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  1. The Hollywood Professional Association (HPA) announced that its second Industry Recovery Task Force Virtual Global Town Hall will be held on August 26, 2020 from 11 AM to 12:30 PM PDT. As the industry grapples with the complexities of returning to work in the midst of the ongoing pandemic crisis, the need for comprehensive information from direct sources remains strong. The upcoming global town hall will feature another panel of experts from the creative, health and governmental arenas, who will share the latest scientific, technical and creative best practices to encourage a safe return to work. The event is chaired by IRTF Chair Leon Silverman and HPA Board member Craig German. Discussing the upcoming town hall, Silverman noted, “During our first town hall, we clearly learned that our community seeks viable information from credible experts. With nearly 800 people engaged online, we witnessed that the concerns facing our industry are focused on how to stay safe, connected, and creative. With the current situation evolving quickly, the HPA is committed to sharing sharply focused fact based, pragmatic knowledge in real time. For our event on the 26th, we have once again gathered important and informed voices who will help our industry and community get back to work safely and creatively as we navigate this ever changing road ahead.” The panelists bring varied perspectives, experiences and unique points of view to the vital conversations that professionals need in order to understand the changing nature of the pandemic and how it is impacting our work and workflows. Experts from VFX, cinematography, government and health and safety will come together to explore and discuss the most impactful issues we face right now. Panelists include: Moderator Carolyn Giardina – Tech Editor, The Hollywood Reporter Sara Bennett – Oscar winning VFX supervisor and co-founder, Milk VFX Markus Förderer, ASC, BVK – award winning cinematographer Kelly Howard – Senior Safety Engineer, Cal/OSHA Publications, Outreach Unit Robert Legato, ASC – Oscar-winning VFX supervisor, 2nd unit director, and cinematographer Peter Marx – Managing Partner, Biology Works; former CTO, City of Los Angeles The August 26th Industry Recovery Task Force Virtual Global Town Hall is free to attend by registering. Our HPA Town Hall events are designed to encourage global audience questions, interaction and engagement during the event. German remarked: “We want to keep the focus of the conversation on the needs of our entire industry workforce – not just here in LA or New York, but around the world. Understanding how we all move forward during this complex crisis requires a variety of expert perspectives and experiences. We’ll continue to put leaders from multiple disciplines in the viewfinder, enabling our live event attendees and those who watch later to have actionable knowledge from experts they would not normally have access to.” The key objectives of the HPA Industry Recovery Task Force are: To serve as a forum for collaboration, communication, and thought leadership regarding how to resume global production and post production in a sustainable fashion. To understand and influence evolving technical requirements such as the impact of industry remote collaboration, ‘work from home’ and other workflows which have been highlighted by the current crisis. To provide up-to-date information and access to emerging health and safety guidelines that will be issued by various governments, municipalities, unions, guilds, industry organizations and content creators. For further information and registration, including a link to the first Industry Recovery Task Force Virtual Global Town Hall, visit hpaonline.com. Additional details and speakers will be announced shortly. Future dates for HPA Industry Recovery Task Force Global Town Hall events will be announced shortly, including an event in mid-September.
  2. Full article at: Reel Chicago Light Modifiers located at 2414 West Cullerton, Chicago, has been proudly serving Chicagoland and the Midwest for over 3 years, providing exceptional film and television lighting services with friendly union and non-union professionals. At Light Modifiers Rental, we are taking many precautions to ensure customer safety as our industry starts to slowly reopen. When COVID-19 hit and shut down the film industry, we were understandably devastated. As a gear rental business, however, there was an added layer of stress because our gear passes through so many hands on each job, and we knew we needed to be extra diligent about cleaning. We knew that when the industry started to reopen, we would need to figure out a way to safely and effectively sanitize gear–gear that goes through many, many hands while out on a job. We wanted to make sure that we had a concrete plan in place to clean and sanitize our gear so that our clients and staff would stay safe. We first looked to the most obvious choice: chemical cleaners/sanitizers. Not only was that option expensive, but it was also difficult to find the quantity of product we’d need since the pandemic has caused a shortage, some of our gear wouldn’t withstand the frequent and repeated use of chemical solvents without eventually breaking down, and it was NOT the most environmentally friendly choice in terms of ingredients and the paper waste that would go along with it. When we started brainstorming and researching other options, we decided to stick with what we know best: LIGHT. One of our partners had been reading about UVC light and its uses in sanitizing medical equipment. We did some more digging, and discovered that we could use UVC light to sanitize our equipment quickly and effectively, killing 99.8% of viruses and bacteria. The added bonus? We’re lighting nerds and this was a cool way to use our favorite tool in a new medium. UVC light has been used extensively for more than 40 years in disinfecting drinking water, air, and medical tools. By following safe practices and researching expert UVC-compliance guidelines, we are able to have a working UVC booth that is proven effective on surface germ removal. The UVC light spectrum kills bacteria because the short length of the lightwaves penetrates the cell walls of microorganisms, inhibits their reproduction, and causes die-off. Rental returns are taken to our Sanitation Station. Gear is then loaded into our UVC light booth, or sanitized by hand with professional grade, WHO-approved sanitizers. We make sure our staff is ALWAYS wearing masks, gloves, and eye protection to keep themselves and our renters safe. Once the gear has been properly sanitized, it is ready for another job through our contactless curbside pickup. Don’t forget, we also do delivery and pickup! We’ve added some new info to our website regarding curbside pickup.
  3. Dig out your old SD CCD non rolling shutter camcorders and start creating content 🙂 YouTube follows Netflix by reducing video stream quality in Europe
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