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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...
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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...
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President’s Letter December 2017

"Problem Solved…" No matter what production we’re working on, or what job classifications we belong to, our jobs as Local 600 members always consist of solving problems. And one of the great methods of problem solving is by deductive reasoning. As I...
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Over The Rainbow

NBC’s hit reality performance series is a dream come true for any young vocalist, and that excitement is just as palpable for the large Guild camera team behind the scenes. Photo by Trae Patton/NBC Every singer has the desire to be heard; every budding...
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President’s Letter November 2017

"Tell Me Again…" Cinematography and cinematographers are on the ascendency, and one simple proof is the popularity and longevity of Camerimage, the world’s only film festival devoted entirely to cinematography, which this month celebrates its 25th...

Humanity 2.0

Roger Deakins, ASC, BSC, reveals what lies beyond ‘Ridleyville’ in Denis Villeneuve’s new Blade Runner 2049. Ridley Scott’s 1982 masterpiece, Blade Runner, derived from Philip K. Dick’s cult novel Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?, hit theaters...
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President’s Letter October 2017

"Questions and Answers" Composer Mason Williams once noted that “the question is often much more interesting than the answer,” and we’re in a technological era where there are often many answers to each question. Sometimes those answers are based on...
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Deep Cover

The creators of The Wire and Treme return to television for this gritty look at the origins of the porn industry – and a long-vanished world on New York City’s 42nd St. Standing in Times Square in 2017, watching moms and dads with strollers and...
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President’s Letter September 2017

"The Biggest Tent…" The International Cinematographers Guild is mostly known for the work our members do in narrative features and episodic series television. But we live under a much bigger tent, filled with many diverse artists and craftspeople, than...
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Shots Fired

Detroit, 1967: One terrifying incident in the history of American Civil Rights becomes the centerpiece of a film tour de force for Barry Ackroyd, BSC, and director Kathryn Bigelow The city of Detroit was already in flames, its black population in a literal...
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President’s Letter August 2017

"Source-Makers, Part II" Last month, my conversation with leaders of other IATSE Craft Guilds began with Local 800 Executive Director Chuck Parker, a veteran Hollywood-based production designer whose credits include Detroit 1-8-7, Monk, and Under the Dome....