American Society of Cinematographers Breaks Ground on ARRI Education Center

This new building designed to advance organization’s longstanding commitment to educating the next generation of filmmakers.

ASC Staff

Building designed to advance organization’s longstanding commitment to educating the next generation of filmmakers.

The American Society of Cinematographers (ASC) broke ground today on the construction of the new ASC ARRI Education Center. The contemporary building, located behind the historic ASC Clubhouse in Hollywood, will serve as a hub for the organization’s ongoing efforts to educate the next generation of filmmakers on the art and craft of cinematography. The structure also will be home to all print and digital publications staff. The ASC ARRI Education Center offers a modern, inspired space with offices and meeting rooms, and is slated to be completed in late 2019.

From left, ASC President Kees van Oostrum and ARRI Inc. President and CEO Glenn Kennel at the groundbreaking ceremony.

ASC President Kees van Oostrum was joined by ARRI Inc. President and CEO Glenn Kennel for this momentous event. 

“When the ASC was formed in 1919, our founding members pledged to foster and artistically inspire rising cinematographers,” says van Oostrum. “That mission has made us the society we are today. Through our members and initiatives, we have aggressively continued that edict. As we prepare to celebrate our 100th anniversary next year, the new ASC ARRI Education Center symbolizes our commitment to the future and provides an excellent gathering place for the exchange of ideas.”

The educational center is made possible through the patronage of ARRI, a pioneering technology company that has a longstanding relationship with the ASC and its membership.

Says Kennel, an associate member of the ASC, “ARRI’s two founders [August Arnold and Robert Richter] were young filmmakers who produced movies and created lighting and camera equipment to make their visions a reality. We are thrilled to continue their legacy and help create a space to inspire emerging content creators.”             

The ASC and ARRI previously collaborated on the launch of the International Master Class series, intensive workshops taking place around the world with acclaimed ASC members. ARRI will continue to sponsor the International Master Classes for the next decade and host various Los Angeles-based Master Classes beginning in 2019.

ARRI’s Executive Board Member Dr. Joerg Pohlman notes, “Last year ARRI celebrated our centennial, so continuing to innovate side-by-side as the ASC enters into their 100thanniversary is an important collaboration for future generations. To have a hand in developing new talent and voices honors this legacy.”

“If we look back on 100 years, the ASC has evolved from a professional group of cinematographers into a formidable, international presence in artistry, technology and education,” van Oostrum adds. “During the past couple of years, our educational efforts have grown tremendously, supported not only by the artistic endeavors of our membership but also through the work of our Motion Imaging Technology Council and our members’ commitment to illustrating the role of the cinematographer to the world. We are very grateful to have ARRI’s backing in so many of our educational initiatives, especially the one we are celebrating today.”

As a token of the ASC’s appreciation, Van Oostrum presented Kennel with a framed portrait of ARRI’s founders, August Arnold and Robert Richter, taken in about 1918. (As seen below.)

The ASC began its educational mission in 1920 with the publication of its flagship magazine, American Cinematographer, which covers the artistic approaches and motion-imaging techniques of filmmakers. The society has cultivated its educational efforts over the century by establishing a number of programs to promote learning on a global basis. Its Education and Outreach Committee organizes frequent events for the benefit of filmmaking students and the general public, including week-long Master Classes taught by renowned ASC members. Additionally, the organization hosts the annual Student Heritage Awards honoring both graduate and undergraduate film students; regular camera and lighting seminars; “Coffee and Conversation” Q&A sessions analyzing the work of cinematographers on a specific project; roundtable discussions featuring panels of professionals who address a variety of topics central to the work of camera people and other industry disciplines; and a bi-annual International Cinematography Summit bringing together participants from dozens of cinematography societies from around the globe to meet, share information, and prioritize an agenda that will forward the interests of cinematographers everywhere.

More recently, the ASC Vision Committee was inaugurated to promote diversity throughout the industry with a series of popular and highly engaging seminars and events devoted to nurturing an open dialogue and progressive hiring practices for women and minority filmmakers.

You can watch the groundbreaking/announcement event here:

Van Oostrum, Kennel and George Spiro Dibie, ASC are ready for a toast.

Van Oostrum, Kennel and Bill Bennett, ASC — cheers.

Van Oostrum and Richard Edlund, ASC.

ASC associate member Tim Smith of Canon and Steven Shaw, ASC.

Kennel and Steven Poster, ASC, the president of ICG Local 600.

Van Oostrum is flanked by (from left) ASC members George Spiro Dibie and Michael Negrin.


The foundation has been laid and the first beams are going up in January of 2019.
With the end of the winter rainy season, more progress has been made, as of March 28, 2019.
With the end of the winter rainy season, more progress has been made, as of March 28, 2019.

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