ASC Mentors Lit Path for Jensen

James McAvoy in a scene from Filth, shot by Matthew Jensen, ASC.

James McAvoy in a scene from Filth, shot by Matthew Jensen, ASC. (Credit: Magnolia Pictures)

When I spoke with Matthew Jensen, ASC, he had recently finished up the DI on Fantastic Four after spending a year and a half on the project. The timing was perfect, because his wife had just given birth to a baby girl.

Matthew, whose credits also include the movies Filth and Chronicle, became a member of the ASC in 2013. I asked him how it affected him. “All my professional heroes were in the ASC,” he says. “When you’re starting out, you’re just trying to survive and keep going from project to project and make a living. You’re just trying to grab any toehold. Belonging to an honorary society like the ASC just never occurred to me.”

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From Seinfeld to Clipped, Kennan Loves Laughs on Set

A scene from the new TBS comedy Clipped. (Credit: TBS)

A scene from the new TBS comedy Clipped. (Credit: TBS)

My recent conversation with Wayne Kennan, ASC, reached back to the early 1970s, when Wayne was a student at San Diego State University. He remembers Desi Arnaz speaking to his class. Arnaz was an actor/producer who worked closely with Karl Freund, ASC, to develop a multi-camera approach to shooting comedy for television; some aspects of this approach are still in use today.

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Irwin on Shooting Stills Since Age 6

Mark Irwin

Photo by Mark Irwin.

Mark Irwin, ASC, CSC, calls his forays into the still photography world “a busman’s holiday.” He started taking pictures when he was 6 years old. “Instead of framing for a director or a jury of 10 jabbing fingers at a monitor in video village, it’s nice to be able to walk out the door with the camera and take my own pictures; crop, frame and color them; make them mean something to me, and then present them,” he says. “I like the momentum. Life goes on. There’s no AD saying what will happen next. Going ‘back to one’ doesn’t exist.”

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Creating Art 1 Piece at a Time

Future ASC member Greg McMurry poses with visual-effects cinematographer Don Baker while working on Star Trek: The Motion Picture.

Future ASC member Greg McMurry (left) poses with visual-effects cinematographer Don Baker while working on Star Trek: The Motion Picture.

When I reached Greg McMurry, ASC, he was working on a reunion with some old friends from a musical group he performed with over four decades ago. The group was a pop choir founded by animator/director/production designer Don Bluth, with 50 or so kids who traveled and sang. For Greg, it was an early step on the journey to an artistic career in the field of visual effects.

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