The 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”)
- 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
Los 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.
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LOS ANGELES, September 10, 2013 — The American Society of Cinematographers (ASC) has announced that it will be hosting a new series of Master Classes that will teach all aspects of the art and craft of cinematography.
Each Master Class will be held over a five-day period and will convene four times a year. The first will run October 21 through October 25, 2013 and will be limited to 20 students. Registration is on a first-come, first served basis. The syllabus – along with tuition and registration information – may be viewed on the ASC Web site .
“The ASC Master Class offers an unprecedented opportunity to get direct, hands-on instruction from the best cinematographers in the world,” notes ASC President Richard Crudo. “Classes will be based at our historic Clubhouse in Hollywood, and will be augmented by field trips to nearby state-of-the-art facilities. No one else can give such access to the range of knowledge and experience that resides under our roof. It represents a truly comprehensive, one-of-a-kind experience.”
The ASC Master Class Program Advisor is Oscar®-nominee Stephen Burum, ASC. Different cinematographers will lead the classes each quarter.
Among the participating faculty for the inaugural session will be the world’s foremost shooter of car spots and other commercials, Bill Bennett. Additional instructors will include ASC greats Dion Beebe, Russell Carpenter, Dean Cundey, Caleb Deschanel, Richard Edlund, Robert Elswit, Matthew Libatique, Dean Semler, Dante Spinotti and John Toll. Each of whom has been Oscar® nominated on at least one occasion, while Beebe, Carpenter, Elswit, Edlund (three), Semler and Toll (two) are Oscar® winners. In addition, Deschanel, Semler and Spinotti are also ASC Lifetime Achievement Award recipients, and Edlund has received the ASC Presidents Award. (All participants subject to availability)
At the conclusion of the week participants will receive a certificate of completion at a celebratory dinner with ASC members.
ASC was founded in 1919. There are 350 active members today who have national roots in some 20 countries. There are also 150 associate members from ancillary segments of the industry.
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LOS ANGELES – Roger Deakins, ASC, BSC; Balazs Bolygo, HSC; Kramer Morgenthau, ASC; Florian Hoffmeister; and Bradford Lipson claimed top honors in the four competitive categories at the 27th Annual American Society of Cinematographers (ASC) Awards for Outstanding Achievement, which was held here tonight at the Grand Ballroom at Hollywood & Highland.
Deakins won the ASC Award in the feature film competition for SKYFALL. Bolygo and Morgenthau tied in the one-hour television episodic category for Cinemax’s HUNTED and HBO’s GAME OF THRONES, respectively. Hoffmeister won the TV movie/miniseries award for PBS’ GREAT EXPECTATIONS, and Lipson was the recipient of the half-hour television episodic category for FX’s WILFRED.
The ASC Award for best feature was presented by Emmy®-nominated actor John Slattery. Deakins, who was regrettably not able to attend, has previously won ASC Awards for THE SHAWSHANK REDEMPTION (1995) and THE MAN WHO WASN’T THERE (2002). His other ASC nominations include FARGO (1997), KUNDUN (1998), O BROTHER, WHERE ART THOU? (2001), NO COUNTRY FOR OLD MEN (2008), THE ASSASSINATION OF JESSE JAMES BY THE COWARD ROBERT FORD (2008), REVOLUTIONARY ROAD (2009), THE READER (2009), and TRUE GRIT (2011). He also received the organization’s Lifetime Achievement Award in 2011.
The other nominees in the feature film category were Seamus McGarvey, ASC, BSC (ANNA KARENINA), Danny Cohen, BSC (LES MISERABLES), Claudio Miranda, ASC (LIFE OF PI), and Janusz Kaminski (LINCOLN).
Actor David Zayas, also known as Sgt. Batista on DEXTER, announced Bolygo and Morgenthau had tied for the Outstanding Achievement Award in the one-hour television category. This is the first tie in ASC Awards history.
Bolygo, a first-time ASC nominee, won for the “Mort” episode of HUNTED. This is the first win for Morgenthau, who has been previously nominated for THE FIVE PEOPLE YOU MEET IN HEAVEN (2005), LIFE ON MARS (2009) and BOARDWALK EMPIRE (2011). Tonight’s award is for the GAME OF THRONES episode “The North Remembers.”
The other nominees in the one-hour television episodic series category were Christopher Manley, ASC for AMC’s MAD MEN (“The Phantom”), David Moxness, CSC for FOX’s FRINGE (“Letters of Transit”), Mike Spragg for Cinemax’s STRIKE BACK (Episode 11) and David Stockton, ASC for FOX’s ALCATRAZ (Pilot).
Oscar®-nominee Mary McDonnell presented the Television Movie/Miniseries Award to first-time ASC nominee Hoffmeister for the PBS Masterpiece presentation of GREAT EXPECTATIONS.
Nominated along with Hoffmeister were Michael Goi, ASC for FX’s AMERICAN HORROR STORY: ASYLUM (“I am Anne Frank: Part 2”), Arthur Reinhart for History Channel’s HATFIELDS & MCCOYS, and Rogier Stoffers, ASC for HBO’s HEMINGWAY & GELLHORN.
TWO BROKE GIRLS’ Matthew Moy presented the half-hour television category award to Lipson, who was a first-time ASC nominee for the “Truth” episode of WILFRED.
Nominated alongside Lipson were Ken Glassing for FOX’s BEN AND KATE (“Guitar Face”), Goi for NBC’s THE NEW NORMAL (“Pilot”), Peter Levy, ASC for Showtime’s HOUSE OF LIES (“Gods of Dangerous Financial Instruments”), and Michael Price for ABC’s HAPPY ENDINGS (“Four Weddings and a Funeral (Minus Three Weddings and One Funeral)”).
Oscar®-winner Angelina Jolie presented the ASC Lifetime Achievement Award to Dean Semler, ASC, ACS who earned an Oscar® and an ASC Award for Kevin Costner’s DANCES WITH WOLVES (1991). In 2007, his work on Mel Gibson’s APOCALYPTO earned him a second ASC Award nomination. Semler’s nearly 70 feature credits include such memorable films as CITY SLICKERS, LAST ACTION HERO, WATERWORLD, THE BONE COLLECTOR, WE WERE SOLDIERS, XXX, BRUCE ALMIGHTY, THE ALAMO, GET SMART, 2012, DATE NIGHT, SECRETARIAT, Jolie’s directorial debut IN THE LAND OF BLOOD AND HONEY, PARENTAL GUIDANCE, and the upcoming MALEFICENT.
The ASC International Award was presented to Robby Müller, NSC, BVK by director Steve McQueen and actress Nastassja Kinski who worked with him on the film PARIS, TEXAS. Kinski noted, “Seeing Robby work on that film made me want to know all about the camera – how it catches light, images, and feelings. How it serves as the window to each film.” Müller was unable to attend the event, and McQueen and Kinski accepted the award on his behalf.
The Career Achievement in Television Award was presented to Rodney Charters, ASC, CSC (24) by Sir Robert Harvey, mayor of Waitakere City in New Zealand.
The ASC Presidents Award was given to Curtis Clark, ASC (THE DRAUGHTSMAN’S CONTRACT) by Stephen Burum, ASC.
Last year, Emmanuel Lubezki, ASC, AMC won the ASC feature award for THE TREE OF LIFE.
HOLLYWOOD – The American Society of Cinematographers (ASC) has selected its television nominees for the organization’s 27th Awards for Outstanding Achievement in Cinematography. The winners will be announced on February 10, 2013, at the Hollywood & Highland Grand Ballroom.
Nominees in the one-hour Episodic Television Series Category are:
- Balazs Bolygo, HSC for Cinemax’s Hunted (“Mort”)
- Chris Manley, ASC for AMC’s Mad Men (“The Phantom”)
- Kramer Morgenthau, ASC for HBO’s Game of Thrones (“The North Remembers”)
- David Moxness, CSC, ASC for FOX’s Fringe (“Letters of Transit”)
- Mike Spragg for Cinemax’s Strike Back (Episode 11)
- David Stockton, ASC for FOX’s Alcatraz (Pilot)
The finalists in the Television Movie/Miniseries category are:
- Michael Goi, ASC for FX’s American Horror Story: Asylum (“I am Anne Frank: Part 2”)
- Florian Hoffmeister for the PBS Masterpiece presentation of Great Expectations
- Arthur Reinhart for History Channel’s Hatfields & McCoys
- Rogier Stoffers, ASC for HBO’s Hemingway & Gellhorn
Rounding out the third category are nominees for a half-hour Episodic Series, including:
- Ken Glassing for FOX’s Ben and Kate (“Guitar Face”)
- Michael Goi, ASC for NBC’s The New Normal (“Pilot”)
- Peter Levy, ASC for Showtime’s House of Lies (“Gods of Dangerous Financial Instruments”)
- Bradford Lipson for FX’s Wilfred (“Truth”)
- Michael Price for ABC’s Happy Endings (“Four Weddings and a Funeral (Minus Three Weddings and One Funeral)”
“Creating the mood, composing the lighting, and constructing camera angles on a television production schedule to elicit just the right emotions for a scene presents many challenges,” says ASC President Stephen Lighthill. “These artists have shown imaginative creativity in crafting the appropriate visuals on a broadcast timeline.”
Moxness and Stockton have previously won ASC Awards. Moxness took home the award for Smallville (2007), and earned an additional nomination for The Kennedys (2012). Stockton earned his ASC trophy for Eleventh Hour (2009), as well as nominations for Nikita (2011) and Chase (2012).
Goi’s double recognition makes these his third and fourth nominations. He was previously acknowledged for The Fixer (1999) and Judas (2005).
These are the fourth ASC nominations for both Manley and Morgenthau. Manley earned kudos for Threat Matrix (2004), CSI: NY (2005) and Mad Men (2011). Morgenthau received nominations for The Five People You Meet in Heaven (2005), Life on Mars (2009) and Family Limitation (2011).
Levy has two prior nominations for photographing 24 (2002) and The Life and Death of Peter Sellers (2005). Price was a nominee for Ugly Betty (2010).
Bolygo, Spragg, Hoffmeister, Reinhart, Stoffers, Glassing and Lipson are all first time nominees.
FOX programs led the pack with three nominations, followed by FX, HBO and Cinemax with two. Showtime, AMC, ABC, NBC, PBS and History Channel are also represented.
“There is an incredible amount of outstanding work being done for television, which is seeing a resurgence in compelling story-telling thanks to a wider landscape for distribution,” adds Lighthill. “It’s exciting to see what’s being done in the field. Audiences have a plethora of options now and these cinematographers have demonstrated superior skills in visual entertainment.”
HOLLYWOOD – The American Society of Cinematographers (ASC) is accepting submissions for their annual television competition. Directors of photography can enter in three categories: (1) An episode of a regular half-hour series; (2) An episode of a regular hour-long series; and (3) A movie or miniseries made for television. The deadline for entries is noon (PDT) on December 3. Finalists will contend for top honors during the 27th ASC Outstanding Achievement Awards at the Hollywood & Highland Grand Ballroom on February 10, 2013.To qualify, shows must have premiere broadcast dates in the United States between December 1, 2011 and November 30, 2012. Entry forms can be downloaded from the ASC website.
“The television awards celebrate the visual achievements of cinematographers who create captivating images for serialized stories under tremendous time and budget pressures,” says ASC President Stephen Lighthill. “Our goal is to showcase some of the best work being produced in these demanding categories.”
Last year’s ASC Award recipients in the TV categories were Jonathan Freeman, ASC earned top honors in the one-hour television episodic category for HBO’s BOARDWALK EMPIRE. Michael Weaver, ASC was the inaugural recipient of the half-hour television episodic category for Showtime’s CALIFORNICATION, and Martin Ruhe won the TV movie/miniseries award for PBS’ PAGE EIGHT.
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.
For additional information about the ASC, visit www.theasc.com.
Emmanuel Lubezki, ASC, AMC; Jonathan Freeman, ASC; Michael Weaver, ASC; and Martin Ruhe claimed top honors in the four competitive categories at the 26th Annual American Society of Cinematographers (ASC) Outstanding Achievement Awards celebration here tonight at the Hollywood & Highland Grand Ballroom.
Lubezki won the ASC Award feature film award for The Tree of Life. For the second straight year, Freeman earned top accolades in the one-hour television episodic category for HBO’s Boardwalk Empire. Weaver was the inaugural recipient of the half-hour television episodic category for Showtime’s Californication, and Ruhe won the TV movie/miniseries award for PBS’ Page Eight.