On the Road and Back: Scott Browner Lends a Hand

By | April 21, 2020

Under different circumstances, making the 20-mile trek up and down the 101 Freeway in Los Angeles several times a week wouldn’t have been the way that Scott Browner chose to spend his hiatus as A-Camera Operator from The Goldbergs. But with the COVID-19 pandemic having shut down the film and TV industry, the situation is […]

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Happy 50th Earth Day

By | April 21, 2020

50 years ago, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), the Clean Water Act, the Endangered Species Act, and OSHA did not exist. These vital agencies were created as a result of the activism that grew out of the first Earth Day. Sadly, these agencies that serve the public interest are now endangered and we must work […]

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The Actors Fund: There to Help 600 Members

By | April 14, 2020

  In times of crisis, The Actors Fund goes into immediate action. A human services organization that services all branches of the entertainment industry, The Actors Fund provides emergency financial assistance, affordable housing, health care, insurance counseling secondary career development and other services. Local 600 partners with The Actors Fund to administer social services to […]

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Spotlight: Claire Folger

By | April 7, 2020

Several years ago, a camera assistant friend of Claire Folger’s drew the comparison between a film camera and a rather different device. “A camera mechanism works basically the same as a sewing machine mechanism,” said Folger, a still photographer and 20-year member of Local 600. “So anyone who can run camera should be able to […]

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3D Agents of Shield

By | April 3, 2020

“I’ve always been a tinkerer,” describes L.A.-based camera operator Andrew Brinkhaus. “When the COVID-19 shut down hit, like many, I got online and started reading. One of the things that caught my eye was the different products and designs for face masks and other things.” Brinkhaus started posting on Instagram, looking for fellow guild members […]

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Safety Heroes

By | March 13, 2020

Experts agree on this point: when it comes to safety, the film and TV industry has been complacent for too long. In the 1980s, if filmmakers needed to capture the majesty of the Cabrillo Highway in California’s stunning Big Sur region, they would find camera operators willing to hang out of an open helicopter, one arm […]

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Spotlight: Eric Dyson

By | March 2, 2020

In the motion picture and TV industry, professional connections are everything. So when an artist is looking to branch out, try on new professional hats or direct a passion project, he might choose his crew from the ranks of his union brothers and sisters. That’s how it worked for Camera Operator Eric Dyson as he […]

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Safety First Everywhere

By | February 19, 2020

Want to start your workday off on the right footing? Make the first shot of the day a “Jonesey.” When a first assistant director calls a “Jonesey,” he or she reminds crew members about the importance of observing safety on set at all times. The term honors the legacy of Sarah Jones, the Local 600 […]

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Handheld Filming in Vehicles

By | February 12, 2020

More information about free driving can be found at here.

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Publicity Never Sleeps

By | February 8, 2020

On the Friday before the Oscars, the publicists get their moment in the spotlight. The annual ICG Publicists Awards is an occasion for publicists, journalists, still photographers and, yes, even celebrities, to honor the work of the men and women who are frequently operating behind the scenes. The 57th annual Publicists Awards Luncheon will be […]

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