479 NEWS

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…)

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…)

How the 2018 Tax Cuts and Jobs Act Impacts Members of IATSE

How the 2018 Tax Cuts and Jobs Acts Impacts Members of IATSE

Last month marked the deadline for Federal and State tax returns for tax year 2017 and like many Americans it’s likely that after you submitted your returns (or filed for an extension) you immediately stopped thinking about taxes until next year. We’re publishing this article to remind our members that Congress recently passed a pro-growth tax plan referred to as The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (Public Law 115-97), which was signed into law on December 22, 2017.

This new tax plan will affect your earnings from January of this year (2018) onward, and there are some very good reasons for some in the film industry to begin planning now in anticipation of (more…)

IATSE Safety App Now Available

The IATSE Safety Info App is an information reference and hazard reporting tool for IATSE members. The application provides important safety information, such as studio safety hotline telephone numbers, industry-specific safety bulletins and articles, and a form for reporting hazards encountered on the worksite. (Download links are available at the end of this article) (more…)

Sound Mixer Mary Ellis Nominated for Academy Award & BAFTA

Local 479 would like to extend its congratulations to Local 479 Sound Mixer Mary H. Ellis for her nomination for sound mixing for the feature film “Baby Driver“. Update: Mary has also been nominated for a BAFTA (British Academy of Film and Television Arts) for her work on (more…)

Governor Predicts More Growth for Georgia’s Film Industry

From the Desk of Michael Akins, Business Agent

Please take a moment to read the following passage from Governor Deal’s final State of the State address “Orchards of Opportunity”, delivered to the Georgia General Assembly yesterday morning. Our members should be aware that we have supported the Governor and his efforts throughout his administration and are looking forward to a very prosperous 2018 thanks to the staunch support of Governor Deal and our state legislators. As the Governor stated, we expect to break new records this year, and that’s just good for Georgia.

Thank you,

Mike Akins, Business Agent IATSE Local 479


2018 State of the State Address

[the following is an excerpt from Georgia Governor Nathan Deal’s State of the State address, “Orchards of Opportunity”, delivered on January 11, 2018]

“As we consider the achievements of their respective dedicated teams, we should also take note of a tree we “re-planted” – you might say – which has taken deep root in recent years and borne greater and greater harvests with each passing year. I am referring to the film production industry.

Just ten years ago, this industry generated $241 million in economic impact for the state. This past fiscal year alone, it generated $9.5 billion in economic impact. That’s quite impressive growth for this (more…)

Reviewing 2017 and Looking Ahead to 2018

From the Desk of Michael Akins, Business Agent

I am happy to report that 2017 has been a banner year in the Local 479 jurisdiction! The number of projects produced in both Georgia and Alabama has increased 15% from 2016 to 2017, and all of the stars seem aligned for an equal or greater increase as we move into 2018.

Atlanta, in particular, is home to over 60 purpose-built stages spread throughout the metro area among 8 studio lots, with another studio still under construction boasting an additional 9 stages. This growth is expected to bring new production to our jurisdiction, providing even more work opportunities as production companies increase their desire to hire locally.

I am proud to report that at any given time throughout 2017, an average of 80-90% of our Local 479 members were found to be working. This number is based on a couple of factors: our Availability List was continually being requested by productions and seemed inefficient in providing the amount of labor requested, and I received more requests than ever before from people living outside the jurisdiction asking permission to work in town, as productions needed the extra (more…)

Maintaining Good Standing in the Local

Good Standing or Bad Standing

One of the primary requirements for being a member of Local 479 is maintaining a status of “Good Standing”. This simply means that you have met all financial obligations to the Local in a timely manner. If you do not meet those obligations you will be considered to be in “Bad Standing” by the Local. Members who remain in bad standing for a period of time will be expelled. Regardless of the amount owed, all outstanding balances are the responsibility of each member. Most members maintain Good Standing throughout (more…)

Aflac Insurance Available to Members at Union Rate

The Aflac duck flying through the sky.

You’ve probably seen commercials featuring the funny talking Aflac duck, but do you know what the company is actually selling? Aflac is a supplemental insurance provider whose Plans pay benefits to policy holders if they are so unfortunate as to be injured at work or to be diagnosed with cancer.

If you become sick or are injured your daily expenses can mount up quickly. Aflac pays you cash for those costs that may not be covered by your major medical insurance.

And Aflac pays (more…)

Faced with Life or Death on Set: When Seconds Count

A film set.

It was a typical late June afternoon in Riverchase, a bustling community in the Birmingham suburb of Hoover. With temperatures climbing steadily toward the nineties, traces of future storm clouds began to dot the far horizon.

A group of trucks were parked just outside the Rooms To Go store on Chapel Lane and a steady stream of people had been ferrying equipment in and out of the building all morning long, the telltale indication of an active commercial shoot.

A number of the shooting crew from Atlanta had arrived in town the previous night and the Key Grip, Roger Sherer, was animatedly telling his friends about a local restaurant he’d found that featured great food and live music. A musician himself, Roger wanted to get a group together and (more…)