ALEXA Studio wins BSC Award

On Friday night ARRI was presented with the British Society of Cinematographers' 2011 Bert Easey Technical Award during the Society's awards ceremony at Pinewood Film Studios, for the development of the ARRI ALEXA Studio camera.

Named in honor of Bert Easey, who in 1947 was head of the camera department at Denham and Pinewood Studios and was integral in the formation of the BSC, this award is given to an individual or company who has contributed something outstanding in the way of endeavor or equipment.

Former Society President Sue Gibson, BSC, who read the citation, made reference to the ALEXA Studio's optical viewfinder, 14 stops of latitude and 4:3 image sensor (which enables true anamorphic shooting), as being the winning attributes. Russell Allen, Director of Operations at ARRI Media, and Judith Petty, ARRI's Head of Corporate Marketing, were presented with the award by special guest and Hollywood legend Dustin Hoffman, who is in the UK directing his latest movie, QUARTET.

Hoffman also presented the 2011 John Alcott Memorial Award to Tommy Moran, Managing Director of ARRI Lighting Rental. This award, created in memory of the late cinematographer John Alcott, BSC, is given to the person who, in the opinion of the BSC, has contributed most towards perpetuating the original aims of the Society.

John Daly, BSC, read the citation honoring Tommy Moran, noting that Tommy "is a keen promoter of new lighting technology and very proud of the fact that he heads one of the few companies in the industry that still offers apprenticeships. He has devoted more than 40 years of his life to the industry and is recognized as much for his keen wit, sharp mind, achievements and dedication, as he is for being one of our industry's great characters."