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May 17, 2016

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Dear Jill,
May 18 Voting Deadline for Supplemental Ballot Election
If you are one of the 106 Western Region members eligible to vote in the Supplemental Ballot Election, the deadline for voting is fast approaching. Your electronic ballot must be cast by Wednesday May 18, 2016, at 11:59 pm (PDT). You received a reminder email from Votenet on Friday with your Username and Activation Code. If you have difficulties voting, please call Votenet at (866) 984-3125 or Guild staffer Ellen McCrea at (323) 969-2737.
-The Election Committee

It was a pleasure to attend the J.L. Fisher BBQ in Los Angeles this weekend. This is always a good place to get a close look at the latest camera support gear in a warm, collegial atmosphere. Local 600 was well-represented on a pair of insightful panels put on by the Society of Camera Operators and the American Society of Cinematographers that demonstrated our members' expertise and prowess (pictured above). These public platforms that give our directors of photography, operators, DITs and ACs a chance to speak are absolutely essential to the ground game of creating new work opportunities. 

In recent months, we've created real momentum with our participation at confabs such as the HPA Tech Retreat and NAB Show. Soon, we'll make our presence known at Cinegear where we'll continue to showcase our talented members and stay on top of all the new technology including highlighting the ACES system we were instrumental in helping to launch. The value of this visibility and outreach is incalculable. Our members see us as vital, active players in the industry and our employers see us as subject-matter experts who embrace technological advances. We are able to identify how the work is evolving and where the jobs are going to be. I can't think of anything more important to our members or our union.
On Saturday, we had another great event for our female members in Atlanta with our second She Negotiates seminar. We had 19 attendees take the half-day course, including two of our staff members. Based on member feedback, we improved upon our first seminar in Los Angeles and our members got even more out of it. It was particularly energizing to see the diversity of classifications we had on-hand, and how a dialogue between DITs who may have only just been in the industry six months and operators with 15 years of experience can enhance the experience for all attendees. To continue to build on that feeling of community and shared experience, we'll be holding our next Eastern Region Women's Forum in New York on May 22 from 4 to 7 pm. RSVP by Thursday to Michele Barreto in our New York office if you want to attend.
We also have some news to share regarding a new member benefit. Recently, we engaged IMDb in discussions that resulted in an offer to give Local 600 members a discount on IMDbPro, one of the industry's best resources with its comprehensive database of film and TV professionals. It has the added feature of giving you the ability to showcase your credits and upload your reel. As part of the IMDbPro Affiliate Program, members of International Cinematographers Guild will now receive 30% off their IMDbPro membership. To take advantage of this offer, go to Member Discounts on the icg600.com site to find the promotional code. We hope you'll check it out.
Finally, we'd like to draw your attention once more to our ongoing surveys. We are looking to gauge interest among members about serving as mentors or seeking mentorship, and what such a program should look like. There's still time to respond here if you haven't already. 
Steven Poster, ASC
ICG Local 600 National President

TV Is Dead? Hardly, as Upfronts Defy Gravity in Unexpected $9B Cash Grab
(THR, May 11)
Broadcast networks likely will see ad revenue on the upswing for the first time in three years.

Broadcast TV Scorecard: Complete Guide to What's New, Renewed and Canceled
(THR, May 12)
A list of what's coming back, what's canceled and all the new additions to the 2016-17 schedule for Fox, CBS, NBC, ABC and The CW.

Catherine Repola Confirmed To Succeed Ron Kutak As Editor's Guild Executive Director
(Deadline, May 15)
The Western Executive Director of the Guild since 2010, will be elevated to the top job on November 1.

Writers Guild Seeking 'Fair Share' of Media Conglomerate Profits of $49 Billion
(Variety, May 10)
The WGA West board of directors told the 8,000 members Tuesday that they plan to seek a bigger cut of the $49 billion in 2015 profits from the top six media conglomerates.

Start-Ups Embrace Arbitration to Settle Workplace Disputes
(NY Times, May 14)
New companies are taking a page from the playbook of big corporations, increasingly using arbitration to thwart employees from bringing any meaningful legal challenge in court.

Americans Don't Miss Manufacturing - They Miss Unions
Why do factory workers make more in Michigan? In a word: unions.

Public to Get Online Access to US Workplaces' Injury and Illness Records
(The Guardian, May 11)
The Department of Labor will require larger companies in high-risk sectors to supply information with the aim of driving up standards of workplace safety.

'Nashville' Virtual-Reality Music Series Takes Fans Inside Bluebird Cafe
(Variety, May 11)
ABC shot three "In the Round" musical performances at the downtown Nashville club for an online series it says is its biggest VR project to date.
EPPS "Best PR Practices for News & Video Distribution Panel" (Los Angeles)
EPPS, in partnership with ICG Publicists of Local 600, IATSE, invites you to a panel on "Best PR Practices for News & Video Distribution Panel." The media landscape has expanded so vastly with the growth of the Internet that public relations professionals are challenged to get their message out far and wide but with effective targeting. This session will focus on the tools and techniques to consider in distributing your message in the most effective manner. Join us on Thursday, May 19, 8:30 am to 10 am. Refreshments will be served. Be sure to RSVP no later than 5 pm on Wednesday, May 18th. ICG Conference Room, 7755 Sunset Blvd. FREE to 2016 EPPS members and ICG members in good standing. Non-Members: $35 in advance or $45 at the door. RSVP here.

"Pawn Sacrifice" Screening and Discussion (New York)
International Cinematographers Guild, Local 600, IATSE, MASTER Seminars presents "Pawn Sacrifice," a screening and discussion with Director of Photography Bradford Young. Saturday, May 21, Breakfast and Reception at 9 am; Screening and Discussion at 10 am. Tribeca Film Center, 375 Greenwich St. (near Franklin), New York. Reservations are required and seating is limited. Please RSVP to the union office at (212) 647-7300 or email Robbie Moore at RMoore@icg600.com. If you have made a reservation, but are unable to attend, please call us by the Thursday before the screening so we can contact members on the waiting list. Special thanks to our sponsors Panasonic and Technicolor-PostWorks New York.

Local 600 Events

Monitor Calibration Workshop (New York) -- CLASS FULL
DITs - This one is for you! We used to say, "You can't go by this monitor." Now we have to be able to say, "Yes, this is what it will look like." Display calibration is more crucial to our on-set process than ever before. This very technical workshop (which includes lunch) is open to all members in good standing but is primarily for Digital Imaging Technicians and other interested parties. The first part of the workshop, taught by Sony's Gary Mandle, will delve into the issues and intricacies of monitor calibration. Dave Satin will also present monitor calibration with SpectraCal CalMan. If you have a Sony OLED BVM or PVM, bring it to the party! Sunday, May 22 | Check-in 9:30 am | Class 10 am to 5 pm. Local 600 NY Office, 80 8th Ave., 14th floor, New York, NY 10011. RSVP here. This class is currently full. Waiting list only. Please enter "Monitor Workshop" in the Event Name. Space is extremely limited.

Eastern Region Women's Forum (New York)
This meeting is open to all women of Local 600 in any category and classification. Refreshments will be provided. The event address will be provided when you make a reservation. Car-pooling is encouraged. Please give your departure location when RSVPing. For those unable to drive or car-pool, a limited number of seats will be available on a shuttle bus, which will depart from the union office, corner of 8th Avenue & 14th Street, promptly at 3 pm and arrive back at approximately 8:30 pm. Sunday, May 22, 4 pm to 7 pm. RSVP via email by Thursday, May 19 to MBarreto@icg600.com. If you have any questions or if you would like to discuss specific topics please feel free to include them with your RSVP. If you need to hire a babysitter to attend the meeting, Childcare Reimbursement (up to $100) is available. Contact Michele Barreto for more information. In addition, limited first-come, first-serve babysitting will be available. Please email Sofia Rosen at sofiadrosen@gmail.com to make arrangements.

"Money Monster" Screening (Los Angeles)
Please join us for a screening of "Money Monster" on Wednesday, May 25 at 7:30 pm. Cinematography by Matthew Libatique, ASC. Directors Guild of America, 7920 Sunset Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90046 (one block west of Fairfax). First come, first serve. Click here for screening pass.

Camera Operator Training & Workshop (Chicago)
Join veteran camera operators Billy Neilson, Faires A. Sekiya and Joe Fitzgerald for a day of operator skills development. As the number of shows in Chicago grows, the need for skilled operators is increasing. Don't miss the chance to learn from some of our most accomplished members what it takes to survive the fast passed nature of todays shows. Mark your calendar and call in to the the office to save your spot. Friday, June 3, 9 am to 5 pm. Class will begin at 9 am sharp. Lunch will be provided. Keslow Camera, 2602 West 16th St. Suite 102, Chicago, IL 60608. Please RSVP to Ashurina Atto in Chicago at (312) 243-3841 or AAtto@icg600.com.

Central Region Council Meeting (Atlanta and Chicago)
The next CRC meeting will take place on Saturday, June 4, at 4 pm (EST) in the Atlanta office and 3 pm (CST) in the Chicago office. If you would like to attend the meeting as a guest, please contact Lilly Jean-Mary (Atlanta) or Ashurina Atto (Chicago). To RSVP for Atlanta, please email Lilly Jean-Mary at yjean-mary@icg600.com or call (404) 888-0600. To RSVP for Chicago, email Ashurina Atto at AAtto@icg600.com or call 312-243-3841.

National Executive Board Meeting (Los Angeles)
Our National Executive Board meeting will be held Saturday, June 11 and Sunday, June 12 at the W Hollywood Hotel in Los Angeles. Please contact MaryAnne McDougall at mmacdougall@icg600.com with any questions.

Eastern Region Women's Forum "Women In Vests" Steadicam Demo (New York)
Please join us as Local 600 Steadicam Operators Kat Kallergis & Sheila Smith demonstrate and discuss opportunities open to women as Steadicam Camera Operators. Saturday, June 18, 9:30 am to 4:30 pm (lunch will be provided). This meeting is open to all women of Local 600 in any category and classification. Space is limited. Please RSVP by Monday, June 13, to LDunnigan@icg600.com. If you have any questions or if you would like to discuss specific topics, include them with your RSVP. Babysitting Stipend: If you need to hire a babysitter to attend the meeting, Childcare Reimbursement (up to $100) is available. Contact Lamont Dunnigan for more information. Local 600 Eastern Region Office, 80 Eighth Avenue (at 14th St.), 14th Floor, New York, NY 10011. We hope to see you all there!

Billy Bitzer Awards Call for Nominations
It's time once again for the Guild's Eastern Region members to consider our biennial awards to members who have brought honor to the Guild and to our crafts. You are invited to submit the names of members, in any of our Guild classifications, who would be deserving of this prestigious award. As in past years, there will be two awards - one for a current member, active or retired, and one for a deceased member, which will be awarded posthumously. The awards are named for Billy Bitzer, the first elected President of the former Local 644 (now the Guild's Eastern Region), who was cameraman for the legendary D.W. Griffith. The deadline for receipt of nominations is Friday, July 15. For more information, click here.

As part of the IMDb Pro Affiliate Program, members of International Cinematographers Guild (ICG) will receive 30% off their IMDbPro membership. IMDbPro provides entertainment industry workers with expanded in-development and in-production title information and contact details for individuals and companies. Upload a resume and/or photos to the site, as well as to publish and control certain information. To take advantage of this offer, go to Member Discounts on ICG's website to find the promotional code.

ShotPut Pro/HD-VU2 Discount
Imagine Products is happy to offer Local 600 members an educational discount of 15% for either the ShotPut Pro or HD-VU2.ShotPut Pro is a file copy utility application using checksum technology to ensure accurate offloading of HD video and photo files. HD-VU2™ instantly and smoothly previews all HD clips in original form in the same player! This 'all-in-one' player is a great tool to check copies or source material without transcoding or modifying them. A terrific field tool every offloader or DIT should have. Login to our website to find the promotional code.

Industry Events

*Trainings offered in Industry Events are not Local 600 Events.  These announcements are not endorsements.

"Life Through a Lens" at the L.A. Reel Film Festival
"Life Through A Lens", which tells the story of photographer and Local 600 member Robert Zuckerman's journey with APBD (Adult Polyglucosan Body Disease), a rare, untreatable, debilitating genetic disease, has been accepted to the Los Angeles Reel Film Festival and has been awarded First Place in the Festival's Short Documentary category. Cinematography by L600 member Niknaz Tavakolian. Screening will be on Wednesday, May 18, 6 to 8:05 pm at the Whitefire Theater, 13500 Ventura Blvd., Sherman Oaks, 91423. To purchase advance tickets (recommended) and for further information, click here

Cinetech Showcase (New Jersey)
Join us for a Cinetech Showcase this Friday, May 20, 4 pm to 9 pm at The Mansion at Fairleigh Dickinson University. Come see the latest in cameras, lenses, grip, sound & NJ studios. Exhibitors include Sony Camera, ZGC Cooke Lenses, Canon Camera, JVC Camera, Arri Camera, Frezzi Lights, Cineo Lights, 4 Wall Lighting, Lowell Lighting, Arri Lighting, Tiffen Filters, Matthews Studio Equipment, Lighthouse Studios, Butter Tree Studios, and New Jersey Motion Picture & TV Commission. Speakers: Brad Newman (Sound Designer, Uppercut Audio) - "Music Licensing, Get it Right"; Caytha Jentis (Indie Feature Writer/Director, Bad Parents) - "Why do a Web Series"; John Murphy (IATSE Soundman, Project Runway) - "Location Sound Tips"; Bob Andres (IAYSE Key Grip, Boardwalk Empire) - "Better Gripping"; and Roy Yokelson (Post Sound Designer, Antland Productions) - "Importance of Post Sound." Free admission. Light refreshments. The Mansion at Fairleigh Dickinson University, 285 Madison Avenue, Madison, NJ. For more information, click here.

Samy's Camera Presents PhotoCon LA
PHOTOCON LA will be an unmissable celebration of photography and video in Los Angeles. From beginners to professionals, all levels of photography enthusiasts and camera lovers will come together for a true photo and cinema extravaganza. Join us for this special event to celebrate the 40th Anniversary of Samy's Camera. Exhibits, galleries and speakers. Over 50 of the photography and video industry's top brands will be on hand to offer exhibition and demonstration of their cameras and photography related products. Many will be offering deals so good that they will ONLY be available to PhotoCon LA attendees. Steven Tiffen has arranged for the first 50 ICG members who sign up to attend through the portal to receive FREE ADMISSION. Simply just email Mark Bender at mbender@tiffen.com with your first and last name. Mark will register you. First come, first serve to the FIRST 50. Saturday May 21 & Sunday May 22, 10 am to 6 pm, Magic Box at The Reef in Downtown LA, 1933 S. Broadway, Los Angeles. For more information, click here

Silvio's Saturday Meet-up with Kim Gottlieb-Walker
Local 600 Still Photographer, Kim Gottlieb-Walker's incredibly varied career has covered everything from classic rock and roll, reggae and politics in the 60's and 70's to working on major motion pictures and television shows. Kim will be doing a slideshow career retrospective, talk and book signing for her two photo books, "Bob Marley and the Golden Age of Reggae" and "On Set with John Carpenter" on Saturday, May 21, noon to 2 pm at Silvio's Photoworks, 22409 Hawthorne Blvd, Torrance, CA, 90505. This event is free. More info

National Association of Letter Carriers Stamp Out Hunger Food Drive (Los Angeles)
On Saturday, May 21, IATSE members in Southern California will join together for a Volunteer Day! Your help is needed to sort over a million pounds of donated food. There will be two 4-hour shifts (Shift One: 8 am to 12 pm; Shift Two: 12 pm to 4 pm.). Together we will show them how we get things done - the IATSE way! NEW LOCATION: 7131 Tujunga Ave., North Hollywood, CA 91606. Please register at www.laborcommunityservicesla.org or for more information, contact Margarita Chavez atmchavez@unitedwayla.org or (213) 985-1987. Click here to view flyer.

VR Seminar (Los Angeles)
The Digital Cinema Society, in association with Birns & Sawyer and the Creative Technology Center, will hold a half-day seminar exploring Virtual Reality and featuring a presentation by VFX Master Richard Taylor, as well as a presentation and hands on time with Nokia's new Virtual Reality capture system known as OZO. Seating is limited. Saturday, May 21, 9 am - 2 pm. Creative Technology Center at the Brewery Arts Complex, 604 Moulton Ave. L.A., CA 90031. More information here

BandPro Presents Canon New Technology Workshop (Los Angeles)
Join BandPro on Wednesday, May 25, for a free Canon New Technology Workshop at Band Pro's Burbank HQ. A full array of new Canon cinematography tools will be there and available for hands-on testing. Canon expert Alex Sax will give a presentation on the new Canon 18-80 Compact Servo Zoom, and Canon HDR specialist David Doko will present on the new Canon DP-V2410 4K HDR reference monitor. 11 am Hands-On Testing; 2 pm Technical Presentations. Band Pro, 3403 W. Pacific Avenue, Burbank. This event is free to attend. Snacks and beverages will be served; however, space is limited. Please email brett.gillespie@bandpro.com to reserve your spot.

Mole-Richardson Open House 
Local 600 members are invited to the 2016 Mole-Richardson Open House on Thursday, June 2, 4 pm to 8 pm. Music, drinks and BBQ dinner. Facility tours at 5, 6, and 7 pm. For RSVP information, directions and parking, click here. All guests who RSVP will be entered in a raffle. Must be present to win. Raffle will take place at 5:30 pm and 6:30 pm. 12154 Montague St., Pacoima, CA 91331.

Produced By Conference 2016
Join leading film, TV, and digital producers and executives for two days of powerful panels and seminars highlighted by: Russell Simmons and his All Def Digital team, Producer/Actress Elizabeth Banks, John Landgraf President and GM of FX Network, Independent Producers Michael London, Marshall Herskovitz, Amy Baer, Molly Smith, Andrew Karpen, and Daniel Hammond. Leading financiers from Pacific Mercantile Bank, Sierra/Affinity, and Thunder Road and the new TV Creatives, including, Sarah Treem ('The Affair'), Courtney Kemp ('Power'), America Ferrera ('Superstore') and Misha Green ('Underground'). Saturday, June 4 and Sunday, June 5. Visit www.producedbyconference.com for EARLY BIRD rates (until May 1st) and a full schedule of panels and events.

"The Relationships Within the Camera Department" with Alan Gitlin (Los Angeles)
This all-inclusive evening will take you on a deep dive with camera operator and DIT Alan Gitlin. Learn about the set protocols from set up to wrap. Alan is Local 600's current National Secretary-Treasurer and a 35-year veteran in TV and film production. He has worked with some of Hollywood's most celebrated filmmakers and lectures worldwide on a multitude of camera centric programs. Tuesday, June 14, 6:30 pm to 9 pm, Canon Hollywood Professional Technology and Support Center, 6060 Sunset Blvd., Los Angeles. For more information about this event, click here.

MPIHP Retirement Seminar (New York)
You and a guest are invited to attend an informative pre-retirement seminar hosted by the Motion Picture Industry Pension & Health Plans (MPIPHP) and in conjunction with IATSE Local 52 Studio Mechanics. Designed specifically for Participants who are planning to retire soon, the seminar will help you understand your options and benefits and navigate a successful transition into retirement. MPI Pension and Health Plan experts will be on-site and available for questions before and after the seminar.Saturday, June 18, 10 am (check in at 9 am), IATSE, Local 52 Meeting Hall, 19-02 Steinway St., Astoria, NY. Free Admission. Refreshments provided. Shuttle Service to & from Train Station. To and from Subway N or Q to Ditmars Boulevard. Shuttle service will be provided to the Local 52 Meeting Hall prior to and after the event. If you are interested in attending, you must RSVP to 855-ASK-4MPI or service@mpiphp.org by June 10. Please be sure to provide you and your guest's full name and your MPID# located on your health plan card. Subway/Train Station Shuttle Service sponsored by Teamsters Local 817.

Actors Fund Workshops and Seminars
The Actors Fund, a nonprofit human services organization founded in 1882, offers workshops and seminars for a wide range of interests, including group and individual career counseling, job training and education, financial assistance, and job placement services. Their orientation is held every Monday except for legal holidays (no reservation or pre-registration required for orientation). If you are a member of an entertainment industry union, please bring your card. To view upcoming events, visit their calendar online. (Please note: Actors Fund programs and services are available to all Entertainment Industry Professionals, not just Actors).

Light Iron Training for ICG Members
Panavision has notified us that Training for the Panavision/Light Iron Outpost Systems is now available for our members at multiple locations across the country. For information on how the training works and how to participate in it, click here.

Film Powered
Film Powered is very pleased to invite the women of the ICG to join this skill-sharing site where women in film, TV and tech can offer and take classes from one another entirely for free. It is designed to increase the skills of its members while simultaneously strengthening our community of women in the biz. The organization includes more than 500 members from other organizations such as Alliance of Women Directors, Film Fatales, WGA, PGA, DGA and others. Learn more and sign up for an account at www.filmpowered.com/. Pictures of past classes can be found on their Facebook page and announcements are made on their twitter feed @Film_PoweredFilm Powered. Knowledge is power. And here it is free.

Canon One-on-One Session
Come learn from Canon experts and take your cinematography to the next level. Learn the ins-and-outs of your Cinema EOS Camera as well as how to integrate the system into any type of production. Have your questions answered and advanced subject matters demystified in this One-on-One session. You have the tools to make beautiful images. Now, just gather the knowledge in this personal one-on-one session with a Canon Cinema EOS Expert. Cover subjects ranging from the camera itself to the peripheral accessories required in production. Learn the knowledge required to be a master of your craft. This is your opportunity to discover the possibilities of Cinema EOS. Please check the website for available dates and times. Limited to one student per time slot, so sign up soon!

Subscription to Lynda.com for $20
IATSE members can register now for just $20 for a Lynda.com subscription expiring on August 31, 2016. Get unlimited access to Lynda.com's full library of 2500+ video courses taught by industry experts and working professionals in video, 3D and animation, and Adobe Photoshop and After Effects, among others. To sign up and arrange payment, contact Joanna at jmousseau@icg600.com.

Workshops at AbelCine 
AbelCine offers a wide variety of workshops all focusing on production tools and technology. These workshops are designed to give you a thorough understanding of professional video and digital cinema cameras and how to utilize them in a production environment. Exclusive for Local 600 members, AbelCine has provided two discount codes. The first discount is for 25% of any in-person workshop (Promo Code: Local600DIT25). The second discount is for 20% off all online workshops (Promo Code: Local600DITOnline20). For a list of all workshops, click here.