The American Society of Cinematographers (ASC)
has announced five nominees in the organization's annual Outstanding
Achievement Awards feature film competition. The nominees are Dion Beebe,
ASC, ACS for MEMOIRS OF A GEISHA; Robert Elswit, ASC for GOOD NIGHT, AND GOOD
LUCK; Andrew Lesnie, ASC, ACS for KING KONG; Wally Pfister, ASC for BATMAN
BEGINS; and Rodrigo Prieto, ASC, AMC for BROKEBACK MOUNTAIN. The winner will
be named during the 20th Annual Outstanding Achievements Awards gala on
February 26 at the Hyatt Regency Century Plaza.
"The five nominees were chosen by their peers who believe that their artful
and seamless cinematography significantly contributed to the success of these
compelling movies," says Russ Alsobrook, ASC who chairs the organization's
Awards Committee. "It wasn't an easy decision because many talented
cinematographers did extraordinary work last year."
Alsobrook notes that there is no textbook formula for artful cinematography.
The finalists were nominated for studio and independent films in genres
ranging from action adventure to drama with fantasy and real life characters,
and are set in different periods and places. The nominees are natives of the
United States, Australia and Mexico.
"Each of the cinematographers was successful in creating a sense of time and
place that transports audiences to imaginary worlds," Alsobrook says. "They
visually punctuated the emotional flow of their films in ways that are
consistent with the intentions of the scriptwriters, directors and actors who
were among their collaborators."
This is the third ASC Award nomination for Lesnie. The others were for THE
LORD OF THE RINGS: THE FELLOWSHIP OF THE RING in 2002 and THE LORD OF THE
RINGS: THE RETURN OF THE KING in 2004. Prieto was nominated for FRIDA in
2003. Beebe was nominated for COLLATERAL last year. It's the first
nominations for Pfister and Elswit.
"Once again I'm proud to say we have the most amazing slate of nominees,"
says ASC President Richard Crudo. "What a fantastic way to celebrate the 20th
year of the ASC Awards. I salute all these talented cinematographers."
ASC is one of the oldest existing organizations in the motion picture
industry. It was founded in 1919 only 30 years after Thomas Edison began
producing experimental movies at the Black Maria Studio in New Jersey. The 15
charter members envisioned ASC as a forum for sharing ideas for advancing the
art and craft of filmmaking. ASC also provided a platform for advocating
progress. There are currently 285 members today who trace their roots to many
different countries, and 145 associate members who have been invited to join
the organization based on their achievements in ancillary sectors of the
industry. For more information about the 20th Annual ASC Outstanding
Achievement Awards, visit the ASC Web site (www.theasc.com) or call 323-969-
ASC Unveils 2005 Feature Film Nominations
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