Magazine article American Cinematographer

The Second Annual A.S.C. College Cinematography Awards

Magazine article American Cinematographer

The Second Annual A.S.C. College Cinematography Awards

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Once again the American Society of Cinematographers encourages America's film students by rewarding excellence in cinematography

On the evening of May 24th, at a gala dinner held at the A.S.C. clubhouse in Hollywood, student cinematographer Philip Earl, Jr., of the University of Southern California Department of Cinema, won the second annual American Society of Cinematographers award for the best photographed college film of 1975.

Film star Greer Garson presented Earl with a specially designed trophy in recognition of his highly professional photography of "THE PREPARATORY", a 24-minute film portraying a young student's trials and tribulations at a Jesuit boys' school.

A second trophy was presented by Miss Garson to Dr. Bernard Kantor, head of the USC Department of Cinema. In his absence, the trophy was accepted on behalf of the University by USC Cinema Professor Mel Sloan.

Plaques of achievement also were awarded by A.S.C. president Lester Shorr to four other students and universities, named as nominees by the Society.

These were: Jerry Feldman, New York U., for the film, "JUST PASSING BY"; Brian England, Northwestern U., "LIGHTHOUSE"; Alan J. Ritsko, Boston U., "FALLING"; and Ken Burns, Hampshire College (Mass.), "WORKING IN RURAL NEW ENGLAND".

Event chairman Stanley Cortez noted that 125 universities across the nation, participated in the event.

In welcoming those in attendance, A.S.C. President Shorr said: "From its inception, the A.S.C. has remained interested in encouraging young, enthusiastic students of cinematography. Our journal, American Cinematographer, is read by student filmmakers the world over and our A.S.C. Manual, considered a 'bible' of cinematography, is used as a textbook by a great many cinema students. Many of our members have conducted seminars and lectures at colleges and universities throughout the country, passing on their know-how of the industry to the students."

Adding to these remarks, Contest Chairman Stanley Cortez, ASC, said: "The preliminary and final entries in this competition were screened, judged and voted on by a panel of 40 A.S.C. members, many of whom are Academy Award winners or nominees. The films entered were mostly made in 16mm color, and the running times ranged from 10 minutes to 150 minutes.

"These awards symbolize a tradition long associated with the American Society of Cinematographers, that of encouraging young people with creative talent. This, we sincerely hope, will help ensure the future of our great film medium."

A bit later, comedian (ant) A.S.C. Associate Member) Edgar Bergen, acting as Master of Ceremonies, added his warmth and wit to the evening. He commented: "I can look back with a lot of sentimental memories of the picture business. We refer to them as the 'Good Old Days' - when we weren't so good because we weren't so old. I find that as the years go by I'm getting a little more spiritual. I started forsaking sin at just about the time that sin started forsaking me."

Bergen was then joined by his longtime wooden sidekick, Mortimer Snerd, and they delighted the crowd with their banter.

Having been introduced by President Shorr, Miss Garson expressed her delight at being reunited with several of those who had been her cameramen during the 15 years that she was a reigning star at MGM Studios, paying special tribute to George Folsey, ASC, and Joseph Ruttenberg, ASC.

Said the gracious Miss Garson: "I cannot allow this wonderful opportunity to go by without paying tribute to all of you - you who indeed represent the elite of the motion picture industry and its arts and sciences. …

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