ASC Education & Outreach

Promoting a greater understanding of the cinematographer’s craft.




The ASC Education & Outreach committee — co-chaired by Society members Paul Maibaum and George Mooradian — programs a busy slate of free events for emerging filmmakers and industry professionals in an effort to promote greater understanding of the cinematographer’s craft.


To that end, ASC members volunteer their time to participate in panel discussions, Q&As and lighting/camera seminars at the historic ASC Clubhouse in Hollywood and at trade shows, schools, film festivals and other industry events around the world.

This program was curtailed due to Covid-19 concerns, but in-person events at the Clubhouse and other venues will continue in 2023.



In honor of longtime committee chair George Spiro Dibie, ASC, Society members participated in an Education & Outreach luncheon held at Carnival Restaurant in Sherman Oaks, Calif. The Lebanese eatery was one of Dibie’s favorite meetup spots, and he was well-known there. Participating was current committee co-chair George Mooradian and members Ernest Dickerson, Gregg Heschong, Chris La Fountaine and Steven V. Silver, who met with students from the College of Southern Nevada. They were led by John C. Aliano, program director of the school’s Videography & Film program. The event was sponsored by Nanlux Americas and coordinated by ASC associate member Mark Bender.
In honor of longtime committee chair George Spiro Dibie, ASC, Society members participated in an Education & Outreach luncheon held at Carnival Restaurant in Sherman Oaks, Calif. The Lebanese eatery was one of Dibie’s favorite meetup spots, and he was well-known there. Participating was current committee co-chair George Mooradian and members Ernest Dickerson, Gregg Heschong, Chris La Fountaine and Steven V. Silver, who met with students from the College of Southern Nevada. They were led by John C. Aliano, program director of the school’s Videography & Film program. The event was sponsored by Nanlux Americas and coordinated by ASC associate member Mark Bender.

Participating students have visited from such schools as Loyola Marymount University, Tulane University, College of Southern Nevada, Queensland University of Technology (Australia), California State University-Fullerton, California State University-Northridge, UC Los Angeles, UC San Diego, George Washington University, New York University, San Francisco State University and Compass College of Cinematic Arts.

These events — entitled “Dialogue with ASC Cinematographers” — are programmed and moderated by Education & Outreach committee members.

In March of 2019, the ASC welcomed students from four institutions — the School of Visual Arts; California State University, Northridge; Loyola Marymount University and Glendale High School — to the historic Clubhouse.
In March of 2019, the ASC welcomed students from four institutions — the School of Visual Arts; California State University, Northridge; Loyola Marymount University and Glendale High School — to the historic Clubhouse.

The discussions are informal with no set agenda, and following brief introductions of the members of the panel. Questions that are soley technical in nature are not encouraged. “What difference does it make what camera or lens or lights I might have used for what I did?” former E&O committee chair George Dibie was fond of asking event attendees. “You will probably not have those same tools that I did — and that's what they are, tools — so we try to instead focus on ideas and the methods of creating an image and the process of storytelling. That's what is truly unique to everyone; their perspective and their process. And if you can explore and understand that, then you can figure out all the technical stuff based on what you have to work with, including time and budget. So we do not address technical issues.”

Former committee chair George Spiro Dibie, ASC (center, seated) with a visiting student discussion group at the ASC Clubhouse.
Former committee chair George Spiro Dibie, ASC (center, seated) with a visiting student discussion group at the ASC Clubhouse.


Here’s some of the feedback the ASC has received from students who have attended these Clubhouse discussion events:


“It was a truly incredible experience to meet members of the ASC and to hear everyone’s career paths and advice. It was really interesting to learn about where such talented people draw their inspiration and hear some of the challenges that cinematographers face, especially when creative differences come up between a cinematographer and a director, writer or actor. It was extremely generous for the panel members to take time out of their day to meet with us and to give back to the community.” — Keira Reiner


Thank you so much for arraigning our visit to the ASC Clubhouse. It was such a privilege to meet you and be part of the panel. I learned so much and have the utmost respect for what you and all the other members of the ASC do. I look forward to seeing the future accomplishments of the ASC from here on.— Maude Reilly


Thank you for speaking with my group and allowing us to sit and listen to you and the other cinematographers. I enjoyed hearing about the various experiences you’ve had. I feel like they will help me a lot in the future. Thank you for commenting on my loud voice — it seems to be an advantage to have in the film industry. — Taylor Grodin



It was wonderful to meet you. Thank you so much for speaking to us and arraigning for the other cinematographers to sit down and answer our questions. It was amazing to experience the collective insight and knowledge from everyone. It was something I never thought I would be able to do. It was an honor to meet you all.— Lauren E. Hall



Thank you so much for meeting with us at the American Society of Cinematographers. It was an honor to meet with you after the panel and I am excited to continue my journey through filmmaking after this class trip with Tulane University. I really enjoyed listening to your industry experiences and your advice on how to be an effective communicator. During the rest of our trip and visiting other production studios, I found myself thinking back on the discussion at the ASC. I found myself having strength behind my words as I wanted to communicate more clearly.— Ashley Elizabeth Brown



“Your colleagues taught me a lot about filmmaking since I had never before had the fortune to meet cinematographers of your caliber. I really appreciate your willingness to share your knowledge and help out students like us. Thanks again, and please pass on my gratitude to Mr. Cundey, Mr. Carter and both Mr. Morgans [Donald A. and Donald M.]. — Nicholas Bonin

From left are participating ASC panel members Chuck Minsky, Michael D. O'Shea, Donald M. Morgan, George Spiro Dibie, James A. Chressanthis, Nathaniel Goodman and Peter Moss.
From left are participating ASC panel members Chuck Minsky, Michael D. O'Shea, Donald M. Morgan, George Spiro Dibie, James A. Chressanthis, Nathaniel Goodman and Peter Moss.

ASC members who have participated in these discussion group sessions include Bill Bennett, Oliver Bokelberg, Stephen H. Burum, Patrick Cady, James L. Carter, James A. Chressanthis, Dean Cundey, David Darby, Steve Fierberg, Michael Goi, Nathaniel Goodman, Gregg Heschong, Patti Lee, Peter Levy, Stephen Lighthill, Paul Maibaum, Chuck Minsky, Donald A. Morgan, Donald M. Morgan, George Mooradian, Peter Moss, M. David Mullen, Guillermo Navarro, John Newby, Michael D. O’Shea, Daniel Pearl, David Perkal, Jaron Presant, Cynthia Pusheck, John Simmons, Ueli Steiger, John Toll, Amelia Vincent, Lisa Wiegand and Ken Zunder.

This all-star team of Society members held a “Dialogue with ASC Cinematographers” session at Cine Gear Expo in 2016 at the Sherry Lansing Theater on the Paramount Studios lot. They were (clockwise, from top row, left) Daniel Pearl, David Perkal, Chuck Minsky, Michael Goi, Bill Bennett, James Neihouse, Dean Cundey, Guillermo Navarro, Lisa Weigand, moderator George Spiro Dibie, Donald A. Morgan, Dave Klein and Cynthia Pusheck. (Photo by George Leon.)
This all-star team of Society members held a “Dialogue with ASC Cinematographers” session at Cine Gear Expo in 2016 at the Sherry Lansing Theater on the Paramount Studios lot. They were (clockwise, from top row, left) Daniel Pearl, David Perkal, Chuck Minsky, Michael Goi, Bill Bennett, James Neihouse, Dean Cundey, Guillermo Navarro, Lisa Weigand, moderator George Spiro Dibie, Donald A. Morgan, Dave Klein and Cynthia Pusheck. (Photo by George Leon.)

The next “Dialogue with ASC Cinematographers” events open to the public will take place on:

TBA

For more information about the ASC Education & Outreach program, call the
Clubhouse at (323) 969-4333.