The American Society of Cinematographers

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ASC Calls for TV Entries in Annual Awards Competition

August 13, 2007

The American Society of Cinematographers (ASC) has issued a call for entries in the two television categories—episodic and movie/miniseries/pilot—of the organization’s annual awards competition. The deadline for submissions is noon on November 1. The winners will be revealed during the 22nd Annual ASC Outstanding Achievement Awards celebration here at the Hollywood & Highland Grand Ballroom on January 26, 2008.

“This annual celebration is an opportunity for our members to express their admiration for the artistic achievements of their peers,” says ASC President Daryn Okada. “It is also a forum where we hope to inspire cinematographers around the world to follow their dreams in their pursuit of creative visual storytelling.”

Cinematographers can submit programs which have a U.S. premiere broadcast date between January 1 and October 31, 2007. There are generally five nominees in each category, who are chosen by peers groups of ASC members.

“We believe that it is extremely important for peers to judge artistic achievements in cinematography, because it is generally designed to be non-obtrusive and transparent to audiences,” says Russ Alsobrook, ASC, chairman of the organization’s Awards Committee. “Many creative lighting and composition variables augment the actors’ performances and affect the emotional tones of stories.”

Alsobrook notes that the rapid evolution of quality home theaters and high-definition broadcast channels around the world is providing a larger, more compelling canvas for visual storytelling on television.
The ASC was chartered in January 1919. There are currently 290 active members of ASC who have national roots in some 20 countries. There are also 150 associate members from sectors of the industry that support the art and craft of filmmaking. Membership and associate membership is by invitation based on contributions that individuals have made to advance the art of visual storytelling.

For more information regarding rules, and/or to download entry forms, visit the ASC website at, or call 323-969-4333.