Back to Prom and Beyond

By | November 17, 2020

While most of us would admit there haven’t been a lot of silver linings during the Coronavirus pandemic, Camera Assistant Penny Sprague has found a few. Among them: the opportunity to take a COVID-19 Contact Tracing course from Johns Hopkins University; time to think about going back to school for her Masters degree and, perhaps, eventually teaching; the fact […]

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A Proud Islander Helps GOTV

By | October 28, 2020

As the Local 600 Young Workers ramped up a hugely successful summer voter registration campaign, the team deployed multiple volunteers to ensure that not a single member was left behind. To reach the 40 members based in Puerto Rico, the committee turned to a native-born volunteer: 2nd AC Jose Figueroa-Baez, a member of 10 years […]

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A Day in the Life with Eddy Chen

By | October 2, 2020

Life during quarantine, for Eddy Chen, his wife Winnie, and their two dogs, was quiet ­– for a few months. The family sequestered in their Westside L.A. apartment, cooked, exercised, lounged, and watched TV. Walking the dogs and a trip to the market was their biggest foray out into the world. As restrictions eased, Chen […]

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Back to the Classroom

By | September 30, 2020

Featured photo by Bonnie Osborne Returning for a fifth year of teaching Production 2 at USC’s School of Cinematic Arts, Camera Operator Dianne Farrington feels the absence of students especially strong. Now taking Farrington’s course online, the 30 students – 15 undergraduates and 15 grads – are still very much in attendance, but from as […]

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A Day in the Life of Eli Joshua Adé

By | September 18, 2020

When Atlanta-based Local 600 Unit Still Photographer Eli Joshua Adé was made aware of Georgia’s “stay at home” notice, he was just finishing the pilot of HBO’s futuristic dramatic series, DMZ. With safety being paramount, Adé sequestered himself in his farmhouse in nearby Hampton, where he has been able to spend quality time with his […]

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10 Questions with Tim Nagasawa

By | September 11, 2020

As a DIT for major projects like Ray Donovan, Dawn of the Planet of the Apes, and Spider-Man 3, Tim Nagasawa’s job takes him around the world. But he counts himself lucky that he was back home in Southern California when a “shelter in place” order came down. “I’d just finished six months of living […]

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10 Questions with Quenell Jones

By | September 4, 2020

When Eastern Region Operator (and NEB Board member) Quenell Jones, SOC, first heard about a mandatory “shelter in place” order, he barely strayed a block from his Brooklyn apartment. Jones, who says “activity is in his DNA,” whether it’s working on projects like The First Purge, Get Out, and Daredevil or just exploring blocks and […]

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Balancing Life with Yoga

By | August 26, 2020

A few days a week, Lauren “Renni” Pollock – a 2ndAC and Local 600 member since 2013 — breaks the monotony of quarantine by teaching an hour-long yoga session via Zoom from her living room.  Joining her are up to a dozen people including friends, colleagues and occasionally someone she doesn’t know. They Zoom in […]

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Navigating to the Next Normal

By | August 21, 2020

David Bowie’s classic song, “Space Oddity,” reportedly inspired by Stanley Kubrick’s 2001: A Space Odyssey, related the experiences of Major Tom, a fictional space traveler, who found himself “floating ’round my tin can, far above the moon. Planet Earth is blue, and there’s nothing I can do.” Reporting later to a Ground Control (he may […]

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A Day in the Life with Lacey Terrell

By | August 7, 2020

“The last time I was around a group of more than four people (aside from the grocery) was in Frank Schaeffer’s lighting workshop at the Guild in March,” says Lacey Terrell, SMPSP (A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood, Hillbilly Elegy, True Detective, Veep). She’s been sticking close to her Los Feliz home, going through stills […]

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