Sam McCurdy Welcomed as New ASC Member

The cinematographer’s credits include the series Peacemaker and Lost in Space, as well as the features The Descent, Centurion and A United Kingdom.
On the set of A United Kingdom (2016) with director Amma Asante.

After studying fine and photography at Durham College, Sam McCurdy was drawn to motion pictures, shooting short films and music videos while still in school. He has now served in the camera department for more than 30 years, working from his way up as an assistant and loader. “I started out at Pinewood Studios, reloading magazine while learning as much as I could,” he told American Cinematographer in an article about his work in director Neil Marshall’s creepy hit horror feature The Descent (AC Sept. 2006). 

McCurdy (behind the camera) lines of a shot while shooting the claustrophobic horror feature. Observing are (from left), director Neil Marshall, stunt coordinator Jim Dowdall and 1st AD Jack Ravenscroft.
McCurdy (behind the camera) lines of a shot while shooting the claustrophobic horror feature. Observing are (from left), director Neil Marshall, stunt coordinator Jim Dowdall and 1st AD Jack Ravenscroft.

McCurdy and Marshall first collaborated on the crime film Killing Time (1998), as cinematographer and writer-editor, respectively. With Marshall directing, they then made the short film Combat (1999), leading to their indie horror feature Dog Soldiers (2002) which gained international acclaim.

Following The Descent, the futuristic thriller Doomsday (2008), and the period action picture Centurion (see AC Sept. 2010), the duo collaborated on the acclaimed 2011 Game of Thrones episode “Blackwater,” for which McCurdy earned two BSC Award nominations for his camerawork. They later re-teamed for the Netflix sci-fi adventure series Lost in Space, together shooting the pilot, with McCurdy staying aboard the ambitious show for another 16 episodes over three seasons.

McCurdy on the set of Lost in Space.

McCurdy recently completed shooting 10 episodes of the FX/Hulu miniseries Shōgun, based on the 1975 novel by James Clavell, and the HBO Max superhero satire Peacemaker with director James Gunn.

His other television credits include Wire in the Blood, Merlin, The Game, Crossing Lines, Into the Badlands, Pennyworth and Carnival Row.

On set shooting The Devil’s Double (2011).

McCurdy’s other feature projects include Preaching to the Perverted, The Hills Have Eyes 2, The Descent: Part 2, The Devil’s Double, The Legend of Hercules, A United Kingdom and, most recently, Seacole — the feature film story of famed Scottish-Jamaican heroine Mary Seacole — for director Charlie Stratton.

He has been a member of the British Society of Cinematographers since 2009.

You can follow him on Instagram and Twitter.


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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