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I thought I would pass this along...


I receive email announcements from Panasonic Professional, mostly talking about their latest HD Cameras.


This particular program is going to air tomarrow Sat. April 19. I'm not a native American Indian but was born and raised in Oklahoma and may have had more exposure than many to this proud culture and traditions. I presume that this will be a really colorful and exciting program for those interested.

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THE WORLD OF AMERICAN INDIAN DANCE, SHOT WITH PANASONIC VARICAM HD CINEMA

CAMERA, PREMIERES ON NBC ON SATURDAY, APRIL 19 AT 3 P.M. (EST) / NOON (PST)



The World of American Indian Dance, a one-hour documentary produced by Four

Directions Entertainment, an enterprise of the Oneida Indian Nation, will

premiere on the NBC television network on Saturday, April 19th at 3:00 pm

EST, 12 noon PST. Shot with Panasonic AJ-HDC27 VariCam(TM) HD Cinema(TM)

high-definition cameras, this is the first-ever American Indian-produced

documentary to air on a major television network.


The World of American Indian Dance introduces audiences to the beauty,

athleticism, and competitive spirit of American Indian dance. Actor Peter

Coyote provides a stirring narration to the documentary. Ray Halbritter

(Oneida), Dan Jones (Ponca) and Sonny Skyhawk (Lakota) are executive

producers; Jones is producer. Randy Martin directed and Patrick Blackard

served as director of photography.


Panasonic's AJ-HDC27 VariCam replicates many of the key features of

film-based image acquisition, including 24-frame progressive scan images,

time lapse recording, and a wide range of variable frame rates (4-fps to

60-fps in single-frame increments) for "overcranked" and "undercranked"

off-speed in-camera effects. The AJ-HDC27 VariCam also features

CineGamma(TM) software that permits Panasonic's HD Cinema camera systems to

more closely match the latitude of film stocks.


Producer Dan Jones said, "American Indian dance is this continent's oldest

cultural tradition, with many of the country's 550 tribes and nations

hosting gatherings commonly called 'powwows,' which are growing in

popularity as both cultural and sporting events. Some powwows boast

attendance of more than 50,000, such as Crow Fair in Montana, where we shot

over 40 hours of dance footage and interviews."


Against this historic and spectacularly beautiful backdrop, the compelling

story of America's first "performance artists" is told through dance.

Whether inspired by revered animals, sacred places, or belief systems,

American Indian dances span the gamut of human emotion and expression. These

beautiful, energetic dances require the skill of an Olympic athlete, as

powwow contestants must adhere to rigorous protocols to win championships.


The producers were determined to showcase the aesthetic beauty of the

dances, the colorful regalia, and the breathtaking Crow Indian lands to the

American viewing public. "For that reason," said executive producer Sonny

Skyhawk, "Four Directions selected Panasonic's VariCam variable-frame

high-definition camera for primary photography, with the results providing

an extraordinary introduction to the beauties of this cultural expression."


The uncompressed edit was done on the HDBOXX editing system from BOXX

Technologies, which supports Panasonic's VariCam variable frame rate camera.



Four Directions Entertainment is committed to creating more opportunities

for American Indians in the entertainment industry and to re-defining,

through its productions, the perception of the "First Americans" on the

continent. For more information about Four Directions Entertainment, visit
www.4d-enter.com.
http://www.panasonic.com/pbds/subcat..._03/03_25.html
 

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Brucer, do you know if it will be broadcast in HD? Nowhere in the release does it say this???
 

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Just in case I was ready to record, but no dice! Too bad, the SD picture looked like it woudl be terrific in HD.
 
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