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The Society has welcomed Greg McMurry, Roberto Schaefer and Jonathan Taylor into the ranks of active membership.

Having worked with the Society as an associate member for some time, Greg McMurry, ASC began in television, where he helped pioneer the use of electronic news-gathering systems. In 1979, McMurry took a position with Douglas Trumbull's Entertainment Effects Group, where he stayed until 1983, when he co-founded Video Image Associates. From there, McMurry went on to found, build and operate VIFX, a leading photographic visual-effects company in Marina del Rey, California. VIFX was ultimately sold to 20th Century Fox, and today McMurry works as a consultant to various studios and visualeffects organizations in addition to remaining active as a visual-effects supervisor and photographer. Projects he has been involved with over the years include Close Encounters of the Third Kind, Star Trek: The Motion Picture, Blade Runner, Brainstorm, 2010, Batman Returns, Timecop, Jingle All the Way, The Core and Poseidon.

After graduating from Washington University in St. Louis, Missouri, with a BFA in conceptual and installation art and a minor in photography, Roberto Schaefer, ASC eventually made his way to Italy, where he spent a decade working as a cinematographer and camera/Steadicam operator. Since his return to the U.S. in the early '90s, he has compiled an impressive list of credits and has enjoyed a series of successful collaborations with directors Christopher Guest ( Waiting for Guffman, Best in Showand the upcoming For Your Consideration) and Marc Forster (Loungers, Everything Put Together, Monster's Ball, Finding Neverland, Stay and Stranger than Fiction). Schaefer was honored in 1994 with a CableAce nomination for Best Cinematography for the television movie Hoadracer, and in 2005 with a BAFTA nomination for Best Cinematography for Finding Neverland.

Jonathan Taylor, ASC bears the distinction of being the first modern-day, fulltime 2nd-unit director of photography to be embraced by the Society as an active member. Beginning his career as a camera assistant on such movies as Superman, Full Metal Jacket and Willow, Taylor eventually moved into visual effects and ultimately 2nd-unit work.

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