479 NEWS

Member Dashboard Website Update

Title for article about Member Dashboard being under construction

In October of 2016, Local 479 unveiled a new Member Dashboard website, which was developed to increase our members’ proprietary access to production contact and crew information, contracts, and individual account information.  We spent time with our web developers to design a more user-friendly site with additional features allowing members to (more…)

The 2018 Charity Kickball Tournament

4th Annual Charity Kickball Tournament to Benefit LifeLine Animal Project, Presented by IATSE Local 479 Young Worker's Committee

Are you ready for some KICKBALL?!   The 4th Annual Charity Kickball Tournament will kick off at Noon on Sunday, September 30th at Coan Middle School (1550 Hosea Williams Drive NE). Even if you’re not playing on one of the 16 competing teams you should still come to cheer on your friends, have lunch with the Mekhail Brothers, buy tickets for our prize-packed raffle baskets, meet our sponsors, and adopt a dog from the LifeLine Animal Project!

We hope to break records with our giving this year, and you can help us!!! (more…)

Local 479 Members Compete for 2018 Emmys

Local 479 Emmy Nominees

In July The Academy of Television Arts & Sciences announced the nominees for the 2018 Emmy Awards, to recognize excellence in the television industry. Four members of IATSE Local 479 were among those listed for consideration in this year’s Creative Arts Awards categories. Please join us in recognizing the achievement of these members for the honor of their nominations, and in wishing them good luck in the upcoming awards ceremony this Saturday night in (more…)

Local 479 Welcomes Comptroller Jimmy Butts

Jimmy Butts, Comptroller, IATSE Local 479

This month Local 479 welcomes its new financial comptroller, Jimmy Butts. As our Secretary/Treasurer position begins its transition from full-time to “as needed” (in effect part-time), Jimmy will assume management of the Local’s day-to-day financial obligations, serving as its formal accountant. He will help to manage the Local’s investment accounts, oversee compliance with all federal and state entities, and perform the Local’s tax and Department of (more…)

College Degree for No Out-of-Pocket Cost

 

UnionPlus and Eastern Gateway offer college opportunity

Eastern Gateway Community College is offering members of IATSE Local 479 the opportunity to earn an Associate Degree with NO out-of-pocket costs. This degree program has been brought to Local 479 by UnionPlus, an affiliate of the AFLCIO, and applies to both members and their families. An Associate Degree can lead to immediate employment opportunities (more…)

The Danger of Mosquitos to Movie Crews

Mosquitos and Film Crews

IATSE Local 479 Summer Safety Series: people who work outdoors face a number of additional health safety dangers, from weather extremes to risk of disease. Summer presents an increased risk of encounters with a variety of creatures that can cause injury and/or disease. This article includes information collected from several agencies, including the Contract Services Administration Trust Fund (“CSATF”) Safety Bulletin #31, “Critters”.

An Ancient Pest

“A hundred million years ago, there were mosquitoes just like today.” – Mr. DNA, Jurassic Park

Mr. DNA was partly correct… while the mosquito has indeed been around since the age of the dinosaurs, fossil records indicate that the insect that we recognize as today’s “modern” mosquito has only been around for 79 million years, which is still far longer than most film crews have been around, making our members a recent and delicious addition to the mosquito’s menu. (more…)

Poisonous Plants and Movie Crews

IATSE Local 479 Summer Safety Series: people who work outdoors face a number of additional health safety dangers, from weather extremes to risk of disease. This article includes information collected from several agencies, including the Contract Services Administration Trust Fund (“CSATF”) Safety Bulletin #27, “Poisonous Plants”.

One of the hidden dangers of shooting at exterior locations is the plant life, specifically a genus of plants called Toxicodendrons, known for inducing rashes on exposed skin. In North America the most common of these plants are varieties of poison ivy, poison oak, and poison sumac. In Local 479’s jurisdiction, poison ivy is the most common, Atlantic poison oak is slightly less common, and the least common (but most toxic) is poison sumac.

Count yourself lucky if you have never suffered the ill effects associated with exposure to these plants, as most encounters result in wild bouts of (more…)

Local 479 Supports Solidarity in Negotiations

From the Desk of Michael Akins, Business Agent

In the past, the IA has completed contract negotiations long before their expiration dates, and so it is understandable for members to have more concerns this time around as deadlines approach and negotiations are still under way for both the Hollywood Basic contract and the Area Standards Agreement. If the IATSE determines that a strike is necessary in order to assure the eventual outcome of a fair and decent contract, then all IATSE motion picture locals will be called upon to take (more…)

Made in Georgia with Georgia Crews

Last year film crews from the State of Georgia helped produce more than 160 feature films, episodic television and video-on-demand projects. Georgia provided locations and trained crews for each of those projects, from the critically-acclaimed FX Network’s series ‘Atlanta’ (16 nominations for 2018) to the award-winning Netflix series ‘Stranger Things’ (12 Emmy nominations for 2018) to the record-grossing feature ‘Black Panther’ ($699,903,880 domestic, as of July 17, 2018).

Georgia is a great place to produce world class projects of every size. (more…)

Heat & Hydration Safety for Movie Crews

Accuweather graph of Atlanta temps July 2017

IATSE Local 479 Summer Safety Series: with the arrival of Summer people who work outdoors face a number of additional health safety dangers, from weather extremes to risk of disease. This article includes information collected from several agencies.

June of 2018 ranked the 3rd warmest on record for the U.S. according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) and on its Weather.gov website the agency describes North American summers as being generally “hot”.

Last July Atlanta experienced 21 days of temperatures in excess of 90 degrees Fahrenheit (32 Celsius degrees), and most of the month saw humidity levels in the 90% range. These temperatures are not unusual – the average July temperature for the city is 89ºF.

While film crews are accustomed to working in a wide range of climates and temperatures (and generally consider themselves aware of the dangers of prolonged exposure to high temperatures) film and television production is a fast-paced occupation and the effort to “get the shot” often takes precedence, meaning that crewmembers may (more…)