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SMPTE Hollywood to Host Expert Panel on Drones

SMPTE Hollywood will offer a revealing glimpse into the state of drone technology and artistry at its October virtual meeting.  A panel of experts in the use of drones in film and television production will discuss the latest advances and future innovations in airborne camera systems. In the span of just a few years, drones have become virtually ubiquitous in film and television production, providing a relatively safe, simple and […]

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Review: Venom: Let There Be Carnage Wears Out Its Welcome Far Too Quickly, Even for a Sequel

2018’s Venom wasn’t exactly a bastard step-child for Sony Pictures or for Marvel Studios, who graciously stepped in to help Sony deliver two of the best Spider-Man movies to date, but its sequel, Venom: Let There Be Carnage, comes out three years later, maybe with not the same level of excitement of Marvel’s own movies. Absolutely destroyed by critics — and probably deservedly so — Tom Hardy’s first outing as […]

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ADG 800 Board of Directors Also Supports Strike Authorization

On Friday, Sept. 24, the Board of Directors for the Art Directors Guild (ADG, Local 800) also voted unanimously on a resolution to support the IATSE call to vote for a strike authorization, joining two of the other locals that make up IATSE You can read the entire resolution by ADG below: “Whereas, the IATSE International Bargaining Committee has asked its membership to vote to authorize a strike; and Whereas, the AMPTP has refused […]

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The Accidental Turitz: Contract Negotiations – Okay, Now We’re Getting Into It

I am not a member of IATSE, but I have many friends who are. Also, I am a member of the Hollywood community, in that I work here, even if I don’t actually live here. Because of that, I have been paying attention to the ongoing contract negotiations between the union and the Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers, as I do any time one of the guilds gets […]

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Hump Day News Update 9/29/21: SNL Gets New Cast & Director, Law and Order Returns, and More News

While we’re all waiting to find out what happens with IATSE‘s vote on Friday for a strike authorization, let’s look at some of the other news that’s been circulating in the industry over the past few days. If you live or work in Hollywood, then you’re probably aware of the COVID return-to-work protocols that were set up last year, but did you realize that they’re about to expire tomorrow, Thursday, Sept. […]

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Review: No Time to Die Should Have Been a Better Send-Off for Daniel Craig

When you realize it’s been six years since Spectre, the previous and penultimate installment of Daniel Craig’s James Bond “pentalogy,” was released, it’s strange to think of No Time To Die as both a direct sequel and a conclusion to Craig’s run.  The movie was delayed more than a year due to COVID, and it’s coming out presumably long after anyone cared what happens next. With a new director in […]

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New Update from IATSE Leaders, Strike Authorization Gets Support from Set Decorators

It’s been relatively quiet this week leading up to Friday’s vote for a strike authorization from IATSE in response to AMPTP refusing to respond to the labor union’s most recent proposal for a Basic Agreement contract, but IATSE President Matthew Loeb and other IATSE leaders released a Statement on Tuesday afternoon, suggesting its members vote “Yes” to take action, saying, “As International President and Presidents of the thirteen IATSE Locals in the […]

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Visual Effects Society Announces Special 2021 Honorees, Including New Honorary Member James Cameron

The Visual Effects Society (VES) has announced the Society’s newest Honorary Members, VES Fellows and inductees into the VES Hall of Fame.  The honorees and Hall of Fame inductees will be celebrated at a special event this Fall.  Visionary filmmaker James Cameron and CG pioneer Gary Demos were named Honorary VES Members. This year’s venerated VES Fellows who will be bestowed with the post-nominal letters “VES” are: Brooke Breton, Mike […]

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Harry Potter Director David Yates Will Receive the Evan Monley Award from Location Managers

The Location Managers Guild International (LMGI) has announced that Director David Yates will  receive this year’s Eva Monley Award at the 8th Annual LMGI Awards on Saturday, October 23, at 2:00 pm PDT in a virtual ceremony, dubbed “Celebrate the Where.” The award recognizes and honors industry members who support the vision of location professionals, and you can register to stream the ceremony HERE. Yates is best known for directing the second half of Warner Bros‘ Harry Potter franchise and the […]

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Leitz Announces Development of LEITZ ELSIE Prime Lenses

Ernst Leitz Wetzlar, the premium lens manufacturer for the motion picture and television industry based in Wetzlar, Germany, announces the development of a new line of cinema lenses, the LEITZ ELSIE prime lenses. Purposely built for cinematography and made in Germany, the Leitz Elsie lenses are designed for full-frame performance at a size, speed, and price point to serve a broad range of productions. The set features a consistent aperture […]