This session of the ASC Master Class is SOLD OUT
The American Society of Cinematographers is excited to announce the fall launch of its inaugural ASC Master Class, the first in a series of quarterly, week-long seminars 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, October 21 – Friday, October 25, 2013
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."
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.
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:
Caleb Deschanel, ASC
has earned five Academy Award nominations for his cinematography, as well an ASC Award, two additional ASC nominations and the Society's 2010 Lifetime Achievement Award. His long list of motion-picture credits includes The Black Stallion, Being There, The Right Stuff, The Natural, Fly Away Home, Anna and the King, The Patriot, The Passion of the Christ, National Treasure, Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter and Jack Reacher. He is a member of the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences and co-founder of Dark Light Pictures.
Dean Cundey, ASC
is an ASC- and Academy Award-nominated cinematographer who has served as director of photography on more than 80 feature films and television projects during his decades-long career. His credits include many iconic movies, including the first three Halloween films, Escape from New York, The Thing, Romancing the Stone, Big Trouble in Little China, Who Framed Roger Rabbit, Hook, the Back to the Future trilogy, Jurassic Park and Apollo 13.
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.
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.
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.
Master Class Syllabus
Program advisor Stephen H. Burum, ASC will lead morning and afternoon lighting studies based on historic film clips. In outlining his objectives, Burum says the day's program will help students "unlock many hidden motion-picture techniques. Just as students of painting study the brushstrokes of the masters, we too can discover the secrets of cinematography that convey both story and emotion. The use of composition, camera movement, light, shadow and color are all there for the serious student to behold."
Location: ASC Clubhouse
Instructor Dean Cundey, ASC will conduct morning and afternoon lighting workshops at Mole-Richardson, a full-service Hollywood facility housing an extensive variety of motion-picture lighting equipment. Students will work with camera equipment provided by ARRI and Canon on a set, and the lessons will also include exterior lighting exercises. The day's footage will be sent to Technicolor for postproduction processing and later review.
Location: Mole-Richardson soundstage (transportation will be provided)
Instructor Richard Edlund, ASC will lead a morning tutorial on integrating cinematography with visual effects, addressing topics that will include lighting, greenscreen work, compositing and virtual sets. During the afternoon session, ASC Technology Committee Chairman Curtis Clark and ASC associate member Josh Pines will provide insights into workflow practices, with a special focus on how cinematographers can incorporate the Academy Color Encoding Specifications (ACES) and the ASC Color Decision List (CDL) into their imaging pipelines. Pines will also address the topic of color space, a crucial technical aspect of every cinematographer's palette.
Locations: ASC Clubhouse and Universal Studios greenscreen stage
Instructor Caleb Deschanel, ASC will conduct morning and afternoon lighting tutorials on the Mole-Richardson soundstage. Students will have access to the vast array of lighting tools housed at the facility, as well as camera equipment provided by RED and Sony. The day's footage will be sent to Technicolor for postproduction processing and later review.
Location: Mole-Richardson soundstage (transportation will be provided)
Instructor Bill Bennett, ASC will supervise morning and afternoon sessions on commercial cinematography. He will begin by screening examples of television spots from his own celebrated career, describing how some of the more difficult effects were accomplished. Bennett will then conduct demonstrations on how to light and shoot cars (both onstage and for exterior shots), explaining how the various lighting concepts and techniques can be applied to many other types of challenging, high-end commercial product photography (for example, spots involving computers or cell phones). The day will also include a review of the footage shot during the lighting workshops on days 2 and 4.
Location: ASC Clubhouse
About the ASC Clubhouse
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 Roosevelt Hotel
7000 Hollywood Blvd
Lowes Hollywood Hotel
1755 N. Highland Ave
Magic Castle Hotel
7025 Franklin Ave
Orange Drive Hostel
1764 Orange Dr