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During my early years in the film industry, I was very fortunate to have done a lot of international travel. It was a strange time as I had just started to make the shift to operating and lighting but still re- mained heavily involved in my full-time occupation as a first AC.

We travelled with a very small crew – director, pro- ducer, art director and myself. Contrary to the gen- eral belief, our budgets were small and the sched- ules, while optimistic, were rather unrealistic. The demands of international travel also required that I needed to apply myself in the area of camera main- tenance. I remember purchasing the Arri Mainte- nance Manual, which became my bible as I had to be prepared to address the possibilities of things going wrong. The Arri IIC camera was our workhorse and I got to know that beast on the most intimate level, sometimes having to strip it down to almost bare bones because of a rogue wave when shooting on the beach.

I remember having to second guess mechanical sce- narios so that manual became quite possibly the most important part of my life when travelling. Allied to that valuable accessory was the very comprehensive tool kit that I travelled with for the “just in case and what if ” scenario. The major problem on so many oc- casions was that travelling with a non-standard tool kit raised suspicions, and on more than one occasion we experienced some significant delays, especially if our flight arrived at night.

Regarding the mechanics of the camera, imagine sensing that there was a concern about a camera/ lens issue on an island, thousands of miles removed
from any civilization. As I reminisce, I recall anoth- er essential item – the basic black-and-white D-76 film processing kit, including all the chemicals. As an example, if there was any doubt concerning lens sharpness, the first line of defense was to shoot some black-and-white negative film followed by process- ing, commonly referred to as the “slop test.” Mag- nification for inspection was achieved by using a re- versed prime lens and more often than not, a closet became the dark room.

But one of the strangest experiences was in Mada- gascar when a customs official was going through our carnet in a darkened airport when our flight was de- layed. While we assisted him (he had no flashlight), he demanded where the high-hat and the gooseneck were, bearing in mind we were looking at open cases of camera equipment. It was one of those moments you never forget. In the end, he was still confused, and we were all tired, but he allowed us to leave. An- other memorable customs experience was going through departure security, still in Madagascar, when an official wanted us to “open the tins” – the film cans. In those days, we always hand-carried our film through security. We tried to explain the concept of “exposed film,” but he still insisted on seeing what was inside the tin. He watched as I put a “tin” in the change bag and then invited him to put his arms into the cuffs of that black bag and feel the film. Nope! There was no way that he would play that game of black magic. By this time, there was a huge lineup of passengers waiting to go through security and so out of frustration all he said was, “Go!” In retrospect, rather amusing but not at that time.

April 06, 2020

CSC Full Membership

The next Membership Committee meeting is scheduled for May 6, 2020.

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Boris Mosjovski csc & Brendan Steacy csc

Every Thursday hang out with Canadian Cinematographers during our new CSC Live series! This week Boris Mojsovski csc and Brendan Steacy csc will talk about alternating as DPs on the TV series Titans! Tune in 1:00PM EST on CSC Facebook and Instagram Live!

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Introducing CSC Live

Every Thursday hang out with Canadian Cinematographers during our new CSC Live series! Jeremy Benning csc will be discussing current CSC activities as well as remote live grading. Tune in 1:00PM EST on CSC Facebook and Instagram Live.

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March 25, 2020

COVID 19

For the first time in the 63-year history of the CSC, the society’s marquee Annual Awards Gala has been postponed. It fell victim to the onslaught of the COVID-19 pandemic that has been gripping the world. An insidious respiratory disease, COVID-19 is thought to be highly contagious and is believed to be mainly transmitted through […]

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March 15, 2020

IMAGO International Awards Cancelled

CSC President George A. Willis csc-sasc recently returned from Belgium, where the IMAGO conference (IAGA) and Awards Gala was to be held in Brussels this March. Reports of COVID-19’s rapid global spread and border closures forced delegates representing their societies to make immediate travel arrangements home. Thankfully, everyone made it back to Canada safely.   […]

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March 03, 2020

The Diversity Committee

Some of the female members of the CSC met on February 3, 2020 to create a committee to increase and educate women within our society. Now dubbed the “Diversity Committee,” we will continue to find ways to encourage all minorities to pursue cinematography through oriented training, inclusive educational opportunities and new membership.

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February 17, 2020

CSC Workshop | Lighting Faces

The CSC and ICG 669 are hosting a Lighting Faces on February 22-23 2020 in Vancouver taught by CSC President George A. Willis csc and Vice-President Carlos Esteves csc. This two-day workshop that offers participants practical knowledge on the fundamentals of achieving the most efficient and captivating lighting setups. Instructors will demonstrate the importance of background […]

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February 07, 2020

CSC Workshop | Tabletop

Our Tabletop Workshop will be held February 15-16 2020 at Pie in the Sky studios. Lead by CSC President George A. Willis csc-sasc and Vice-President Carlos Esteves csc.

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December 9, 2019

CSC Annual General Meeting

Our AGM was held on December 9 2019 at Technicolor in Toronto. The Annual Report containing all the accomplishments from 2019 was beautifully designed by Vice-President Carlos Esteves csc. Thank you to all those in attendance and special thanks to our amazing volunteer board, Executive Director Susan Saranchuk and Patty Guyader for putting together the […]

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Tribe7 Blackwing Lens Demo

On September 29, 2019, the CSC organized a demo at Whites Camera of the new Tribe7 Blackwing lenses. Photos by Gregory Bennett, Associate Member. Article by Ian Harvey for Canadian Cinematographer Magazine (March 2020 issue) See more here at the Tribe7 website: https://7isatribe.com/ When William F. White hosted a demonstration of a new “tune- able” […]

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