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Gravity Earns Top Honors at 28th ASC Awards

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  • February 1, 2014

Emmanuel Lubezki, ASC, AMC; Jeremy Benning, CSC; Jonathan Freeman, ASC and Blake McClure earned top honors in the four competitive categories at the 28th Annual American Society of Cinematographers (ASC) Awards for Outstanding Achievement. The ceremony was held here tonight at the Ray Dolby Ballroom at Hollywood & Highland. Lubezki won the ASC Award in the feature film competition for GRAVITY. Benning won the TV movie/miniseries award for KILLING LINCOLN. Freeman took home top honors in the one-hour episodic television category for GAME OF THRONES, and McClure was the recipient of the half-hour episodic series award for DRUNK HISTORY.

The ASC Award for best feature was presented by Caleb Deschanel, ASC. Lubezki has won the organization’s top prize twice for THE TREE OF LIFE (2012) and CHILDREN OF MEN (2007), and was also nominated for SLEEPY HOLLOW (2000). 

The other nominees in the feature film category were Sean Bobbitt, BSC for 12 YEARS A SLAVE, Barry Ackroyd, BSC for CAPTAIN PHILLIPS, Philippe Le Sourd for THE GRANDMASTER, Bruno Delbonnel, ASC, AFC for INSIDE LLEWYN DAVIS, Phedon Papamichael, ASC for NEBRASKA, and Roger Deakins, ASC, BSC for PRISONERS.

Debbie Allen presented the Television Movie/Miniseries Award to first-time ASC nominee Benning for National Geographic Channel’s KILLING LINCOLN.

Also nominated in the Television Movie/Miniseries  category were David Luther for Starz Network’s THE WHITE QUEEN (“War at First Hand”), and Ashley Rowe, BSC for Starz Network’s DANCING ON THE EDGE (Episode 1.1).

Actress Niecy Nash presented the Outstanding Achievement Award in the one-hour episodic television category to Freeman for his work on “Valar Dohaeris,” the third season premiere episode of HBO’s GAME OF THRONES. This is the fourth statue for Freeman who previously won for BOARDWALK EMPIRE (2012, 2011) and HOMELAND SECURITY (2005). He has also earned nominations for another BOARDWALK EMPIRE episode (2011), as well as TAKEN (2003), STRANGE JUSTICE (2000) and PRINCE STREET (1998).

The other nominees in the one-hour television series category were Steven Bernstein, ASC for Starz Network’s MAGIC CITY (“The Sins of the Father”), David Franco for HBO’s BOARDWALK EMPIRE (“Erlkönig”), Pierre Gill, CSC for Showtime’s THE BORGIAS (“The Purge”), David Greene, CSC for The CW’s BEAUTY AND THE BEAST (“Tough Love”), Anette Haellmigk for HBO’s GAME OF THRONES (“Kissed by Fire”), Kramer Morgenthau, ASC for Fox’s SLEEPY HOLLOW (“Pilot”), and Ousama Rawi, BSC, CSC for NBC’s DRACULA (“The Blood is the Life”).

Cheryl Ladd presented the half-hour episodic television category award to McClure, also a first-time ASC nominee, for the “Detroit” episode of Comedy Central’s DRUNK HISTORY.

McClure’s fellow nominees in the half-hour TV category were Peter Levy, ACS, ASC for Showtime’s HOUSE OF LIES (“The Runner Stumbles”), and Matthew J. Lloyd, CSC for Amazon’s ALPHA HOUSE (“Pilot”).

Acclaimed filmmaker John Carpenter presented the ASC Lifetime Achievement Award to Dean Cundey, ASC. Cundey first attracted widespread attention when he teamed with Carpenter on HALLOWEEN (1978). The two filmmakers went on to collaborate on THE FOG, ESCAPE FROM NEW YORK, THE THING, HALLOWEEN II and III, and BIG TROUBLE IN LITTLE CHINA. Cundey’s work on Robert Zemeckis landmark, live-action film WHO FRAMED ROGER RABBIT (1988), garnered him both Oscar® and BAFTA nominations. Cundey’s credits include the BACK TO THE FUTURE trilogy, ROMANCING THE STONE, DEATH BECOMES HER, HOOK, APOLLO 13, JURASSIC PARK, WHAT WOMEN WANT, GARFIELD, THE HOLIDAY, THE SPY NEXT DOOR, JACK AND JILL, CRAZY KIND OF LOVE, and the upcoming releases WALKING WITH THE ENEMY and CARRY ME HOME

The ASC International Award was presented to Eduardo Serra, AFC, ASC by director Edward Zwick. Serra earned his first Academy Award® nomination for Iain Softley’s THE WINGS OF THE DOVE (1997), which also netted him a BAFTA Award. In 2004, he received Oscar® and BAFTA nominations for Peter Webber’s GIRL WITH THE PEARL EARRING. His work on such films as JUDE, MAP OF THE HUMAN HEART, WHAT DREAMS MAY COME and FUNNY BONES is highly acclaimed. Serra has over 50 features to his credit, including A PROMISE, HARRY POTTER AND THE DEATHLY HALLOWS PART 1 and PART 2, BLOOD DIAMOND, BEYOND THE SEA, UNBREAKABLE, and THE WIDOW OF SAINT-PIERRE, among others.

The Career Achievement in Television Award was presented to Richard Rawlings, Jr., ASC, by John C. Flinn III, ASC and Michael O’Shea, ASC. Rawlings’ first TV series as a director of photography was in 1978 on CHARLIE’S ANGELS. He went on to shoot such memorable series as MATT HOUSTON, STINGRAY, L.A. LAW, BOSTON PUBLIC, GILMORE GIRLS and DESPERATE HOUSEWIVES, among others. He earned Emmy® nominations for the series OHARA (1987), PARADISE (1988), REASONABLE DOUBTS (1991), and the television movie BIG DREAMS & BROKEN HEARTS: THE DOTTIE WEST STORY (1995)

IDA, shot by Lukasz Zal and Ryszard Lenczewski, won the inaugural ASC Spotlight Award. The organization created this award to recognize outstanding cinematography in features and documentaries typically screened at film festivals, internationally or in limited theatrical release. ASC members submitted entries for consideration which went before a Blue Ribbon panel that chose the nominees. All active members voted on the winner. Also nominated for a Spotlight Award was Mark Lee Ping Bing for RENOIR, and Camille Cottagnoud for WINTER NOMADS.

The ASC Bud Stone Award of Distinction was given to Beverly Wood, EVP of Technical Services and Client Relations for EFILM, a Deluxe Digital Studios company. The award is presented to an Associate ASC Member who has demonstrated extraordinary service to the society and/or has made a significant contribution to the motion picture industry. In 2012, the organization bestowed the honor to Milt Shefter, owner of Miljoy Ent. Inc., and a motion picture industry consultant on the preservation of moving images, recorded sound and high intrinsic value objects. 

Last year, Roger Deakins, ASC, BSC won the ASC feature award for SKYFALL.

The ASC was chartered in January 1919. There are more than 300 active members of ASC, and 150-plus associate members from sectors of the industry that support the art and craft of filmmaking. Membership and associate membership is by invitation based on contributions that individuals have made to advance the art of visual storytelling.

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Blake McClure Wins Half-Hour TV Series ASC Award

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  • February 1, 2014

ddaasc23Los Angeles, CA – February 1, 2014 – Dattner Dispoto and Associates (DDA) cinematographer Blake McClure won the American Society of Cinematographers (ASC) Award for Outstanding Achievement in Cinematography for Half-Hour Episodic Series.

McClure received the ASC Award for his work on Comedy Central’s Drunk History, thanking his crew, producers, wife and parents for “this wonderful, unexpected honor.”

Following his win last Saturday, Feb. 1 at the Grand Ballroom in the Hollywood & Highland Center, McClure will begin prepping the second season of the Gary Sanchez produced series.

McClure’s ASC nomination and win are his first.

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John Wells to be Honored by ASC

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  • January 21, 2014

Wells_John_72dpiLos Angeles, CA — January 21, 2014 — Award-winning writer-director-producer John Wells will receive the American Society of Cinematographers (ASC) 2014 Board of Governors Award. Wells will be honored during the 28th Annual ASC Outstanding Achievement Awards gala here on February 1 at the Hollywood & Highland Ray Dolby Ballroom.

“John Wells is an extraordinary talent whose long career has exposed the world to superlative cinematography across a wide array of features and television,” said ASC President Richard Crudo.

Wells has notched over 830 credits during his prolific career. He is the creative force behind multiple hit television series, including the Emmy®-winning ER and The West Wing. He served as an executive producer on the critically acclaimed Southland (TNT), and the award-winning Mildred Pierce (HBO) and China Beach(ABC), among many others. Currently, he is the executive producer on Showtime’s Emmy®-nominated Shameless.

Shows produced by Wells have received over 270 Emmy® nominations with 55 Emmy® wins. During its 15-year run, ER earned 122 Emmy nominations, the most in television history. A seven-time Writers Guild Award nominee, Wells received the WGA’s prestigious Paddy Chayefsky Laurel Award for Television in 2007, given to writers who have advanced the literature of television and made outstanding contributions to the profession of television writers. In 2005, the Producers Guild of America awarded Wells the David Susskind Lifetime Achievement Award in Television.

Wells’ great successes also span across cinema screens. Most recently, he directed the Oscar®-nominatedAugust: Osage County, starring Meryl Streep, Julia Roberts and Ewan McGregor. Wells wrote and directed The Company Men, featuring Ben Affleck, Kevin Costner, Tommy Lee Jones and Chris Cooper. Previous feature production credits include Carroll Ballard’s acclaimed drama Duma, Peter Kosminsky’s White Oleander, Neil Jordan’s The Good Thief, Andrzej Bartkowiak’s Doom, Michael Mayer’s A Home at the End of the World, Todd Haynes’ Far From Heaven and I’m Not There, Mark Romanek’s One Hour Photo, and Robert Altman’s The Company, among others.

Wells also served as president of the Writers Guild of America, West from 2009-2011, and previously served as its president from 1999-2001.

The ASC Board of Governors Award is given to an individual who has made extraordinary achievements in advancing the art and craft of filmmaking. Previous recipients include Harrison Ford, Julia Roberts, Christopher Nolan, Warren Beatty, Francis Ford Coppola, Sally Field, Morgan Freeman, Ron Howard, Sydney Pollack, Martin Scorsese and Steven Spielberg, among others.

For more information regarding the ASC Awards, visit the ASC website at www.theasc.com, or call 323-969-4333.

About The American Society of Cinematographers
The American Society of Cinematographers (ASC) is a non-profit association dedicated to advancing the art of filmmaking. Since its charter in 1919, the ASC has been committed to educating aspiring filmmakers and others about the art and craft of cinematography.

For additional information about the ASC, visit www.theasc.com. Join ASC on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/The.ASC and American Cinematographer magazine fan page at http://www.facebook.com/AmericanCinematographer.

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American Society of Cinematographers Names Nominees of Newly Created Spotlight Award

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  • January 14, 2014

asc_28thLOS ANGELES, January 14, 2014 — The American Society of Cinematographers (ASC) is pleased to announce three nominees for its inaugural ASC Spotlight Award. The organization created this award to recognize outstanding cinematography in features and documentaries typically screened at film festivals, internationally or in limited theatrical release. The winner will be announced at the 28th Annual ASC Awards on February 1, at the Hollywood & Highland Ray Dolby Ballroom.

The nominees are:

  • Lukasz Zal and Ryszard Lenczewski for Ida
  • Mark Lee Ping Bing for Renoir
  • Camille Cottagnoud for Winter Nomads

ASC members submitted entries for consideration which went before a Blue Ribbon panel that chose the nominees. All active members will vote to select the winner.

“We’ve been honoring outstanding achievement in cinematography since we started the ASC Awards in 1987,” says ASC Awards Chairman Lowell Peterson. “Several ASC members developed the concept for this award after being inspired by these types of productions. We chose to add this new honor to recognize and praise areas of our art form that previously might have been overlooked.”

For information regarding the 28th ASC Awards for Outstanding Achievement in Cinematography visit www.theasc.com or call 323-969-4333.

About The American Society of Cinematographers
The American Society of Cinematographers (ASC) is a nonprofit organization dedicated to advancing the art of filmmaking. Since its charter in 1919, the ASC has been committed to educating aspiring filmmakers and others about the art and craft of cinematography. For additional information about the ASC, visit www.theasc.com. Join ASC on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/The.ASC and American Cinematographer magazine fan page at http://www.facebook.com/AmericanCinematographer.

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American Society of Cinematographers Reveals Feature Film Nominees

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  • January 8, 2014

asc_28thThis morning the ASC released the nominations in the motion picture category of the 28th Annual Awards for Outstanding Achievement. Normally, the ballot only has five, but magnificent lens work rounded the names up to seven. Only two are new comers this year, Sean Bobbit, BSC for 12 Years a Slave and Le Sourd for The Grandmaster.

Deakins made the cut for Prisoners, which brings him to 12 noms and Lubezki follows up his Tree of Life win with his work on Gravity. My only thoughts now are who was 8, 9 and 10 on this list? Maybe Hoyte Van Hoytema for Her? Sandgren for American Hustle? Andrew Dunn for The Butler? Some great work turned in by DPs this year. Seems like a difficult task to keep those and others off the list of noms. We’ll get to see who wins on February 1st.

The nominees are:

• Sean Bobbitt, BSC for 12 Years a Slave
• Barry Ackroyd, BSC for Captain Phillips
• Philippe Le Sourd for The Grandmaster
• Emmanuel Lubezki, ASC, AMC for Gravity
• Bruno Delbonnel, ASC, AFC for Inside Llewyn Davis
• Phedon Papamichael, ASC for Nebraska
• Roger Deakins, ASC, BSC for Prisoners

ASC Announces Television Noms for 28th Annual Awards

For more information regarding the ASC Awards, visit the ASC website at www.theasc.com, or call 323-969-4333.

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ASC Announces Television Noms for 28th Annual Awards

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  • November 20, 2013

asc_28thThe friendly folks over that the American Society of Cinematographers (ASC) released its TV nominees this morning. The show recognizes outstanding achievement in visual awesomeness and will be held on February 1, 2014 at the Ray Dolby Ballroom in Hollywood.

HBO’s Game of Thrones collected three nominations  – David Franco, Jonathan Freeman, ASC and Anette Haellmigk. It’s great seeing Anette on the list, we really enjoyed her work on Showtime’s Big Love, but where’s Rob McLachlan, ASC, CSC at for the The Rains of Castamere? Maybe he didn’t submit, I don’t know.

According to ASC President Richard Crudo, “The new heights that storytelling has reached on television are in part because of the tremendous artistry and outstanding work being done by the shows’ cinematographers. It was difficult for our members to narrow down the field to these nominees given the high caliber of the submissions.”

Freeman is an ASC veteran collecting three previous wins. Franco has also been nominated on several occasions for Boardwalk Empire (2012), Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee (2008), Intensity (1998), Falling for You (1996) and Million Dollar Babies (1995). Both Pierre Gill and Kramer Morgenthau have won, so will it pave the way for a newcomer on the one-hour front? Steven Bernstein, ASC, David Greene and Haellmigk are all first-time nominees, but my initial instinct is Gill for The Borgias. 

On the half-hour side, DP Blake McClure scored a nomination for Comedy Central’s Drunk History – which is exciting. I’ve known Derek Waters, one of the creators of the show since he acted on the 2003 sitcom Married to the Kellys. To watch his web series go from the Internet to TV, and now to be recognized for their craft should be inspiration for all the young creatives out there. Peter Levy was also nominated for House of Lies, while Matthew Lloyd picked up his first for Amazon’s Alpha House.

The full list of nominees are:

 One-hour Episodic Television Series:

  • Steven Bernstein, ASC for Starz Network’s Magic City (“The Sins of the Father”)
  • David Franco for HBO’s Boardwalk Empire (“Erlkönig”)
  • Jonathan Freeman, ASC for HBO’s Game of Thrones (“Valar Dohaeris”)
  • Pierre Gill, CSC for Showtime’s The Borgias (“The Purge”)
  • David Greene, CSC for The CW’s Beauty and the Beast (“Tough Love”)
  • Anette Haellmigk for HBO’s Game of Thrones (“Kissed by Fire”)
  • Kramer Morgenthau, ASC for Fox’s Sleepy Hollow (“Pilot”)
  • Ousama Rawi, BSC, CSC for NBC’s Dracula (“The Blood is the Life”)

 Half-hour Episodic Series:

  • Peter Levy, ACS, ASC for Showtime’s House of Lies (“The Runner Stumbles”)
  • Matthew J. Lloyd, CSC for Amazon’s Alpha House (“Pilot”)
  • Blake McClure for Comedy Central’s Drunk History (“Detroit”)

 Television Movie/Miniseries:

  • Jeremy Benning, CSC for National Geographic Channel’s Killing Lincoln
  • David Luther for Starz Network’s The White Queen (“War at First Hand”)
  • Ashley Rowe, BSC for Starz Network’s Dancing on the Edge (Episode 1.1)

 For more information regarding the 28th ASC Awards visit: theasc.org

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American Society of Cinematographers to Pay Tribute to Dean Cundey, Eduardo Serra and Richard Rawlings

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  • November 14, 2013

asc-28thLos Angeles, CA — Nov. 14, 2013 -– Dean Cundey, ASC; Eduardo Serra, AFC, ASC; and Richard Rawlings, Jr., ASC will be recognized by their peers during the 28th Annual American Society of Cinematographers (ASC) Outstanding Achievement Awards on February 1, 2014, here at the Hollywood & Highland Ray Dolby Ballroom. Cundey will receive the ASC’s Lifetime Achievement Award; Serra will be presented with the International Achievement Award; and Rawlings will pick up the org’s Career Achievement in Television Award.

“Anyone who has been in the presence of these three brilliant and talented individuals should count themselves lucky,” notes ASC President Richard Crudo. “Dean, Eduardo and Dick have each had an immeasurable impact on our art form, and we’re proud to have the opportunity to honor their outstanding craftsmanship.”

Cundey first attracted widespread attention when he collaborated with John Carpenter on the production of Halloween (1978). The two filmmakers continued to work together on such memorable films as The Fog, Escape from New York, The Thing, Halloween II and III, and Big Trouble in Little China.

For his work on Robert Zemeckis’ landmark, live-action film Who Framed Roger Rabbit (1988), Cundey garnered both Oscar® and BAFTA nominations. Zemeckis and Cundey also teamed up on the beloved Back to the Future trilogy, Romancing the Stone, and Death Becomes Her. Cundey earned his first nomination from his peers at the ASC for Steven Spielberg’s Hook (1991), and a second one for his gripping imagery of Ron Howard’s Apollo 13 (1995). He also earned the Society of Operating Cameraman’s President’s Award in 1999.

Cundey’s credits also include such notable films as Jurassic Park, What Women Want, Garfield, The Holiday, The Spy Next Door, Jack and Jill, Crazy Kind of Love, and the upcoming releases Walking with the Enemy and Carry Me Home.

“Dean has continually raised the bar with his magnificent imagery, and I’m certain he will continue to do so for many years to come,” says ASC Awards Chairman Lowell Peterson. “He has compiled an incomparable body of work that has made a meaningful and indelible impression on the art of filmmaking. This award is a symbol of our respect and admiration for both the man and his work.”

Serra earned his first Academy Award® nomination for Iain Softley’s The Wings of the Dove (1997), which also netted him a BAFTA Award. In 2004, he received Oscar® and BAFTA nominations for Peter Webber’s Girl with the Pearl Earring. His work on such films as Jude, Map of the Human Heart, What Dreams May Come and Funny Bones is highly acclaimed. Serra has over 50 feature films to his credit, including A Promise, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 1 and Part 2, Blood Diamond, Beyond the Sea, Unbreakable, and The Widow of Saint-Pierre, among others. In 2004, for his services to enhance Portuguese culture, he was presented with the prestigious Order of Prince Henry the Navigator, one of the highest honors given by his native Portugal.

Rawlings grew up in Hollywood, under the tutelage of his father, Richard Rawlings, Sr., ASC. He worked alongside his father for years, learning the industry from the ground up. His first TV series as director of photography was in 1978 on the cultural phenomenon Charlie’s Angels. He went on to shoot such memorable series as Matt Houston, Stingray, L.A. Law, Boston Public, Gilmore Girls and Desperate Housewives, among others. Rawlings telefilm credits include Halley’s Comet, Spring Awakening and Gidget’s Summer Reunion. He has earned Emmy® nominations for the series Ohara (1987), Paradise (1988), Reasonable Doubts (1991), and the television movie Big Dreams & Broken Hearts: The Dottie West Story (1995). Rawlings also earned an ASC Outstanding Achievement Award for Paradise in 1989, and another nomination for the series in 1990. In 1993, he received his third ASC Award nomination for the telefilm When No One Would Listen.

For information regarding the 28th ASC Outstanding Achievement Awards, visit www.theasc.com or call 323-969-4333.

 About The American Society of Cinematographers
The American Society of Cinematographers (ASC) is a nonprofit organization dedicated to advancing the art of filmmaking. Since its charter in 1919, the ASC has been committed to educating aspiring filmmakers and others about the art and craft of cinematography. For additional information about the ASC, visit www.theasc.com. Join ASC on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/The.ASC and American Cinematographer magazine fan page at http://www.facebook.com/AmericanCinematographer.

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