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The Wrap, Feb. 3

SAG-AFTRA’s national board of directors has approved the union’s proposals for a new commercials contract, with negotiations set to begin on Feb. 20.

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Variety, Feb. 1

Prop master Barry Bedig was literally born into the biz. Yet despite being the son of storied special effects man Sass Bedig (“The Godfather,” “Bullitt,” “The French Connection”), Barry’s youth was largely unaffected by Tinseltown’s glare.

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The Guardian, Jan. 31

A student called Ruth Bader Ginsburg has been invited to dinner by the dean of Harvard Law School, along with the eight other women in her year.

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Indie Wire, Jan. 30

In this first-look at a new Netflix FYC video, “‘Roma’: Capturing the Invisible Unknown,” director/cinematographer Alfonso Cuarón analyzes his black-and-white aesthetic, joined by DP Ed Lachman (Oscar-nominated for “Carol” and “Far From Home”).

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Indie Wire, Jan. 29

IndieWire reached out to the cinematographers and directors behind the scripted narrative features premiering this week at Sundance to find out which cameras, lenses, and formats they used, and why they chose them to create the looks and meet the production demands of their films. Here are their responses.

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LA Times, Jan. 27

In 2009, Cassandra Smolcic walked into Pixar Animation Studios in Emeryville, Calif., a wide-eyed intern with big dreams. Five years later she walked out a frustrated, disillusioned graphic designer — never to return.

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Reel Chicago, Jan. 25

The Chicago Studio Mechanics Union Local 476 will begin instructing current and prospective members in the proper use of earth-moving equipment this summer.

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Daily News, Jan. 25

It used to be something of a Mickey Mouse business. But an exploding desire for animated entertainment content – supercharged but not entirely due to the expanding new medium of streaming services’ constant need for product – is turning cartooning into a rewarding career for, perhaps, more than ever before.

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Tulsa World, Jan. 24

The new Cherokee Nation Film Office is the tribe’s latest project to promote its interests in northeast Oklahoma, as well as the tribe’s mission to cultivate Native American filmmaking, officials said of the venture’s launch.

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Variety, Jan. 23

SAG-AFTRA is keeping up the pressure on the advertising agency Bartle Bogle Hegarty (BBH), holding a spirited mid-day rally at the La Brea Tar Pits in Los Angeles.

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New York Times, Jan. 23

It was a case study in mixed messaging. On a Thursday in early January, Border Patrol union leaders appeared at a news briefing with President Trump, backing the shutdown and his plan for a wall on the southern border.

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LA Times, Jan. 23

Members of the American Society of Cinematographers have put their heads together to craft a list of the best-shot films of all time, honoring the best of the best in the realm of cinematography.

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Cleveland.com, Jan. 22

Union membership in Ohio inched up in 2018, defying the national trend, an annual Labor Department report shows.

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LA Times, Jan. 20

The numbers are problematic, to say the least. Of the American Society of Cinematographers’ 390 members, only 18 are women.

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Deadline, Jan. 18

Now hear this: The Motion Picture Sound Editors guild is out with the nominees for its 66th annual Golden Reel Awards, which honor sound artists and their contributions to the past year’s most outstanding feature film, TV, animation and computer entertainment productions.

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