International Cinematographers Guild of the International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees (I.A.T.S.E.) Local 667 consists of over 1000 members involved in motion picture, film, digital, internet and television production. There are an additional 70 members in two mid-Canada television stations located in Sudbury and Timmins Ontario.
Local 667 is one of many branches of the I.A.T.S.E. which was originally founded in New York City over 113 years ago in 1893. Throughout North America the I.A.T.S.E. represents not only motion picture camera people and technicians, but also several other areas of entertainment, including stage employees, projectionists, casino employees and studio teachers. The film division of I.A.T.S.E. covers a number of aspects in this industry including camera, wardrobe, hair, lighting, sound, art direction, set design, set construction, special effects, production office staff and much more.
I.A.T.S.E. Local 667 was granted its charter from the International office in October 1981. It represented all I.A.T.S.E. camera personnel across the country. Due to the growth of the motion picture industry in Canada, I.A.T.S.E. Local 669 was formed in 1989 to represent Western Canada while Local 667 continued to represent Eastern Canada, with the division being the Manitoba / Ontario border. Members of both I.A.T.S.E. Locals 667 and Local 669 are able to take advantage of free-flow travel, which allows them to work in either jurisdiction.
In February 2003 the locals name was officially changed to the International Cinematographers Guild joining Local 669 (Western Canada camera) and Local 600 (U.S. camera) with this designation.
The I.A.T.S.E. Local 667 membership is involved in all aspects of film and television that pertains to the camera. This includes all phases of filmed or digitally recorded theatrical feature films, films for television release, new media and television series productions.
Our membership consists of:
Aerial Remote Head (RH) Operators, Stabilized and Non-stabilized Remote Head Operators
Camera and Steadicam Operators and Camera Assistants
Camera Car Operators and Technicians
Digital Engineers, Digital Imaging Technicians, Data Management Technicians
Directors of Photography
Electronic Camera people
Motion Control Operators
Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) categories
Over the years I.A.T.S.E. has worked on hundreds of film, television and screen based productions including such titles as Suicide Squad, Day After Tomorrow, The Thing, Pacific Rim, Total Recall, Resident Evil, Chicago, X-Men, The Incredible Hulk, The Mummy: Tomb of the Dragon Emperor, Boondock Saints, Saw and Good Will Hunting. Also in the line-up are many recent popular television series such as Orphan Black, The Strain, Murdoch Mysteries, Black Mirror, Suits, Heroes Reborn, Anne of Green Gables and American Gods. Our membership includes many notable and award winning Directors of Photography. Distinguished directors I.A.T.S.E. 667 members have worked alongside include David Cronenberg, Atom Egoyan, Deepa Mehta, Denys Arcand, James Cameron, Bruce McDonald, Sarah Polley, Doug Liman, Guillermo del Toro, Richard Attenborough, Bryan Singer, Clement Virgo, Norman Jewison, Sidney Lumet and George A. Romero.
It is the mandate of I.A.T.S.E. Local 667 to secure work opportunities as well as the best conditions and wages for its membership through Collective Agreements. Varying levels of health and dental benefits and group retirement savings benefits are provided through the Collective Agreements dependent upon how much an individual member works.
I.A.T.S.E. Local 667 offers a solid training program for camera trainees allowing them to gain hands-on experience on numerous film sets. At the minimum, most camera trainees will work on a television series, made for TV movie and a feature film allowing them the opportunity to learn a range of camera equipment including Panavision, Arri, RED, Panasonic, Canon and Sony systems.
I.A.T.S.E. Local 667 is a freelance organization which enables the membership to seek work based on experience and merit.