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Richard Crudo Re-Elected President of ASCAmbitious agenda for American Society of Cinematographers (June 16, 2004)
Richard P. Crudo, ASC has been elected president of the American Society of Cinematographers (ASC) for the second consecutive year. His supporting cast includes Vice Presidents Owen Roizman, ASC, Daryn Okada, ASC and Curtis Clark, ASC, Treasurer Russ Alsobrook, ASC, Secretary Roy Wagner, ASC, and Sergeant at Arms Nancy Schreiber, ASC.
The new ASC board of governors will also include Stephen Burum, ASC, Russell Carpenter, ASC, Roger Deakins, ASC, BSC, William A. Fraker, ASC, BSC, Victor J. Kemper, ASC, Laszlo Kovacs, ASC, Robert Primes, ASC, John Toll, ASC and Vilmos Zsigmond, ASC. Alternate members include Bobby Byrne, ASC, George Spiro Dibie, ASC, John Hora, ASC, Francis Kenny, ASC and Stephen Lighthill, ASC.
"I am once again humbled to be chosen by my peers for this role, but I would be totally ineffectual without their good counsel and support," Crudo says. "The other officers, our board of governors, and the entire membership of the ASC are dedicated to our historic mission of advancing the art of cinematography. Together with them, I look forward to continuing our ambitious and uncompromising agenda for achieving that goal."
Crudo cites the ASC Technology Committee, chaired by Clark, as being at the center of this effort. Currently, it is actively participating in industry-wide efforts to define needs and standards for future technologies. It is also focusing on a variety of issues involving production, postproduction, projection and archiving.
"We recently collaborated with the Digital Cinema Initiative (DCI), which was organized by the seven major studios," explains Crudo, "on the design and production of a short film that is being used as standard material for evaluating and comparing prototype digital and state-of-the-art film projectors. Our participation was critical because the future of the cinema as an art form is at stake."
Crudo remarked on the important role of the ASC Outstanding Achievement Award Committee, chaired by Roizman. "We have a historic obligation to recognize and inspire the pursuit of excellence," Crudo says. "The annual ASC Awards provide an unparalleled showcase for the absolute best of what we do. In addition to paying tribute to cinematographers from around the world, we also honor student filmmakers for their achievements."
Crudo also mentioned that the ASC Education Committee, chaired by Kovacs, is leading a major commitment by the organization to mentor the next generation of filmmakers. "Those few examples are just a snapshot of our overall involvements," Crudo says. "Our members are engaged in countless activities designed to push the ball further up the field."
Crudo is currently in pre-production in New York City on the feature film Nailed Right In. It will be directed by long-time collaborator Michael Corrente (Federal Hill, American Buffalo, Outside Providence).
"In many ways, our industry is at a crossroad where crucial decisions about the future are being made," Crudo observes. "There are opportunities and also challenges ahead, and it's up to us to preserve the integrity and full potential of the art. Rest assured, we'll be making our voices heard."
ASC traces its roots to 1913 when a handful of cinematographers organized camera clubs in New York and Los Angeles for the purpose of sharing ideas about technical and creative issues. Crudo points out that most of the jobs required to produce films existed in the theatre before there were movies. Cinematographers were a major exception. They were inventing a new visual language as a form of expression. The two clubs coalesced into one organization with 16 charter members on January 9, 1919. From the beginning, ASC membership has been by invitation based on the individual's body of narrative film work. Some 275 cinematographers with national roots in approximately 20 countries are members of ASC today. In addition, there are 140 associate members from various allied sectors of the industry. For more information about ASC, visit www.theasc.com.
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