Working Through the Coronavirus

An update on the situation from ASC President Kees van Oostrum and CEO Terry McCarthy.

The ASC, like everyone else, has had to change how it does business during this extraordinary period, but we are determined to maintain our mission to pass on the lessons and experience of great cinematography to the widest possible audience. During the coming months we will increase the content you can view and read online, and the American Cinematographer magazine will continue to be published. We have suspended all public events in the Clubhouse in response to the spread of coronavirus. We have also postponed our Master Classes until health and travel conditions are back to normal. These decisions were taken in the interests of protecting the health of our membership, our staff and the broader community of friends of the ASC, and are in line with the guidance on social distancing from the CDC and the “stay at home” orders by the City of Los Angeles and the state of California. 

We will continue to hold board meetings and membership committee meetings, which are crucial to the running of the ASC. However these meetings will be conducted remotely via video-conference or phone call-in facilities. Our staff are now working from home, and are in regular touch remotely.  

The work of the ASC will continue. We will be adding additional content to our website, both video and text, some for the general public and some for subscribers. The magazine will continue to appear with authoritative stories on all aspects of cinematography. 

The ASC turned 100 years old last year and has weathered many trying times in its past. We realize we are facing unique challenges today, but we are sure we will get through this difficult period and return to business as normal. 

Please feel free to contact me or Terry McCarthy if you have any questions.

Sincerely,

                                     
Kees van Oostrum, ASC                            Terry McCarthy    
President                                                     CEO, The ASC

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