Q: What is the ASC?
A: The ASC is the American Society of Cinematographers, a non-profit organization dedicated to advancing the art of filmmaking. The ASC is not a union or guild, but an honorary association. Membership is by invitation only, and the Society extends an invitation to a cinematographer based on the cinematographer’s body of work. You do not have to be an American to qualify; cinematographers around the world are members of the ASC.
Q: How can I find out if a cinematographer is in the ASC?
A: The membership roster is posted on the ASC website and updated as new members are added: http://www.theasc.com/ac_society/index.php?pagename=ASC_Roster.
Q: Can I visit the ASC Clubhouse?
A: The Clubhouse is open to the public by appointment only, and appointments must be made during regular business hours, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. (PST), Monday-Friday. Also, the Society usually hosts an Open House on or close to the same weekend as the ASC Awards. Details about the Open House are advertised in American Cinematographer, on our website (www.theasc.com), and on Facebook (www.facebook.com/AmericanCinematographer and www.facebook.com/The.ASC) and Twitter (AmericanCine).
Q: Can I buy a ticket to the ASC Awards?
A: Yes. For information about ticket availability, please call the ASC at 323-969-4333 (toll-free in U.S.: 800-448-0145) during business hours, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. (PST), Monday-Friday.
Q: Can I visit the ASC Store?
A: To visit the store in person, you must call in advance to schedule an appointment: 323-969-4333 (toll-free in U.S.: 800-448-0145). Appointments are made during regular business hours only: 9 a.m.-5 p.m. (PST), Monday-Friday. You can also place orders online at www.ascmag.com/store at any time, by telephone during business hours, and by fax to 323-876-4973. We accept U.S. checks and money orders, Visa, Mastercard, AMEX and Discover. We do not accept foreign checks or money orders in foreign currency.
Q: Are American Cinematographer and ICG Magazine the same thing?
A: No, we are two separate entities. American Cinematographer is published by the American Society of Cinematographers, whereas ICG is published by the International Cinematographers Guild, a labor union that includes cinematographers, other camera crew, unit still photographers and publicists.
Q: If I don’t subscribe to American Cinematographer, do I have to pay to access your online content?
A: Most of our Web content (www.theasc.com) is free, and it is always evolving. Currently, free features include the cover story and the ASC Close-Up from the latest issue of the magazine; three blogs (“John’s Bailiwick” by John Bailey, ASC; “The Film Book” by Benjamin Bergery; and “The Parallax View” by David Heuring); and podcast interviews about films and TV shows. Some of our Web content, including how-to tech tips and “Ask the ASC,” is exclusive to Friends of the ASC. Find more information about Friends of the ASC here.
Q: How can I subscribe to American Cinematographer?
A: Subscriptions can be purchased or renewed online, by telephone, by fax and by mail, or you can look for the AC booth at most motion-picture-industry trade shows and sign up in person. To purchase online, click here: http://www.ascmag.com/store/home.php?cat=263. To purchase by phone, call 323-969-4333 during business hours: 9 a.m.-5 p.m. (PST), Monday-Friday. To purchase by fax, fax your subscription form to 323-876-4973. To purchase by mail, just send in the subscription postcard that’s included in the magazine.
Q: Which American Cinematographer subscription will give me the best deal?
A: The biggest discount is “3 Years Plus 1 Year Free,” which gives you a 4-year subscription (48 issues) for $89.95.
Q: What are the differences between the print edition of American Cinematographer and the digital edition?
A: The content is identical, and so is the subscription price: $29.95 for 1 year (12 issues). All print subscriptions include free access to the digital edition. If you live outside the United States, the digital edition will reach you faster and cost less (because you won’t have to pay international postage); a link for downloading the issue is e-mailed to you during the first week of the month.
Q: Can I sample the digital edition of American Cinematographer to see if I like it?
A: If you subscribe to the print edition, you already have free access to the digital edition you just need to activate your online account. To do that you will need your Subscriber ID number, which is printed on the mailing label attached to the plastic wrap on your magazine. If you cannot locate this number, please contact us for assistance: email@example.com or 323-969-4333 (toll-free in U.S.: 800-448-0145). Once you have your Subscriber ID number, click here to activate your online account: https://www.theasc.com/my_account/create_new_account.php. If you are not a current subscriber, you can check out a recent digital edition via this complimentary link: http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/ac/ac_0910_v2.
Q: I can’t find American Cinematographer for sale in my area. Can you help?
A: AC is sold at select newsstands and bookstores (i.e., Borders, Barnes & Noble), at some Blockbuster Video stores, and at many camera-rental houses in the U.S. and abroad. If you cannot find AC near you, please e-mail our Customer Service department and include your name and full mailing address (including street address): firstname.lastname@example.org. We will try to locate a nearby vendor.
Q: I subscribe to American Cinematographer and did not receive the latest issue. How can I get a replacement copy?
A: Please call our Circulation Department during business hours at 323-969-4333 (toll-free in U.S.: 800-448-0145), e-mail email@example.com or fax to 323-876-4973.
Q: I subscribe to American Cinematographer and have never accessed the subscriber-only section of the website. How do I do it?
A: You will need to activate your online account, and for that you will need your Subscriber ID number, which is printed on the mailing label attached to the plastic wrap on your magazine. If you cannot locate this number, please contact us for assistance: firstname.lastname@example.org or 323-969-4333 (toll-free in U.S.: 800-448-0145). Once you have your Subscriber ID number, use this link to activate your online account: https://www.theasc.com/my_account/create_new_account.php.
Q: If I don’t subscribe to American Cinematographer, do I have to pay to access your online content?
A: Most of our Web content is free, and it is constantly evolving. Free features on our website (www.theasc.com) currently include the cover story from the latest issue of AC; two blogs (one by John Bailey, ASC, and the other by AC correspondent Benjamin Bergery); Podcast interviews about current and classic films and TV shows; DVD reviews; a Q&A with a current ASC member (“ASC Close-Up”); and occasional Web-exclusive articles. Other features on our site, including “Ask the ASC” and how-to video segments, can be accessed only by Friends of the ASC.
Q: What is Friends of the ASC?
A: Friends of the ASC is a subscription level we recently introduced in an effort to give our audience greater access to ASC members’ expertise and advice. Benefits currently include exclusive access to specific content on our website, discounts at the ASC Store and participating vendors, an invitation to a “Friends-only” event at the ASC Clubhouse, and a subscription to AC’s digital edition. For more information, visit http://www.theasc.com/friends_of_the_asc/index.php.
Q: How can I get information about advertising in American Cinematographer?
A: Please contact Diella Nepomuceno, our advertising coordinator, by phone at 323-952-2124 or by e-mail at email@example.com.
Q: Can I get my product mentioned in AC’s New Products & Services?
A: If you have a new product that would be of interest to filmmakers, please e-mail your press release to: firstname.lastname@example.org and include all of your contact information, as well as at least one photo of your product. (Photos must be TIFF or JPEG files of at least 300 dpi.) Note that editorial content is organized roughly 3 months ahead of publication, so press releases are not published immediately. Furthermore, not all press releases submitted will be published.
Q: How can I get American Cinematographer to cover my latest project?
A: Competition for editorial coverage in AC is very keen, and we are most interested in productions that will be distributed or otherwise exhibited in the U.S., where most of our readers are located. If you have a well-shot project that meets that requirement, the best first step is to show it to us. Send us details about L.A. screenings, or mail us a DVD: AC Editors, 1782 N. Orange Dr., Los Angeles, CA, 90028. Be sure to include your contact information (or, if you are not the cinematographer, the cinematographer’s contact information). We are unable to personally acknowledge DVD submissions, and they will only be returned if you include a self-addressed, postage-paid mailer.
Q: Does American Cinematographer accept unsolicited articles?
A: Only if they are written by ASC members.
Q: Can I apply to write for American Cinematographer?
A: To write for AC, you must possess solid writing and reporting skills and, especially, a thorough understanding of cinematography tools and techniques. If you meet these requirements, mail us your résumé, one unedited journalistic writing sample, two published journalistic writing samples, and the names and phone numbers of three professional references. (Screenwriting samples will not be considered.) We do not accept applications via e-mail. Mail your materials to: AC Editors, 1782 N. Orange Dr., Los Angeles, CA, 90028. We are unable to personally acknowledge applications, and your materials will only be returned if you include a self-addressed, postage-paid mailer. If we decide to try you out, we will contact you. Please do not call us.
Q: Where can I send a letter to American Cinematographer’s editor?
A: Letters can be submitted by fax (323-876-4973) or by mail: AC Editors, 1782 N. Orange Dr., Los Angeles, CA, 90028. Please include your name, address and daytime telephone number. If we publish your letter, we reserve the right to edit it for length and clarity.
Q: Which film festivals does American Cinematographer cover?
A: Our festival attendance varies from year to year, but we typically cover the Sundance Film Festival and also attend the AFI Fest, Camerimage and the New York Film Festival. We have also attended New Directors/New Films, SxSW, Cannes, Telluride, the L.A. Film Festival, Berlinale and the Seattle Film Festival.
Q: Can I purchase an older issue of American Cinematographer at the ASC Store?
A: AC has been in publication since 1920, and we have many “back issues” available for sale. Prices vary. Please call our Circulation Department during business hours at 323-969-4333 (toll-free in U.S.: 800-448-0145). Business hours are 9 a.m.-5 p.m. (PST), Monday-Friday. You can also submit your request via e-mail: email@example.com.
Q: I’m looking for a specific American Cinematographer article but can’t remember when it was published. Can you help me find it?
A: We are unable to facilitate research requests on site, but we can search our index for you. Please bear in mind, however, that AC dates back to 1920, and the collection is only partially indexed. The more specific your request is, the faster we can help you. Helpful details include the cinematographer’s name, the title of the film or TV show (or the subject of the article), and the approximate year of publication. For assistance, please call our Circulation Department during business hours at 323-969-4333 (toll-free in U.S.: 800-448-0145). Business hours are 9 a.m.-5 p.m. (PST), Monday-Friday. Please note that many university libraries, metropolitan libraries, and arts libraries (such as the Academy’s Margaret Herrick Library in Beverly Hills) carry AC and are open to the public. The Herrick Library is open to anyone with a photo ID. For more information, visit: http://www.oscars.org/library/.
Q: Can I get a reprint or PDF file of the article American Cinematographer published about my film (or company)?
A: AC content is copyrighted, and we do not distribute PDFs of individual articles. High-quality reprints and electronic reprints can be purchased through Sheridan Reprints: phone 800-635-7181, ext. 8065; e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org. If the article in question is a cover story, it will be posted on our website in the month of publication (www.theasc.com/magazine).
Q: Can I obtain permission to republish an American Cinematographer article or include it in my course syllabus?
A: Please fax your request to our publisher, Martha Winterhalter, at 323-876-4973.
Q: How can I change the address you have on file for me?
A: Changes of address can be submitted by e-mail at email@example.com, by phone at 323-969-4333 (toll-free in U.S.: 800-448-0145) during business hours, or by fax at 323-876-4973.
Q: How can I contact Customer Service?
A: Please e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org or call 323-969-4333 (toll-free in U.S.: 800-448-0145) during business hours, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. (PST), Monday-Friday.
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