Last Saturday marked the 25th anniversary of the Vancouver chapter of the International Cinematographers Guild. In celebration, IATSE Local 669 (the chapter’s official name) threw an invite-only bash at the Diamond Ballroom, complete with numerologist readings, a VR demo, and a live band.
After an extremely busy summer, an air of optimism and confidence remained strong among attendees. Cinematographers and other industry professionals are experiencing a glut of work through local productions. Vancouver, as one of North America’s busiest filming cities, is becoming increasingly more favourable to Hollywood, especially as the Canadian dollar continues to fall.
IATSE Local 669 is now over 700 members strong, and gave special mention to the 81 original members who founded the Vancouver chapter in 1990. The chapter occasionally runs hands-on training for trainees, and covers different positions within a film shoot, as they relate to the camera. Like all unions, IATSE Local 669 advocates for exclusive work opportunities at fair wages among members, as well acting in the interest of improving the film industry in general.
Here are some photos from the 25th anniversary celebration:
The International Cinematographers Guild’s 25th Anniversary happened on November 21, 2015. More information about IATSE Local 669 here.
Photos by Ken Stewart. Follow him on Instagram at kgstewart2.