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Shooting “Children of the Corn” During Pandemic
Looking back at his experience on the remake of Children of the Corn — Andrew Rowlands’ first feature film assignment as principal director of photography — the veteran camera operator is astounded by the biblical challenges the crew survived while shooting in Australia for 34 days earlier this year.
Film in the Time of Corona: L.A. Shoots Restart
Even as a rebound in COVID-19 cases brings new business closures, the gears of Hollywood’s film industry have started to turn as filming resumes on the streets of Los Angeles.
Film Academy Surpasses Diversity Goals with New Members
On Tuesday, 819 entertainment industry executives and artists were invited to join the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.
Film Industry Seeks Legislative Relief From COVID-19 Impact
Hollywood studios and unions have asked Congress to revive the battered entertainment industry with a legislative package including hiring incentives, federal insurance and enhanced expensing of production costs.
Christopher Nolan’s ‘Tenet’ Delays Release Date - Again
Warner Bros. has again pushed back the release date for Christopher Nolan’s “Tenet.” It’s the second delay for the highly anticipated tentpole, which has been primed to reignite moviegoing after lengthy cinema closures due to the coronavirus pandemic.
600’s Queer Group Creates Safe Harbor
When he put out the call for a social gathering of LGBTQ Local 600 members and their supporters in New York City, Camera Operator Julien Zeitouni had no idea how many people would be interested. But when the 25 people showed up at the Whale in New York’s Bushwick neighborhood, Zeitouni quickly realized that the new group was filling an important need.
How Hollywood Guilds Are Confronting Their Ties to a Police Union
While other industry groups within the AFL-CIO are split, WGA East is calling for a disaffiliation: "It's not just about bargaining contracts; it's also about social and civil justice."
Face Masks, Temp Checks at First Red Carpet Event in Pandemic
Despite the ongoing COVID-19 crisis and reports that cases were on the rise once again in California, a red carpet movie premiere took place in Hollywood on Wednesday night.
Austria to Cover Costs for Productions Impacted by COVID-19
Austria has introduced the first government-backed fund to compensate film and television companies if they are forced to shut down or delay a production due to COVID-19.
A Day in the Life with Laura Magruder
Still photographer Laura Magruder (Force of Nature, The Last Thing He Wanted, Driven, Imprisoned, The Men Who Stare at Goats, Che. Part 1), her husband, daughter and a whole lot of pets are “staying-at-home” in San Juan, Puerto Rico. When she isn’t taking care of her household (including her many plants), she’s looking out the windows, listening to the new sounds of the silent city, observing clear skies, birds replacing airplanes, chirping replacing the sounds of wheels on the tar.
Production Diversity Report Unveiled by Time’s Up & AFCI
The Association of Film Commissioners International (AFCI) and Time's Up have released their first TV and film production diversity report. Titled, "A Study of AFCI Member and Partner Diversity Initiatives," the 2020 report provides a snapshot of the diversity initiatives currently employed by film commissions around the globe. In particular, it draws attention to the efforts led by film commissions to address safety on sets, equity among the workforce and diversity and inclusion in leadership.
Producers Guild Re-Elects Co-Presidents Fisher and Berman
Gail Berman and Lucy Fisher have been re-elected the presidents of the Producers Guild of America, the organization announced Thursday.
Hollywood Unions Release Protocols For Restarting Film & TV Production
Hollywood’s unions released their detailed protocols today for the safe reopening of the film and TV industry – a joint effort by the DGA, SAG-AFTRA, IATSE and the Teamsters. The 36-page report implements the more general guidelines set forth in a White Paper on reopening that was issued by the Industry-Wide Labor-Management Safety Committee Task Force on June 1. The release of the unions’ report comes just as Los Angeles County has allowed production to resume, starting today.
10 Questions with Gabriel Pfeiffer
New Mexico-based 1st AC Gabriel Pfeiffer started his career at Panavision, in Dallas, TX. He transitioned to the freelance world and worked his way through various camera department classifications, on projects such as Briarpatch, Stargirl, Messiah, Daybreak, Hostiles, and Whiskey Tango Foxtrot. He met his wife, Jennifer, a makeup artist, on set. The two, along with their daughter, Harlow, are staying happy, healthy, and “mostly sane” in their house in the Rio Grande River Valley, in the little town of Bernalillo, NM.
Local 600 & ICG Magazine Presents "Deep Dive" with HBO's "I Know This Much is True"
Local 600 and ICG Magazine are launching "Deep Dive," a virtual panel series where we chat with the creative teams of union television and film productions.
How COVID-19 is Transforming the Film Industry
After more than 40 years as an actor, Sheri Mann Stewart had finally taken the plunge to launch her own production company. A week after she wrapped shooting her first film for Mann Woman Productions, Atlanta went on pandemic lockdown.
ASC Elects Stephen Lighthill as President
The board of governors at the American Society of Cinematographers on Tuesday elected Stephen Lighthill as its new president. It is the second term in the top spot for Lighthill, who takes over from outgoing ASC president Kees van Oostrum, who had served the maximum four terms.
A Letter from Union Leadership to Oakland Police Department Concerning Detainment of KPIX-5 Reporter
KPIX-5 reporter Katie Nielsen was detained by the Oakland Police Department while doing her job reporting on demonstrations in Oakland on Monday 1 June.
CA Oks Production Startup June 12
California will allow film and television shoots to resume as soon as June 12, Gov. Gavin Newsom’s office said Friday, marking a major step toward reviving the entertainment business after the coronavirus outbreak crippled it nearly three months ago.