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L.A. Times Article Calls Out Prejudice within Crew Unions

By Edward Douglas

In a somewhat shocking article posted in yesterday’s L.A. Times, the venerable paper  called into account the amount of disparities and prejudice inherent in the “below the line” staff and crew working on film, television and in theater. The article states that the unions representing the likes of makeup artist, grips, film editors, set directors,... »

Back to Work: New Zealand Resumes Production Despite Minor COVID Resurgence

By Edward Douglas

Yesterday, I wrote a piece about how someone testing positive for COVID-19 could affect a production, but we haven’t really seen how a COVID outbreak in a particular area where production has resumed might affect that show until now. A new Variety story has gone into some depth on how New Zealand reopened for international productions... »

Directors Chair 5050 Workshops Resume on August 27

By Staff

The New Hollywood Collective has announced that its Directors Chair 5050 workshops will resume with a focus on diversity and representation by mentoring women directors, BIPOC and LGBTQIA+ directors, as well as those with disabilities, veterans and progressive men.  The next 3-hour workshop will take place on August 27 at 6pm PDT with  the title: “Directing the Short... »

Emmy-Nominated Serengeti Doc Films Animals in New Ways

By Scott Essman

Established in Tanzania, eastern Africa, in 1951, Serengeti National Park encompasses 5,700 square miles of grassland for its numerous wild animal species, attracting hundreds of thousands of international visitors every year. Now, spanning six separate episodes, Serengeti, created by BBC Earth, is a comprehensive documentary series concerning the natural behavior of the myriad animals... »

Back To Work: What Happens When Someone Tests Positive for COVID?

By Edward Douglas

I’ve written a few columns now about shows resuming production, but a question that keeps coming up and will keep coming up is, “What happens if someone tests positive?” Some might assume that it means a production has to shut down again immediately, but that’s not necessarily true. Since last week, there have been some... »

New York’s Visual Effects Production Sees Boom Despite Covid

By Staff

Many different avenues of production and post-production ground to a halt when COVID hit the United States in March, but the Post New York Alliance (PNYA) is seeing a boom in work for visual effects companies in New York State thanks to financial incentives from New York’s Film Tax Credit Program. Producers are turning to... »

Location Managers Guild to Honor Gary Sinise’s Humanitarian Efforts

By Staff

Location Managers Guild International (LMGI) announced today that award-winning actor Gary Sinise will be receiving its Humanitarian Award at the 7th Annual LMGI Awards on October 24. The 2020 Awards are following the theme, “2020 Vision: We See It First,” and Sinise’s work with the Gary Sinise Foundation to serve and honor American defenders, veterans, first responders... »

Newly-launched Colorist Awards is First International Competition Focusing on Colorists

By Staff

The Colorist Society International (CSI) and the Independent Colourist Guild (ICG) announced today they would be joining forces as partner and co-organizer for the newly-launched Colorist Awards. This will be the first international competition that focuses specifically on the craft of color and the work done by colorists in feature films, television, documentaries, commercials, music videos... »

DGA Productions Uses Teradek and SmallHD for Safety while Shooting on Location

By Staff

Offering full-service production capabilities, Watertown, Massachusetts company DGA Productions has had to learn new ways to fulfill their role as a one-stop shop from creative to final edit when the COVID-19 pandemic hit and stricter protocols were put in place for production. Equipment Manager Will McAuliffe needed to change the way the company normally works by working with fewer people... »

Tim & Jeff Cronenweth Join Wondros Collective’s Commercial, Branded Division

By Staff

Wondros Collective Sr. Executive Producer Danielle Perez has added to the company’s talent roster as The Cronenweths aka Tim and Jeff Cronenweth have joined the commercial and branded content division. Jeff recently received a 2020 Emmy nomination for his cinematography work on Amazon’s Tales from the Loop, directed by Mark Romanek, and he previously collaborated with David Fincher on Fight Club, The... »

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