Upcoming Classes 2024
June 24-28 | Aug. 10-11 | Sept. 16-20 | Oct. 21-25



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.


Tom Sigel, ASC conducts a lighting demonstration.

Christopher Probst, ASC presents a demo on a volume at Synapse Virtual Production.

Attendees observe creating in-camera visual effects on stage.

Natasha Braier, ASC, ADF (center) demonstrates her use of special lens filtration.


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


Clad in a white shirt, ASC member Dan Mindel (Star Wars: The Force Awakens, Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker) is pictured with members of a 2020 Master Class session that focused in shooting on motion-picture film. Other instructors included M. David Mullen (The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel), Mikael Salomon (The Abyss, Far and Away) and Linus Sandgren (La La Land, No Time to Die).

Specialized Instruction


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.


Unless otherwise noted, instruction takes place at the ASC Clubhouse in Hollywood and at nearby production and postproduction facilities. All equipment is provided by major industry suppliers. All in-class transportation needs are also provided.


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


Here’s a full report on one of our recent classes as well as a full report on a session that focused on shooting motion-picture film.


Our May 2022 Master Class session was held in Hollywood and focused on lighting and virtual production.


Markus Förderer, ASC, BVK (holding mic) conducts an on-set lighting demonstration.

What Are Attendees Saying About Their Experience?


The class helped me think more critically and creatively about my work.”


“The interactions with ASC members were the most beneficial for me. I learned more from one-on-one conversations with the members than I could have asked for.”


“The mix of technique, artistry, and point of view was well-balanced. The level of information was also great for my background and experience.”


“The on-set lighting sessions were extremely valuable because they are the hardest pieces of information to come across on our own.”


“The lighting demonstrations of the individual instructors were the most valuable part because they’re each so unique in their approach.”


“The classes addressed very advanced topics and contained demos where the details were very much in-depth. You can’t just watch a YouTube video about these subjects to get this much information.”




Michael Goi, ASC, ISC revealed his approach to lighting for horror stories.
A Master Class session was held in New York City in 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 Abel Cine in Brooklyn.
A Master Class session was held in New York City in 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 Abel Cine in Brooklyn.

Upcoming Master Class Sessions


June 24-28, 2024
Special Focus: Shooting Film

Confirmed ASC Instructors:





Robert Elswit, ASC



Checco Varese, ASC



Peter Levy, ASC, ACS


Additional instructors TBA*




August 10-11, 2024
Online Class

Confirmed ASC Instructors: TBA*




September 16-20, 2024

Confirmed ASC Instructors: TBA*




October 21-25, 2024
Special Focus: Shooting Film

Confirmed ASC Instructors: TBA*




November 2-3, 2024
Online Class

Confirmed ASC Instructors: TBA*




Registration and newsletter signup is available here.


* Note: All instructors will participate based on availability.

Classes take place in Los Angeles unless otherwise noted.

ASC Member Faculty Roster

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    Vance Burberry, ASC, ACS
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    Caleb Deschanel, ASC
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    Chris Cunningham, 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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    Kramer Morgenthau, ASC
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    Richard Crudo, ASC
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    Roberto Schaefer, ASC, AIC
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    Dean Cundey, ASC