President's Letter

President’s Letter February 2016

"Bridges To Cross" The beginning of every year is usually a hopeful time. But 2016 begins on an undeniably bittersweet note, with the very recent loss of four essential and inspiring people – personally, to ... Read More...

President’s Letter January 2016

"Higher Callings" Showcase is a word that fits a lot of situations. But what it means, most often, to cinematographers, is getting your work seen in a film festival. Of course these days, film festivals are ... Read More...

President’s Letter November 2015

“Real-ly Dedicated” Some of the most difficult, demanding and personally dangerous work our camera crews ever do is in the area of nonfiction filmmaking. This includes some areas of reality television (think... Read More...

President’s Letter – September 2015

“Unbroken Circle” Fall is my favorite time of year. Not because of the cooling L.A. temperatures, or the falling leaves and crisp air. It’s Emerging Cinematographers time, once again, and I’m so enthusiastic... Read More...

President’s Letter – August 2015

“– Part II” This month I’m bringing ICG readers the second part of a wide-ranging conversation I’ve been having with cinematographer Joy Lightfield, GCA (Global Cinematography Alliance), who has been rev... Read More...

President’s Letter – July 2015

“– Part I” Our annual Interview Issue is always filled with amazing insights from professionals across this vast industry. For last year’s President’s Message, I took the unique op- portunity of intervie... Read More...

President’s Letter – June 2015

“We Are Family – Part II” The ability to make a set efficient, respectful to all of the production crafts, and most of all (given the magazine’s focus this month on large-budget, action moviemaking) safe for... Read More...

President’s Letter – May 2015

“Family Ties”   I know it’s easy for the more senior practitioners of our craft to often regale younger camera team members with tales of how much this industry has changed. How we have all “benefite... Read More...

President’s Letter – April 2015

“In Our Wheelhouse” From the beginning of the digital transition, almost 20 years ago, I and others announced that the end goal of this technology must be to find a Holy Grail of imaging – an “end-to-end, de... Read More...

President’s Letter – March 2015

“Flocking Together” My experience with visual effects movies was in the pre-digital era. I was very fortunate to work on classics like Blade Runner and Close Encounters Of The Third Kind, shooting second-uni... Read More...

President’s Letter – February 2015

“Matters At Hand” Here’s a question that is decidedly not rhetorical: What film or television show that you’ve worked on lately has not had a publicist? Let me put it another way: Every show you’ve wor... Read More...

President’s Letter – January 2015

“Windows to Our World” We’ve all been inside big-box stores, jammed end-to-end with large-screen HDTVs, only to find, as we approach these Coliseum-like displays, images that look nothing like what we, the f... Read More...