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The Detroit Section of SMPTE is made up of professionals, students and others interested in the technology of motion imaging. The Section holds monthly meetings with a technical topic. Non-members are always welcome and there is usually no admission charge.

Detroit Section of the Society of Motion Picture and Television Engineers

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Results of 2016 Section Elections

The annual section elections have closed. Here are the results:

  • Chair (2016-17): Louis Johnson IV, Auxecutive/Arrington-Johnson, LLC
  • Secretary-Treasurer (2016-17): Charles W. Reti, CBS Television Stations
  • Managers (2016-18): Chris Hill, Retired; Gerry Matthews, RingSide Creative, and Frank Maynard, CBS Television Stations

Congratulations to the winners and thank you for your service to the Society.

The Detroit Section is always interested in involving new people in guiding the activities of the Section. If you would be interested in serving as an elected officer in the future, please contact any of the people above or use the contact form  to get in touch.

February 2016 Meeting Notice – LED Lighting

Society of Motion Picture and Television Engineers

Detroit Section Meeting Notice

February 2016

  • DATE: Tuesday, February 23, 2016
  • TIME: 7:00 pm
  • LOCATION: WKBD/WWJ-TV Studios, 26905 W. 11 Mile Rd., Southfield (park in back parking lot and enter through door by fence)
  • SUBJECT: Advances in LED Lighting for Studio and Field Production

LED lighting technology continues to advance and is overtaking tungsten and fluorescent in both studio and field applications. Kevin Kennelly, regional sales manager for Ushio, will discuss and demonstrate some of his company’s LED solutions which address the persistent problems of both older lighting technologies. These include small and large Fresnel fixtures, panel-style softlights, LED black lights and long-throw LED fixtures as well as camera-top field lighting systems that produce consistent light at a fraction of the power usage of conventional lamps. The color temperature can be adjusted for color correction or special effects on many of the fixtures as well. Kevin will demonstrate the Zylight NEWZ camera-top light, the F8 fresnel, the IS3 color-adjustable wash light, and the Pro Panel variable-temperature softlight.

Based in southern California, Kevin Kennelly is the regional sales manager for the Entertainment Lighting Group at Ushio America, covering the western United States and Michigan. A ten-year veteran of Ushio, Kevin has been working in the lighting industry for about 20 years.

Managers’ dinner at 5:30 pm at Kerby’s Coney Island, 26245 Telegraph Rd., Southfield

Date: Wednesday, January 13, 2016

Time: 7:00 P.M.

Location: The Art Institute of Michigan

28175 Cabot Drive, Room 109

Novi, Michigan 48377


Subject: The Photographic Connection to Motion Pictures: Lights, Lenses and Frames

Content producers and distributors are welcome!

Speaker: Jon Kopacz

Did you know SMPTE offers Master Classes in Lighting? How about On-Demand Webcasts on Lens Considerations for 4K Digital Cinematography or UHD Television Production? That’s because lighting and lenses should not be taken lightly when it comes to the quality of your production. How often do you consider the importance of the number of frames per second to collect in order to produce the perfect look for your media presentation? This will not be a master class, rather an hour-long primer or refresher that should give techs, engineers, creative service professionals, instructors and students at least one take-away that will make you feel glad you came!

Jonathan Kopacz, Owner of Jon Kopacz Photography and Adjunct Instructor at The Art Institutes, will present an informative and entertaining look at the photographic connection of lens, lighting and frame rate to motion media. Jon will discuss getting to know the potential and limitations of your equipment, as well as basic camera functions like aperture, ISO & FPS. He will touch on color, motion & stability. The words GoPro and Drones may also come up before opening the session to a Q & A discussion.

Jonathan Kopacz earned a Bachelor’s of Digital Photography with a Focus on Commercial Multimedia from the Art Institute of Michigan and has been a professional photographer for more than eight years.  He is a board member of the Michigan chapter of the American Society of Media Photographers (ASMP).

The Art Institutes is a system of over 50 schools across North America. They provide hands-on education in the creative and applied arts by offering master’s, bachelors and associate’s degree programs as well as non-degree programs. With respect to the motion media industry, the Art Institutes provide an important source of media arts professionals that include audio engineering, graphic design and animation.

Meeting starts at 7:00 PM following Manager’s dinner (5:30PM) at Ruby Tuesday, 39581 Twelve Mile Rd, Novi, MI 48377. All are invited to join us.

RSVP on our FACEBOOK event page!


Stratford Festival Field Trip

stratford-festival-logo-250Located between Detroit and Toronto is the world renowned Stratford Festival. Decades ago, Stratford was known as a railroad town (it was served by two competing railroads). The Festival was conceived by Tom Patterson, a local journalist, in 1952 to give the city a new focus as its fortunes with the CN Railway declined. The Festival began operations in July 1953 with Shakespeare’s Richard III, with Alec Guinness in the lead role.

In the last 62 years, the Festival has become the economic centerpiece of the area, as well as a magnet for theater enthusiasts not just from the Great Lakes region but internationally as well. Today, it boasts four theatres; its 2015 calendar boasts 13 productions, 4 of which are from the Shakespeare canon. The season runs from early May to mid-October. The list of dramatic greats who have graced these stages is very long, but when you start with someone like Guinness, you know it has to be top notch!

Starting with the 2014 season, the Festival began filming its Shakespeare plays in HD video with a live audience. You are not watching a traditional movie, but the stage play exactly as seen by the paid audience. The first three plays were offered to the public in cinemas in Canada, US and abroad, primarily during the winter & spring of 2015. The first three plays will be aired on the CBC Television Network with no commercial interruption:

  • King Lear will be shown at 3 PM on Sunday, September 6, 2015.
  • Antony & Cleopatra will be shown at 3 PM on Sunday, September 20, 2015.
  • King John will be shown at 3 PM on Sunday, September 27, 2015.

Many Detroiters can receive CBET either over the air or through their local cable provider.

SMPTE Detroit has made arrangements to attend the filming of Love’s Labours Lost on October 6, 2015 at 2 PM. We will tour the television production truck after the performance (which is about 3 hours long). After our tour, the company will return to the stage to film re-takes of scenes that were not up to par during the afternoon performance; your attendance is entirely optional. There is no charge to tour the production facility.

We have a Group Code for purchasing discounted tickets. The code is 62962 and may only be redeemed by calling the box office at 800-567-1600 (the code will not work online). There is a 13% combined general sales tax and provincial sales tax applied as well, in addition to a service charge, which is per order, not per ticket.

We will attempt to rideshare/carpool; Bill Magliocco is handling that for the Section.

Consider “making a day of it” and enjoy fine theatre and quality time with your SMPTE colleagues. Guests are welcome and encouraged to join us for this event!