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President’s Letter June/July 2018

SURFING CHAOS Part II   Part 1 of my conversation with Howard Lukk, Standards Director for the Society of Motion Picture and Television Engineers (SMPTE), explored the historical antecedents for how the technical community has responded to...
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Past Present

Tim Ives channels his inner Allen Daviau for the 1980’s inspired sci-fi series Stranger Things. With the hit Netflix series Stranger Things having recently streamed its second season, showrunners Matt and Ross Duffer have solidified their hold on a new...
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Into The Wild

Media-based journeys push technological limits at Sundance 2018 In the six years since Sundance’s New Frontier program debuted Nonny del la Peña’s iconic virtual reality (VR) experience, Hunger in L.A., the festival’s carefully curated collection...
American Ninja Warrior - Season 10

Beat That Wall!

Television’s most heart-pounding action comes from an obstacle-course road show, better known as (cue the announcer) American Ninja Warrior! Anyone who’s been in the control room during a live sports broadcast – college or pro football, the March...
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President’s Letter May 2018

A Fail-Safe Operation This issue of ICG Magazine is all about action cinematography. But what really constitutes an action shot? Is it as simple as an operator running with a camera on his or her shoulder as he or she follows an actor down the street? Or...
MINDHUNTER

Bad Lands

Visualizing the daring and often scary world of David Fincher requires new technologies and processes rarely attempted in series television.   In the Season 1 finale of Netflix’s MINDHUNTER, a disturbed FBI Agent, Holden Ford (Jonathan Groff),...
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President’s Letter April 2018

Surfing Chaos Part 1 Emerging technology is a wave perpetually rolling across the entire spectrum of the media entertainment ecosystem. In this two-part series, I’m exploring the shifts in that ecosystem with Howard Lukk, a top technologist who is now...
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1st Of Their Kind

Rachel Morrison, ASC, claws into the cinematic debut of the history-making African-American superhero Black Panther. It's only with some hyperbole that one can say the level of anticipation for writer/director Ryan Coogler’s new superhero feature, Black...
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President’s Letter February/March 2018

"#Time Is Now" I have always made it a goal to include women and people of color on my crews, but that’s hardly been an easy ask. One time (in another country that shall go nameless), I was interviewing potential crewmembers for a project. I mentioned to...
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NEXT-Level Filmmaking

Buckle up for the biggest, baddest, bravest Sundance yet, as ICG filmmakers (who account for more than half of all the shorts/features in the fest this year) dump a blizzard of daring and innovation on Park City. By David Geffner. All photos courtesy of...
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President’s Letter January 2018

"What Dreams Are Made Of" In our professional lives as cinematographers, camera operators, assistants, DIT’s, still photographers and publicists, there’s nothing more satisfying than completing a successful day’s work on a project that any of you as...
Star Wars: The Last Jedi

Kylo Ren (Adam Driver)

Photo: Film Frames Industrial Light & Magic/Lucasfilm

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In The Name Of The Father

The penultimate episode of cinema’s greatest franchise has arrived. So which is more surprising?: who really are The Last Jedi’s heroes and villains, or its indie creators with an edgy new vision? You’d have to go back to Shakespearean...