July 2021: Summer tolls and 3am strolls

Normally, we aim to get the end-of-June column in ahead of the 4th of July, so everything can be edited and laid out ahead of the holiday, which of course isn’t one at British Cinematographer’s home office. But here in the LA field bureau, we still have some of those familiar calendar rhythms to mark … Read more

Rob Hardy welcomed into ASC membership

Also a member of the British Society of Cinematographers, Hardy’s credits include features Ex Machina and Mission: Impossible – Fallout as well as the FX/Hulu series Devs. New Society member Rob Hardy was born in London and attended the Newport Film School in Wales as well as Sheffield Hallam University, where he specialized in cinematography. Shortly after he finished his … Read more

Queen’s Birthday Honours 2021 awarded to Mandy Walker ACS ASC and Russell Boyd ACS ASC

Australian cinematography had a lot to be proud of, as Russell Boyd became an Officer in the Order of Australia, ‘for distinguished service to the visual arts as a cinematographer of Australian feature films and television productions’. Mandy Walker ACS ASC became a Member of the Order ‘for significant service to film as a cinematographer, … Read more

IMAGO announces board and membership fee updates following annual general assembly

On 12 June, IMAGO held its first electronic annual general assembly (IAGA). The IAGA is the sovereign body of IMAGO and the fact that 31 countries took part in discussions lasting almost five hours was proof of IMAGO’s vibrancy and relevance in today’s world. Making use of new Belgian laws, IMAGO put in place the … Read more

American Society of Cinematographers re-elects president Stephen Lighthill

The board of governors of the American Society of Cinematographers (ASC) has voted on the organisation’s 2021-2022 officers and Stephen Lighthill has been re-elected president. He will serve his next one-year term alongside vice presidents Amy Vincent, Steven Fierberg and John Simmons; treasurer Steven Poster; secretary Gregg Heschong; and sergeant-at-arms Jim Denault. Lighthill was elevated … Read more

ASC Awards: winners include Mank, The Crown, The Queen’s Gambit, and The Mandalorian

Outstanding achievement in cinematography was championed at the 35th annual American Society of Cinematographers Awards. Taking place at the the historic ASC Clubhouse in Hollywood and hosted by TCM’s Ben Mankiewicz, the virtual ceremony saw the nominees’ outstanding talent and creativity recognised and the winners revealed. The live ceremony included the presentation of the ASC … Read more

ASC Awards: how to watch the live stream on 18 April

The virtual presentation of the 35th American Society of Cinematographers (ASC) Awards for outstanding achievement in cinematography takes place on 18 April 2021. To tune in to the live stream, register for a high-quality, HD viewing link via Luma or watch it on the American Cinematographer Facebook page. Awards for feature film, documentary and television … Read more

March 2021: Nominations and innovations

Here in British Cinematographer’s Hollywood bureau, we await our second Pfizer shot, while gearing up to attend – virtually, of course – the coming ASC and Oscar awards. Normally, this column would be reporting on how they were. You will have been well-versed in the nominees by the time this runs, naturally, and it would … Read more

American Society of Cinematographers announces ASC Awards nominees

The American Society of Cinematographers (ASC) has announced its nominees for feature film, documentary and television cinematography, representing the organisation’s picks for the most compelling visual filmmaking over the past 14 months. Winners will be named during the 35th ASC Outstanding Achievement Awards on April 18. The virtual ceremony will be live streamed via American … Read more

American Society of Cinematographers announces Student Heritage Award winners

The winners of the 2020 American Society of Cinematographers (ASC) Student Heritage Awards were named during a virtual presentation. Three student filmmakers were chosen for demonstrating exceptional cinematography skills in their submitted work. ASC cinematographers Paul Atkins, Tommy Maddox-Upshaw and David Stockton presented the awards alongside ASC President Stephen Lighthill, Student Awards Co-Chairs Crag Kief … Read more

Sofia Coppola to receive Board of Governors Award from American Society of Cinematographers

The American Society of Cinematographers (ASC) will present writer-producer-director Sofia Coppola with the Board of Governors Award during the 35th Annual ASC Awards on 18 April, which will be live streamed from the ASC Clubhouse in Hollywood. The Society bestows the ASC Board of Governors Award to filmmakers for their significant and indelible contributions to … Read more

Joining Forces

IMAGO and ASC Join Forces Kees van Oostrum ASC, the president of the American Society Of Cinematographers, announced during the Camerimage 2019 opening ceremony in Torun, Poland, Saturday November 9th, that the Board of the American Society of Cinematographers ASC, has decided to join IMAGO as an associate member, an important step in increasing international … Read more

June 2019: Neon Noir, New Members and Never Forgotten

Neon Noir, New Members and Never Forgotten Across The Pond / Mark London Williams Neon Noir, New Members and Never Forgotten Across The Pond / Mark London Williams We’d be remiss if we didn’t start this month’s column with the rather shocking note that Ed Phillips, who oversaw Matthews Studio Equipment as its President for … Read more

Cine Gear Expo to Feature Exhibits, New Tech, Seminars, Awards, Movie Screenings and more

With two weeks to go, Hollywood’s premier industry event is ready to deliver with hundreds of exhibits, dozens of complimentary influencer led seminars, master classes, film competition, awards ceremony, and special film screenings. It is the one event that offers attendees the opportunity to network with industry pros within a world-famous Hollywood studio environment. Exhibits … Read more

Otto Nemenz

Take 40 Innovator / Otto Nemenz Take 40 Innovator / Otto Nemenz Header Image (l-r): Fritz Heinzle, Marketing Manager; Otto Nemenz, Founder; Alex Wengart, General Manager Although we like to think of innovation often as a “light bulb” moment for the innovator (perhaps an “LED moment,” in the world of modern filmmaking), for Otto Nemenz, … Read more

Stephen Lighthill ASC “Resistance Isn’t Futile”

Resistance Isn’t Futile Letter From America / Stephen Lighthill ASC Resistance Isn’t Futile Letter From America / Stephen Lighthill ASC Stephen Lighthill ASC, senior filmmaker-in-residence/cinematography, at the AFI Conservatory/American Film Institute, reports on recent events in the Hollywood cinematographic community. Talk about heavy seas; one could sit in front of the flatscreen watching the news … Read more

ASC Protests Academy’s Decision on Cinematography Oscar Presentation

The American Society of Cinematographers (ASC) and their president Kees Van Oostrum have protested Monday’s decision by AMPAS to present four Oscar categories, including Cinematography, during commercial breaks in the 91st Academy Awards’ telecast on 24th February. The Academy on Monday announced that four Oscar categories, including cinematography and editing, would be presented during commercial … Read more

ASC Reveals Feature and Television Nominees For 33rd Awards

The American Society of Cinematographers (ASC) has announced the nominees for all categories of the 33rd Annual ASC Outstanding Achievement Awards. Winners will be named at the awards gala on February 9 at the Ray Dolby Ballroom at Hollywood & Highland. Congratulations from British Cinematographer go to four BSC members nominated for awards – Robbie … Read more

Forming Bonds

International Cinematographer´s Summit 2018 Forty cinematographic societies, and more than 100 international cinematographers, were present during the 2018 International Cinematographer´s Summit (ICS) in Los Angeles in June. Arranged biannually, by the American Society Of Cinematographers, the ICS is a unique opportunity for international cinematographers to meet and discuss common challenges. Of the 40 societies attending … Read more

ASC to Honor Angelina Jolie with Board of Governors Award

The American Society of Cinematographers (ASC) has announced Oscar®-winner Angelina Jolie as the recipient of the 2018 ASC Board of Governors Award. The presentation will be made at the organization’s 32nd Annual ASC Awards for Outstanding Achievement on Feb. 17 at Hollywood & Highland’s Ray Dolby Ballroom. The ASC Board of Governors Award is given … Read more