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Shooting Film in the Digital Age: EP & DP from ‘The Walking Dead’ to Join Crawford for Conversation at SXSW

Sheriff Rick Grimes (Andrew Lincoln) heads for a deserted Atlanta on horseback in a multilayered composite shot created by Stargate Studios from 2D elements, matte paintings, photographs and live action.

Executive Producer Tom Luse and Cinematographer Michael Satrazemis of The Walking Dead will join Crawford Media Services for a film conversation at the South By Southwest (SXSW) Music and Media Festival. Part of the Metro Atlanta Chamber’s ChooseATL presence at SXSW, “Shooting Film in a Digital Age: A Conversation with Tom Luse & Michael Satrazemis from The Walking Dead” will explore the art and advantages of shooting film and the flexibilities it affords. Moderated by Crawford Senior Editor and Technical Director Ron Heidt, the forum will be held at the ChooseATL House at Speakeasy Austin on Sunday, March 13 at 2:30 pm CT.

“The overwhelming success of productions like The Walking Dead has solidified Georgia’s place as a premiere shooting destination,” said Lance Kelson, president and COO of Crawford. “Georgia now ranks in the top three locations for film and TV production, thanks to a deep and experienced crew base coupled with comprehensive incentives and a touch of Southern charm. Pairing entertainment veterans from The Walking Dead with campaigns like ChooseATL gives us the opportunity to share industry insights with filmmakers from around the country. We are very excited to be a part of the process.”

An EP of the series, Luse has been a part of The Walking Dead crew since its inception back in 2010. A Georgia native, he has worked on a number of films, including Glory, Remember the Titans, and Drumline, and episodics like One Tree Hill. Luse received an Emmy nomination for Outstanding Made for Television Movie for What the Deaf Man Heard; was honored with the Directors Guild of America Award for Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Dramatic Specials for Paris Trout, and has been honored for AFI’s TV Program of the Year for The Walking Dead.

Also a member of the series since the beginning, Satrazemis began as a camera operator in season one before rising to his current standing as director and cinematographer for The Walking Dead. In addition to his current efforts, Satrazemis has worked on projects like Anchorman 2, Trouble with the Curve, and The Vampire Diaries.

In addition to film processing and dailies for all six seasons of The Walking Dead, Crawford handles the lion’s share of automated dialogue replacement (ADR) plus color correction and finishing services in the region. Crawford is also home to the only motion picture film processing lab in the South. From episodics like The Walking Dead and The Vampire Diaries (7 seasons) to features like Lincoln and Gifted, Crawford continues to play a significant part in the region’s success.

Today, Atlantans are experiencing an exceptional quality of life and unlimited opportunity. It’s a vibrancy that only happens when culture and industry collide, ChooseATL says. The organization will bring this phenomenon to life in the Austin Speakeasy during SXSW 2016 on March 13-14. Dubbed the ‘ChooseATL House,’ the two-day experience will include groundbreaking industry announcements, local foods, exclusive VIP access, and music showcases that demonstrate a unique crossover of genres.

“ChooseATL is focused on telling a comprehensive story about Atlanta to attract and retain top talent,” said Grant Wainscott, director of technology industry expansion for the Metro Atlanta Chamber. “With companies like Crawford leading the way, we feel confident that Atlanta will continue to grow our burgeoning technology and film sectors.”

“Over the past five years, Atlanta has earned its reputation as the ‘Hollywood of the South.’ Last year alone, our film and TV industry brought in $6 billion, directly employing 22,400 workers in Georgia and 77,900 people indirectly,” said Kate Atwood, VP of ChooseATL. “We’re excited to tell our city’s story to the world at SXSW 2016.”


February 23, 2016