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What is the International Moving Image Society (IMIS)?

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Written by:  Mark Trompeteler, in70mm.com, UKDate: 01.03.2024
What is it and what is its purpose?

IMIS (formerly BKSTS), based at the world famous Pinewood Studios, is an international network for professionals working in any specialism within the moving image industries, and at any stage of their careers. The Society encompasses the whole breadth of these industries – acting, script writing, production, post-production, cinema, television, sound, animation, vfx, games, digital motion design, education, and archive.

• Go to PDF History of BKS-BKSTS-IMIS
• Go to BKSTS Technical Wall Charts
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The driving principle and mission of IMIS, is encouraging moving image professionals to be better at what they do by learning about the work and industry developments of other professional specialisms within the moving image industries. As well as getting more knowledge about their own disciplines.

By facilitating professionals to network across areas of expertise, IMIS has promoted synergy, better employability and increasing knowledge and skills for its members. IMIS promotes gaining a much better understanding of “the bigger picture” of the moving image industries for its members.

How long has it been in operation?

Formed in 1931, IMIS has had a very illustrious history with former patrons including the late Duke of Edinburgh and former in70mm.com avid supporter, film industry legend, the late Sir Sydney Samuelson. IMIS has in the past made a major contribution in fuelling the rise of the moving image, in all its disciplines, across the world. It has a fascinating history which can be explored in this highly illustrated article. The Society is in the process of re-activating after a quiet dormant period of three years.

Who can join IMIS?

IMIS has more members in other countries than it has in its home base the UK. Full Membership is restricted to those employed within the moving image industries and attracts the use of post nominal letters for those that qualify for Full Membership status.

Applicants for Associate Membership level, who if never employed within these industries but can corroborate an association / interest / enthusiasm / commitment to the moving image industries, through brief correspondence with the Membership Secretary, are warmly invited to apply.
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65mm Film: The Fabric of Magic. Part 1 – The Kodak View

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Peripheral Vision, Scopes, Dimensions and Panoramas

How do I join?

Visit the IMIS website, look at some of the public pages and press the “Become A Member” button if you want to proceed.

What are the initial benefits of membership?

• you will be invited to complete the information required to include you in an international database of aspiring and established moving image professionals of a good standard.

• You will immediately grow your network of professional contacts within the wider moving image industries and be able to interact with them either via their contact details on the web based online directory and via online or at events where you can meet face to face.

• as the Society re-activates we hope in time you will be able to join a regional or specialist group and participate in its running and activities.

• you will be invited to a number of online and real life events each year, and if unable to attend them, you will be able to access them via the website.

• you will receive a print copy of the quarterly journal “Cinema Technology” if you are a paying member.

• you will be able to have access the impressive online archive of articles from the Society’s Cinema Technology and Image Technology journals dating back to the 1930s.

• you will receive newsletters updating you on network members, Society news and events.

• if applicable and subject to qualification, you will be able to use the designatory post nominal letters MBKS or MIMIS after your name.

Who do I email if I have any queries or questions about IMIS?

Email: info@movingimagesociety.net

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