Ang Lee honored by IBC for using new tech in storytelling
Amsterdam, Sept. 11 (CNA) Oscar-winning Taiwanese director Ang Lee was awarded the 2016 International Honor for Excellence by the London-headquartered International Broadcasting Convention (IBC) Sunday for harnessing new technology in the service of storytelling.
At the award presentation ceremony in Amsterdam, moderator Naomi Climer, president of the Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET), introduced Lee as a movie director responsible for making some of the most powerful and popular films in the last couples of decades.
She praised Lee for using technologies "in support of the stories to emotionally engage us with the narrative." Climer cited as an example the "Life of Pi," which she described as "the best 3D movie to win the Best Director of Oscar."
Late last month when announcing the IBC will present Lee the Honor for Excellence, IBC CEO Michael Crimp described Lee as "a director who has harnessed technology in the service of great storytelling."
In his address at the award ceremony, the director from Taiwan said that during the period of time when he filmed "Life of Pi," he felt the film world had changed.
"I get my hands on digital cinema technology; it provides so many possibilities. This new technology and new digital cinema technology really excited me." he said.
Lee told CNA after the ceremony that he is very happy to get the award. Motion pictures are a kind of electronic technology, he said. When the technology is constantly being upgraded, "our art needs to keep up."
The director said new technology was applied to capture more details of humans and see through the inside feelings of humans. New technology helps him to get back to the very fundamentals of films, Lee said.
According to Lee, his new film, "Billy Lynn's Long Halftime Walk," was shot at the highest rate of 120 frames per second in 3-D and with 4K resolution to offer viewers a more sophisticated and detailed take on its straightforward dramatic theme.
Clips of Lee's films were broadcast during the ceremony, from "Sense and Sensibility," "Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon," "Brokeback Mountain," "Lust, Caution" to "Life of Pi." Participants in the event were also given a glimpse of his next work "Billy Lynn's Long Halftime Walk," which will debut in New York next month. (Courtesy of CNA)