The ARRI Academy now offers bi-weekly virtual events which allow you to expand your technical know-how and get useful tips and tricks for ARRI products directly from their team of experts. Short, on point, and with the possibility to interact with their experts via their chat function.
You can find out more about the ARRI Academy virtual events now by clicking here.
IMAGO sponsor Sony has invited all IMAGO members to participate in their short camera survey in order to provide feedback on current needs and usage of today's cameras. Sony has highlighted the importance of the views & thoughts of cinematographers to help shape their future camera designs.
This survey takes no longer than 7 minutes to complete and is a unique opportunity for you to give feedback to Sony´s development team.
You can complete the survey now by clicking here.
The British Society of Cinematographers, Association of Camera Operators and ScreenSkills have come together to create a brand new mentoring programme. The new initiative has been exclusively designed to provide support to cinematographers & camera operators from groups who are under-represented in the screen industries.
The programme will become part of the ScreenSkills Mentoring Network supported by the BFI, awarding National Lottery funds, as part of its Future Film Skills strategy.
Award-winning directors of photography and camera operators from the membership of the BSC and ACO in the UK will mentor 20 individuals in the inaugural round of the programme developed by the BSC education committee with ScreenSkills.
You can find out more about the mentoring scheme & how to apply by clicking here.
Current IMAGO President Paul René Roestad FNF intended to step down at the recent IMAGO Annual General Assembly in Brussels in March. Due to the rapidly arriving Covid-19 situation, the election of our new President had to be postponed but has now been realized by electronic voting.
And so, we're absolutely delighted to share the news that Kees van Oostrum ASC NSC SBC AIC is to become IMAGO´s new President.
Kees van Oostrum was born in the Netherlands and lives partly in Los Angeles and in Brussels. Van Oostrum has, in addition to being active both as a cinematographer and educator, been the President of the American Society of Cinematographers (ASC) from 2016 to 2020. In this period the ASC expanded their activities significantly, not only in the field of education, but also focused on working conditions and authorship issues.
During van Oostrum´s presidential leadership, the ASC intensified international collaboration, and joined IMAGO facilitating international initiatives, at Camerimage and other locations. His aim has been to globalize the ASC and his view is; that only through international collaboration and solidarity between cinematographers, can we hope to successfully reach important common goals.
The outcome of Kees van Oostrum´s international work resulted in the ASC becoming a full member of IMAGO.
Kees van Oostrum wishes to intensify communication between the IMAGO leadership and its many members. He intends to further develop IMAGO´s educational activities, both for cinematographers and cinematography students. Kees van Oostrum supports the Board´s view of an expanded IMAGO Board, which we hope will be voted for by the IMAGO members and increase the number of annual Board meetings by more extensive use of digital solutions reducing travel expenses. Van Oostrum is committed to strengthening IMAGO´s various important Committees and envisions full transparency in all areas of IMAGO. He will commit to IMAGO´s strong focus on working conditions and authorship rights for cinematographers.
You can read Kees van Oostrum´s full statement by clicking here.
Paul René Roestad FNF says; "the cultural-political visions of Kees van Oostrum, his long experience from leading a significant Cinematographer´s Society, and not least his vast international contact network will be a great asset for IMAGO´s future development.
Van Oostrum has valuable and important experience with societies´ support and financing matters, experiences I trust will be utilized also for IMAGO. During his presidential period in the ASC the society´s income more than doubled.
Alongside him, van Oostrum will have the experienced team of IMAGO Board members, Luciano Tovoli AIC ASC, Ron Johanson ACS, Elen Lotman ESC, Predrag Bambic SAS and Alex Lindén FSF. Support will also include our legal and author’s rights advisor; Cristina Busch, IMAGO Treasurer Roger Simonsz BSC, Financial controller Viola Laske BVK and social media, website & newsletter editor, Oli Parry.
An excellent team, that in collaboration with strong support from IMAGO members globally, will bring IMAGO giant leaps forward in the years to come."
Paul René Roestad FNF continues...
"My period as IMAGO President has not only been highly interesting, it has been a privilege and an honor. The many fantastic colleagues I have met, friends I have gained and the many good experiences has highly enriched my life and will continue to do so.
My warm thanks goes to my fabulous colleagues in the IMAGO Board and administration, and not least to the central Board and administration members also stepping down, Louis Philippe Capelle SBC, Tony Costa AIP, Nina Kellgren BSC and Rolf Coulanges BVK. Their contribution to IMAGO has been invaluable! I believe it is fair to say that the Board and the administration, in good collaboration and with hard work, have brought IMAGO a good and positive step forward.
I would also like to thank all previous Presidents and Boards who have been in office from the day Luciano Tovoli, together with AIC, BSC, AFC and BVK, founded IMAGO in 1992. They all have unilaterally used their valuable time and energy to build up this fantastic and important Federation to where it is today.
My recognition also goes towards IMAGO´s more than 4.500 members, who loyally support IMAGO, and to all our most valuable industry sponsors and partners.
Together, IMAGO, our staff, members and partners, have been and are a “hell of a team”, and with the challenges that face us, this team is more needed by international cinematographers than ever before.
I thank you all for a fantastic journey. I will, of course, strongly keep supporting IMAGO in every way I can, where the Board and new President finds it valuable, so as long as I can stand on my two feet.
To you all, I thank you warmly!"
Newly-elected IMAGO President, Kees van Oostrum
COVID-19 has created a huge crisis in our community with terrible consequences for many of us. IMAGO is deeply concerned by the situation which strikes each country with different levels of casualties.
One thing that is for sure is that it will certainly create, in the coming months, different approaches to working on set. We believe that the IMAGO Technical Committee (ITC) could learn from different local experiences and share information and technologies that can help crews in facing this crisis.
With the many future collective challenges facing cinematographers, international collaboration through IMAGO is more important than ever, as is also the highly important work of the IMAGO Technical Committee.
IMAGO ITC conference at last Camerimage, attended by ARRI, Blackmagic Design, Canon, Panasonic, Panavision, RED, Sony, FilmLight, Cooke Optics, Fujinon, Servicevision and Zeiss.
ITC would like to present some news about one of its recent activities. In November 2019, at Camerimage, we succeeded in gathering numerous manufacturers to present the analysis of the survey ”Requests to Manufacturers” that we launched two years earlier.
Firstly, we would like to thank each association and their administrators who helped us in carrying out this survey. More than 600 cinematographers and other technicians replied to this survey and gave us valuable input through more than 13000 responses.
Below is a link to the survey results:
We would also like to share the IMAGO Technical Committee report which you can read by clicking here. This was meant to be shared at the IAGA meeting in Brussels this March and which has now revised after the pandemic lockdown...
You will find, at the end of this, the list of members and associate members of the ITC.
The ITC is active in self-isolation mode. Weekly team discussions and even more frequent direct contacts between ITC members have become a habit, at a time when the overwhelming majority of projects have been stopped.
Currently, the results of the study ”Requests to Manufacturers” are being actively discussed and new steps are being prepared:
- Publication of research results.
- Communicating the results to manufacturers and publishing conclusions.
- Creating a mechanism for monitoring and analysing the interaction with manufacturers and the accomplishments achieved.
- Preparing a list of topics for ITC’s next research.
One of the requested topics: ”MEANINGS OF WORDS” is currently being worked on. The objective of this project is to unify and streamline the technical terminology in film production.
As a first step, we selected about 20 terms, that we consider being technically fundamental and present in our daily professional work, terms like “pixel, photosite, definition, sensitivity, color space” and so on.
The IMAGO Technical Committee has members from all around the World, and those not being able to attend meetings physically, attend by Skype. Here Dave Stump ASC speaking to Juan A. Fernandez AEC and Patrick Lindenmaier SCS. In the background Philippe Ros AFC, Mick van Rossum NSC and Daniele Siragusano (FilmLight).
All these terms used with a certain ambiguity or are commonly misused in technical papers, specifications, manuals, and marketing brochures. This leads to confusion in our communications, especially in the growing world of international co-productions.
Our next step will be to deliver these terms to representatives from the manufacturing community, with a request for help in defining them.
We believe cinematographers must share a common ground with the suppliers of their tools regarding the technical parameters, specifications, and workflows for image acquisition and post-production.
The results of this project will be important in the everyday life of working cinematographers, camera crew members, DITs, postproduction specialists, and in the educational process at film schools.
The final results will be translated into all languages of member guilds and IMAGO associations and published on the IMAGO website.
The ITC has grown, we currently have 25 countries represented in the committee, but we still would like to have even more input from cinematographers from additional countries.
IMAGO Technical Committee:
Aleksej Berkovic (RGC) Russia
John Daly (BSC) United Kingdom
Mario Costa (AIP) Portugal
Joe Dunton (BSC) (MBE) United Kingdom
Juan Antonio Fernandez (AEC) Spain
Stefan Grandrinetti (BVK) Germany
Kommer Klejin (SBC) Belgium
Zekeriyat Kurtulus (GYD) Turkey
Edward Lachman (ASC) USA
Alex Linden (FSF) (co-chairman) Sweden
Patrick Lindenmaier (CSC) Switzerland
Jannicke Mikkelsen (FNF) Norway
Alfonso Parra (ADFC) Colombia
Andres Holcke Petersen (DFF) Denmark
Claire Pijman (NSC) Netherlands
Philippe Ros (AFC) (co-chairman) France
John Christian Rosenlund (FNF) Norway
Mick van Rossum (NSC) Netherlands
Roberto Schaefer (ASC) (AIC) USA
Alex Sterian (RSC) Romania
Dave Stump (ASC) (co-chairman) USA
Ivar Taim (ESC) Estonia
Piet de Vries (ACS) Australia
Dirk Meier (colourist) (BVK) Germany
Charles Poynton PhD Colour scientist Canada
We are at your disposal to discuss further collaboration and looking forward to hearing from you.
Co-Chairs of the IMAGO Technical Committee