American Society of Cinematographers

The American Society of Cinematographers (ASC), founded in Hollywood in 1919, is a cultural, educational, and professional organization that is neither a labor union nor a guild.[2] The society was organized to advance the science and art of cinematography and gather a wide range of cinematographers to discuss techniques and ideas and to advocate for motion pictures as a type of art form.[2] Currently, the president of the ASC is Stephen Lighthill.[1]

American Society of Cinematographers
AbbreviationASC
FormationJanuary 8, 1919; 103 years ago (1919-01-08)
TypeProfessional Organization
PurposeAdvancing the art and science of cinematography and bringing cinematographers together to exchange ideas, discuss techniques and promote the motion picture as an art form.
HeadquartersHollywood, California
Membership
380[1]
Official language
English
Key people
Stephen Lighthill - President
Main organ
Board
Websitetheasc.com

Members use the post-nominal letters "ASC". On the 1920 film titled Sand, cinematographer Joseph H. August, who was an original member of the ASC, became the first individual to have the "ASC" appear after his name on the onscreen credit.[3]

Only film cinematographers and special effect supervisors can become an ASC member.[2] Basic requirements include being a director of photography for a minimum five out of the last eight years, having a high professional reputation and being recommended by three active or retired ASC members.[4]


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