The American Society of Cinematographers

Loyalty • Progress • Artistry

Thomas Del Ruth, ASC To Be Honored by Fallbrook Film Festival

March 25, 2008
Thomas Del Ruth, ASC will receive the inaugural Lifetime Achievement Award at the 2008 Fallbrook Film Festival on April 27, at the Art Center in downtown Fallbrook, Calif. The festival is designed to showcase the work of emerging, independent filmmakers. More than 180 films from all over the world will be screened in several competitions.

Prior to the award presentation, Del Ruth will participate in a cinematography workshop at the Art Campus on April 26. He will discuss several of his projects and talk about how the visual grammar was designed and executed to augment performances. Del Ruth will also share his thoughts about the future of filmmaking and answer questions from the audience.

Festival organizers Darren and Linda Mandrayar say that Del Ruth embodies the spirit of the festival theme: an ode to the art of cinema from the Golden Age of Hollywood to emerging technologies and new forms of creative collaboration. Del Ruth is a second-generation filmmaker. His father, Roy Del Ruth, was one of Hollywood’s top directors from the 1920s through the 1950s. Del Ruth got interested in photography when he was 10 years old. After completing his military obligation as a paratrooper, he began his career as a film loader/second assistant cameraman and worked his way up through the ranks with such luminary cinematographers as Joe McDonald, ASC, Bob and Bruce Surtees, ASC, Chuck Wheeler, ASC, Conrad Hall, ASC and Jordon Cronenweth, ASC. He shot his first film in 1979 and has subsequently compiled some 70-plus cinematography credits. Del Ruth earned consecutive Emmy Awards® for his work on The West Wing, and received four ASC Outstanding Achievement Awards for ER and The West Wing. Del Ruth also garnered additional Emmy and ASC nominations for My Brother’s Keeper, Code Breakers, and the pilot for Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip. His feature credits include such timeless films as The Breakfast Club, The Running Man and Stand By Me.