. He has a desire to pass on the knowledge he has to anyone looking to further their skills or enter the industry. He is currently exploring the opportunities of using light-field cinematography in a modern filmmaking environment.

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