How Can You Join?
The International Cinematographers Guild welcomes camera professionals from across the United States and around the world.
To be eligible to work on a production under an IATSE contract, certain requirements must be met regarding industry experience.
The specific number of hours, however, may vary according to where you live and work.
New members are responsible for selecting the most appropriate job classification and for arranging dues and other payments
If you are considering applying for a new Guild membership, we strongly recommend you begin with a call to our Membership
Services Department at one of the following regional offices:
Los Angeles (National Office) 323/876-0160
New York 212/647-7300
History of the Guild
Seventy-five years ago, Hollywood was still in its infancy when seven cameramen, who had to haul and operate their own equipment,
met in their kitchens to organize the first photographers local. They founded the Guild during the dawn of a new art form.
Motion pictures were black and white, cameras were handcranked, 'talkies' were just coming into vogue, television wasn't even
a gleam in David Sarnoff's eye, and the early cinematographers and their camera crews were inventing a language for expressing
emotions and ideas with moving images.
Today, thanks in large part to the International Cinematographers Guild, cinematographers and camera crews are recognized
as artists and technicians with a rich tradition of accomplishment.
Benefits of Joining and what it means to be a member
Belonging to the International Cinematographers Guild Means:
* Working with the finest camera professionals in the world
* Working with the top talent of the film and television industries
* Working on the most prestigious and prominent productions
* Working at a rate which rewards your skill, talent and commitment
International Cinematographers Guild Members Receive:
* The best medical coverage in the entertainment industry
* Two employer-funded retirement programs
* Premium pay for overtime
* Travel and per diem for location shoots
* Contract safety and health protections
* Union and legal representation
Members of the International Cinematographers Guild are highly skilled and creative artisans, committed to our craft and
proud of our contributions to the industry.
The International Cinematographers Guild promotes our talents and defends our financial interests and our artistic rights.
A national organization within the IATSE, The International Cinematographers Guild was formed in 1996 with the merger
of three regional locals. Now Local 600 represents the best camera professionals in every classification coast to coast.