“Storytelling and Gun Safety” Panel at Sundance 2024

By | February 14, 2024

The death of Director of Photography Halyna Hutchins on the set of Rust in 2021 is the latest in a long running stream of tragedies due to the mishandling of firearms on set and spurred a full-throated response from the industry. After the horrific tragedy, Local 600 banded together with the rest of the Hollywood […]

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Have Safety Expertise, Will Travel

By | November 16, 2022

Featured image by Local 600 Still Photographer Tobin Yelland. At industry trade shows and conventions, amidst the discussions of craft, gear and innovation, Local 600 has begun to formally promote a topic which the guild maintains is no less important to the future of filmmaking than any technology coming down the pike. Safety. At CineGear […]

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See Something? Say Something

By | October 15, 2021

Sensitivity and anti-harassment training have become regular features/conditions of employment, often as a way of satisfying state regulations or protecting the employer from potential liability. But Sunday’s bystander intervention seminar, conducted by the anti-harassment organization Hollaback! and tailored for Local 600 members, had a different goal: providing members of the camera and publicity teams with […]

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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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Shooting “Children of the Corn” During Pandemic

By | July 2, 2020

Looking back at his experience on the remake of Children of the Corn — Andrew Rowlands’ first feature film assignment as principal director of photography — the veteran camera operator is astounded by the biblical challenges the crew survived while shooting in Australia for 34 days earlier this year. “Australia had just gone through massive […]

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Ambar Capoor: Targeting Areas of Need

By | June 16, 2020

Note: The above photo of Ambar Capoor was taken during a static shot. Airbags are disabled and the car is immobilized.   If you are an under-the-radar organization in need of protective face shields and earpieces, you can count on Local 600 1st AC Ambar Capoor for help. And if you can’t find Capoor, not 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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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

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