The American Society of Cinematographers’ in-person Master Class program is designed for cinematographers with an intermediate-to-advanced skill set. 

The program provides live demonstrations of lighting and camera techniques, instruction in current workflow practices and analysis of feature films.

This five-day seminar is taught in Los Angeles by some of the finest directors of photography in the world.


Enrolling in the ASC Master Class will enable you to hone your craft while making valuable professional connections that can jump-start your career. Prominent Society members and ASC associates serve as instructors, offering invaluable insights not only on the creative and technical aspects of the cinematographer’s profession, but on business-related topics as well.

Subjects and Activities may include:

Five-day class including multiple interactive lighting demonstrations
Engagement with ASC members, ASC associate members and sponsors
Presentation of shooting in an LED volume 
Color-grading workshop at a post facility
ASC cinematographers-turned-directors panel
Panel discussions on career and agent issues
Analysis of cinematography from notable films of the past
Presentations about cameras, lenses, sensors and future technologies

Specialized Instruction

Some of the curriculum in each class varies, depending on the instructors’ area of expertise. Instruction might cover such subjects as lighting for narrative storytelling, the creative use of optics, or virtual cinematography, for example.

Instruction takes place at the ASC Clubhouse in Hollywood and at nearby production and postproduction facilities. All equipment is provided major industry suppliers.

Enrollment in each ASC Master Class is limited to 30 participants. Applicants must submit a current résumé in order to be considered. COVID vaccination is required.

Here’s a full report on a recent class. Here’s a full report on a session that focused on shooting motion-picture film.

Instructors Edward Lachman, ASC and Linus Sandgren, ASC, FSF (together, at center) with their students during the November 2018 "on film" session.
Five female students attended the June 2018 Master Class session. They were (from left) Suelen Romani, Sara Garth, Veronica Bouza, Melissa Kirchhoff and Sophie Cuadra. Their ASC instructors included (from far left) members Bill Bennett, Stephen H. Burum, Ueli Steiger, Don McCuaig, Rodney Charters and Curtis Clark. You can read more about this session here.
Instructors have included (from left) ASC members Larry Fong, M. David Mullen and Lawrence Sher.
David Stockton, ASC (center) talks with students during a session held at the ASC Clubhouse in May of 2022.
Robert Yeoman, ASC takes questions during the May 2022 session.

Here are details about our May 2022 Master Class session held in Hollywood, which focused on lighting and virtual production.

An ASC Master Class session was held in New York City on June 25-26, 2022. Participating Society members Fred Murphy (back row, far left), Dejan Georgevich (back row, third from left), M. David Mullen (back row, fourth from right), Stephen Lighthill (back row, far right) and Declan Quinn (front row, far right) pose with the class at AbelCine in Brooklyn.
An ASC Master Class session was held in New York City on June 25-26, 2022. Participating Society members Fred Murphy (back row, far left), Dejan Georgevich (back row, third from left), M. David Mullen (back row, fourth from right), Stephen Lighthill (back row, far right) and Declan Quinn (front row, far right) pose with the class at AbelCine in Brooklyn.
The next in-person ASC Master Class will take place in Los Angeles on:

October 17-21

Instructors to include*

Autumn Durald Arkapaw, ASC 
(Loki, Black Panther: Wakanda Forever)

James Laxton, ASC
(Moonlight, If Beale Street Could Talk,
The Underground Railroad
)

Magdalena Gorka, ASC, PSC  
(Doom Patrol, Into the Night,
Star Trek: Strange New Worlds
)



Upcoming Sessions:

November 7-11 (shooting-on-film focus)

Registration and newsletter signup is available here.

• All instructors subject to availability


ASC Member Faculty Roster

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    Caleb Deschanel, ASC
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    Guillermo Navarro, ASC
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    Amy Vincent, ASC
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    Dante Spinotti, ASC, AIC
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    Bill Bennett, ASC
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    Richard Crudo, ASC
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    Roberto Schaefer, ASC, AIC
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    Dean Cundey, ASC
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    Bill Taylor, ASC
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    Kramer Morgenthau, ASC
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    Sam Nicholson, ASC
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    M. David Mullen, ASC