President's Letter

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President’s Letter – December 2011

Skating to the Puck There’s been a lot spoken and written about the passing of Steve Jobs in the last few months, but I’d like to offer one more example of how attitude and purpose of vision can make all t... Read More...
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President’s Letter – November 2011

Pros and Cons How will the world of non-fiction filmmaking be impacted by the amazing new array of prosumer tools to hit the market? I’m talking about iPhones that can shoot at1080P and a tiny HD camera like... Read More...
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President’s Letter – October 2011

Right Today, Wrong Tomorrow? I’m beginning to really dislike the term: workflow. Everyone assumes it’s something brand new. But, in fact, it’s been around for a long time, albeit in different guises.... Read More...
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President’s Letter – September 2011

Where Talent Meets Opportunity How hard is it to get a break in this business? How many times have I asked myself that question over the course of my long career? As anyone in this freelance industry knows, ... Read More...
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President’s Letter – August 2011

All Grown Up Last month I talked about how important it was for Guild camera crews to be literate; to be able to describe, in a concise and cogent manner, how, why and exactly what it is we do in this indust... Read More...
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President’s Letter – July 2011

Talk To Me As cinematographers we often have to talk about our work as much as we have to execute it. These days, it seems, verbal skills for our camera team members are as important as the technical and art... Read More...
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President’s Letter – June 2011

Moving Targets Sometimes the best action shots are simply a camera placed in the right position, at the right time, not moving at all. Some of the best movement I’ve ever seen in films and television shows h... Read More...
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President’s Letter – May 2011

Totally Connected Last month I talked about how four out of the five features nominated for an Oscar® for Best Cinematography were shot on film, and how I didn’t find this unusual because they were all done ... Read More...
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President’s Letter – April 2011

How We Get There With the many new cameras and technologies on display at NAB this year and new digital systems in abundance everywhere we turn, I found it illuminating that four out of the five Oscar® nomin... Read More...
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President’s Letter – March 2011

Another Country Any linguistics teacher will tell you that learning a language as a child, before the brain has formed years of habitual references, is an easier task than starting from scratch as an adult. ... Read More...
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President’s Letter – February 2011

Why Awards Matter Why are awards important? Why do we spend three months out of every year having industry media outlets screaming, “awards season has arrived”; obsessively watching them pick favorites, unde... Read More...