I was recently phoned by a fellow Business Representative from a sister Local who requested that I refrain from telling producers of motion pictures, TV productions and commercials that Local 695 production mixers and crews are the best.
I am not making this up, that’s what is out there. My immediate verbal response is unprintable for this publication.
I don’t intend to amend or modify the truth. The truth of the matter is IATSE Local 695 production audio and outside-of-camera re-recording engineers and television engineers are the proven best to deliver a production perfect product.
It is to the Producer’s best interest to employ IATSE Local 695 production recording crews to realize this production perfect product. After all, we have been perfecting our technical product for some 83 years. Let me make it perfectly clear, dear Producers all: that a IATSE Local 695 membership card is evidence that you employ the very best Production Mixer, Microphone Boom Operator, Video Recording Engineer/Video Assist Technician, Utility Sound Technician, Sound Service Assist and Studio Projectionist.
The internal rules set by the International Union request all members to carry their respective local union membership card. IATSE Local 695 members should always carry their membership card and proudly show it to any union representative who may request to see it.
Please remember, “If a picture is worth a thousand words, a picture with sound is worth millions.” Think about it.
James A. Osburn, CAS