Welcome to SMPTE Detroit!

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

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!

Results of Detroit Section elections

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

  • Chair (2015-16): Louis Johnson IV, Auxecutive/Arrington-Johnson, LLC
  • Secretary-Treasurer (2015-16): Charles W. Reti, CBS Television Stations
  • Managers (2015-17): James R. Cutler, Retired; William P. Magliocco, WDIV

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

Society of Motion Picture and Television Engineers

Detroit Section April 2015 Meeting Notice

Date: Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Time: 7:30P.M.

Location: Ringside Creative

13320 Northend Avenue

Oak Park, Michigan 48237

Subject: 4K, UHD and Video over IP: Effect on Production, Editing and Delivery

Speaker: Gerry Matthews


  • Tony Leja – Moonlink Studios
  • Sam Marrocco – RingSide Creative
  • Jim Talbot – Cutters Editorial
  • Jay Scott – RingSide Creative Audio
  • Joe Sciacchitano – Picnic New Media

Pierre Routhier, a vice president with Technicolor once suggested that resolution is simply a container for detail. “Let’s stop talking just about resolution,” he said. “The detail cannot exceed resolution but detail can be inferior to the working resolution” (SMPTE.org, 2014).

Wouldn’t you like to know more about what he meant, and how higher definition technologies can affect your production and post-production workflow in the file-based world? What are the arguments that discourage using the newer technologies today? 4k resolution and Ultra High Definition (UHD) are here now, but what does the future hold?

Gerry Matthews, Director of Engineering at Ringside Creative, will host a panel of experts to answer those questions and more in order that you may produce the highest quality content possible for now and the future. Panelists will represent each stage of production and post, all the way through delivery, from “lens and microphone to screen and speakers.” These professionals will give their perspectives on current challenges and trends, and then participate in an open Q & A discussion.

UHD, 4k, IP transport, and expanded color science are only a part of what we deal with in a modern production environment. The goal of this panel discussion will be to provide an overview of how all these (and other) tech details are dealt with in practice.

You will learn what steps may be necessary to take your productions to the next level.

Meeting starts at 7:30 PM following a managers’ dinner off site.

RingSide Creative – an Integrated Media Studio with expertise in creating unbelievable visual, audio, and interactive brand experiences. RingSide employs directors, designers, animators, illustrators, artists, strategists, writers and programmers. RingSide Creative is now the largest post-production facility in Metro Detroit, a local facility most likely to engage what’s next in the world of new media and consumer engagement.

We also extend this invitation to content producers and distributors, to provide added value to the presentation.

Managers dinner, starting at 5:30PM at Leo’s Coney Island, 15647 W Nine Mile Rd., Southfield, MI 48075. All are invited to join us.

Many thanks to Gerry Matthews and Steve Wild for the meeting site and refreshments

As always, there is no admission charge to this meeting. You can support SMPTE by becoming a member at the Professional, Associate or Student level. Do it at https://www.smpte.org/membership

SMPTE Detroit Section website: http://www.smptedetroit.org

June 2014 Meeting program to feature DCP

Society of Motion Picture and Television Engineers
Detroit Section
June 2014 Meeting Notice

Date: Tuesday, June 17, 2014
Time: 7:30P.M.
Madonna University
Franciscan Center Studios
36600 Schoolcraft Rd. (at Levan Rd.)
Livonia, MI 48150
Subject: Unraveling the Mysteries of Digital Cinema Package (DCP) Authoring
Speakers: Nick Hrycyk, Rob Smith, Tom Phillips

DCP / Digital Cinema Package, simply defined, is a collection, usually on a hard drive, of digital files containing Digital Cinema (DC) images, audio and related data.

How a motion picture now gets to a theater screen via DCP is the topic of this month’s Detroit SMPTE program. With the conversion from film to digital projection for theatrical presentation nearly complete, your local multiplex, independent theaters and many film festivals now specify DCP deliverables, replacing video tape, movie files, DVDs, and yes, film. While the “majors” now do this on a regular basis, independent and student content creators are frequently unclear on how or where to have DCPs made for distribution or festival showings. This is evident by the many   questions on the topic on industry online forums.

AV Materials and metadata must be properly organized, formatted and structured to meet SMPTE and DCI (Digital Cinema Initiative) standards and specifications (do not try this at home). The process of creating a DCP is, at present, best left to an authoring facility.

Our presenters will guide us through the process involved in DCP authoring and distribution.

Nick Hrycyk is an industry veteran, who, since his arrival here in 1982, became a respected editor and post-production expert at a number of high-end facilities in the Detroit area (including some of of his own), and is recipient of many awards, including an Emmy. In May 2011, Nick launched Bluefish Post to actively concentrate on feature film, documentary and episodic television editing. He also has taken on the roles of Principal Editor, Production Supervisor and Executive Producer for Great Lakes Films LLC, whose purpose to own, invest and produce motion pictures and television shows for theatrical and broadcast release

Rob Smith is a long-time engineer and editor, whose résumé also includes many top local and outstate client facilities. Rob balances these skills to provide a variety of services. While frequently a production EIC or DIT, he also has contributed to a number of facility installations and interactive multimedia display designs for major clients.

Tom Phillips, owner of Water Hill Creative, is an award winning creative with over 19 years in the post-production industry. His experience covers national spot work, special venue displays and feature film work with expertise on every level from acquisition to final delivery.

We hope to also have theater operators and digital cinema service providers present, to provide added value to the presentation.

Managers dinner, starting at 5:30PM at The Red Olive, 33326 Plymouth Rd., Livonia, MI 48150. All are invited to join us.

IMPORTANT NOTE: I-96, under reconstruction in Livonia, is a giant dirt canyon. Five Mile, Six Mile or Plymouth Roads are some east-west alternatives.

Driving directions and campus map (for Franciscan Center Studio) at the Madonna University site:

Many thanks to Madonna University and Chuck Derry for meeting site and refreshments.

As always, there is no admission charge to this meeting.
You can support SMPTE by becoming a member at the Professional, Associate or Student level. Do it at https://www.smpte.org/membership

SMPTE Detroit Section website: