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ASC Master Class

Learn Cinematography from the Best


The American Society of Cinematographers is excited to announce the the spring 2014 ASC Master Class. This series of quarterly, week long seminars is taught by the organization’s most accomplished members.

To encourage intensive learning and close contact with ASC instructors, the size of each Master Class will be limited to 20 individuals. The ASC Master Class has been carefully planned to set the platinum standard for professional training, offering a curriculum that will correct the inconsistencies and fill in the gaps of traditional film-school education. This will not be an introductory-level course, so attendees should already have a more advanced skill set. Registration will be on a first-come, first-serve basis, so don't miss out on this once-in-a-lifetime chance to gain firsthand knowledge from cinematography's most prestigious and celebrated artists!

Monday, March 24 – Friday, March 28, 2014

ASC Clubhouse, 1782 North Orange Drive, Hollywood CA

"Our motto is 'Loyalty, Progress, Artistry,' but you might also add 'Education' to that, because we have a great many student-related initiatives," adds ASC President Richard Crudo. "Throughout the year, when ASC members are not shooting, we routinely participate in practical demonstrations and panel discussions. We also mentor students and lecture at schools around the world. Our new series of Master Classes, taught by our esteemed members, promises to be the absolute best of its kind in the world."

20 maximum

Tuition fee:

Bonus Materials:
Each participant will receive:

  • One year subscription to Friends of the ASC
  • A hardbound edition of the 10th American Cinematographer Manual
  • Toland t-shirt and ASC baseball cap
  • Additional ASC publications

Breakfast and lunch will be provided daily, and light snacks will be served before film screenings. To conclude the final day of the Master Class, the ASC will host an exclusive dinner at the Clubhouse where program attendees can mingle with Society members.

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Program Advisor:

Stephen H. Burum, ASC,

a renowned cinematographer and recipient of the Society’s 2007 Lifetime Achievement Award, whose résumé includes an ASC Award and an Academy Award nomination for Hoffa; ASC award nominations for The War of the Roses and The Untouchables; a shared Emmy Award for the acclaimed television series Cosmos; and a string of other memorable features, including Mission: Impossible, Carlito's Way, Casualties of War, St. Elmo's Fire, Body Double, Uncommon Valor, The Outsiders and Rumble Fish.

Instructors and Guest Lecturers:

John Toll, ASC

John-Toll earned his first feature credit for Wind in 1992. His second and third features were Legends of the Fall and Braveheart. Toll received consecutive Oscars in 1994 and 1995 for his work on those two films. It was a remarkable milestone. Only one other cinematographer, Leon Shamroy, ASC has earned consecutive Oscars. Toll was also nominated for ASC Outstanding Achievement Awards for both films, taking top honors for Braveheart. He earned a third Oscar nomination and his second ASC Outstanding Achievement Award in 1999 for The Thin Red Line. His other narrative credits include Jack, The Rainmaker, Simpatico, and Almost Famous. Captain Corelli's Mandolin, Vanilla Sky, The Last Samurai, Gone Baby Gone, It’s Complicated, The Odd Life of Timothy Green, Cloud Atlas, and Iron Man 3, among others.

Robbie Greenberg, ASC

Robbie-Greenberg won consecutive Emmy Awards in the Outstanding Cinematography for a Miniseries Movie category for shooting Winchell (1998) and Introducing Dorothy Dandridge (1999). Greenberg also earned ASC Outstanding Achievement Awards for both films. Additional Emmy nominations were given for his work on James Dean, Iron Jawed Angels, and Warm Springs, the latter of which also won ASC Awards. Greenberg’s feature credits include A Guy Thing, Save the Last Dance, The Milagro Beanfield War, Sweet Dreams, Free Willy, Fools Rush In, Snowy Day, The Santa Clause 3 and Wild Hogs. His additional television credits include The Winter of Our Discontent and Second Serve.

Richard Edlund, ASC

won Academy Awards for his visual-effects work on Star Wars, The Empire Strikes Back, Return of the Jedi and Raiders of the Lost Ark, and has been nominated for six additional Oscars. He has also earned three Academy Scientific and Engineering Awards, an Emmy Award, two BAFTA Awards and the 2008 ASC Presidents Award. Edlund has contributed visual wonders to a wide range of feature films that also include Poltergeist and Poltergeist II, Big Trouble in Little China, Die Hard, Ghost, Alien3, Air Force One, Charlie Wilson's War and 21 Jump Street. He also invented the Pignose amplifier.

Curtis Clark, ASC

is an accomplished cinematographer and chairman of the ASC Technology Committee, which has served as a forum to investigate and influence the development of emerging digital technologies that impact filmmaking practices. Under Clark's leadership, the Technology Committee has worked with Digital Cinema Initiatives (DCI) to produce standardized evaluation material for assessing the performance of digital projectors and other elements of DCI standards-based digital cinema systems. Clark also led the Committee to develop the ASC Color Decision List, a cross-platform data exchange for primary RGB digital color correction. Clark won the 2012 ASC Presidents Award for these and many other projects the Committee has tackled under his leadership.

Josh Pines

is Vice President of imaging research and development at Technicolor Digital Intermediates and an ASC associate member. Pines has worked at Technicolor for more than a decade and previously spent 10 years at Industrial Light & Magic, where he supervised the company's film scanning and recording department from its inception. He has contributed his technical talents to dozens of major movies, including Terminator 2: Judgment Day, Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country, Jurassic Park, Schindler's List, The Hudsucker Proxy, Forrest Gump, Star Trek: Generations, Twelve Monkeys, Twister, Mission: Impossible, Star Trek: First Contact, Men in Black, Contact, Titanic, Saving Private Ryan, Star Wars: Episode I – The Phantom Menace and The Aviator. Pines is a founding member of the Visual Effects Society and received the SMPTE's Technicolor/Herbert T. Kalmus Medal for his work developing improvements to film scanning and recording technology.

Bill Bennett, ASC

has been a cinematographer for more than 30 years, primarily shooting television commercials for hundreds of major clients that include Ford, Lexus, Coca-Cola, Apple Computer, American Airlines, McDonald's and Budweiser. A technical innovator, Bennett partnered with Howard Preston in the design and creation of the Preston Cinema Systems Micro Force zoom control. He also served as an advisor to ARRI in the design of the Arriflex 435 film camera and the Alexa digital camera.

Dion Beebe, ASC, ACS

Dion_Beebe was born in Brisbane, Australia, but relocated with his family to Cape Town, South Africa, at the age of five. He first studied film at Pretoria Technikon and later at the Australian Film Television and Radio School. Beebe took home the Oscar for his work on Memoirs of a Geisha in 2006, and was nominated for Chicago in 2003. His credits include Holy Smoke, Charlotte Gray, Equilibrium, In The Cut, Collateral, Miami Vice, Rendition, Nine , Green Lantern, Gangster Squad, and the upcoming Edge of Tomorrow and Into the Woods.

Master Class Syllabus

To be announced

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About the ASC Clubhouse

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The American Society of Cinematographers has occupied its classic headquarters for 76 years. The Spanish-style home was built in 1903 on the corner of Franklin Avenue and Orange Drive. During the early 1920s, silent-film star Conway Tearle purchased the property. In 1936, the ASC bought Tearle's home and converted it into a clubhouse that became a focal point for cinematographers, who could gather there at the end of their workdays to socialize and conduct formal meetings. The grand opening of the site was held on February 28, 1937.

Since those early days, the Clubhouse has continued to serve as the organization's hub for educational programs and ASC business. A recent renovation added 1,500 square feet to the interior floor plan, which includes a formal lobby, a Great Hall, two member lounges, a boardroom, a fully equipped kitchen, a state-of-the-art projection system and an edit bay. Over the years, the organization has collected cameras, lenses and other relics of early motion-picture history donated by members and friends of the ASC, and some of these treasures are displayed on a rotating basis. A unique library of books, photos and other historical documents and memorabilia are also housed at the site. Outdoor events are frequently held on the property's spacious front lawn, and the facility also features a separate office building for ASC staff.

The Clubhouse’s location in the heart of Hollywood offers many nearby attractions for visitors, including bars, restaurants, movie theaters, museums and historical sites. It is located across the street from the Magic Castle magician’s club, on the same block as the Hollywood & Highland complex, which includes the Dolby Theatre (site of the annual Academy Awards ceremony) and the TCL Chinese Theatres (formerly known as Grauman’s, and still featuring its famous forecourt of screen legends’ hand- and footprints). Other sightseeing options along nearby Hollywood Boulevard include the Walk of Fame, the Roosevelt Hotel, the Egyptian Theatre, the El Capitan Theatre (site of the “Jimmy Kimmel Live” show) and several museums (including the Hollywood Museum, the Guinness Book of Records Museum, and Madame Tussauds wax museum). Guided tours of the area are also available, and the famous Hollywood sign is close by.

"Every ASC member has been inspired by our heritage," says Society Vice President Owen Roizman, who supervised the renovation as chairman of the organization's Building Committee. "We all share an obligation to preserve and enhance that legacy for the next generation."

Suggested Hotel Accommodations

All of the following hotels are within walking distance of the ASC Clubhouse:

Hollywood Celebrity Hotel
1775 Orchid Ave
Hollywood, CA
323 850-6464

Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel
7000 Hollywood Blvd
Hollywood, CA
323 466-7000

Lowes Hollywood Hotel
1755 N. Highland Ave
Hollywood, CA
855 563-9749

Magic Castle Hotel
7025 Franklin Ave
Hollywood, CA
323 851-0800

Orange Drive Hostel
1764 Orange Dr
Hollywood, CA
323 850-0350

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