"A Quiet Place," "The Crown," VW's "Kid's Dreams" Among HPA Award Winners
John Krasinski, left, and Noah Jupe in a scene from “A Quiet Place,” for which Christopher Tellefsen won the HPA Award for best editing of a feature film (Jonny Cournoyer/Paramount Pictures)
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Chris Tellefsen, ACE, won for his cutting of A Quiet Place, Asa Shoul took home the TV color grading honor for the “Paterfamilias” episode of The Crown, and colorist Adam Scott of The Mill got recognized for his work on Volkswagen’s “Kid’s Dreams” at the 13th annual Hollywood Professional Association (HPA) Awards this evening in Los Angeles. They were three of the night’s winners among talented individuals and teams working in a dozen creative craft categories, including color grading, sound, editing and visual effects for commercials, TV and feature films. 

The HPA Awards set the bar for creative and technical achievement, honoring the accomplishments of industry luminaries, behind-the-scenes artists and outstanding engineering teams.  

Additionally Victoria Alonso, EVP production of Marvel, was honored with the HPA Charles S. Swartz Award, and special awards were presented for Engineering Excellence. The many social movements, including #metoo, of the past year that effectively harnessed the power of technology to bring positive change to our industry were also acknowledged during the show.

The winners of the 2018 HPA Awards are:

Creative Categories

Outstanding Color Grading – Feature Film
Maxine Gervais // Technicolor – Hollywood

Outstanding Color Grading – Television 
“The Crown – Paterfamilias”
Asa Shoul // Molinare

Outstanding Color Grading – Commercial 
A Tie Between:  

Volkswagen – “Kids’ Dreams” 
Adam Scott // The Mill


Zara – “Spring/Summer 2018 Main”
Tim Masick // Company 3

Outstanding Editing – Feature Film 
Sponsored by Blackmagic Design
“A Quiet Place”
Christopher Tellefsen, ACE 

Outstanding Editing – Television (30 Minutes and Under)
Sponsored by Blackmagic Design
“VICE – After the Fall”
Kelly Kendrick // Vice

Outstanding Editing – Television (Over 30 Minutes)
Sponsored by Blackmagic Design
“The Defiant Ones – Part 2”
Doug Pray, Lasse Järvi 

Outstanding Sound – Feature Film
“The Shape of Water”
Christian Cooke, Brad Zoern, Nelson Ferreira, Nathan Robitaille // Deluxe - Toronto

Outstanding Sound – Television 
“Altered Carbon – Out of The Past” 
Brett Hinton, Mark Allen, Owen Granich-Young, Andy King, Keith Rogers // Atomic Sound

Outstanding Sound – Commercial  
OXFAM – “The Heist No One is Talking About”
Neil Johnson // Factory Studios

Outstanding Visual Effects – Feature Film
“Avengers: Infinity War”
Matt Aitken, Charles Tait, Paul Story, Sidney Kombo-Kintombo, Marvyn Young // Weta Digital

Outstanding Visual Effects – Television (Under 13 Episodes)
“Game of Thrones – Beyond The Wall” 
Joe Bauer, Steve Kullback, Ted Rae // HBO 
Eric Carney // The Third Floor
David Ramos // El Ranchito

Outstanding Visual Effects – Television (Over 13 Episodes)
“Agents of SHIELD – Orientation: Part 1” 
Mark Kolpack, Sabrina Arnold // Marvel 
Kevin Yuille, David Rey, Hnedel Maximore // FuseFX

The following special awards, which were previously announced, were also presented during the evening: 

HPA Engineering Excellence Award
The winners of the 2018 HPA Award for Engineering Excellence are: 

Blackmagic Design - DaVinci Resolve 15
DaVinci Resolve 15, released at NAB this year, offers a major step forward for the post-production workflow, a significant shift in technically and creatively matched toolsets as well as overall efficiency. The platform, designed to provide a full suite of post-production tools, from ingest to delivery, directly integrated in a single ecosystem, includes significant improvements in quality, functionality and time to delivery. Exchange formats, translation and conform can be eliminated, and last-minute change efficiently managed for feature film, episodic TV and short form productions.

Canon - Visual and Technical Monitoring of HDR Images
Canon has seen the need for not only visually seeing HDR images on set, in editorial, and in finishing but also for engineering tools to know exact values of the HDR images and its pixels; compare SDR and HDR images; compare different HDR deliverable systems; out of gamut warnings; and connection to various manufacturers camera metadata. This complete system from Canon ensures that HDR and SDR image creation is easily and accurately be accomplished.

Cinnafilm, Inc. – PixelStrings
PixelStrings is a cloud-based video conversion service focusing on ultimate playback quality for media.  Leveraging the award-winning framerate conversion, retiming, artifact/noise/telecine correction, and transcode technologies from Cinnafilm, this PaaS enables the mass creation of best-possible video versions while leveraging infinite, GPU-enabled cloud compute power.  The platform is a growing hub of other best-of-breed media technologies and is a simple pay-as-you-use toolset available 24/7 though a browser.  PixelStings enables the freedom of a predictable OpEx process.

IBM Aspera & Telestream - Telestream Vantage with Lightspeed Live Capture 
IBM Aspera and Telestream have developed a game-changing solution for high-speed capture and production of live, broadcast quality video from remote locations for faster production turnaround. The API integration of Aspera’s FASPStream streaming technology with Telestream Vantage and Lightspeed Live enables open-file workflows so production teams can work on live video feeds from remote locations in real time, with dramatically lower costs compared to satellite delivery, fiber or on-location production and more flexible deployment options.
The HPA Engineering Excellence Award is recognized as one of the most important technology honors in the industry, spotlighting companies and individuals who draw upon technical and creative ingenuity to develop breakthrough technologies.  Submissions for this peer-judged award may include products or processes and must represent a step forward for its industry beneficiaries. Honorable Mention was awarded to Samsung for Samsung Onyx.

Charles S. Swartz Award
The Charles S. Swartz Award is awarded to a person, group, or company that has made a significant artistic, technological, business or educational impact across diverse aspects of the media industry. The award recognizes broad, impactful and lasting contributions that have advanced and/or provided some unique purpose to the larger media content ecosystem.  This year’s honoree is Victoria Alonso, respected producer and EVP, production for Marvel Studios.


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