The Detroit Section is one of 28 local sections of the Society of Motion Picture and Television Engineers. Local Sections conduct technical programs tailored to the interests of the section membership. This allows members to have hands-on input in the affairs of the Society on a local level.
Our membership is composed of film and video professionals in the Detroit area, throughout Michigan and Southwestern Ontario. Each month, September through June, we meet at a different location around the area and present a technical topic of interest to the film and television industry.
The strength of the Society is in its membership and their interests and talents. Membership in SMPTE is an important benchmark in your professional career. It is only with support from its members that the Society can perform the important work in standards-setting and technical education that moves our industries forward. Members in our area (Lower Michigan and Southwest Ontario) are assigned to the Detroit Section.
As the Detroit Section is locally run and managed, it takes the dedication of many imaging professionals volunteering their time to make the Section successful. We are always looking for interested members who wish to help guide and direct the Detroit Section’s technical program and manage its affairs. The Board of Managers consists of a Chair, Secretary/Treasurer, and six Managers, who together with the past Chair, Regional Governor and appointed officers, plan and conduct the Section technical program. Each year in the spring, Section members elect the Chair and Secretary/Treasurer, who serve one-year terms, and three Managers, who serve two-year terms. Any Section Professional or Fellow member can run for office and those interested are encouraged to nominate themselves by contacting the Chair, Past Chair or Secretary/Treasurer.
Non-members are welcome to attend meetings. While there is usually no admission charge, we do encourage membership if you have an ongoing interest in the Society, its purposes and its constituency.