President's Letter

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 ... Read More...

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... Read More...

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 wit... Read More...

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 pote... Read More...

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 ... Read More...

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 probl... Read More...

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 cinematograp... Read More...

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 ques... Read More...

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 wit... Read More...

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... Read More...

President’s Letter June/July 2017

"Source-makers" For this special Interview issue, I’ve initiated a series of equally special editorials comprising my ongoing conversations with the leaders of IATSE Craft Guilds. IATSE Local 800 Executive D... Read More...

President’s Letter May 2017

"The History of Amazement" We’ve reached a kind of “cracking point” in the field of visual effects. What do I mean by that? At this very moment we are on the verge of “cracking” the VFX ceiling via the many ... Read More...