Sony Pixel Power calrec Sony

Women Making History, Part 5


In the final installment of Panavision's Women Making History interview series, Panavision President and CEO Kim Snyder focuses the conversation on the participants' inspirations.

As this years Womens History Month draws to a close, we share our sincere thanks to the many women who participated in this interview series for sharing their stories and being incredible role models for the youngest members of the industry as they begin to rise into future leaders.

Read the rest of the series here:

Part 1: On the impact of Women's History Month

Part 2: On valuable career advice

Part 3: On mentorship

Part 4: On career highlights

Kim Snyder (President and CEO, Panavision): What sparked your interest in your career, and what keeps you inspired today?

Patti Lee, ASC (cinematographer): When I was growing up, I never imagined I would be a cinematographer. Careers that were stable and had a clear pathway forward were valued in my family. I went to UCLA and was trying to decide between a life in the sciences or in art. Being a cinematographer gave me the opportunity to have both.

I love puzzles jigsaw, crossword, logic, you name it. As a DP, I'm solving puzzles all day, but the puzzle is way more complex, with multiple possibilities. What's the best way to shoot this scene? How do I make it feel more intimate? How do I achieve what I want in 15 minutes? Every day brings new puzzles and new solutions.

Patti Lee, ASC (photo by Bill Inoshita)

Terra Bliss (managing director, Panavision UK and Ireland): I've been inspired by photography for as long as I can remember. Whether it was an image created for an art exhibit or a magazine cover, I appreciated the possibility of creating a feeling or telling a story from an image. My first real job after college was at a studio; I got the bug for the film industry then. I had no idea there were so many people involved in making a film! I finally understood all those names and positions on the end credits. After working at the studio, I became interested in post production and camera rental, servicing filmmakers behind the scene a blend of technology, teamwork and problem solving. Working with the Panavision team, I see the passion, ingenuity and care that happens behind the scenes assisting filmmakers in their craft. That inspires me every day.

Autumn Durald Arkapaw, ASC (cinematographer): I used to watch films all the time with my best friend in college. We probably watched Heat and Trainspotting twice a week. These films made us feel alive, confident, human, and were so visceral. My mother would also let me watch Woody Allen films with her at a young age. I remember feeling so confused and intrigued by them afterwards. Those films presented emotions I didn't fully understand at that moment. I can clearly remember times in my life and the films that were directly related to those eras. This is the power of film. It creates a memory that attaches you to a specific emotional phase in your life.

I was so enamored by the filmmaking process, I had to find out who was making those images possible and causing these emotions. After I left college, I researched what a cinematographer did.

Today I continue to be inspired by great films and filmmakers. I recently saw Anatomy of a Fall, and it moved me it was one of the most invigorating films I'd seen all year. Even though I work in film now and know what goes on behind the scenes, I'm still moved when I see an amazing film. It will always have the power to transport you and cause a shift in the way you see the world.

Lesley Kantor (chief marketing officer, Panavision): I have always been fascinated by how things work.' The experience of watching movies and television and wondering how ideas went from script to the screen captured my curiosity as I child. Who did what jobs? How did a scene get made? My curiosity grew into a passion for pursuing a career in the entertainment industry so I could be a little part of that magic. As I started learning more about the various types of professional fields that make up this industry, I began to build interest in the viewer's experience and the power of the brand-consumer relationship. That led me to my current role as a brand marketing professional.

Alice Brooks ASC (cinematographer): I have always been attracted to light. When I was an infant, I pointed up to a round streetlamp and said my first word, moon.' My early years were spent on sets acting in TV commercials. I was fascinated when dark soundstages were transformed into magical places as each lamp turned on. In high school, I spent my lunchtime in the darkroom figuring out how to capture light on a piece of celluloid and then print it onto a piece of light-sensitive paper. Light is everything to me, and a day doesn't go by that I don't feel that same childlike excitement as I see a ray of light transform the ordinary into something magnificent.

Alice Brooks, ASC (photo by Macall B. Polay, SMPSP)

Laura Borowsky (vice president, business development, Light Iron): Filmmaking has always been a passion of mine. Working with the creatives that inspire and mold storytelling with such verve and excitement makes each and every film I pursue, and then work on, a passion project. I can only hope that my enthusiasm for the medium shows through to my clients, who put their complete trust in me.

Filmmaking is a very personal art form, and to have a window into that process is incredibly satisfying. It never gets old. Each project feels new and exciting.

Kira Kelly, ASC (cinematographer): Still photography and a love of movies were what first sparked an interest in filmmaking for me. However, it wasn't until I found myself in the lighting department working on a student film that I found my love of cinematography. I remember being so excited by this re
See more stories from panavision

Most recent headlines


Dalet Appoints Santiago Solanas as CEO to Lead Next Era of Growth and Innovation

Dalet, a leading technology and service provider for media-rich organizations, is excited to announce Santiago Solanas as its new Chief Executive Officer (CEO)....


College of DuPage Enhances Event Communications with Clear-Com Systems

eds3_5_jq(document).ready(function($) { $(#eds_sliderM519).chameleonSlider_2_1({ content_source:......


Omdia: Mini LED Backlight LCD Display Market to Surpass OLED Displays in 2025

LONDON The latest Omdia Mini LED Backlight Market Tracker indicates that LCD TV displays equipped with mini-LED backlight units will hit 6.2 million units in 20...


ASTRA 1P Successfully Launched on SpaceX's Falcon 9 Rocket

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. SES has announced that the ASTRA 1P satellite was successfully launched by a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket from Cape Canaveral Space Force Station...


GenAI to Boost Demand for Hybrid Data Platforms

STAMFORD, Conn. Demand for advanced data platforms is likely to grow significantly over the next three years as more organizations adopt intelligent application...


Viamedia to Provide Programmatic Ad Sales for Willow by Cricbuzz

LEXINGTON, Ky. Viamedia has announced a deal with Willow by Cricbuzz, a major provider of live, streaming and on-demand cricket, to provide programmatic ad sale...


Israel's Reshet 13 Deploys Deepdub's Ai-Based Deepdub Go Platform

TEL AVIV Deepdub, a provider of AI-based audiovisual dubbing and language localization services, has announced it is working with Reshet 13, one of Israels lead...


FCC Approves Gray Television, Marquee Broadcasting Deal

WASHINGTON, D.C. The FCC has issued a Memorandum and Order approving a deal between Gray Television and Marquee Broadcasting that would transfer station license...


Boris FX Continuum Adds Advanced AI Tools for VFX Artists and Content Creators

Boris FX Continuum Adds Advanced AI Tools for VFX Artists and Content Creators Jessie Electa Petrov June 21, 2024 0 Comments The 2024.5 release adds f...


New versions of Final Cut Pro for iPad and Mac available now

New versions of Final Cut Pro for iPad and Mac available now Brie Clayton June 21, 2024 0 Comments Today, Apple released Final Cut Pro for iPad 2, tra...


Christopher Barry, Cliff Ejikeme Get Expanded Role at A+E Networks

A+E Networks said that two senior finance execs, Christopher Barry and Cliff Ejikeme, have been given expanded roles at the company....


The CW Shares Fall Debut Dates

The CW has shared its fall premiere dates, which includes Inside The NFL back on Friday, August 30, with Ryan Clark hosting. The new season also offers the debu...


Local News Close-Up: Florida's Gulf Coast Has Reasons To Boast

Tampa-St. Petersburg is, by all accounts, a booming market. New arrivals are flocking in and cranes dot the landscape, building places for the newcomers to live...


Our America: In the Black' Back on ABC-Owned Stations' Digital Platforms

Our America: In the Black, a series from ABC Owned Television Stations, returns Thursday, June 20 with the nine-part Conversations With Arlan Hamilton. An entre...


Dominic Brown Joins WBTS Boston Weather Team

Dominic Brown is joining WBTS Boston's First Alert Meteorology team this week. He'll appear in the 4 and 7 p.m. weekday newscasts....


Netflix's Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders Series Premieres

Netflix debuts America's Sweethearts: Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders, a docuseries detailing the 2023-2024 cheer squad from beginning to end, June 20. There ar...


Competition to achieve trusted newsroom status as new campus is launched

A new platform dedicated to helping journalists win audience trust and tackle disinformation has been launched and with it a competition offering newsrooms (fro...


Give Me the Backstory: Get to Know Josh Margolin, the Filmmaker Behind Thelma

By Bailey Pennick One of the most exciting things about the Sundance Film Festival is having a front-row seat for the bright future of independent filmmaking. ...


More Choice for U.S. Subscribers

On Spotify, users discover and enjoy music, podcasts, and audiobooks, with various plans that meet our listeners' needs. We offer subscriptions for every st...


That's a Wrap on Cannes Lions 2024! Inside the Awards, Spotify Beach Action, and More

This week, Spotify returned to the South of France for the 2024 Cannes Lions Int...


NextGen TV Comes to Myrtle Beach-Florence, S.C.

MYRTLE BEACH, S.C. Leading television stations serving the Myrtle Beach-Florence, S.C. market have launched NextGen TV aka ATSC 3.0 broadcasts....


Get 1-Year License of Aiarty Image Enhancer for Free - Upscale Images, Enhance and Add Realistic Details

Get 1-Year License of Aiarty Image Enhancer for Free - Upscale Images, Enhance a...


Bollywood Romantic Comedy Fake Boyfriend Shot with Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Cameras

Bollywood Romantic Comedy Fake Boyfriend Shot with Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Came...


DI4D sees double in new short film

Double uses the companys PURE4D 2.0 solution to faithfully transfer actor Neil Newbon's facial performance onto his digital double By Jenny Priestley Pub...


Lawo: Dunn climbing the corporate ladder

Dunns new role brings additional management responsibilities under German law By Matthew Corrigan Published: June 21, 2024 Dunn's new role brings addi...


Wohler Technologies Names John Earnest Vice President

HAYWARD, Calif. Wohler Technologies has appointed John Earnest vice president of global sales and marketing....


Reuters Selects Sony Cameras for Its Worldwide Video Group

SYDNEY Sony has announced that the global news agency Reuters has selected Alpha and XDCAM cameras, G Master lenses and audio equipment to equip its video journ...


Vislink Names Donnie Gilliam Vice President Of Operations

OLIVE, N.J. Vislink has appointed Donnie Gilliam vice president of operation with responsibility for driving customer satisfaction, cost reduction and working c...


LG And Blacknut Launch Single Game Subscription Services

ENGLEWOOD CLIFFS, N.J. LG Electronics USA and Blacknut Cloud Gaming are bringing additional cloud gaming options to LG Smart TVs in the U.S. with the launch of ...


Lawo Elevates Jamie Dunn To Executive Board, Deputy CEO Role

RASTATT, Germany Lawo has announced that Jamie Dunn is taking on additional responsibility as Vorstand (member of the executive board) and deputy CEO sharing ...


DirecTV Adds Five Lionsgate Channels

LOS ANGELES DirecTV and Lionsgate have inked a new, wide-ranging licensing agreement that will immediately make five Lionsgate channels available to all DirecTV...


Gray Promotes Three Execs to New Leadership Positions

ATLANTA Gray Television, Inc. is promoting three executives to new leadership positions effective July 1, 2024. The three will work to help the company expand i...


Sonnet Announces High-Performance USB-C 20Gbps PCIe Card With Support for 2,000 MB/s Data Transfers

Sonnet Announces High-Performance USB-C 20Gbps PCIe Card With Support for 2,000 ...


Viamedia To Sell Programmatic Ads for Willow by Cricbuzz as Cricket Gains Popularity in the U.S.

Independent advertising rep firm Viamedia said it has made a deal to sell progra...


Team Whistle Integrates Sponsor GNC Into No Days Off' Series

Digital content company Team Whistle has integrated sponsor GNC into a new episode of its series No Days Off....


Emad Asghar Named VP/News Director at WNYW-WWOR New York

Emad Asghar has been named VP and news director at WNYW-WWOR New York. He's been with the station for 16 years, and had been assistant news director....


Hair Metal Gets Close-Up in Paramount Plus Docuseries

Docuseries N thing But a Good Time: The Uncensored Story of 80s Hair Metal will be on Paramount Plus late this year. There will be three parts....


Vertical Horizon: A 9:16 Social Video Content Production Masterclass

Vertical Horizon: A 9:16 Social Video Content Production Masterclass Leaders from HBS, Sky Sport, and Little Dot Sport break down the challenges of vertical vid...


T20 Cricket World Cup: Inside Look at Disney Star's Host Broadcast, Unilateral Productions

T20 Cricket World Cup: Inside Look at Disney Star's Host Broadcast, Unilater...


T20 Cricket World Cup: ICC, With Help of Quidich, Offers Apple Vision Pro Users Immersive Highlights

T20 Cricket World Cup: ICC, With Help of Quidich, Offers Apple Vision Pro Users ...


Asian Cinemas and Qube Cinema to expand footprint of EPIQ Premium Large Format across South India

Asian Cinemas and Qube Cinema to expand footprint of EPIQ Premium Large Format a...


Sweet Home' Season 3 Teaser Sets Stage for Final Battle to Save All

Back to All News Sweet Home' Season 3 Teaser Sets Stage for Final Battle to Save AllPlay Video Play Video Entertainment 21 June 2024 GlobalSouth Korea...


Baselight training. Paris. Les Lapins Bleus

Baselight accredited training partner, Les Lapins Bleus, is conducting more Baselight training in Paris in the months ahead. Click the links below for more inf...


Space Alliance wins 2024 Farnse d'Or award

Facebook Twitter LinkedIn Thales and Leonardo recognized for strengthening ties between Italy and France through space cooperation under Quirinal Treaty ...


Dynamics Processing for MIDI Velocity

By Craig Anderton Sure, you can follow your virtual instrument with an audio compressor. But there's a problem: an instrument's dynamics and expressive...


Industry signs Letter of Intent on MGCS

Facebook Twitter LinkedIn At the Eurosatory 2024 international defence trade fair, the managing directors of KNDS Deutschland, KNDS France, Rheinmetall La...


ASTRA 1P communications satellite successfully launched

Facebook Twitter LinkedIn The most powerful geostationary satellite ever designed to operate from 19.2 East Cape Canaveral, Florida, June 21, 2024 - AST...


June 20, 2024

Neuroscientist Xin Jin granted Pew and McKnight awards Jin is named a 2024 Pew Scholar and receives the McKnight Scholar Award, supporting her research in mappi...


Rosie Jones's Disability Comedy Extravaganza returns for a third series on free-to-air channel U&Dave and free streaming service, U

Free-to-air channel Dave and UKTV Play to be renamed U&Dave and U, following lau...


Get to Know Troy Lewis: 2024's Sally Menke Fellow and Editor of Daughters

I am still processing what it means to be part of the Sally Menke Fellowship and the Sundance Directors Labs, says Troy Lewis from a condo-turned-edit-bay at t...