For the third straight year panelists from the International Cinematographers Guild (IATSE Local 600) have been invited to the prestigious Hollywood Professional Association (HPA) Tech Retreat ®. It will be held at the Westin Mission Hills in Rancho Mirage on Wednesday, February 19 from 2:00 pm to 2:45 pm. They will be joined by the Art Directors Guild (IATSE LOCAL 800).

Under the heading Collaboration at Any Resolution: Virtual Production for the Rest of Us, the panelists will discuss the capacity of game engine technology to upend the traditional creative discovery process in pre-production and merge VFX and live production into simultaneous processes on-set.

Panelists are cinematographer David Stump, ASC, art director Benjamin Nowicki, Eliot Mack, CEO, Lightcraft Technology, and Remy Katrib, CEO, DigitalFilm Tree, with Michael Chambliss, Production Technology Specialist at the International Cinematographers Guild serving as moderator. The panel will run from 2 pm to 2:45 pm.

Game engines are the key unblocking new forms of collaboration with lightweight systems that enable the director, cinematographer, art director and department heads to agree upon creative choices before anything is built. When moved on-set, game engine technology can reduce the uncertainty inherent in compositing images and enable mixed reality scenes to move straight from set to editorial on almost any production.


For over two decades, the event has served as the forum for groundbreaking thought leadership, analysis and connection. Predictive, disruptive, and informative, and with a decidedly non-commercial focus that eschews marketing-oriented presentations, the HPA Tech Retreat is where honest and challenging discussions take place. Technologies have been premiered, dismantled and discussed at the HPA Tech Retreat over the course of those 25 years, and the deep analysis that has transpired has led to a number of fundamental changes and advancements for the industry.

The International Cinematographers Guild represents approximately 9,000 members who work in film, television and commercials as directors of photography, camera operators, digital imaging technicians, visual effects supervisors, still photographers, camera assistants, film loaders, all members of camera crews and publicists. The first cinematographers’ union was established in New York in 1926, followed by unions in Los Angeles and Chicago, but it wasn’t until 1996 that Local 600 was born as a national guild. ICG’s ongoing activities include the Emerging Cinematographer Awards and the Publicists Awards Luncheon. The Guild also publishes the award-winning ICG Magazine.