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Crew Members Now Required to Wear Masks Indoors on All Film and TV Productions in Los Angeles

July 5, 2022 | By
Crew Members Now Required to Wear Masks Indoors on All Film and TV Productions in Los Angeles

In case you missed it last week given the 4th of July holiday, film and TV productions shot in Los Angeles now require all crew members to wear masks indoors. LA County’s public health officer Barbara Ferrer made the announcement on Thursday and said it was a result of increasing hospitalizations due to COVID-19.... »

Animation Guild Votes to Ratify New Three-Year Contract With Studios and Streamers

July 5, 2022 | By
Animation Guild Votes to Ratify New Three-Year Contract With Studios and Streamers

The Animation Guild has voted to ratify a new three-year contract with Hollywood’s studios and streamers that establishes new job tiers for animation writers. 87 percent of guild members who voted used their ballots to ratify the agreement, while 13 percent voted against ratification. It’s unclear what percentage of guild members actually voted this... »

ARRI Unveils New Orbiter LiOS2 Software Update for Stronger Synergy Between Lighting and Camera

July 5, 2022 | By
ARRI Unveils New Orbiter LiOS2 Software Update for Stronger Synergy Between Lighting and Camera

ARRI has unveiled a new LiOS2 software update for the Orbiter LED luminaire, which will enable better workflows for modern productions, as three new operation modes (Sync Mode, Cue Mode, and Optics Auto Adjust) establish new possibilities for crews to work and cooperate faster and smarter. The update also includes new languages, additional preinstalled... »

Oscar-Nominated Make-Up Designer Donald Mowat Appointed to Order of Canada

July 2, 2022 | By
Oscar-Nominated Make-Up Designer Donald Mowat Appointed to Order of Canada

This past week, award-winning and Oscar-nominated Hair and Make-up Designer Donald Mowat was appointed to the Order of Canada by Her Excellency the Right Honourable Mary Simon, Governor General of Canada. Mowat is a long-time friend of Below the Line, who not only received his first Oscar nomination for Denis Villeneuve‘s Dune earlier this year, but he’s also... »

With L.A. Reeling From the Arclight Hollywood and Landmark Pico Closures, We Take a Closer Look at Movie Exhibition

June 30, 2022 | By
With L.A. Reeling From the Arclight Hollywood and Landmark Pico Closures, We Take a Closer Look at Movie Exhibition

The 12-screeen Landmark Pico theaters was a hub of moviegoing — art films and blockbusters alike — for 15 years. But COVID-19 thinned out the crowds and when Landmark was unable to come to an agreement with the landlord, Landmark Theatres president Kevin Holloway was forced to announce its closure at the end of... »

Nominations Announced for the 9th Annual Location Managers Guild International Awards

June 30, 2022 | By
Nominations Announced for the 9th Annual Location Managers Guild International Awards

The Location Managers Guild International (LMGI) has announced nominations for the 9th Annual LMGI Awards, which honor the outstanding and creative visual contributions by location professionals in film, television, and commercials from around the globe. Winners will be honored at the LMGI Awards ceremony, which will be returning to a live in-person event on Saturday, Aug. 27.... »

Scott Stueckle Announces Retirement After Nearly 30 Years at Kino Flo Lighting Systems

June 28, 2022 | By
Scott Stueckle Announces Retirement After Nearly 30 Years at Kino Flo Lighting Systems

Scott Stueckle has announced that he’s retiring after nearly 30 years as a Sales Manager at Kino Flo Lighting Systems. As of now, Ray Goitiandia will be taking over Stueckle’s duties, and any inquiries on projects that involved Stueckle can be directed to Goitiandia at [email protected] Frieder Hochheim, the president and founder of Kino... »

Film Academy Invites 397 to Join Membership – 44 Percent of Whom Are Women

June 28, 2022 | By
Film Academy Invites 397 to Join Membership – 44 Percent of Whom Are Women

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has invited 397 artists and executives to join the organization. These are all individuals who have distinguished themselves by their contributions to theatrical motion pictures. Membership selection is based on professional qualifications, with an ongoing commitment to representation, inclusion, and equity remaining a priority. The 2022... »

Petition for AMPTP to Recognize Music Supervisors Union Garners Nearly 10,000 Signatures in 24 Hours

June 22, 2022 | By
Petition for AMPTP to Recognize Music Supervisors Union Garners Nearly 10,000 Signatures in 24 Hours

Earlier this month, 75 percent of film and television Music Supervisors signed union authorization cards to form a union and become part of the International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees (IATSE), only for the Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers (AMPTP) to indicate they will not voluntarily recognize it. In an update to... »

Film Academy Unveils Newly Elected Board of Governors, Including Documentarian Chris Hegedus

June 22, 2022 | By
Film Academy Unveils Newly Elected Board of Governors, Including Documentarian Chris Hegedus

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences unveiled its newly elected 2022–2023 Board of Governors on Wednesday. The governors will take office at the first scheduled board meeting of the new term. Elected to the Board for the first time: Marlee Matlin, Actors Branch Richard Hicks, Casting Directors Branch Dion Beebe, Cinematographers Branch Jason... »