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Panavision's New Filmmaker Program

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Panavisions New Filmmaker Program

Panavision has always been a company that believes in helping students and beginning filmmakers achieve their dreams. Without Panavision's generosity, students and beginning filmmakers may never have the opportunity to work with professional grade equipment until they start working in the industry. As part of this philosophy, the New Filmmaker Program was started.

Panavision's New Filmmaker Program started over 25 years ago and offers new filmmakers the opportunity to pursue their vision by donating a camera package. Without this, many young filmmakers might feel it is impossible to complete their project. Panavision has seen many filmmakers come through the program and continue on in a very successful career, and in most cases they become a regular Panavision customer. Through this program, Panavision loans film or digital camera packages (based on availability) to filmmakers for student thesis films, low-budget independent features, showcase reels, Public Service Announcements, or any other type of short not-for-profit project.

The New Filmmaker Program has four 16mm and two 35mm cameras which have been set aside from the rental pool and are permanently attached to the program. Digital cameras may also be considered, based upon availability. These cameras are rotated from production to production, with time allotted for camera service and maintenance between productions. For your project to be considered for the New Filmmaker Program, you must submit a completed proposal to the program. This proposal is then reviewed and a decision is made as to whether or not the proposal meets Panavision's standards and scheduling requirements.

When submitting your proposal, please include the following:

  • Cover letter describing the status of your production, what format you intend to shoot in and a little bit about yourself. (If you are working on a thesis project for school, you must submit a letter of reference from your professor on school letterhead.)
  • Shooting schedule
  • Copy of the script
  • Copy of your budget
  • Resumes and bios of all key people involved
  • Contact information (e-mail/phone number) for all key people involved
  • If you are associated with a school, include a letter of good standing on the school's letterhead. If you are not associated with a school, please include a copy of your state ID
  • Three line synopsis
  • Any other material that you think will cause your proposal package to stand out (location photos, storyboards, past work, etc.)

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