Request for Proposals for 2014 HPA Tech Retreat

Labor Day is over, so it’s that time of year again: time to think about proposing presentations for the 2014 HPA Tech Retreat, February 17-21 at the Hyatt Regency Indian Wells (Palm Springs, California area). Many say it’s the most-important event of the year.

For those of you not familiar with the retreat, HPA is the Hollywood Post Alliance, but the retreat is not restricted to Hollywood (past retreats have had presenters from Bombay to Buenos Aires and from New Zealand to Norway) or to post production (past presentations have covered such diverse topics as projector output, visual perception, viewer behavior, loudness control, object-based sound, content control, and military surveillance), and it predates HPA. There’s an overview here:

There are four main areas in which people can participate in the retreat beyond simply attending. This call is for proposed presentations in the main program and for breakfast-roundtable topics and moderators. There will be a call in November for proposed demo-area presentations; check the HPA web site: And, for sponsorship possibilities, please contact HPA Executive Director Eileen Kramer: [email protected].

ANYTHING related to moving-image technology and related audio may be proposed. Possibilities include (but are not limited to) archiving, bit-rate reduction, conditional access, distributed performance, enhanced imaging, film-grain emulation, glass-fiber improvements, higher dynamic range, image evaluation, JPEG2000, Kell’s factor, lensless shooting, making money multimedially, new technology, optical storage, practical robotics, quantum entanglement for distribution, rights management, super-high resolution, translation, ultra-high frame rate, vertical scanning, wavefield reconstruction in sound and vision, X-ray illumination, young audience attraction, and zoom limits. Is UHDTV good or bad? The cloud? LED lighting? Mobile devices?

February 17 will feature non-HPA events (such as Charles Poynton’s seminar). There will be an all-day “super-session” on the 18th. The 19th is typically devoted to audiences, presentation, and distribution. The 20th is typically devoted to production and post production. The 21st is typically devoted to future technologies. There are breakfast-roundtable slots on Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday.

No formal submission is required. Simply send me an e-mail describing what you want to do. Use as many or as few words as you think I’ll need to understand. I am capable of asking for more info if I need it. Send proposals to [email protected]. If for any reason that bounces you may try [email protected]. I will acknowledge all submissions; if you do not receive an acknowledgement, I probably have not received your proposal.

All submissions must come from the proposed presenter or breakfast-roundtable moderator. PR firms and marketing directors are welcome to make inquiries, but, unless they plan on doing the presentations, their submissions will not count. Proposers of panels are responsible for getting all panelists. Main-program slots are typically 30 minutes long, including set-up and Q&A; other durations will be considered on request. Submissions for the main program are due NO LATER THAN October 25. Decisions are expected by the end of November. We typically receive six times more proposals than we can accommodate. Decisions take into account trends received in submissions and concerns of the Tech Retreat committee, so a rejection does not necessarily reflect poorly on the submission. Successful presenters (and their panelists, if any) will get the speakers admission discount for the full retreat or may attend only their session free of charge.

For breakfast roundtables, all submissions that are moving-image and sound related will be accepted (until we run out of tables, which has not yet happened), and there is no deadline. Because there is no vetting process, there is also no associated admission discount. Moderators may change topic or even moderator up to the last minute, but once a table is committed to it must be covered between 7:30 am and 8:30 am even if the moderator would rather sit in on another table.

Please do not hesitate to contact me if you have any questions.


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