President's Letter

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President’s Letter – December 2012

Torches Burning In the language of this Twitter generation: OMG! The plethora of imaging platforms that exist today breaks with more than 100 years of filmmaking history. When I was part of the “next generatio... Read More...
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President’s Letter – November 2012

Heart Strings I’d say the majority of cinematographers that I know began their careers, indeed cut their teeth, shooting some form of non-fiction – news, vérité, documentary features – and I’ve been no excepti... Read More...
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President’s Letter – October 2012

Message in a Bottle I’d like to begin and end this column with a pair of clichés, which, after all, only ripple so deeply through popular culture because they contain an element of truth. In the case of the mo... Read More...
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President’s Letter – September 2012

Gravitas Lately we’ve been hearing about the standard model in physics, which claims that finding one more subatomic particle will yield the so-called “God” particle, thus explaining all we need to know about ... Read More...
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President’s Letter – August 2012

Do-Si-Do As cinematographers, artists and technicians, we are being offered more complex and efficient opportunities (and the ability to record much more image information) with each passing month. Such opport... Read More...
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President’s Letter – July 2012

In Focus The son of the acclaimed 19th-century photographer Julia Margaret Cameron once described his mother’s workflow this way: “When focusing, she came to that which was beautiful to her, she stopped ther... Read More...
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President’s Letter – June 2012

Falling Skies Having just come back from NAB, I still feel a bit shaken, apprehensive and very excited about what we all saw at the world’s biggest media equipment tradeshow. To me, it felt like there were t... Read More...
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President’s Letter – May 2012

So Sensitive Just yesterday I was explaining to a producer how film has become an artistic rather than economic choice. That’s not without advantages: the myth about digital being cheaper than film is not so... Read More...
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President’s Letter – April 2012

Along the Watchtower Thinking about new technology and its impact on the world of visual effects and, by extension, on our membership, I’m reminded of the classic Bob Dylan anthem “All Along The Watchtower” ... Read More...
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President’s Letter – March 2012

Wake-up Call There’s something remarkable going on in the way our culture now creates and consumes entertainment and media. Through a constant overlay of technologies, we have changed not only our physical... Read More...
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President’s Letter – February 2012

Digital snowflakes I recently had an opportunity to do a pick-up shot for a friend on a movie shot on film, which is rare these days, albeit not unheard of. I went in and took out my light meter, set the len... Read More...
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President’s Letter – January 2012

My New Year’s Resolution? More change. New years bring new thoughts about what lies ahead in the world of image capture and processing. And I think, in some ways, it will be a year of consolidation of servic... Read More...