DITs Join the COVID Fight

By | May 12, 2020

Not all scientific research takes place in a lab. Nor are all the people running the tests and crunching the numbers microbiologists or infectious disease specialists. As the fight to permanently take down the COVID-19 virus rages on, a group of Local 600 digital imaging technicians (DITs) have answered the call by offering up something […]

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Julie Donovan: The Logistics of Stitching

By | May 5, 2020

Question: What’s a person who freely admits she can’t sew doing in an organization that is furiously stitching masks to send to hospitals all over Georgia? Answer: Making a difference. When the film and TV industry shut down, Local 600 1st Assistant Julie Donovan, a Local 600 member since 1996 based in Atlanta, quickly saw […]

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A Generous Menu at Roots Café

By | April 28, 2020

The much-loved coffee, sandwiches and baked goods available at Brooklyn’s Roots Café now come with something extra: a generous serving of love, compassion and hope. When they took over the business two years ago, Gareth Manwaring and his wife, Patricia, envisioned making the cafe a popular neighborhood gathering spot. And they have ramped up the […]

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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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