ASC Welcomes Loren Yaconelli as a New Member

The cinematographer’s credits include House of Lies, Shameless and Animal Kingdom.

Samantha Dillard

The cinematographer’s credits include House of Lies, Shameless and Animal Kingdom.

New ASC member Loren Yaconelli grew up surrounded by the film industry — her father, Steve, was a veteran cinematographer who became a member of the ASC in 1996. Her mother, Yvonne, served as a production supervisor. As a student at California State University, Yaconelli studied psychology, but soon after graduation she found herself following in her father’s footsteps.

Loren Yaconelli, ASC (left).

Yaconelli first entered the camera department as a film loader and climbed the ranks. She worked as a 2nd AC on the comedy features Never Been Kissed and The Out-of-Towners before moving up to 1st AC on projects such as the procedural drama Without a Trace and documentary feature The Kid Stays in the Picture.

She then moved on to serve as camera operator on such series as Heroes, True Blood, Life, Brothers & Sisters, Lie to Me, In Plain Sight and Ray Donovan. During this time, mentors including Sidney Sidell, ASC and Matthew Jensen, ASC gave Yaconelli opportunities to shoot additional photography, and she served as 2nd unit DP on Glee.

Yaconelli was able to transition from operator to director of photography on Ray Donovan, and since then, she has photographed series including House of Lies, Shameless, The Chi and Animal Kingdom.

She is also the first daughter of an active ASC member to be invited to join the Society.

The cinematographer currently serves on the National Executive Board of Local 600. 

Complete details on the 15 founding members of the ASC can be found here.

A complete list of all active ASC members — since 1919 — can be downloaded here.

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