The American Society of Cinematographers

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Spruill Made Honorary ASC Member

March 12, 2009

The American Society of Cinematographers is thrilled to announce that D. Brian Spruill was formally inducted as an honorary member of the Society at its recent 23rd Annual Awards on February 15, 2009.  He is one of only 27 individuals in the organization’s 90-year history, to have earned the title.
His father was vice president and general manager of Byron Motion Picture Labs in Washington, D.C., where Spruill worked during his summer hiatuses from Michigan State University.

He officially began his career in the entertainment industry in 1972 as a technical sales representative at Eastman Kodak. In ‘78, he transferred to the company’s corporate headquarters in Rochester, New York, where he handled various management roles until being assigned to the Hollywood region as district sales manager in 1985. During the early 1990s, Spruill served as chief operating officer and president of FPC, Inc., a Kodak subsidiary that recycles print film and other media. He segued into the role of vice president and general manager of the Hollywood region for the Entertainment Imaging Division in 1994. From there he was appointed vice president and director of Strategic Planning and Business Development, and was entrusted with the great responsibility of developing, implementing and coordinating a worldwide global strategy for the next generation of the company’s film, digital and hybrid motion imaging technologies. He successfully navigated Kodak’s forays into the new world of digital technologies until his retirement from Kodak in 2005.

In addition to his honorary ASC membership, Brian Spruill can boast a long-time membership in the Society of Motion Picture and Television Engineers (SMPTE), in past years he has served as a co-chair of the ASC Outstanding Achievement Awards Committee, and is the current vice chairman on both the ASC Building and Fundraising Committees