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Tribe7 plus One: Alexander Schwarz

After more than fifteen years as Senior Director of Worldwide Key Accounts at Vantage Film, ASC Associate Member Alexander Schwarz has decided to move on. Effective June 1, 2019, he has been directing worldwide sales strategy and business development activities at Tribe7 — the technology start-up founded by Bradford Young, ASC and Neil Fanthom. Tribe7’s first venture is with the new Blackwing7 lens system – a highly creative, tuneable range of cine optics for large format image capture. read more…

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First Angénieux 35mm Prime in 1951

Here’s an update from Cannes about the newly announced Angénieux Optimo Prime lenses. (18mm, 21mm, 24mm, 28mm, 32mm, 40mm, 50mm, 60mm, 75mm, 100mm, 135mm, 200mm.) Specifications and prices will be announced at Cine Gear.

Willy Kurant, ASC, AFC talked about working with Orson Welles and the first Angénieux wide angle 18.5 mm prime lens (FDTimes September 2013). “In the 1950s, I bought the 18.5 mm Angenieux Retrofocus wide angle prime. read more…

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C’est Cannes 2019

The 72nd Festival de Cannes is now open. Follow the 12 days of Cannes on the official Festival website. The Cannes 2019 poster celebrates filmmaker Agnès Varda. If anyone knows the name of the camera assistant or grip whose back she’s standing on, please contact FDTimes. It was August 1954 and, as the official Cannes press release describes, she was filming… read more…

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Greig Fraser, ASC, ACS on “VICE”

“VICE” opened today, Christmas Eve. Round up the reindeer and steer your sleigh to the nearest movie theater.  Directed by Adam McKay, “VICE” swings from drama to satire with a hint of the absurd (if it weren’t so true.) It’s the story of Dick Cheney, the Washington insider who maneuvered to become the most powerful person in the US government… read more…

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Haskell Wexler, ASC 1922-2015

Haskell Wexler, ASC passed away today. He was 93. Haskell won Academy Awards as Cinematographer on Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? and Bound for Glory. He was  writer-director-cinematographer of the film that inspired me to get into film: Medium Cool. Here’s the complete transcript of his interview in Cinematographer Style. Haskell Wexler, ASC Haskell Wexler: My name is Haskell Wexler and I’m a member… read more…

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Galerie Cinema

Galerie Cinema is an exhibition of photos by filmmakers.  It’s open to the public from March 10–April 10, 2015 at Payne Whitney House, 972 5th Avenue (at 79th Street) in New York.  The white-marbled mansion was designed by Stanford White and built from 1902-06 for Payne and Helen Whitney. It’s now the home of the French Embassy’s Cultural Services. The exhibit is… read more…

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Stephen Lighthill Pres of ASC

Stephen Lighthill has been elected president of the American Society of Cinematographers (ASC). He takes over from outgoing ASC President Michael Goi. Stephen is also chairman of the cinematography program at the American Film Institute Conservatory, and Senior Filmmaker-in-residence: Cinematography. He got into film in the San Francisco area, shooting news, 60 Minutes, and documentaries. He worked on Gimme Shelter and… read more…


Andrew Laszlo, ASC 1926-2011

Andrew Laszlo, ASC passed away in Bozeman, Montana on October 7 th after a brief illness. He was at home, with his beloved family. Andy was a mentor and great friend. I’ll write more about him shortly. Meanwhile, while contemplating this great loss, I think the following interview says a lot about him. It was conducted a few years ago, during… read more…

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William A. Fraker, ASC, BSC

William A. Fraker, ASC, BSC (1923-2010) was one of the first cinematographers we interviewed in 2006 for the film and books Cinematographer Style. His presence, knowledge and articulate voice was an inspiration for the 109 interviews that would follow. The project was conceived by Volker Bahnemann and Jon Fauer, escalated by John Johnston, John Dowdell, Michael Phillips, Franz Wieser, Charlie Herzfeld,… read more…


ASC Awards

Actress Julia Roberts will receive the American Society of Cinematographers (ASC) 2011 Board of Governors Award at the 25th Annual ASC Awards on February 13 in Hollywood. The ASC will present its annual award for outstanding cinematography in a feature film. The nominees are Matthew Libatique, ASC (Black Swan); three-time ASC Award nominee Wally Pfister, ASC (Inception); Danny Cohen, BSC… read more…


ASC Open House

The American Society of Cinematographers‘ ever-popular Open House will once again be held at the newly renovated clubhouse, Saturday February 12 from 11am to 3pm. Meet ASC Award nominees, members and staff. ASC Store will have the latest publications and ASC Press books available for sale.


ASC Clubhouse Completed

With renovations completed, the stunningly beautiful ASC clubhouse re-opened for business on Thursday, June 3rd–a day before Cine Gear 2010. The house was built in 1903 as a private Hollywood residence, and was purchased by the ASC in 1936 (17 years after its founding). Inside, it looks like a set. This is fitting, because the interiors were designed by a… read more…


William A. Fraker, ASC, BSC

William A. Fraker, ASC, BSC passed away last week at the age of 86. ASC President Michael Goi said, “He will be missed but never forgotten.” ASC president emeritus Richard Crudo said, “”Billy Fraker was the epitome of a Hollywood cinematographer.” Born September 29, 1923 in Los Angeles, Fraker attended USC. He went on to compile an impressive list of… read more…


FDTimes New Issue 32+33 Now Online

Film and Digital Times Mid-Year Cine Gear 2010 Edition (issue 32+33) is now online for subscribers. We will be all over Cine Gear. Visit us at Booth # 126 for a complimentary paper copy. See you there: June 4-5.www.cinegearexpo.com

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John Bailey’s ASC Blog

  You’ve probably read articles by John Bailey, ASC in American Cinematographer Magazine. For a really well-written and interesting blog, check out his postings at John’s Bailiwick on the ASC Website. John’s eclectic panoply of articles range from the Kodak Lunar Orbiter camera, the fragility of film archiving,  Route 66 to the recall of Kodachrome. Bookmark it or add Bailey… read more…

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Cine Gear

Film and Digital Times will be in Booth #100 at Cine Gear, conveniently next to the food court. Stop by and pick up a complimentary copy of the latest issue. Also, visit the ASC Store, where you can place an advanced order for the new paperback edition of “Cinematographer Style Volume II.” ASC Store will also have the new Collectors’… read more…

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