Still Life: A Still Photographer Talks About His Years On-Set

By | May 4, 2021

Wynn passed on Sunday, May 2, 2021, at the age of 97. As seen in the Winter 2019 edition of Camera Angles. Wynn Hammer was not yet 30 when he joined the International Cinematographers Guild in 1953. He was a titles photographer, but needed to be a member of IATSE Local 659 to work the […]

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Embodying the Values of Unions: A Visit with Herb Harton

By | April 14, 2021

The three best and most significant decisions of Herb Harton’s life were getting married, having children and joining the union. “I attribute my success to those three decisions,” said Harton, the North Carolina-based 1st AC. “Those are the gifts that keep on giving.” In his nearly 33 years as a dues-paying union member, Harton himself […]

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Looking Forward with Richard DuCree

By | February 3, 2021

When not shooting stills for projects like Stargirl, MacGyver, Greenleaf, and Nat Geo’s Genius: Aretha (ICG Magazine May 2020), Atlanta-based still photographer Richard DuCree captures stunning images that form the crossroads of art and social justice. Recently, DuCree was hired as the official photographer to document Raphael Warnock’s Georgia senatorial campaign. “It was a big […]

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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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